Monday, September 8, 2014

Japan: 13 Fun, Fast Facts

Another month, another country! This time we're visiting the stunning country of Japan, one of our personal favourites. Have you ever wondered why it’s referred to as the “Land of the Rising Sun”? Or the reason why Japan experiences so many earthquakes? We’ve got those questions answered and more!

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Here are 13 interesting, quirky and random facts about Japan to get us started:

1. Archeological evidence suggests that there were people living in Japan as far back as 39,000 years ago!

2. The Japanese name for Japan is “Nihon” or “Nippon,” which translates into English as “sun origin.” This is where the nickname “Land of the Rising Sun” originates.

3. Almost three quarters of Japan’s land is forest or mountains, and the highest point in the country is the majestic Mount Fuji.
via Flickr by midorisyu
4. Japan is made up of over 6,800 islands.

5. Japan is situated along the “Pacific Ring of Fire,” so it is home to many volcanoes and the country experiences many earthquakes every year.

6. Tokyo is the capital city (as well as the largest) of Japan, but other major cities include Osaka, Nagoya and Sapporo.

via Flickr by Guwashi
7. As of July 2012 there are over 127 million people living in Japan. This is the 10th largest population in the world!

8. Japan is home to some of the most punctual trains in the world. The average delay is only 18 seconds!

9. Snowmen  (yuki daruma) are built with two spheres, instead of three. They are built in this shape after the round shape of the Daruma doll.

10. When eating noodles you must slurp loudly, because this indicates that your food is delicious!

via Flickr by Toshihiro Gamo
11. Famous Japanese people include artist and peace activist Yoko Ono, animation director Hayoa Miyazaki, and actor Masi Oka.

12. Traditional Japanese Haiku is the shortest form of poetry in the world. It consists on only three lines and 17 on.

13. The most popular spectator sport is baseball, even though Sumo is widely recognized as the national sport of Japan.

via Flickr by Edward Dalmulder

Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments below!