29 Quirky Facts About Japan That You Want To Share With Your Friends

I have been very busy with work as well as being called up for Military Reservist training the last 2 weeks that I did not have time to update this site.

While I was in camp with training, Ann surprised me by booking flight tickets to Japan for our upcoming December holidays!

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Yes! We are going Japan! And we are going on a Campervan Road Trip in Japan this winter. As we have never been to Japan, I decided to do some research on the country famously known as The Land of the Rising Sun.

Here are 29 Fun Facts you probably didn’t know about Japan and would want to share with your friends.

  • Black cats are considered to bring good luck in Japan

    *image: Flickr

  • Japanese use more paper for comics than for toilet paper

  • Japan lifted a 67-year-old ban on late-night dancing in 2015

  • 90% of mobile phones are waterproof in Japan because the young generation use them even in the shower

    *image: Oddity Central

  • Japan experiences more than 1,500 earthquakes every year

  • There are more than 50,000 people who are over 100 years old in Japan

  • Japan has more than 5 million vending machines

    *image: Flickr

  • Sleeping on the job is acceptable in Japan, as it’s viewed as exhaustion from working hard

    *image: Flickr

  • Japan consists of over 6,800 islands

  • There is a building with a highway passing through it Japan called The Gate Tower Building in Osaka

  • There’s a festival named Kanamara Matsuri that is a celebration of the penis & fertility where people would sing and dance as they carry a large phallic-shaped shrine through the streets in Kawasaki

    *image: Flickr

  • Square Watermelons are grown by Japanese farmers for easy stacking and storage

  • There is an island in Japan that’s full of Rabbits

  • And another island that is full of Cats

  • Japanese uses more than 24 billion pairs of chopsticks each year

  • In Japan, there are more pets than children

  • Japanese Trains are among the world’s most punctual (SMRT are you listening?)

  • Most Hot springs (onsen) and public bathhouses in Japan ban customers with tattoos from entering

    *image: Flickr

  • In Japan, there’s a train that “floats” above the tracks by magnetism, reaching 500 km/h and cuts travel time in half

  • Brazil has the biggest Japanese community outside of Japan

  • If you commit suicide in Japan by jumping in front of a train, the family of the deceased will be charged a disruption fee

  • Norway introduced Salmon Sushi to the Japanese in the 80s

  • Most streets in Japan have no name (Where is that GPS of mine?)

  • Godzilla is an official Citizen of Japan

    *image: Flickr

  • Japan has over 70 flavours of Fanta including ‘The Mystery Fruit’, ‘Genius Energy’ and ‘Hip Hop’ flavour

  • Eel flavoured ice cream is a popular thing in Japan

  • In Japan, there is a museum of rocks that look like faces

  • There are more than 80,000 ramen shops throughout Japan

  • There’s a hotel in Japan staffed by robots. The check-in desk is an animatronic velociraptor

So here are 29 Quirky Facts about Japan that you probably didn’t know. As for our Japan trip, we still have not decided on the route or the places we want to visit and see.

Anyone have any ideas? Kindly share at the comments below.

Till next time.


*featured photo by Yusuke Umezawa

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