Interesting Facts You Need To Know About Japan

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A list of interesting facts about Japan.

The Japanese names for Japan are “Nippon and Nihon” both descriptively translated as “Land of the Rising Sun”.

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1.) Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is the world’s largest city in term of population with a population of more than 30 million people.

2.) When you are in Japan, you have to remember that it is considered rude to blow your nose in public.

3.) You should also remember that public display of affection is not common in Japan. It is considered rude to openly express one’s emotions in public.

4.) As a guest, when eating noodles especially soba, you should slurp because slurping symbolizes that the food is delicious.

5.) Japan archipelago is actually the exposed tops of huge undersea ridges. These ridges rise up out of the ocean’s bed. This is why 70% of the land is rugged mountains and hills.

6.) The Japanese flag is the simplest and one of the most recognizable flags in the world.

7.) As one of the wealthiest nations of the world, Japan has the world’s highest life expectancy at 81.25 years of age and also holds the record for the third lowest infant mortality rate.

8.) Yakuza, members of traditional organized crime syndicate in Japan, have full-body tattoos.

9.) Bodies of water surrounding Japan are the Sea of Okhotsk on the north, Pacific Ocean on the east and south, East China Sea on the southwest and the Sea of Japan on the west.

10.) With an elevation of 3,776 meters above sea level, Japan’s highest peak and most iconic landmark is the volcanic cone Mount Fujiyama.

11.) Hachir?gata Regulating Pond, at 4 meters below sea level, is Japan’s lowest point.

12.) Lying in a volcanic, earthquake-prone belt called the “Ring of Fire”, Japan has 192 volcanoes, 108 of which are considered active.

13.) The most disastrous earthquake that hit Japan was the earthquake of 1923. It devastated Tokyo and Yokohama and killed 100,000 people.

14.) Japan’s longest river is Shinano with a length of 370 km and its largest lake is Biwa Lake with an area of 686 km sq’

15.) About 70% of Japan is covered with forest and has many flowering trees. Its most popular flowering trees are the Cherry trees; the blossom is a national symbol.

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16.) The Japanese Macaque, a short-tailed monkey with red face, can be found only in Japan.

17.) Japan’s so-called “Bullet Trains” that traverse the Tokyo-Osaka high-speed rail line on Honshu are among the fastest passenger trains in the world.

18.) The principal crop and traditional food of Japan is rice and fish is the nation’s main protein food.

19.) The islands of Hokkaido and Honshu are linked by the longest undersea tunnel in the world – the 54 km long Seikan Railway Tunnel. This tunnel is also considered as the deepest tunnel in the world.

20.) Japan’s earliest known inhabitants are the Ainus. Today, only a few hundred full-blooded Ainus remain on Hokkaido.

21.) The 3 most popular traditional arts are Bonsai – the cultivation of dwarf trees, Origami – paper folding and Ikebana – flower arranging.

22.) The 3 most famous traditional sports in Japan are Judo – the Japanese art of self-defense, Kendo – a fencing sport and Sumo – a form of wrestling.

23.) Tea ceremony, a highly formal ritual, is regarded as the best expression of Japanese traditional etiquette.

24.) The most popular sport in Japan, played since the 19th century, is Baseball.

25.) Japan is the world’s largest producer of automobiles and ships.

26.) Japan is a constitutional monarchy. The head of state is the Emperor and the head of the government is the Prime Minister.

27.) The first national capital of Japan, which was established in 710, is Nara. In 784, it was moved to Nagaoka and then to Kyoto in 794.

28.) “The Tale of Genji”, written in the 11th century, is Japan’s most famous novel. It was written by a Japanese noble woman, Murasaki Shikibu.

29.) The former name of Tokyo, the nation’s capital, is Edo.

30.) The Japanese Beetle, a destructive insect and considered a serious pest in the US, is no problem in its native Japan because natural enemies keep its number in check.

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