Interesting facts about Japan

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The Japanese name for Japan is “Nihon” or “Nippon” literally mean “sun origin”, and are often translated as the Land of the Rising Sun.

Japan has been inhabited since 30,000 BC

There are 127 million people living in Japan.

It has the 10th largest population in the world.

Japan is made up of 6,852 islands.

japan islands

70% of Japan is mountainous.

Japan has around 200 Volcanoes and is the home to 10 Percent of the Active Volcanoes in the World!

The highest point in Japan is Mount Fuji, which stands at 3,776 meters (12,388 feet) and it is also is also an active volcano.

mount fuji japan

There are over 1,500 earthquakes in Japan each year, though most of them are very minor.

Shinto and Buddhism are Japan’s two major religions. Shinto is as old as the Japanese culture, while Buddhism was imported from the mainland in the 6th century.

Zen Buddhism is the most common form of Buddhism in Japan.

The life expectancy of the Japanese is 84 years.

Japan is home to many different forms of martial arts. Karate, Sumo, Judo, Ninjutsu, Kendo, Aikido, and Jujutsu to name a few.

Ancient warriors of Japan were known as Samurai. They were very skilled fighters and swordsman. Their main weapon was the Katana, a sharp sword with a slight curve to it.

real samurai

Sumo is Japan’s national sport.

sumo wrestling

Immigration in Japan is very low.The population is 98% ethnic Japanese.

Japan has one of the highest literacy levels in the world with 99% literacy in children over 15 years old.

Japanese cuisine has become popular around the world. Some well-known dishes are sushi, tempura, sashimi and soba.

sushi sashimi tempura soba

There is a popular Japanese dish called Basashi that consists of slices of raw horse meat with onions and ginger.


Also there is fugu (pufferfish) that is a Japanese delicacy, after some highly poisonous parts have been removed.


Served in paper-thin slices by expert chefs, fugu combines luxury with a high-stakes gamble.
fugu japanese delicacy

Slurping your noodles loudly in Japan is considered evidence of enjoying your meal.

Melons are very expensive in Japan. One can go for up to $400!

Cherry blossom is unofficial national flower of japan.

cherry blossom

“Geisha means “person of the arts” and the first Geisha were actually men.

The Robotics industry is more important in Japan than any other country in the world.

Karaoke is a Japanese word for “empty orchestra.”

Late night dancing is prohibited by law in Japan.

Japan is the world’s largest consumer of Amazon rain-forest timber.

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