Japan has long been a mysterious land, for centuries it remained isolated and remote to the rest of the world, and as a result it has become a land full of quirky things. Here are some fun facts about the Land of the Rising Sun.
1. Tokyo has had 24 recorded instances of people either being killed or receiving serious skull fractures while bowing to each other with the traditional Japanese greeting.
2. Geisha means “person of the arts” and the first geisha were actually men.
3. On average, it takes about 7-10 years of intensive training to become a fugu (blowfish) chef.
4. In Sumo training “stables” the junior Sumo wrestlers must wash and bathe their senior sumo wrestlers and make sure their hard to reach places are clean.
5. There are around 1,500 earthquakes every year in Japan.
6. Vending machines in Japan sell beer, hot and cold canned coffee, cigarettes, and other items.
7. In Japan you eat your soup with chopsticks.
8. Japan is the home of Nintendo and its mascot Mario whose err Italian…
9. The Japanese often eat rice for every meal, including breakfast.
10. 70% of Japan is made up of mountains.
11. It is considered inappropriate behaviour in Japan to blow your nose in public.
12. Japanese people ‘slurp’ their food, which is considered as a sign of tasty food. If you don’t do it you may disappoint your host.
13. Japanese food is considered the most nutritious and healthy food in the world.
14. After breaking up with their boyfriends, Japanese girls usually cut their hair.
15. The Hoshi Ryokan in Ishikawa is the oldest hotel in the world, having been founded in 717 AD.
16. Until the late 1800′s, Japanese women dyed their teeth black because white teeth were considered ugly.
17. Japanese home has at least 3 different types of slippers for one individual: bathroom slipper, general slipper and balcony slipper.
18. A watermelon can cost up to $300.
19. Strangely in Japan Pokémon are called pocket monsters.
20. The word ‘no’ is banished in Japanese. You should only ask Japanese people questions that don’t lead to the answer, no.