Interesting facts about Japan

Japan is an Asian country that has many interesting facts concerning it.

Did you know that it is considered quite rude to blow your nose in public?

Did you know that in 1192 Yortomo was named the first shogun by the emperor?  His family ( the Minamoto clan) governed Japan. Did you know that the  Japan`s National Anthem`s  name is Kimigayo? It means "His Majesty`s Reign."   Did you know that there is a meaning for that boring little red dot on Japan`s flag?  The boring little  red dot stands for the sun. Did you know that in Japan they have Poke'mon  cards?  They call them Poke'monsters.

Japan is made up of

·       Japan is 70% mountains

·       Japan is made up of over 6000 islands

·       Kris and Jessica live in Japan

·       There are wild monkeys in Japan

·       Wild monkeys don’t like to be looked at in the eye

·       The Japanese Prime Minister is elected by the legislature, not the people

·       Legend says that the Japanese monarchy began in the 7th Century BC

·       In Japan they eat squid, octopus, eel, all fish, crabs, prawns, etc…

·       A traditional Japanese breakfast consists of rice topped with natto (fermented soy beans)

·       The Japanese say that the Chinese will eat anything

·       Golden Retrievers are the most popular pet

·       The Japanese use four different writing systems

·       In Japanese, the word for “wrong” and “different” are the same

·        American shows shown in Japan are: Ally McBeal, Dharma and Greg, Beverly Hills 90210, Full House, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Boy Meets World, Animal Rescue Kids

·       In Japan, Ally Mc Beal is called “Ally My Love” because McBeal when said in a Japanese dialect sounds like McBeer

·       Junior High and High School students wear uniforms

·       Elementary school students wear yellow caps

·       In Japan, the teachers move from class to class and the students stay in one room

·       At McDonalds the hamburgers are the same size as in America, but the drink sizes are one size smaller

·       “McDonalds” in a Japanese dialect sounds lilke “Ma-ku-do-na-ru-do”

·       Japanese is hard (Nihongo wa muzukashi des)

·       In Japan it is not uncommon to see women wearing platform shoes that are 4 to 6 inches high

·       Instead of “Ohayo Gozaimasu” (good morning), Japanese youngsters often say “Oha!”

·       Christianity comprises less than 10% of the Japanese population

·       Normal Japanese kitchens don’t have ovens

·       The bathroom is not where the toilet is found in a Japanese home

·       In Japan, when you move into an apartment, you have to bring your own light fixtures

·       There’s no such thing as central heat and air in Japan

·       A futon is not what you think it is…

·       One US dollar is approximately 120 yen

·       You don’t wear shoes in the house, you wear slippers

·       There are special slippers for the toilet

·       You don’t wear your slippers into a tatami mat room

·       In Japan, a night at the movies will cost you $18 per person

·       In Japan you get really good (annoying???) service when shopping

·       Japanese department stores are usually multiple stories, with a grocery store on the bottom, clothes and bedding in the middle, and restaurants on the top

·       Japanese pizza has mayonnaise, corn, and seaweed on it

·       Japanese salad has corn in it

·       The Japanese think that Americans eat corn and potatoes every day

·       Fruit is very expensive in Japan

·       Watermelons in Japan can cost up to $100

·       Peaches are $2.00 a piece

·       There are Japanese people in Japan

·       The second highest population is Chinese, followed by Korean, Brazilian, Peruvian…

·       There are very few public trashcans in Japan

·       A traditional Japanese toilet looks like a urinal lying on the floor

·       In Japan, they know more about Chinese food than Americans do

·       In Japan even local calls are charged by the minute

·       In Japan you eat your soup with chopsticks

·       In Japan many people wear uniforms i.e. bank tellers, grocery store clerks, postal workers…

·       In Japan, most people say that they are Buddhist, but don’t believe in the Buddha

·       Aspiring young Japanese musicians play on street corners and in subway stations hoping to get discovered

·       The “WALK” lights on Japanese street corners make a chirping sound so that the blind can know when to cross the street

·       Japanese subways are very clean and safe

·       People sleep on their way home on the subway and the train

·       Japanese cars are mostly the same size as American cars

·       In Japan they drive on the left side

·       Japanese streets are very narrow

·       Streets in Japan don’t have names

·       Pokemon is not popular in Japan

·       Rice cookers are great and easy to use

·       In Japan,  fair skin is regarded as beautiful

·       Many Japanese women dye their hair brown

·       Refrigerators in Japan are tiny

·       There are very few original castles in Japan because of bombing during WW2

·       Whale is a delicacy

·       Everyone hangs their clothes outside to dry

·       Japan is the world’s largest consumer of tropical rainforest timber

·       Japan has 28 National Parks and 55 Quasi-National Parks

·       Japan is divided into nine large regions and further divided into 47 smaller prefectures

·       Japan has the seventh largest population in the world

·       You can catch a train to and from Nagoya every 15 minutes

·       You can catch a subway train every three minutes in Nagoya

·       The Shinkansen (bullet train) passes Kris and Jessica’s house every fifteen minutes

·       The Japanese know more about American politics than Americans do

·       Popular Japanese bands are: Glay, Smap, Hana Hana, Shingo Mama, The Yellow Monkey, Luna Sea, Whiteberry, Arc~en~Ceil, Da Pump, Kinki Kids, etc…

·       Popular Japanese music is terrible

·       Western celebrities in Japanese commercials are: Catherine Zeta-Jones for Lux Super Rich Shampoo, Cameron Diaz for Aeon Language School, Ewan McGregor for Aeon Language School, Nicholas Cage for Pachinko (what a dork), Brad Pitt for both Roots canned coffee and jeans, Tiger Woods for Wonda canned coffee, George Clooney for Toyota, Naomi Campbell for Lipton Canned Tea

·       In Japan you can buy canned coffee, hot or cold, in vending machines

·       In Japan, Pert shampoo is called Rejoy

·       In Japan, 20 capsules of cold medicine cost $15

·       Because Japan has a socialized medical system, if you get the tiniest bit sick people think you should go to the doctor so you can get your medicine for free instead of paying $15 for cold medicine

·       Kyoto and Nara were consciously spared from bombing during World War 2 because of the cultural significance of their architecture and way of life

·       The name “Tokyo” when broken down into kanji means “east” and “capital”

·       The name “Kyoto” when broken down into kanji means “capital” and “capital”

·       Noh, a type of Japanese theatre, can be up to eight hours long

·       In Japanese, languages all end in –go : Nihongo, Eigo, Spango, etc…

·       In Japanese, citizen terms end in –jin : Nihonjin, Amerikajin, Perujin, etc…

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