Fun Fact Friday: Japan

Did you know that Mount Fuji, the tallest mountain in Japan, is an active volcano? It’s true!

Here are some other fun facts about Japan:

  • Train stations have employees whose job is to push crowds of people into the train so the doors will close.
  • It’s common knowledge that in Japan it’s customary to remove your shoes when entering a home…but did you know that you also wear special shoes (called “benjo sandals”) when going to the restroom in someone’s home?
  • Japan’s literacy rate is nearly 100%.
  • Slurping when eating noodles is not considered impolite, but rather, it’s considered a sign that the food is good.
  • The word karaoke is Japanese for “empty orchestra”.
  • People often assume that the name of the game company “SEGA” is a Japanese word. In fact, SEGA was originally an American company. The name is short for “SErvice GAmes”.
  • In Japan, on Valentine’s Day, females give gifts to males, but not vice versa. The Japanese have a separate day for males to give gifts to females, known as White Day.

Want to learn more about Japan? Check out our Japan-related resources on Discovery Education Streaming!


  1. Hayden

    I love these little facts! I went to Japan about a year ago and found it to be one of the most intriguing cultures around. I felt like I was in a sci fi movie on another planet. They are so clean and orderly, and amazingly friendly.

  2. Stephen Knows Cancer

    My father visited Japan as an exchange student when he was in high school, and it has always been a place that I would like to visit. Actually, I tried doing a study abroad semester there in college, but the teacher running that program dropped out last minute and it was canceled. I probably don’t have to tell you that this was a bit of a bummer.

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