Japan is a fascinating country in every way; be it in its culture, its tradition, its food we will never stop learning about this country! This is also an opportunity for you today to know a little more Interesting facts about Japan, with 15 facts that you may not know.
15 Interesting facts about Japan
- What may surprise you when you go to Japan is that the Japanese sleep everywhere and all the time. Just take the subway to Tokyo to see, everyone sleeps. It must be said that being Japanese is not easy every day, in the land of the sun-rising, we work a lot. So we are tired, and sometimes we want to take a nap in the middle of the day at work … And that’s possible! If you take a nap during your working hours, your boss will not come on your fingers. As long as you did your work on time … Myself, having attended a Japanese university, I can tell youthat we see more students asleep, face to face than awake and attentive, and I have never seen any teacher say anything about it.
- Japan is the country of discipline, and it can be learned from early childhood. In schools, colleges and high schools in Japan, it is the students accompanied by teachers who clean the premises. The purpose of the maneuver is to empower the youngest, to make them aware that the less dirty they are, the less they will have to do. We do not talk about a one-time household, every six months or once a month; it is every night that students roll up their sleeves to scour their establishment (yes, even the toilet). Of course, everyone does not start at the same time, it is done in small groups that rotate between them.
- We had already talked about him in a good to know, Masabumi Hosono is a Japanese who was present aboard the Titanic during his sinking. It survives but back home is another nightmare that begins. The Japanese having a great sense of sacrifice, Hosono will be considered a coward and despised for the rest of his life, considering that their compatriot should have died on the liner.
- No you are not dreaming, there is a festival dedicated to penis in Japan. Taking place every year in Kawasaki not far from Tokyo, Kanamara Matsuri attracts many people and for good reason, it is not every day that one sees a spectacle like this! During this festival, the penis is everywhere, in large size on tanks, lollipop (otherwise it’s not funny), skewer etc. There is something for everyone! The temple in which it takes place was originally the place where prostitutes came to pray not to catch venereal diseases. Today it is also a good way to raise funds in the fight against AIDS!
- If you want to participate in the festival this year it would be good to jump on a plane right now, as it always takes place on the first Sunday of April.
- Japan has the sad reputation of being a country where suicides are common, and the most common way to end suicide is to get under a train. But it must be done knowingly, because suicide in Japan at a price and it is the family of the deceased who pays. Indeed, they must compensate the train company in question for the delay caused and the “cleaning” and the sum can easily reach the price of a house.
- Apart from a few major avenues, the streets have no name in Japan. But then, how do they navigate it? Well, each city is first divided into districts, themselves divided into districts, then blocks of buildings, and finally, each of its buildings has a number. A Japanese address is so full of numbers!
- He is a citizen of Shinjuku, one of the most famous Japanese neighborhoods where several Godzilla movie scenes were shot! Godzilla is a Japanese citizen since May 25, 2015!
- This is called the Hikikomori phenomenon, and unfortunately, many people are affected. The phenomenon particularly affects men under 40 years. And we’re not talking here of the geek or otaku who spends time at his computer and only comes out to go shopping or go to work, not, not hikikomori out ever of their room. Not even to go to the bathroom, it is usually the parents with whom they live who take care to bring them a meal tray and even what to do with their needs.
- People who end up in this way suffer most of the time from severe depression and total rejection of society, and it is also important to note that the phenomenon is no longer limited to Japan.
- Episode 38 of the first season of Pokemon sent nearly 700 children having seen it at the hospital. Dizziness, vomiting, epileptic seizure, the symptoms were numerous. In question, a Pikachu fight in cyberspace illustrated by red and blue flash. Here is the passage of the episode in question, which was of course subsequently censored: attention it hurts the eyes (of course, this video is strongly discouraged to people suffering from epilepsy). For more information, read our good to know on the subject.
- Birth is a real problem in Japan. Couples are no longer children, mainly for lack of time and desire. So instead they adopt pets, dogs of small breeds are the big favorites! They dress them, walk in strollers, sometimes all that goes very far! And there are many pet clothing stores in Japan.
- It’s hard to believe it here, but in Japan the trains are almost never late! 18 seconds is the average, a time that we do not even calculate here. Japanese companies apologize even when the delay exceeds one minute!! Imagine if the SNCF did the same.
- With their very healthy basic diet, the Japanese live very old. Like the birth rate, the aging of the population is also a problem, but we will not blame these Japanese seniors to live more than 100 years, they are more than 50 000 on the Japanese archipelago. In France, they are a little more than 20,000 (still!).
- It is neither cancer nor accidents but suicides that are the main cause of death among Japanese men. Very sad but revealing report of a rhythm of life too often untenable. Working constantly and often under great pressure, some do not hold up (in fact one wonders how others get there!). Dismissal is also a cause of widespread suicide, because it is very shameful for a Japanese to go home and tell his family that he has no work left.
- Politeness is extremely important in Japan, respect for others is paramount, and being rude is a terrible affront. In this context, we understand why there are a good twenty ways to apologize in Japan, a “sumimasen” or “gomen nasai” (the “sorry” base) are not suitable for all situations. Because the Japanese constantly apologize, even when there is absolutely no need to do it in our culture. For example, we always apologize when we go home; we apologize for being impolite to break into a person.
- Less than 1% of the Japanese population is Christian; Christmas in Japan is above all a commercial celebration. KFC soon realized that, and in 1974, the firm launched an advertising campaign to push the Japanese to eat fried chicken for the holidays. This campaign has been such a success, that now to take the special Christmas meal of the KFC for the holidays has become a tradition in the land of the Rising Sun!