Japan is a country that is visited by a large number of foreign tourists every year. Even today, Japan preserves its centuries-old cultural heritage, traditions and customs very well. In addition, anime and computer games, which are important elements of Japanese culture, are followed by millions of people around the world. In this way, Japan in general means a great deal to today’s popular culture. In short, Japan is a very unusual country with its social culture, cuisine, clothes, lifestyle, geographical structure and many other interesting features! Here are 17 surprising things about Japan that you probably haven’t heard before…
1. Japan, a country of more than 6,000 islands
Many people may think of Japan as a single island with major cities such as Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka. However, Japan is made up of more than 6,000 islands that are miles long! These islands, stretching from north to south, have different climatic characteristics! In this way, it is possible to see both sunny beaches and snowy mountains at the same time.
2. Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is the most populous city in the world
More than 38 million people live in the capital Tokyo! However, despite being the most populated city in the world, Tokyo is also famous for being a very quiet city! The reason for this is that the Japanese are extremely quiet, respectful and polite.
3. Japan is among the safest countries in the world
The crime rate in Japan is quite low. Therefore, the country is one of the safest countries in the world. Japan, which is at the top of the list of the safest countries in the world every year, is by far the safest country in Asia. However, it should be noted that it is the second country with the lowest number of murders in the world.
4. One of the countries with the longest life expectancy
This interesting Far Eastern country ranks 4th among all countries in this field. The average life expectancy and life expectancy in Japan is 84.5 years. Accordingly, the oldest person in the world also lives in Japan! Kane Tanaka, who turned 118 in 2021, is a resident of the city of Fukoka.
5. More adult diapers are sold in Japan than baby diapers
A 2019 study revealed that the birth rate in Japan is at its lowest levels in history. As a result, the young population in Japan is constantly decreasing, while the older population is increasing! The most obvious reflection of this striking situation is observed in cloth sales! Adult diapers are sold 2.5 times more than baby diapers in Japan.
6. The Japanese consume the most rice and fish
Besides that, they also stay away from processed foods! The Japanese consume their traditional diet of rice and fish in rather small portions.
7. Consuming raw meat is extremely common in the country
Of course, it is known that they love sushi, one of the traditional dishes of Japan. But raw fish isn’t the only thing commonly consumed in Japan. The Japanese also consume beef and horse meat from time to time raw.
8. Making noise while eating is etiquette!
The Japanese are mostly quiet people. But things change a bit at the dinner table! Because in Japan, eating loudly is an etiquette that expresses the appreciation of the food served! Also, many Japanese feel that food must be consumed this way to truly enjoy it.
9. Automata are important parts of Japanese culture
In Japan, it is possible to encounter vending machines on almost every corner, at the entrance of restaurants, in the subways, on the streets and many more! So much so that there is 1 vending machine for every 23 people in Japan! So Japan is the country with the highest number of vending machines per capita! Almost everything is sold at vending machines all over Japan. It is possible to buy many products from these vending machines, from fresh food to toys, from clothes to technological tools.
10. Sleeping at work is normal or even welcome in Japan
The culture of sleeping at work or on the subway in Japan seems extremely interesting to the rest of the world. But there’s a reason why sleeping at work is welcome. According to the Japanese, a person who falls asleep at work has worked hard and done well.
11. Most places in Japan will ask you to take off your shoes at the entrance
This includes many restaurants and historical sites! In a house where you are invited, you must take off your shoes and wear the slippers provided by the host.
12. One of the cleanest countries in the world
Because cleanliness is an important part of Japanese culture. Cleaning education in Japan begins at a very young age. For example, in public schools in Japan, students are responsible for the cleanliness of the school.
13. There are professionals who provide “hug services” in Japan!
You may have witnessed the news of loneliness in Japan lately! Indeed, research shows that the Japanese are becoming more and more lonely. As a result, many cafes offering cuddling services have emerged in Japan.
14. People with tattoos are not looked upon well
Because many Japanese are prejudiced against tattoos and tattooed people! Tattoos are generally thought to be ugly and dirty, while people with tattoos are considered criminals or gang members! For this reason, tattooed people are not allowed in some places, including some public facilities.
15. There are more pets than children in Japan!
We mentioned that the young population in Japan is declining rapidly. A 2013 study revealed some pretty striking data on this situation! According to the study, the total number of cats and dogs registered in Japan in 2013 was 21.3 million. In the same year, the number of children under the age of 15 was 16.5 million.
16. The most popular sport in Japan, baseball
Baseball is a traditional American sport. But it’s pretty common in Japan too! In fact, it is the most followed sports organization in the country. But studies reveal that baseball has lost its popularity among the younger generation in Japan.
17. The toilets are world famous!
Japan is a technologically advanced country. One of the places where all the blessings of technology are used in Japan is toilets! There are many features that can be used for hygiene and comfort in toilets in Japan…