Once believed to be the first country to see the sunrise in the morning, Japan is a land of wonders and surprises at every step. Whether it was a natural disaster or man made, Japan has been through it all and thrived! All this could be only achieved with the strong values and rich culture the country has to offer. Here is a list of 25 interesting facts about Japan that you probably didn't know about.
1. They have hotel rooms the size of 2 square meters long and 1.20 meters high and they are known as Capsule hotels.
2. 75 % of Japan is mountainous, which forces 93.5 % of its population to live in the remaining 25 & of the land.
3. In spring, Japanese citizens organise a festival, The Shinto Kanamara Matsuri(Festival of the Steel Phallus) celebrating both the ***** and female fertility.
4. KongÅ Gumi Co., Ltd., a Japanese construction company was the oldest continuously ongoing independent company, operating for over 1,400 years. The company was headquartered in Osaka and was absorbed as a subsidiary of Takamatsu in 2006.
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5. Japan has more than 5.5 million vending machines. You can spot one on almost every street corner. It could sell you a beer, cigarettes, condoms, comic books, toilet paper, umbrellas, porn magazines, and also used women's underwear. What a strange world. Right?
6. The Tale of Genji, written by a Japanese noblewoman Murasaki Shikibu in the early 11th century, is considered as the world's first ever full-length novel.
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7. There are more adult diapers sold than baby diapers in Japan. No surprise they have a such low birth rates.
8. The Japanese people eat more fish than any other people in the world. Japan is also the largest importer of seafood and consumes about 17 million tons of fish per year.
9. It's no surprise that Japan is the largest automobile producer in the world.
10. In Japan, many girls go to the dentist to have their teeth purposefully unstraightened. Do you know why? Because Yaeba, or crooked teeth, are considered attractive in Japan.
11. The Japanese people have more pets than children.
12. Black cats are considered good luck charms in Japan.
13. Åkunoshima, an island in Japan, is full of rabbits. You might be thinking how? Well, they were brought there during World War II to test the effects of poison gas. Poor rabbits.
14. More than two billion manga, or Japanese comic books, are sold in Japan each year.
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15. Haiku, a traditional form of the Japanese poetry is the world's shortest poetic form and consists of only three lines.
16. Do you know what accounts for most of the world's animation-based entertainment? It is Anime, or animated Japanese films, which account for 60% of it.
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17. Most of the youth in Japan like to use their phones even while showering. That's one of the reasons why 90% of the phones sold in Japan are waterproof.
18. Masabumi Hosono, the only Japanese man who survived the wreck of the RMS Titanic in 1914 was called a coward in his country for not dying with the other passengers.
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19. In Japan, it is acceptable to take a nap (inemuri) even during working hours.
Guess how Japanese people greet each other? They bow instead of shaking hands, also the lowest bow shows the deepest respect.
20. The peace treaty to end World War II is still due to be signed between Japan and Russia. It is pending due to a dispute over the Kuril Islands, which is a chain of small islands off the NE coast of Asia.
21. In Japan, a sumo wrestler is known as Rikishi and the history of sumo wrestling can be traced back to 1,500 years. Younger sumo wrestlers are required to clean and bathe the veteran wrestlers. This could also include all the hard-to-reach places too. Ew!
22. Ever heard of karaoke nights in your city? It is a Japanese word which means empty orchestra, where people take turns to sing a popular song on the pre-recorded backing tracks.
23. In Japan, tall buildings do not have a fourth floor. Thinking why? Because they avoid the number four(shi) as it sounds the same as the word for death(shi).
24. In Japan, when anyone wants to express their feeling of love without using words, they gift something that is wrapped in the same color green as spinach. This is because the Japanese word Horenso (“spinach”) is similar to the word for Horeru (“to fall in love” or “secret love”).
25. Less than 200 people in Japan can be only considered as the original inhabitants of Japan. Other than those do not have both Ainu(natives) parents.