This collection of islands has fascinated travellers since Japan picked itself up from World War defeat, and became one of the leading economic and technological centres of the world. Ancient gods and traditional customs sit side by side with cutting edge technologies and trendy pop culture, and there is always something new to learn about Japan. From deformed dogs and perfect melons, to empty orchestras and bizarre meal-time etiquette, here are 23 interesting facts about Japan you probably never knew.
1. Japan has been inhabited since 30,000 b.c
2. An estimated 127 million people live in Japan. It has the 10yh largest population in the world.
3. 70% of Japan is mountainous – including over 100 active volcanoes.
4. A melon can sell for over $400 in Japan.
5. Japan imports 85% of Jamaica’s annual coffee production.
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7. Japan has a 99% literacy rate among children aged 15 years and over.
8. Slurping your noodles loudly in Japan is considered evidence of enjoying your meal.
9. Tokyo has the world’s largest fish market, handling over 2000 tonnes of marine products daily.
10. Raised floors help indicate where you should take off your shoes in Japanese buildings.
11. “Geisha” means “person of the arts” and the first Geisha were actually men.
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