10 Interesting Facts About Japan Which We Never Knew
- 2:51 pm July 21, 2018
In Japanese, the name “Japan” is Nihon or Nippon, which means “Land of the Rising Sun.” It was once believed that Japan was the first country to see the sun rise in the East in the morning. Japan has the third longest life expectancy in the world with men living to 81 years old and women living to almost 88 years old. The Japanese live on average four years longer than Americans. The Japanese eat more fish than any other people in the world, about 17 million tons per year. Japan is the world’s largest importer of seafood, with shrimp comprising about one third of the total, about four million tons a year. There are more such incredible facts about Japan which would take you by surprise.
Festival of Steel Phallus
We have known many countries celebrating different festivals but this one surely took us by surprise.
Each spring, Japan has a festival that celebrates both the reproductive organs of males and females called Kanamara Matsuri, or “Festival of the Steel Phallus
17 million ton of fish
The Japanese consume more fish than any other people in the world, around 17 million tons per year.
Japan is the world’s largest importer of seafood, with shrimp comprising about one third of the total, about four million tons a year.More than 20% of Japanese protein is obtained through fish and fish products.
Health Engineer in demand
In Japan all the niche professionals are paid extremely well.
A Japanese hygiene worker is known as ‘health engineer’ and is obliged to take written as well as oral tests; they can even draw salary of up to USD 8000 per month.
World famous Sushi
Sushi has been around since about the second century A.D.
It started as a way to preserve fish in China and eventually made its way to Japan. The method of eating raw fish and rice began in the early 17th century.Sushi does not mean raw fish in Japanese. It actually means rice seasoned with vinegar, sugar, and salt. Raw fish sliced and served alone without rice is called sashimi
Cleanliness in school
Japanese kids clean their schools daily for 15 minutes with their teachers, to show them the importance of cleanliness and leading a humble life.
5.5 million vending machines
They have vending machines for everything be it beer, hot and cold canned coffee, cigarettes, wine, condoms, comic books, hot dogs, light bulbs, bags of rice, toilet paper, umbrellas, fish bait, fresh eggs, porn magazines, and even used women’s underwear.
Japan has around 5.5 million vending machines with one on almost every street corner. There are vending machines that sellAlso read: 10 Weird And Crazy Facts And You Didn’t Know
The world’s shortest escalator is in the basement of More’s department store in Kawasaki, Japan; it has only 5 steps and is 32.8 inches (83.3 cm) high.
Busiest train station
Shinjuku station, Tokyo’s main train station, is the busiest in the world with over 2 million people passing through it every day.
They bow instead of shaking hands
When Japanese people meet, they traditionally bow instead of shake hands, and the lowest bow shows the deepest respect.
We appreciate their respect towards their culture.
In Japan, Kit Kat candy bars comes in many flavors like grilled corn, Camembert cheese, Earl Gray tea, grape, and wasabi. The Japanese pronounce Kit Kat like “Kitto Katsu,” which sounds like “You are sure to pass” in Japanese, and so they make a popular gift to students during entrance exam season