Japan is an unique on its own and boasts of fascinating culture and social paradigms that one can’t find anywhere else in the world.
Also, even if Japan is one of the most socially and technologically advanced nations on Earth, it is also popular for its idiosyncratic culture and rules.
Here are 10 Japan Facts that make it stand away from any place you may have ever been to.
Japan Fact #1 – Pringles-flavoured Ramen
Pringles is an American brand of stackable potato-based chips.
While the world has been consuming these chips, Japan has introduced Pringles-flavored instant ramen.
Two versions of Ramen flavor: Togira Shoyu Ramen, using the Super chicken bone soy sauce flavor profile, and Ika Yakishoba Aji, or squid fried noodle flavor, said to taste just like squid yakisoba (fried noodles) are presently sold.
Japan Fact #2 – Square shaped Watermelon
Cube watermelons are common in Japan, but they are purely ornamental.
Japan Fact #3 – KFC is a Christmas tradition in Japan
Then, in the 1970s, KFC came to Japan and, in 1974, launched the first KFC Christmas campaign, selling a bucket of KFC’s famous fried chicken along with a bottle of wine and suggesting it be used for a Christmas party that wasn’t just for kids, but for grownups too.
This is another sign of globalisation, where rituals spread to other countries and get translated in different ways
“Being able to share food is an important social practice in Japan. So, a bucket of fried chicken both tastes familiar and fulfils this desire to eat together.”
Japan Fact #4 – Pokémon shaped cookies
They are bite-sized cookies with sweet fillings. Lotte is teamed up with Pokémon to release 48 Koala’s March products with Pokémon prints on them.
The crunchy biscuits feature a variety of Pokémon prints on them along with the Pokémon’s names’ in Japanese.
They are filled with sweet cheesecake-flavoured chocolate. The collaboration is inspired by Moomoo Milk, an HP-restoring medicine seen in Pokémon.
Together with the original Koala’s March prints, there are a total of 96 individual designs to find.
A proper tasty snack for any Pokémon Trainer out there!
Japan Fact #5 – Over 5 Million Vending machines
One of the first things that many visitors to Japan will notice while strolling through the city is the overwhelming abundance of vending machines in the country.
Vending machines in Japan are installed at a rate of one per 43 Japanese citizens.
Although vending machines are installed throughout cities in Japan, the products on offer depend on the machine.
Japan Fact #6 – Baseball is the most popular sport.
Although Baseball is typically thought of as an American sport, the Japanese love it too.
Last year, over 33% of sports fans watched baseball in the country.
However, the sport is most popular among the older generations as the younger generation is apparently slowly finding it less interesting. Soccer comes in as a close second.
Japan Fact # 7 – Crime is relatively non-existent.
Of course, crime exists in Japan, but when compared to the US, the rates are startling.
For instance, Japan’s murder rate is 15 times less here in the states, making it the safest country in Asia and the second-lowest homicide rate in the world.
Japan Fact #8 – There are over 6800 Island in Japan
This Japan fact totally took me by surprise as many people just think of Japan as one island but actually, there’s 6800 of them!
The other 3 main islands are called Hokkaido, Shikoku and Kyushu.
Japan Fact #9 – Naps while working!
Yes, that right! In fact, naps are encouraged on the job because this improves workflow and speed.
Sleep cafes are opening in Tokyo and some companies are installing nap rooms in their offices, encouraging workers to get a short break during the day.
But not all office workers like napping in a dedicated space. Many prefer to just nod off at their desks.
Japan Fact #10 – High suicide rates
Unfortunately, Japan has one of the highest suicide rates in the world. In 2018, Japan youth suicide’s hit a record high in 30 years.
This is by far the most unfortunate fact about Japan.
The suicide forest is the second most popular place to commit suicide after San Francisco golden gate bridge.
The forest is located at the base of Mount Fuji and is said to where most people enter and never come back.
The rate of suicide is due to not enough access to therapists as well as work pressures.
Japan has announced that they are working on better programs, especially in schools to help cut the rate of suicide.
“The Japanese are skilled at bringing nature and technology together: not man versus nature, but rather a union of the two.”
– Hector Garcia, Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life.
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