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Japan: The Land of the Rising Sun













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Fun Facts about Japan


The Japanese name for Japan is “Nihon” or “Nippon” which means “sun origin”.
  • Japan belongs to the continent of Asia. Japan is an island nation surrounded by the Sea of Japan to the East and the Pacific Ocean to the West.
  • Japan is an archipelago, made up of 6,852 islands.
  • The highest point in Japan in Mount Fuji, which stands at 3,776m (12,388ft).
  • As of July 2012, there are over 127 million people living in Japan (127,368,088), which is the tenth largest population in the world.
  • Tokyo is the capital city of Japan and also the largest city. Other major cities include Osaka, Nagoya, and Sapporo.
  • Japanese is the official language of Japan.
  • Japan sits along the “Pacific Ring of Fire”, so has many volcanoes and experiences many earthquakes. In 2011, an earthquake of magnitude 9.0 hit Japan and created a tsunami which resulted in much devastation.
  • Almost three quarters of Japan's land is either forest or mountains and is difficult to be made into farms, industrial or residential areas.
  • Human life in Japan dates back thousands of years.
  • Ancient warriors of Japan were known as Samurai. They were very skilled fighters and swordsmen. Their main weapon was the Katana, a sharp sword with a slight curve to it.
  • Due to gases produced by power plants, Japan sometimes suffers from acid rain.
  • Japan is an industrialized nation, producing some of the most technologically advanced motor vehicles, electronics, and machine tools.
  • Japan is a world leader in robotics. Japanese engineers are known for producing a range of human-like robots such as ASIMO.
  • Some of the most well-known companies in the world are Japanese such as Toyota, Honda, Sony, Nintendo, Canon, Panasonic, Toshiba, and Sharp.
  • Japanese cuisine has become popular around the world. Some well-known dishes are sushi, sashimi and tempura.
  • Japan is home to many different forms of martial arts. Karate, Judo, Sumo, Ninjutsu, Kendo, Jujutsu, and Aikido to name a few.
  • Sumo is recognized as the national sport of Japan, although the most popular spectator sport is baseball.
  • Japan hosted the 1940 and 1964 Summer Olympic games, both times in Tokyo. They also hosted the 1940, 1972 and 1998 Winter Olympic Games.
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