There are a lot of things about Japan that can’t be explained. The country is steeped in bizarre tradition and unusual ancient practices that have somehow translated to modern day.
Most of Japan is mountains. 70% of the country, in fact – including two volcanoes.
Japan imports approximately 85% of Jamaica’s annual coffee production.
Although Japan doesn’t traditionally celebrate Christmas, KFC outlets became popular among foreigners as they couldn’t find a whole chicken or turkey elsewhere. Japanese people eventually followed suit.
Instead, schools teach students to clean up after themselves. Every day, time is set aside for children to work together to organize the classrooms, scrub floors and mop the bathrooms.
The term karaoke means “empty orchestra” in Japanese. So you totally embarrassed yourself at the empty orchestra last night.
In ancient Japan, women blackened their teeth with dye as white teeth were considered ugly.
Japanese workers often engage in “inemuri” – or napping on the job. This is a sign that you are working long hours – sometimes 19 hour days – so napping is encouraged.
It takes about 11 years of intensive training to become a fugu, or poisonous blowfish chef. If the blowfish is prepared the wrong way, it will kill the person who consumes it. Fugu chefs need to eat their own fish in order to pass the training and be certified to prepare the fish at a restaurant.
In a condition called “hikikomori,” which means withdrawn, men lock themselves away in their rooms and refuse contact with the outside world. Psychologists say that the condition is closely related to depression and anxiety about Japan’s extreme social pressures.
The capsule hotel originated in Osaka, Japan. It features a set of extremely small capsules designed for a quick and easy overnight stay.
The world’s shortest escalator is located in the basement of More’s Department store in Kawasaki, Japan. It has only five steps.
Japan changed its constitution after World War II. The amendment infamously includes Article 9, which completely renounces all war and aggression.
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