japan 日本

  • Japan is an island nation in east Asia and is an archipelago (large group of islands) located east of the Korean peninsula. Around 145,882 square miles, which makes it slightly smaller than the state of California.

  • The total of population is 127.3 million which is quite large for a small nation but however, the majority of the population is old with 33.0% is above age 60, 25.9% are aged 65 or above, 12.5% are aged 75 or above.

  • Japan has a very low birth rate, making it one of most aging societies.

  • Japan's life expectancy is the highest in the world at 84 years (87 for women, 80 for men).

  • Its capital city is Tokyo which is around 13.35 million population.

  • Japan is extremely homogenous due its strict immigration policies but the foreign population is starting to expand nowadays.

historical facts 歴史的事実

Japan was extremely isolated for 217 years and had little contact with the world from 1635-1852 due to a law known as the Sakoku Edict that restricted trade, banned foreign travel by Japanese, banned Christianity and made Japan off limits to most foreigners. In 1852, the American Navy effectively forced Japan to open her markets. Japan's long period of isolation helped the country to develop a unique culture.

currency 通貨

Japan's currency is Japanese Yen, known as ¥

landmarks ランドマーク

Mount Fuji is located on Honshu Island, is the highest mountain peak in Japan at 3,776 meters.

The Great Buddha of Kamakura is a outdoor representation of Amida Buddha, one of Japan’s most celebrated Buddhist figures. Cast in bronze, the Great Buddha stands at over 13 meters (40 feet) high and weighs nearly 93 tons. The statue reportedly dates from 1252. Although it originally was housed in a small wooden temple, the Great Buddha now stands in the open air as the original temple was washed away in a tsunami in the 15th century.

attractions 観光スポット

Tokyo Disneyland

Universal Studios

Hiroshima Peace Memorial

Tokyo Imperial Palace

best time to travel ベストタイムは旅行します

Japan is a year-round destination because in winter, you'll get to experience skiing and snowboarding, seafood and onsen (hot springs). In fall, you'll experience the pleasant temperatures and in summer, there are festivals and great beaches and in fall, 

In spring, you’ll catch the cherry blossoms in full bloom

 Every season is guaranteed to be celebrated with seasonal foods and often festivals.  

However, Japan has many holidays which are the most expensive times of the year so make sure that you'd avoid them. 

Best months to visit are April and November.

transportation 交通

Transportation in Japan is highly developed. Japanese people often use The Shinkansen, or "bullet trains" and many also walk because everything is close in Japan, especially in urban cities.

fun facts おもしろ情報

In Japanese, the name “Japan” is Nihon or Nippon, which means “Land of the Rising Sun.” It was once believed that Japan was the first country to see the sun rise in the East in the morning.

Japan has more than 3,000 McDonald’s restaurants, the largest number in any country outside the U.S.

Japan has around 5.5 million vending machines with one on almost every street corner. There are vending machines that sell beer, hot and cold canned coffee, cigarettes, wine, condoms, comic books, hot dogs, light bulbs, bags of rice, toilet paper, umbrellas, fish bait, fresh eggs, porn magazines, and even used women’s underwear.

Japan has the extremely high suicide rate but it is also home to the spooky “suicide forest” Aokigahara at the base of Mt. Fuji. It is the second most popular place in the world for suicides after San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.

The Japanese have such a low birth rate that there are more adult diapers sold than baby diapers.

Yaeba, or crooked teeth, are considered attractive in Japan—so much so that girls go to the dentist to have their teeth purposefully unstraightened.

Ninety percent of all mobile phones sold in Japan are waterproof because youth like to use them even while showering.

In Japan, it is acceptable to take a nap, called inemuri, on the job—it is viewed as evidence of exhaustion from working very hard.

Many Japanese babies are born with a Mongolian spot (mokohan) on their backs. This harmless birthmark usually fades by the age of 5. It is common in several Asian populations and in Native Americans.

There is a hot spring where you can spend time with the monkeysJigokudani Monkey Park.

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Public - 4/26/16, 3:05 PM