Japan is a small country, situated on mountainous islands. Once Japan for centuries remained isolated from the rest of the world and in every possible way prevented the penetration of Europeans and their culture into these parts, but since then much has changed. Today Japan is one of the most developed and high-tech countries. Most technical novelties are given to the world by the Japanese. And, of course, you can not ignore the distinctive Japanese culture that millions of people around the world adore.
Japan has almost seven thousand islands, but the four largest ones occupy 97% of the total area.
Officially, Japan is still an empire. This is the only empire that has survived to this day.
Japan is the only country in the world against which nuclear weapons were used in the course of military operations.
Japan was founded as a state more than two and a half thousand years ago. At the same time, the imperial dynasty has not been interrupted to this day.
We owe the Japanese language to such words as “typhoon” and “tsunami.”
According to its own constitution, Japan has no first right to declare war on anyone.
Snowmen in Japan are molded from two snowballs, and not from three, as in other countries.
There is no central heating in Japan. In the northern cities in the winter heated sidewalks, so you do not have to clean the snow.
Delay of the train for more than 60 seconds, in Japan is considered an unacceptable delay.
Fruits in Japan cost insane money. For example, a melon will cost an equivalent of several hundred dollars.
Two-thirds of the territory of Japan is covered with forest. By the way, forests are not cut down at all.
In the metro Tokyo, there are so many people that special people rammed passengers into the cars. Metro here, by the way, private, not state, and different companies own different branches of it.
The tradition of committing ritual suicide in Japan is still practiced by people who have not coped with their tasks and are willing to “wash off their shame.”
Most Japanese work at least 12 hours a day, 6 days a week, not 5.
Tipping in Japan, like in Finland, is not accepted.
In Japan, very short skirts are considered the norm, but here the clothes from the decollete are considered vulgar.
You can smoke in Japan almost everywhere. All Japanese smokers carry small pocket ashtrays, because shaking ash on the ground or on the floor is strictly prohibited.
Japanese includes four levels of courtesy, from conversational to particularly polite.
The Japanese do not give names to the months, preferring to call them “the second month” or, for example, “the tenth month”.
In Japan, cultivated square watermelons – they are easier to transport than round.
Japan is a mono-national country, more than 98% of its population are ethnic Japanese. In the mass of their attitude to foreigners is cool, although very polite and correct.
Tokyo is recognized as the safest of the major cities in the world.
All garbage in Japan is recycled and reused.
In Japan is the oldest operating hotel in the world, Hoshi Ryokan, opened in 718.
Every year, Japan experiences about one thousand four hundred earthquakes. Most of them, fortunately, are very weak.
In Japan, more than fifty thousand people live more than a hundred years, which makes it a real country of long-livers.
The peace treaty after the end of the Second World War between Japan and Russia has not yet been signed because of the unresolved issue of the ownership of the Kuril Islands.