Japan: 51 Odd Things You Didn’t Know (Part 3)


We really amazed you with our first set of 16 odd things that you didn’t know about Japan, and now we have finally returned with part three! There is so much more to learn about this astounding and unique country, and our list offers the best of the best facts that you never knew! Don’t forget to check back for our coming articles, parts four through six, to see the remaining 27 odd things that you didn’t know about Japan!

Number Thirty-Five: Cruel Masterminds

In the face of war, each country is known to lose a bit of their humanity in the destructive chaos. However, the Japanese government got so cruel during World War II that they sought the aid of biological warfare. They actually bombed China with an infestation of fleas to transmit the bubonic plague. We thought Pearl Harbor was bad!

Number Thirty-Four: Refusal to Sign

Even to this very day, Japan and Russia are both holding grudges about World War II. Neither country has signed a treaty to end their former feuding, as a result of disputes over the Kuril Islands.

Number Thirty-Three: Lending a Hand

Japanese children are taught responsibility for their actions at a very early age, resulting in their intense moral obligations. In Japanese schools, children are requested to help their teachers and education staff to clean up their own messes in the classrooms and cafeterias, rather than allowing janitors to do it for them.

Number Thirty-Two: Death Count

Many of us living in other countries are oblivious to the tensions between the Chinese and Japanese people. As tragic as it is, the Japanese government is responsible for more Chinese deaths during World War II than the total number of Jews that were massacred in the Holocaust.

Number Thirty-One: The Pokemon Incident

Believe it or not, the treasured children’s show, Pokemon, caused quite a tragic incident back in 1997. As many as 685 young children were hospitalized after a certain episode of the show induced vomiting, dizziness, and even seizures.

Number Thirty: The Ultimate Utensil

In America, chopsticks are seen as a challenging yet culturally exciting way to dine on Asian technique. In Japan, however, they are simply a tool used for daily meals, and in impressive numbers. In this country alone, over 24 billion pairs of chopsticks are used annually.

Number Twenty-Nine: Unique Architecture

The Japanese culture is often characterized by its efficiency, although we think this particular aspect takes it a bit far. As odd as it may seem, there is actually a building in Japan that harbors a bustling highway right through its middle. Talk about noisy neighbors.

Number Twenty-Eight: Celebrations of Japan

We may not fully understand all of the traditions and ways of Japanese life, but they sure can be entertaining. It may seem odd to most of us, but there is actually an annual festival of celebration that takes place in this country to honor the penis and fertility. Don’t forget to check back for our coming articles, parts four through six, to see the remaining 27 odd things that you didn’t know about Japan!