We really amazed you with our first set of 42 odd things that you didn’t know about Japan, and now we have finally returned with part six! 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! Read on to discover the top nine most surprising facts that you didn’t know about Japan!
Number Nine: Godzilla!
Finally! We knew Godzilla would make it somewhere on this list. This iconic movie character was such an international hit that his fame actually earned him official citizenship in Japan.
Number Eight: The Edge of Mihara
Mount Mihara is a volcano in Japan, widely known as a popular tourist attraction. However, it is (was) more locally recognized as a suicide destination. Suicide jumps into the molten lava became such a prominent issue that authorities had to put a fence in place around the edge of the volcano to put an end to the trend.
Number Seven: Don’t You Want a Fanta?
The soft drink known as Fanta struck quite a popularity in Japan. Here, you can find the tasty beverage in more than 70 unique flavors. Some of the most notable options are “The Mystery Fruit”, “Genius Energy”, and “Hip Hop”. I wonder if the latter tastes like Biggie…
Number Six: Defying Authority
The people of Japan were determined to help the Jewish population in their struggles of World War II, whether the government liked it or not. One particular man is responsible for saving the lives of over 6,000 Jews after he wrote each one a citizenship Visa in defiance of the government’s wishes.
Number Five: Hikikomori in Japan
One particular tendency of Japanese men became so prominent that medical officials had to come up with a term to describe the condition. It is called Hikikomori and is characterized by the tendency of men to lock themselves within the confines of their bedrooms for years.
Number Four: The Shock That Slowed Time
In 2011, Japan experienced the effects of an earthquake that bore so much impact, it shortened the length of the day as we know it. The impact was so powerful that it propelled the speed of Earth’s rotation, making the average day 24 hours minus 1.8 microseconds.
Number Three: To Say Sorry
Japanese social culture is defined primarily by kindness, morality, and specifically manners. The population of Japan is so well-mannered that the Japanese language allows for 20 diverse ways to say “sorry”.
Number Two: Ancient Warnings
In 2011, Japan was struck with the devastating effects of a major tsunami. However, some good did come out of the tragedy. In the aftermath, ancient stone tablets were uncovered that were translated to read “do not build your homes below this point”.
Number One: The Big Killer
Despite the shame that results in Japanese culture from committing suicide, the act is increasingly common among its citizens. In fact, it has proven to be the leading cause of death for men between the ages of 20 and 44 years. We hope you enjoyed exploring our list of the 51 most surprising things that you didn’t know about Japan.