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Japan
Chelsea Paige
Japan’s Location
• Japan is made up of over 4000 small islands
with four main ones: Hokkaido, Honshu,
Shikoku and Kyushu
• Surrounded by water: The Sea of Japan and
the Pacific Ocean
• The countries across the Sea of Japan are
North Korea, South Korea and Russia
Capital and Population
• Japan’s capital is Tokyo, which is one of the
world’s largest cities
• The population of Japan is 126,804,433 and
ranked 10th for the most population on the
planet
• The population density is 336 people per a
square mile, which is ranked 32nd in the world
• Japan is also the leading supplier of fish and
the United States biggest trading partner
Japan Flag
• Adopted by Japan on February 27th, 1870
• Most commonly known as “Hinomaru” which means
“sun disk” or “Nipon”, the “The Land of the Rising
Sun”
• The red circle in the middle represents the sun, and
the sun represents sincerity, brightness, warmth,
bravery, strength and valor
• The white background stands for purity and honesty
Japan Currency
• The Japanese Currency is Yen (¥)
• One million dollars would equal
about 83,906,010 yen
• One million yen would equal about
11,918.1 dollars
Japanese Writing and Alphabet
• Japan has four different
writing styles: Hiragana
and Katakana (which are
the easiest), Kanji (the
most complicated), and
Romaji (Written using
English letters)
• Can be written vertically
right to left or
horizontally left to right
Japanese Suffixes
• There are many ways to call people in Japan by adding
suffixes
• “San” means “Mr./Mrs./Ms.” or for people you barely met
and it’s also for people you’re not close to but know them,
and a way of showing respect
• “Kun” is generally used for boys, but also can be used for girls
if someone elderly is addressing them
• “Chan” is usually used if you have a certain fondness for the
person, most commonly girls
• “Niichan” and “Neechan” are for older brother and sister
respectively and the more formal “Niisama” and “Neesama”
• There are many others, including uncle, aunt, grandpa, etc.
Politeness and Impoliteness
• Being polite is one of the most important qualities
• A bow is the proper way to greet someone, however when
meeting a foreigner, a handshake is fine
• Yawning, chewing gum, putting your ankle over your knee,
and blowing your nose in public are all considered impolite
• When eating soup, slurping is not impolite, in fact, it’s
considered as gratitude by showing the cook you’re
enjoying the meal
• Walking and eating is impolite for an adult, but for a kid,
it’s alright
• Laughing can be a sign of embarrassment
Family
A man is the head of the family
The woman works and raises the children
Usually the male and female are equal
There are almost always fewer than three kids
Teenagers date around fifteen and do the same things
as us, such as going out to eat, seeing a movie, etc.
• The usual marrying age is twenty-seven for males and
twenty-six for females
• Weddings are important and also expensive and are
most commonly held in hotels
• Divorce and single parenthood is very rare
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Living Style
• There are Japanese-style houses, apartments, and now
Western-style houses
• When people enter houses, they take off their shoes is
the genkan which is a small place between the door
and the living room and put on slippers to wear around
the house
• There are sliding doors, called fusuma and if you open
them, you can make two rooms into one
• People have beds, but sometimes they sleep on
futons, which are beds you lay on the ground and
when done, you can roll them up and put them in the
closet
School
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Schoolwork is very important
Even in kindergarten, kids are expected
to do their very best and nothing less
It’s very serious and rigorous
Getting into the right school can
guarantee success for their whole life
School is free ages six to fifteen
There are often school uniforms
students are required to wear, which
helps distinguish schools from each
other
English is taught in all secondary
schools (which is around high school
age) because it is often used in
business deals and etc.
School is everyday except Sunday and
is held twice a month on Saturday
Anime and Manga
• Anime is like a cartoon, except
for all ages, not just kids while
manga is Japanese graphic
novels and also directed
towards older ages
• Some popular ones are:
Bleach, Detective Conan,
Inuyasha, Ranma ½, and many
more
• Many are ongoing, and publish
them weekly in a magazine
called Shonen Sunday
• People love anime and manga
all around the world, not just
Japan
Traditions
• People go to temples to pray for many things,
such as a good grade on a test
• You can also buy good luck charms
• When people go to a temple, they pull a rope
and a bell rings and they pray and clap their
hands once
• They can get a piece of paper with a fortune on it
and if the fortune is bad, they tie it to a tree to
get rid of the bad luck
• You can also buy good luck charms
Mount Fuji
• Mt. Fuji is a currently dormant volcano near
the Yamanashi and Karagawa Prefectures
• The last time Mt. Fuji erupted was in
November 1707 and has remained dormant
since February 1708
• Mt. Fuji is 3,776 meters high or 12,388.45 feet
• Mt. Fuji is also known as Fuji-san and is a well
known landmark
Cherry Blossoms
• Cherry blossom trees are called ‘sakura’
• A popular thing to do in Japan is go flower
viewing
• There are many cherry blossom parks you can
visit
• Usually schools have cherry blossom trees
outside of them
• There are festivals called ‘hanami’ to enjoy
the flowers
Tokyo Tower
• Tokyo Tower is in Tokyo and is the world’s
tallest self-supporting tower
• Based of France’s Eiffel Tower
• 333 meters tall, 13 meters higher than the
Eiffel Tower
• At the top of the tower, there’s a TV and
broadcast antenna
• Built in 1958 as Japan’s birth economically
• Located in Tokyo Dome City
• Opened on March 17th, 1988
• Many sports and concerts have and still are
taking place in the Dome
• 60 NFL and baseball games are held yearly
• Madonna, Michael Jackson, the Backstreet Boys,
Britney Spears, the Rolling Stones, Janet Jackson,
etc. have had a concert in the Dome
• Can fit up to 55,000 people at once
Peace Memorial Park
• Built in Hiroshima after the US dropped the
Atomic Bomb
• 120,000 square meters
• Every year, there’s an anniversary the day the
bomb was dropped with speeches for loved
ones, etc.
• The main facility is the Peace Memorial
Museum
Akihabara
• Akihabara is also called Akiba
• In Tokyo
• Hundreds of stores and shops, mostly for
electronics
• Gaming, anime and manga is also popular
• Famous for cosplay cafes: Regular cafes
except where waitresses dress up as anime
characters
Random Facts
• Sushi is expensive; it is usually only bought on rare occasions
• Adults like to drink a type of alcohol called sake, which is rice wine.
• Medical teams wear helmets and blue scrubs
• The life expectancy rate for males are 79 and 86 for female.
• Business people wear ties and suits, just like in America and
Europe.
• People dress in harmony with other people, but comfortably
• A major holiday is New Years Eve
• The prime minister is the head of government
• The voting age is twenty
• People travel in cars, planes, subways, and trains
• For a funeral, bodies are burned instead of buried
• They have cigarette vending machines as well as regular ones
• They have indoor beaches
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