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!


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  1. Hayden said:

    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 said:

    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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