10 Interesting Facts about Japan

10 Interesting Facts about Japan

Japan is one of the countries that is developing so fast in the world, in terms of technology and its culture. Those who have visited the place will tell you how delicious their food is and how polite, hospitable and kind. The country has amazing facts that will blow your mind off.

1. Japan is a country made up of 4 islands

Japan is an archipelago which is made up of many islands about 6,800 islands, but only four islands form a major part of the country. The four islands are Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku, and Hokkaido, of which together they make up 98% of the country. A major city like Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto is located on Honshu Island.

2. 69% of Japan is covered by forest

When you are told about japan, you will expect the country to be more developed with more buildings and companies, but surprisingly 69% of the archipelago is covered by forest.

3. Mount Fuji is respected as it is a sacred place according to their culture

As we all know, Mount Fuji is the tallest mountain in Japan but is also a sacred place in the Shinto religion for over seven centuries now. The place is quiet and very different as compared to other parts of the country. Every person who gets to that place will tell you how good they felt as it was different. They have Kami, someone like a saint or something; their teaching will amaze you about this guy. They take the princess (kami) as a symbol of cherry blossom.

4. Japan has the oldest company in the world

The Kongo Gumi, a company specialized in the construction of temples and shrines, is in Japan. The company was found in 578.

5. 11th largest population in the world

Japan is a host to 126 million people making it thus making it the 11th most populated country in the world. Since 2011, the birth rate in Japan has reduced. People say it’s due to expensive child care and lack of job opportunities.

6. The melons in japan can cost over $200

They are expensive because they are highly valued when it comes to gift-giving culture-samurai will offer to their shogun as an appreciation. Most of the farmers will attend to the fruit with their hands; thus, this will also affect the price. The common expensive melon is Crown Melons.

7. Half the zippers in the world are made in japan

Most of the zippers, when you look at them, have YKK (Yoshida Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha) abbreviation. Founded in Tokyo in 1934 of which they are known to produce about 7billion zippers in the world annually.

8. In Japan, there is one vending for every 24 individuals

There are about 5 million vending machines in the country, making it have the highest density in the world; thus, for every 24 people, there is one vending machine.

9. Japanese live over 84 years

Japanese can live up to 84 years, thus making it the country with the longest life expectancy on the planet.

10. People are hired to push others inside the train during rush hours.

57% of people in the country use public transportation of which creates commuter struggles when they board the train. Most of the trains carry more than what they are meant to carry.

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