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Top 10 Interesting Facts About Japan

The national anthem of Japan is the shortest in the world.

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Japan, the "Land of the Rising Sun" is one of the world's most technologically advanced countries. It has a stable and prosperous economy, low crime rates, and a hard-working population. Japan is entirely composed of islands located in the Pacific Ocean. The country also has spectacular landscapes. The Japanese culture has its distinct traits and the Japanese people are known for their friendly nature. Here are some other interesting facts about Japan.

10. Japanese Live Really Long

Japan has something to cheer about and that is the life expectancy of its population. On average, the Japanese live up to 83, one of the highest life expectancies in the world. Okinawa in Japan is often called the "land of immortals" as it has a large population of aged individuals. For years, scientists have studied Japanese people to find the secrets of their long lifespan. It is believed that the diet of the people could have some influence in this regard.

9. Sumo Wrestling Originated In Japan

High rank sumo wrestlers line up with crowd in the Tokyo Grand Sumo Tournament. Editorial credit: J. Henning Buchholz / Shutterstock.com

A full-contact wrestling technique called sumo was founded in Japan. Here, the wrestler called rikishi tries to force the opponent out of the ring or make him touch the ground with any body part except for the soles of the feet. The history of the sport spans centuries and has several ritualistic elements. It is often treated as Japanese martial art. Those practicing this sport are required to follow strict traditions and live in communal sumo training stables called heya.

8. Sushi And Sashimi Are From Japan

#8 Sushi And Sashimi Are From Japan

Sushi is a traditional Japanese dish that is based around lightly vinegared short-grain rice served with a selection of toppings or fillings like salmon, tuna, tofu, shellfish, vegetables, chicken, wasabi, etc. Sashimi typically includes a thinly sliced raw fish or meat with an optional serving of rice. With globalization, restaurants serving Japanese cuisine have opened in many parts of the world. Sushi and sashimi are now consumed by people of different nationalities with the former being more favored than the latter.

7. Japan Has The World's Shortest Anthem

Japan has the world's shortest and one of the oldest national anthems. It is officially called “Kimigayo." It has only four lines that mean “His Imperial Majesty's Reign.” The anthem traces its origin to an ancient Japanese poem written around 794 to 1185.

6. Japan Is Highly Prone To Natural Disasters

Tsunami : 04/30/2011 Fukushima Japan, Editorial credit: Smallcreative / Shutterstock.com

Japan is located in one of the world's most perilous regions in terms of natural disasters. The entire country is in the treacherous "Pacific Ring of Fire," an area that is highly susceptible to tectonic activities leading to volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and tsunamis. Japan has around 108 active volcanoes. Typhoons also strike the region. Catastrophic natural disasters have hit Japan several times in the past but the Japanese people have always managed to rapidly recover and rebuild their nation.

5. Japan Has The Galapagos Of The Orient

Minami-jima Island at Ogasawara Japan

The Ogasawara Islands or Bonin Islands of Japan are an archipelago of more than 30 tropical and subtropical islands. Except for two islands, Chichijima and Hahajima, the rest of the archipelago is uninhabited. Since these islands were never connected to any continent, many of the species living here exhibit unique traits. A variety of landscapes in the islands of the region are home to a wealth of fauna. The Bonin Flying fox, 195 endangered bird species, 445 species of native flora, and more have been documented on these islands. The offshore waters host numerous species of cetaceans, corals, fish, and other marine life. Many species found here are endemic. Thus, this archipelago is often nicknamed "The Galapagos Of The Orient."

4. Japan Has The World's Shortest Escalator

The basement of More’s Department Store in Kawasaki, Japan, has the world's shortest escalator. It is called the “Puchicalator.” This 5-step tall escalator moves downwards to cover a distance of only 2.7 ft. Although there is hardly any justification for the existence of this escalator, it has managed to make a proud entry into the Guinness Book of World Records.

3. Japan Has The World's Largest Wholesale Fish Market

The Japanese people's love for fish is evident from the fact that the country houses the world's largest wholesale fish and seafood market. It is called the Toyosu Market and is located in Tokyo. The market has two buildings dedicated to seafood and one for fruits and vegetables. A viewing deck in the area allows tourists to observe the market. Restaurants offer fresh seafood from the market stores. The Toyosu Market was opened in 2018 when the former Tsukiji fish market was relocated to the site where it is located.

2. Square Watermelons Make An Expensive Gift In Japan

Cubic, square, triangular watermelons

In Japan, farmers grow square watermelons which sell at insane prices ranging from $100 in the country to as high as $860 abroad. These watermelons are grown in boxes that force them to grow square-shaped. It is easier to transport, cut, and store these fruits. They are often used as expensive gifts in Japan.

1. Origami Originated In Japan

Origami cranes on the tree

Origami, the art of folding paper, is often associated with Japanese culture. Origami aims to fold a plain sheet of paper into beautiful and interesting sculptures and intricate designs. Traditionally, origami has been practiced in Japan since the Edo period in the early 17th century.

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