Interesting Facts About Japan

Population: 126 730 000
Land area:  377 915 km2

National day: 11 February
Government: Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy
Currency: Japanese Yen
Highest mountain: Mount Fuji – 3776 meters above sea
Religion: Shinto
Official language: Japanese
Official website: www.japan.go.jp
Time zone: UTC +9
Country Number: +81
Country Code: JP
Capital: Tokyo

Japan is fascinating country with a unique culture and society that you really can’t compare to other countries in the world. Everything is so advanced and perfect, whether it’s the food, customer service, blow-mind-temples, sexy fast Shinkansen trains, you name it. Japan, is an island country in East Asia. It is often called the “Land of the Rising Sun”. Japan is a member of the UN, the G7, the G8, and the G20 and is considered a great power. Japan also has a unique and quirky side to it, which will make you fall in love with it even more. Japan is also the only country with a leading Emperor.

The country is technically an archipelago, and is comprised of more than 6800 islands. The four largest islands are Honshu, Hokkaido, Shikoku and Kyusha and they make up approximately 97% of Japan’s land area.

Japan is Called the Land of The Rising Sun

The name of the country in Japanese is Nihon or Nippon, written 日本 in Chinese characters. Nihon (日本) was the Chinese Imperial name for Japan from the Sui Dynasty (589-618 AD). It simply indicates the direction of Japan with respect to China. If your in China — Japan is to the east. If your in China it also appears that the sun rises from the direction of Japan.

The Japanese call themselves “Nihonjin” and their language as “Nihongo”. Japan is called “Nihon” by the locals which can be literally translated into “The Land of the Rising Sun”.

Japan Has The Third Longest Life Expectancy In The World

The average life expectancy of women in Japan retained second place for the third straight year at 87.26 years, up 0.12 year from 2016. That for men fell to third from second although it rose 0.11 year to 81.09.

So why is life expectancy in Japan higher than in other developed countries?

A study published in the spring of 2016 2 concluded that diet was a major factor behind the country’s high life expectancy figures. They found that people who had closely followed food and dietary guidelines published by the Japanese government in 2005 tended to be in better health than their peers.

The 2005 guidelines recommended the number of “servings per day” of different food types:

· 5-7 servings of grain-based foods (rice, pasta, noodles, bread)
· 5-6 servings of vegetables
· 3-5 servings of meat and fish
· 2 servings of fruit
· 2 servings of milk and dairy products

Japan Consists Of Over 6,800 Islands

The Japanese archipelago consists of thousands of islands, but the Japan of world maps — the bow-shaped country in the Pacific curling around the east coast of continental Asia — is made up of four main islands: Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu and Shikoku.
The islands of Japan make up less than 15 percent of Japan’s total territory.

Japan Has One Of The World’s Lowest Crime Rates

Japan has exceptionally low levels of crime. In 2011, its intentional homicide rate was 0.3 per 100,000 people, while America’s rate was 4.7 per 100,000 people. Japan is one of the safest countries in the world, so if you worry about crime, you should probably look into moving here.

The country has 127 million people yet street crime is almost unheard of; the murder rate is only lower in tiny Monaco and Palau, and the use of drugs is minimal compared to other industrialized countries.

The Highest Point In Japan in Mount Fuji, Which Stands At 3,776m (12,388ft)

As Japan’s highest mountain, the legendary Mt. Fuji stands 12,388 feet (3,776 meters) tall.

It is not surprising that the nearly perfectly shaped volcano has been worshiped as a sacred mountain and experienced big popularity among artists and common people throughout the centuries.

Mount Fuji is an active volcano, which most recently erupted in 1707. Climbing Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest and most prominent mountain, can make for lifelong memories. The finely-formed volcanic cone, capped with snow for most of the year, is a stunning sight. Visible from aircraft arriving or departing Tokyo, and even from space, it looks more like a man-made work of art than the work of nature.

Tokyo Is The Capital City Of Japan And Also The Largest City

Tokyo, with almost nine million inhabitants, is by far the largest Japanese city. (The Greater Tokyo region is estimated to have a population of some 13 million). In fact, it is one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the world. Almost 37 million people live in the Greater Tokyo-Kanto which is made up of Tokyo and the areas that are surrounding the city.

Tokyo (meaning ‘eastern capital’) was called Edo up until that time. It is located on the eastern side of the main island Honshū

Tokyo has something for everyone and it is definitely a place to visit once in a lifetime. Tokyo is commonly referred to as a city, it is governed as a metropolitan prefecture. Tokyo has a $2.5 trillion economy making it the 3rd on the Global Cities Index and 1st on the Global Economic Power Index. Tokyo is a major industrial, administrative, educational financial and cultural center of Japan as well as East Asia as a whole.

Raw Horse Meat Is a Popular Food in Japan

Wild game is called “yotsu-ashi” in Japan, which literally means “animals with four legs.” Basashi means horsemeat sashimi – raw horsemeat cut into thin slices. Food cultures that promote eating raw horsemeat can be found in places like Aomori prefecture, Yamagata prefecture, Fukushima prefecture, Nagano prefecture, Yamanashi prefecture and other places where horsemeat is a local specialty. Basashi is a rare ingredient rarely found in common butcher’s shops.

The eating of horse meat didn’t become very popular, however, until the 1960’s. Since there were more automobiles, there were less need for horses.
Horse meat has been praised time and time again by many in the country for being low in calories and fat but also high in protein, all on top of a great taste.

History of Basashi
There is some speculation about when basashi was first eaten. Some say it was first eaten by samurai that were trapped in a battle in Kyushu back in 1877. The battle took place at Kumamoto Castle. For 53 days they were trapped inside the castle. It was very unfortunate for the horses: the soldiers had to eat them in order to survive.

There Are 5.52 Milion Vending Machines in Japan

Japanese vending machines are at the forefront of a convenience renaissance, and no nation will ever be able to catch up. There are 5.52 million vending machines in Japan, according to the nation’s tourism board. They’re at every station, in every building, and you’ll practically stumble upon a vending machine no matter where you’re going, even in the countryside.

Vending machines are considered convenient because customers are able to buy things 24 hours a day, whenever they are in need. On the other hand, they are often criticized because anyone can purchase goods regardless of age, and also because machines consume electricity as long as they are there, so some say they are wasting energy. A majority of machines sell non-alcoholic beverages such as soft drinks, juice, energy drinks, tea and coffee for a reasonable 100 to 200 yen(0.81/1.62 Euro). These drink machines usually offer both hot and cold beverages.

The first vending machine in Japan sold cigarettes, and was introduced in 1888. Since then, a wide variety of vending machines have been developed to sell products such as drinks, food, stamps, magazines, and daily sundries.

Futuristic Toilets In Japan

Japanese toilets have features most Westerners have never dreamed of, including background noise to cover any sounds that the user may make, a warm cleansing spray, self-warming seat, built-in water-saving sink, and other innovative features. Japan’s public toilets are notoriously luxurious.

Japanese toilets can, variously, check your blood pressure, play you music, wash and dry your anus and ‘front parts’ by means of an in-toilet nozzle that sprays water and warm air, suck smelly ions from the atmosphere, switch on a light for you as you stumble into the bathroom at night, put the seat lid down for you (a function known as the ‘marriage-saver’) and flush away your excreta without requiring anything as old-fashioned as a tank.

Japanese Coins Have Holes In Them

Many holed coins have been used as decorations or as a souvenir. Some may have been purposely defaced. In some cases, holed coins with lower value may have been used simply as piece of metal.

The main reason that you would make a modern coin with a hole in it (or, for that matter, with an unusual shape), besides pure decoration, is to make it more easily distinguishable (by touch and sight) from other coins in circulation.

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