Japan is one of the world’s most popular and visited countries. It is described by travelers as an odd but extremely interesting place which everybody should visit at least once in his lifetime. The country is responsible for some of the most amazing inventions in human history and its population is known for its unrivaled sense of duty, honour and discipline. Despite its fame, the truth is that people know very little about the “Land of the Rising Sun” and this is why we decided to present to you several little known but amazing facts about Japan and its culture.
Believe it or not but there is a Japanese island (Ōkunoshima) which is home to an extremely large population of rabbits. The animals were intentionally set free after the end of the World War II in honour of all the bunnies which were kept in captivity at a local weapon’s factory and used as test subjects for chemical weapons. The island is one of the country’s most visited touristic destination. Tourists are always welcomed by large groups of bunnies which aim to get some food from their visitors. Some travelers even tend to lay on the ground and allow the rabbits to crawl all over them.
You may be wondering what the difference between Japanese watermelons and traditional watermelons is. The answer is quite simple – their shape. Japanese farmers tend to grown square watermelons as they take less space in markets and food stores. They have also realised that square watermelon are much easier to store and arrange on trucks.
Surviving the Titanic is a bad thing in Japan
Masabumi Hosono was born on the 15th of October, 1870 and was a civil servant when he boarded the ill-fated RMS Titanic. He was the only Japanese on the ship and was one of the few who survived the vessel’s sinking. Unfortunately upon his return to Japan he found himself condemned by the Japanese public, press and government who branded him as a coward for not going down with the other passengers of the Titanic.
The Japanese adore fast food. For example, locals tend to eat KFC products on Christmas Eve. The demand for such food is so immense during the holidays, that some people are forced to pre-order their buckets of chicken wings and legs months in advance. McDonald’s is also highly popular among the Japanese. Ronald McDonald, the company’s mascot however is known as Donald McDonald in the country as the Japanese language lacks the “R” sound.
Maglev is an amalgamation between the words “Magnetic” and “Levitation” and is a transportation method which used magnetic levitation to move vehicles. The Japanese have been using this technology on their public trains since the late 1960s. The trains can reach a speed of over 500 kilometres per hour and are the fastest on the planet. The Chūō Shinkasen is a maglev line which will connect the cities of Tokyo and Nagoya. Its construction began in 2014 and is expected to end in 2027. Once done a second section of the line which will connected Nagoya to Osaka will be constructed. The entire line should be complete in 2045 and its train will have a constant operating speed of 505 kilometres per hour.
Nowadays more and more people from the western world are moving to Japan in order to begin a new page in their lives or simple pursue better career opportunities. The British diaspora is the largest western community in the county as it comprises of over 15.000 individuals, who live and study here. In fact, you can even hire a London office removal company to do an international relocation to Japan of your entire business. The presence of such firms has facilitated the moving process immensely.
Did you know that there are 3.146 Japanese companies which are over two centuries old? But if you find this to be impressive, the following fact will leave you with an open jaw! Kongō Gumi is a Japanese construction company which was established in 578 and is still functioning to this day. Or said in order words, it has been in business for over 1.400 years. The company’s archive holds a three-metre long scroll which traces back to the day it was founded and listed the 40 generations which have managed it throughout the centuries. In 2006, Kongō Gumi became a subsidiary of the Takamatsu Construction Group and Masakazu Kongō was its last president. Despite its change of ownership, the company is still one of the leading firms when it comes to the construction of Buddhist Temples.
Japan has a patriarchal society which means that men are the dominate gender. Sometimes this put so much pressure on Japan men that they lock themselves in the rooms for days, weeks and even years. This condition is known as hikikomori and psychologists link it to the fear and shame of potential failure to meet elevated social standards.
As we aforementioned Japan is one of the most visited countries in the world and this is mainly due to the country’s numerous manmade and natural landmarks which attract people from all over the world. Here are some of Japan’s most visited and popular places of interest.
- Hiroshima Peace Memorial
- Himeji Castle
- Great Buddha of Kamakura
- Tokyo Tower
- Mount Fuji
- Golden Pavilion
- Tokyo Imperial Palace
- Todaiji Temple
- Jigokudani Monkey Park
Sleeping while working isn’t a big deal in Japan. In fact it is a sign of working hard and is acceptable. Some companies have even adopted a siesta policy which allows their employees to take a 30 minute nap any time between 13h and 16h in order to preserve them from exhaustion so that they can keep their hard work and be more production until the end of their shift. This practice is known as inemuri.
Largest cities in Japan
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