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.

Source: Wikipedia

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Source:  Kyoto University & Volcano Discovery

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Source: Japanese Embassy

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Source: Japan Guide

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Source: International Business Times

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Source: Live Science

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Source: New York Times

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Source: Maps of the world

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