10 Amazing Facts about Japan

10 Amazing Facts about Japan

Japan is a country with a fascinating culture and history, Tokyo the capital of Japan is known for skyscrapers, shopping and pops culture. Japan is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean.

Following are some of the amazing facts about Japan.

  1. Over 70% of Japan consists of mountains. The country also has over 200 volcanoes. The country also has around 1500 earthquakes a year.
  2. 21% of the population of Japan is elderly which is the highest proportion in the world. Average life-expectancy is of 4 years longer than Americans.
  3. Being a wealthy nation, culturally rich and with interesting history Japan is at a very high suicide rate. More than 30,000 Japanese men and women off themselves each year. Followed with which suicide has become major issue in Japan.
  4. Japan consists of 6800 islands. Japan also has around 3000 McDonald’s restaurants, the largest number in any country apart from U.S.
  5. Japan has around 5.5 million vending machines fixed on almost every corner of the street. These machines sell beer, hot and cold canned coffee, light, bulb, umbrella, fish, eggs, rice bags, wine, comic books etc.
  6. The world’s shortest escalator is in the basement of More’s department store in Kawasaki, Japan which measures 32.8 inches (83.3 cm) high and has only 5 steps.
  7. Under the practice of ohaguro, women in ancient Japan blackened their teeth with dye as white teeth were considered ugly.
  8. The sole Japanese man who survived the wreck of the RMS Titanic in 1914, named MasabumiHosono was called coward in his country for not dying with the other passengers.
  9. During Worl War II Japan bombed China with fleas infested with Bubonic plague. On the contrary Japan and Russia still haven’t signed a peace treaty to end World War II due to a dispute over Kuril islands.Baseball is the most popular sport in Japan. The first game was played in Japan in 1837 at Tokyo University. Sumo wrestling in Japan can be traced back 1,500 years back
  10. The Japanese avoid the number four as it sounds the same word to death. Tall buildings do not have a fourth floor. Tea and sake sets are sold with five cups. Wherein three and five are the desirable number f guests in a traditional Japan tea ceremony.

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