Japan is said to have and follow 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! Good or bad, Japan will always fascinate you when thinking of making a trip out there. If you are not quite aware of what is/are being referred to 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. From the Japanese Alps including Kiso, Hida, and Akaishi mountains, the tallest peak of course we know is Mt. Fuji. Also, there are two volcanoes, an active being Mt. Ontake that 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 just 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. Basically, 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 is priced similar to a new car. The country is the worst choice when it comes to 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
Don’t be surprised on knowing 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 imported. 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 saw the surge in coffee drinking.
A Literacy Rate Of 100%
The children of the country are highly disciplined and trained in the best way possible to make the best use of education. In fact, it’s the education system that has enabled Japan to meet several challenges in regards to ideas, science, arts, technology, and more. Though there are criticisms galore, yet 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 no doubt but many would just 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 that’s meant for all the cleaning and washing activities. So isn’t it appreciable when you need to wear a separate pair of designated slippers for the bathroom only? Now some households also have a shower in a different area, since the place gets too wet!
Christmas Food Means KFC
Japan actually never celebrates Christmas with pomp. But that time of the year is 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. So schools teach students to clean themselves and their surroundings. After the classes get over, a fixed time is meant for all where pupils get together and scrub floors, mop bathrooms, and organized everything inside the classroom. 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, to say the least. If you want to explore Japan, hire a guide who would be able to help you understand the unique things that define Japan.