Good or bad, Japan will always fascinate you when considering making a trip out there. Japan has an array of strange traditions, customs, and beliefs that have somehow come down till this age. No matter what, we remain in awe about these ‘strange and wonderful things’ for some questions are better avoided! If you are not quite aware of what we are saying about Japan, here’s a list of intriguing facts that surely makes for an interesting read.
Hills And Mountains Everywhere
Hills and mountains make most of Japan, at least 70% of it. Fuji from the Japanese Alps, including Kiso, Hida, and Akaishi mountains. Also, two volcanoes, Mt. Ontake, recently erupted a few years back.
Naturally, you can understand the kind of landscape you will get to see upon visiting the land. And if going in person seems to be a distant dream, how about reading author Kyuyu Fukada’s ‘100 Famous Japanese Mountains.’ But frankly, nothing compares to witnessing nature live, right?
Save Your Pocket When Buying Melons
Did you say that? You take a look at a musk melon, which resembles a cantaloupe, and look at the shopkeeper horrified when he utters the price. Musk melon in Japan is the ‘king of fruit.’ Okay, even we call mangoes the same in our land, but do they cost a bomb? And it costs similar to a new car. The country is the worst choice for buying fruits overall since the eatables are akin to luxuries! And in Japan’s gift-giving culture, fruits are musts alongside other foods. Get an appointment with an anxiety treatment center at the earliest.
The Love For Cuppa
It might surprise you to know that Japan is one of the largest consumers of coffee in the world. So much is the annual production that approximately 85% of the total is from imports. There are coffee shops almost everywhere. And that will make you wonder how this bitter drink has outdone the age-old staple, green tea. But did you know that coffee is somewhat of a newcomer in the Japanese market? Despite coming in way early, it was not until the 1970s that we saw the surge in coffee drinking.
A Literacy Rate Of 100%
The country’s children are highly disciplined and trained in the best way possible to make the best use of education. The education system has enabled Japan to meet several challenges regarding ideas, science, arts, technology, and more.
Though criticisms are galore, the emphasis remains on a mix of rote learning, theory, and demonstrations till 18, after which variations come. Many are averse to it since it’s considered a barrier in critical thought development. How does it matter when you know you rank supreme in world education?
A Pair For The Washroom
It’s a good practice, undoubtedly, but many would tell Japanese folks they need some outpatient recovery sessions to be so rigorous in separating clean from the unclean. And no, don’t you dare tell them they suffer from OCD! If you happen to see carefully, the restroom is a zone meant for all the cleaning and washing activities. Some households also shower in a different area, since the place gets too wet! So isn’t it appreciable when you need to wear a separate pair of designated slippers for the bathroom only?
Christmas Food Means KFC
Japan never celebrates Christmas with pomp. But it’s the time of the year when foreigners throng the marketplace for KFC outlets. At least, something outlet would be popular in the event of not finding a whole chicken or turkey. So unlike most foreign nations where you find cakes, hams, and candies to usher in the Yuletide cheer, Japan follows fast-food eating and with KFC particularly. It’s finger-licking good, you know!
No Janitors Required
Guess they like to adopt self-reliance in every step. After the classes get over, a fixed time is meant for pupils to scrub floors, mop bathrooms, and organize everything inside the classroom.
So schools teach students to clean themselves and their surroundings. And if this makes you worried, find a place in an anxiety treatment center.
Japan is a country full of pleasant surprises for tourists and outsiders. However, at the same time, there are some things about Japan that are weird. If you want to explore Japan, hire a guide who would be able to help you understand the unique things that define Japan.