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!