Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Land of the Rising Sun.

Raw horse meat is a popular food in Japan.

Sometimes the trains are so crowded railway staff are employed to cram passengers inside.

For many Japanese couples Christmas is celebrated like Valentine's Day in the western world.

More than 70% of Japan consists of mountains, including more than 200 volcanoes.

There are four different writing systems in Japan, romaji, katakana, hiragana, and kanji.

Coffee is very popular and Japan imports approximately 85% of Jamaica's annual coffee production.

When you use the restroom in some one's home, you may need to put on special bathroom slippers so as not to contaminate the rest of the home.

Noodles, especially soba (buckwheat), are slurped loudly when eaten. It is often said slurping symbolizes the food is delicious, but the slurping also serves to cool down the hot noodles for eating.

There are around 1,500 earthquakes every year in Japan.

Tsukiji market in Tokyo is the world's largest fish market.

Although whaling is banned by the IWC, Japan still hunts whales under the premise of research. The harvested whale meat ends up in restaurants and supermarkets.

In the past men might shave their heads to apologize.

In the past women in Japan might cut their hair after breaking up with a boyfriend.

Tokyo has had 24 recorded instances of people either killed or receiving serious skull fractures while bowing to each other with the traditional Japanese greeting.

The term karaoke means "empty orchestra" in Japanese.

In a Sumo training "stable" the junior rikishi Sumo wrestlers must wash and bathe their senior sumo wrestlers and make sure their hard to reach places are clean.

Raised floors help indicate when to take off shoes or slippers. At the entrance to a home in Japan, the floor will usually be raised about 6 inches indicating you should take off your shoes and put on slippers. If the house has a tatami mat room its floor may be rasied 1-2 inches indicating you should to take off your slippers.

Geisha means "person of the arts" and the first geisha were actually men.

It was customary in ancient Japan for women to blacken their teeth with dye as white teeth were considered ugly. This practice persisted until the late 1800's.

In ancient Japan, small eyes, a round puffy face, and plump body were considered attractive features.

Some traditional Japanese companies conduct a morning exercise session for the workers to prepare them for the day's work.

In Japan non-smoking areas are difficult to find in restaurants, including family restaurants. Many of Japan's politicians have interest in the tobacco industry so anti-smoking laws are almost non-existent. If you are planning a trip to Japan you may want to think twice if you are sensitive to cigarette smoke.