In Japanese, the name "Japan" is Nihon or Nippon, which means "Land of the Rising Sun." It was once believed that Japan was the first country to see the sun rise in the East in the morning.
Japan consists of over 6,800 islands.
Home to 33 million people, the Tokyo-Yokohama metropolitan area is the largest populated metropolitan region in the world.
The Japanese eat more fish than any other people in the world, about 17 million tons per year. Japan is the world's largest importer of seafood, with shrimp comprising about one third of the total, about four million tons a year. More than 20% of Japanese protein is obtained through fish and fish products.
Japan has around 5.5 million vending machines with one on almost every street corner. There are vending machines that sell beer, hot and cold canned coffee, cigarettes, wine, condoms, comic books, hot dogs, light bulbs, bags of rice, toilet paper, umbrellas, fish bait, fresh eggs, porn magazines, and even used women's underwear.
Anime, or animated Japanese films and television shows, account for 60% of the world's animation-based entertainment. Animation is so successful in Japan that there are almost 130 voice-acting schools in the country.
Japan and Russia still haven't signed a peace treaty to end World War II due to a dispute over the Kuril Islands.
In Japan, Kentucky Fried Chicken is a typical Christmas Eve feast.
The biggest Japanese community outside of Japan is in Brazil.
Baseball is the most popular sport in Japan. Known as yakyu, it was introduced to Japan by an American teacher named Horace Wilson. The first game was played in Japan in 1873 at Tokyo University. Japan has two professional baseball leagues, the Pacific and Central. The game is so popular that even high school games are broadcast on national TV.
You could be forgiven for thinking something is wrong on first look at the Eshima Oshashi bridge. Its stark elevation means that many who have driven across it have linked the experience to riding a rollercoaster!
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