This is not our first article with facts about Japan, but this time we have collected only the rarest and little-known facts. Well, let's start:
1. In Japan, on Valentine's Day, girls show sympathy and give gifts. I will not tell you what this tradition is connected with, but today it performs an important social function: it allows girls to say “yes” without waiting for a Japanese man to muster up the courage to approach it.
2. In Japan, cheap fish and meat, but very expensive fruits. One apple costs two dollars, a bunch of bananas five. The most expensive fruit is a melon, a sort of our "torpedo" type, which will cost two hundred dollars in Tokyo.
3. In Japan, pornography is sold absolutely everywhere. In each kombini (grocery store), on the press counter, there is always a separate shelf with hentai. In small bookstores hentai makes up a third of the entire assortment, in large bookstores 2-3 floors are reserved for pornography.
4. Hentai is allowed to be freely sold to minors.
5. The two most popular hentai subgenres are violence and underage sex.
6. Having wrapped the cover, hentai is calmly read in the subway.
7. The Japanese subway and JR have female-only coaches. They are added in the morning so that no one harasses the girls at rush hour. The Japanese are voyeurs, and groping girls on crowded trains is something of a national sport.
8. At the same time, Japan has one of the lowest rape rates in the world. Five times less than in Russia. It seemed to me important to note this, after all that I have written above.
9. Most Japanese characters are 2-4 syllables, but there are surprising exceptions. For example, the character 砉 reads "haneotokawatogahanaareruoto", it is thirteen syllables! Describes the sound made when flesh is separated from bone.
10. The issue of honor continues to play a central role in Japan, even in politics. The last prime minister, Yukio Hatoyama, resigned after failing to fulfill his campaign promise (sic!). Two of his predecessors too.
11. Japan is a small country, but it has a lot of great things. It is home to the world's most expensive amusement park, Disney Sea, four of the ten tallest roller coasters. Tokyo has the most advanced subway system in the world, the largest railway hub and the largest mixed pedestrian intersection.
12. In Japan, it is customary to sculpt snowmen strictly from two balls, and not three, as in the rest of the world. And then the Japanese distinguished themselves.
13. Colonel Sanders is one of the main symbols of Christmas in Japan, like Coca-Cola in the United States. On Christmas Eve, the Japanese love to go to KFC with the whole family and eat a large portion of chicken wings.
14. In Japan, still 30% of weddings take place as a result of parent-organized matchmaking and matchmaking お 見 合 い (omiai).
15. In all northern cities of Japan, where it snows in winter, sidewalks and streets are heated. There is no ice, and there is no need to remove the snow. Very comfortably!
16. However, there is no central heating in Japan. Everyone heats the apartment as best he can.
17. In Japanese, there is a word 過 労 死 (Karoshi) meaning “death by overwork”. On average, ten thousand people die with this diagnosis every year.
18. Japan has one of the most liberal tobacco laws. You can smoke in Japan everywhere except railway platforms and airports.
19. Japan is the last country in the world to formally retain the title of Empire.
20. The Japanese imperial dynasty has never been interrupted. Emperor Akihito, who reigns today, is a direct descendant of the first Emperor Jimmu, who founded Japan in 711 BC.
21. Japan will celebrate its 2675 anniversary this year.
22. The Japanese constantly talk about food, and when they eat, they discuss how they like the treat. Having dinner without saying “oishii” (delicious) a few times is very impolite.
23. In general, the Japanese love repetition. When girls do it, it is considered kawaii.
24. In the Japanese language, three types of writing are used simultaneously: Hiragana (syllable system for writing Japanese words), Katakana (syllable system for writing borrowed words) and Kanji (hieroglyphic writing). Crazy, yes.
25. There are no guest workers in Japan. This is achieved by a simple law: the minimum wage at which it is allowed to hire a foreign worker in Japan is higher than the average wage for a Japanese worker. Thus, the way to the country remains open for highly paid specialists, and unskilled newcomer labor does not dump the salaries of local residents. Solomon's solution.
26. More than half of the railways in Japan are private. Non-state carriers are responsible for 68% of the country's railways.
27. Hirohito was never removed from power, after the war he led the reformation and ruled until 1989. Hirohito's birthday is a national holiday and is celebrated every April 29th.
28. Mount Fuji is privately owned. In the Shinto shrine of Hongyu Sengen, a dedication from 1609 has been preserved, by which the Shogun transferred the mountain to the possession of the temple. In 1974, the authenticity of the deed was confirmed by the Supreme Court of Japan, after which he had no other choice but to transfer the mountain to the ownership of the temple. Because property rights in Japan are unshakable.
29. Japanese has several levels of politeness: conversational, respectful, polite and very polite. Women almost always speak the respectful form of the language, men the colloquial one.
30. Seven percent of the male population of Japan is Hikikomori.
31. In Japanese, months have no names, instead they are denoted by sequential numbers. For example September is 九月 (kugatsu), which means "the ninth month".
32. Before Japan opened up to the west, the only word to describe romantic sympathy was 恋 (koi), literally meaning "irresistible attraction to something unattainable."
33. Japan is a mono-ethnic country, 98.4% of the total population are ethnic Japanese.
34. In Japan, prisoners are not allowed to vote in elections.
35. Dolphins are eaten in Japan. They make soup, make kusiyaki (Japanese kebab), and even eat it raw. The dolphin has quite tasty meat, with a pronounced taste and completely unlike fish.
36. There are practically no personal pronouns in Japanese, and those words that are sometimes used as pronouns have at least one more meaning. In Russian, for example, the pronoun “I” does not mean anything but “I”, and in Japanese 私 (watashi, I) also means “private, personal”;貴 方 (anata, you) - "my lord." It is polite to use “anata” only at the first meeting, then it is customary to address the interlocutor by name or position.
37. Tokyo is the safest metropolis in the world. Tokyo is so safe that six-year-olds use public transportation on their own. This is actually fantastic.
38. The Japanese consider the outside world to be very dangerous and are afraid to travel. They consider the United States to be the most dangerous country.
39. The ninth article of the Japanese constitution prohibits a country from having its own army and participating in wars.
40. In Japan, the school year begins on April 1st and is divided into terms. Students study from April to July, then September to December and from January to March.
41. There are no trash cans in Japan as all trash is recycled. Waste is divided into four types: glass, incinerated, recyclable and non-incinerated waste. Each type of waste is taken out on a specific day and can only be thrown away according to strictly allotted numbers. For violation of the procedure, a large fine, in my house it is one hundred thousand yen (about a thousand dollars).
42. There are also no trash bins on the streets, only special containers for collecting bottles. An illustrative example of what is clean where there is no crap.
43. Pensions are very low in Japan. The maximum social allowance for poor old people is 30, 000 yen, which is about three hundred dollars. There is also no compulsory pension insurance, it is assumed that every Japanese must take care of his old age himself.
44. Godzila (in Japanese Godjira) is not a random name. It is a portmonto of the words "Gorilla" and "Kujira" (whale). One can only guess how they interbred so that they turned out to be a reptile.
45. Transportation in Japan is very expensive, the cheapest subway ticket costs 140 yen (50 rubles).
46. In Japan, men are always served first. At the restaurant, the man is the first to place an order, and the drink is brought to him first. In stores in Japan, they always greet a man first.
47. The Japanese drive big cars. City cars cannot be found even in tight Tokyo, but there are a lot of jeeps.
48. In all the time in Japan, I have not seen a single toilet without a heated toilet seat and with less than 10 buttons. And recently I discovered that in my house the toilet can make the sound of flowing water to hide, uh, its own sounds.
49. Everyone in Japan knows that Hello Kitty is from England.
50. Tipping is strongly discouraged in Japan. It is believed that as long as the client pays the specified price for the service, he remains with the seller on an equal footing. If the buyer tries to leave extra money, he thereby devalues the service / product provided to him, reducing an equal exchange to a handout.
51. During the year of my life in Japan, I have never encountered manifestations of racism against myself. In my opinion, this is very cool.
52. Japanese MTV is running the popular TV series Usavich, a cartoon about two birds with one stone, Putin and Kiriyenko, trying to survive in a police state.
53. The age of sexual consent in Japan is 13 years.
54. Japan is three times the size of England. The area of Japan is 374 744 km², England is 130 410 km².
55. Japan is often cited as an example of an overpopulated country. In fact, Japan's population density is only 360 people per square kilometer. This is less than in England, where there are 383 people per square kilometer.
56. In Japanese, the words “wrong” and “different” are denoted by the same word 違 う (chigau).
57. Things have taken root in Japan that twenty years ago seemed to be the future, but today they leave a strange retro-futuristic impression. Automatic doors in taxis, vending machines that sell everything from fruits to soups to used panties. Trains in Japan are of fantastic shape and funny fashion. This is all very cool.
58. The Japanese word 御 来 光 (goraiko), describes the sunrise seen from Mount Fuji. There are many capacious words in Japanese.
59. Hitler admired the integrity of the Japanese nation and called them “honorary Aryans”. In South Africa during apartheid, the Japanese were the only ones who were not impaired, as they were considered "honorary whites."
60. Japanese telephones have a built-in nationwide emergency alert system. When some kind of cataclysm occurs, a loud sound signal is triggered in all phones (even if the sound was turned off) and a message appears explaining what happened and how to behave.
61. There is no looting in Japan. If you enter “looting in japan” into Google, you will only find tens of thousands of surprised foreigners who cannot understand why empty houses are not robbed in Japan.
62. The Japanese hardly speak English, but they use a fantastic amount of Anglicisms. Alex Keyes tried to make a list, he counted over 5, 000 words and got tired of going on. At the same time, the Japanese pronunciation distorts them so much that you can not hope to understand them, or that they will understand you if you pronounce a word with an original accent.
63. Few people know that the words "vata", "pollock" and "iwashi" are borrowed from Japanese. I think everyone knows about tsunami and typhoon.
64. Japanese also has borrowings from Russian. Words イ ク ラ “ikura; caviar ”and ノ ル マ“ noruma; norm". There is also a funny expression “ヴ ・ ナ ロ ー ド” “woo people; to the people ”, it got from Alexander II.
65. The death penalty exists in Japan. Eight criminals were executed in Japan last year. The last two executions were attended by the Minister of Justice of Japan.
66. Japan has the lowest homicide rate and the lowest violent crime rate per 100, 000 of the population of all analyzed countries. It has the highest life expectancy in the world.
67. Tokyo is home to one of the largest gay districts in the world, Shinjuku-Ni-Cheme. It has the largest concentration of gay bars in the world.
68. Japanese and Chinese characters are one and the same. There are regional differences: there are more characters in Chinese and in a simplified form they are written differently. But knowing Japanese, you can understand the general meaning of Chinese signs.
69. Instead of a signature in Japan, they put a special personalized hanko seal. Every Japanese has such a seal and it is used many, many times a day. You can also buy it at any store.
70. Japan is the only country in the world where the criterion for a train delay is a minute line.
71. In Japan, it is considered impolite to open a gift in the presence of the giver. They thank for it, and then put it aside to open it in private.
72. The Japanese believe that a person should be able to hide suffering behind a smile. There is even a saying 顔 で 笑 っ て 心 で 泣 く (Kao de waratte kokoro de naku; smile while you suffer inside).
73. The Japanese are a nation of very addicted people. If they do something, they strive for complete authenticity. So, in all French bakeries, Japanese inscriptions are duplicated in French. In Italian jellies, the ice cream will be signed in Italian, while the Spanish restaurant will have a menu in Spanish. At the same time, there will be nothing in English. Sometimes it seems that for them it is just “another European language”.
74. In Japan, property rights are strictly enforced, so there are dozens of companies with more than a thousand years of history. For example, the Hoshi Ryokan Inn has been operating continuously since 718. It has been run by the same family for 46 generations (sic!).
75. Tanuki - wayward Japanese werewolf animals, bringing happiness and prosperity. Their eggs are a traditional symbol of good luck. For the canonical happiest tanuki, the area of eggs should be 8 tatami, which is 12 meters. In case of trouble, they are punished with them. Studio Ghibli has a wonderful cartoon about them Pom Poco, take a look.
76. Two thirds of Japan is forested. In Japan, commercial logging of its own forest is prohibited, but it consumes 40% of all timber that is mined in tropical forests.
77. For 10 years, from 1992 to 2002, Japan was the largest donor of international aid in the world. This is by the way to everyone who is now gloating over the Japanese misfortune.
78. When a conductor enters the next car of a high-speed train, he necessarily takes off his headdress and bows, and only then begins to check the tickets.
79. In Japan, the third way was successful, which we have been looking for for a long time and will never find it. There is a unique organization of society here: on the one hand, a completely Western legal state, on the other, an original culture that lives not only by traditions, but is constantly evolving. I don't understand why no one in Russia is studying the Japanese experience.
80. Japan is the best country in the world.