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Japan Facts For Kids

Japan is one of the most traveled countries in Asia and the world. Its culture is rich and full of life, its cuisine is unbelievably delicious, and there is always something new to see and discover about the country.

When you think of Japan, you might think of sushi, anime, and cherry blossom trees, but it shouldn’t come as a surprise that there is so much more to this country than what meets the eye! In this article, we’re going to take a look at some of the most interesting facts about Japan. Hopefully, by the time you get to the end of our guide, you’ll know a few bits of information that you didn’t before! 

Let’s get into it.  

12 Fun Japan Facts for Kids

Japan is home to the oldest business in the world

Japan is home to the oldest business in the world

When a Japanese prince named Shotoku invited three craftsmen to Korea to build a Buddhist temple, the men arrived in Japan with all the knowledge and skills needed for the temple. One of the three craftsmen was called Shigetsu Kongō. After finishing his work on the Buddhist temple, he decided to start his own company! The construction business he started is what we know as Kongo Gumi today. Over the years, Kongo Gumi has constructed several famous buildings, such as the Osaka castle. They have also built and repaired numerous Buddhist temples using ancient craftsmanship and techniques their founders passed down. 

Japan is called the land of the rising sun. 

People all over the world call Japan ‘the land of the rising sun,’ but many don’t know why! Japan is often called the land of the rising sun because of how the word ‘Japan’ is written in Japanese. Japan is written in the kanji script, and its characters translate to the words “sun origin” or “where the sun rises.” Over the centuries, the words have become the famous phrase we know today, and Japan has been referred to as the land of the rising sun!

Japan is home to millions of vending machines. 

home to millions of vending machines

When you think of vending machines, the first country that comes to mind might be America, not Japan. However, it might interest you to know that Japan has more than five million vending machines in it. This makes it one of the few countries in the world with the highest density of vending machines! Studies have shown that there is one vending machine for every 30 people, meaning that Japanese people can access snacks and drinks whenever they want. In addition to food and beverages, Japanese vending machines also sell alcohol, ice cream, instant noodles, disposable cameras, and rice. You can even get fresh fruit, t-shirts, burgers, and cigarettes. 

The world’s largest zipper manufacturer is in Japan. 

Even though China is home to some of the world’s largest factories, Japan is home to the world’s largest zipper manufacturer! The company that manufactures zippers is called the YKK group, which stands for Yoshida Kōgyō Kabushiki gaisha. When translated literally, it means Yoshida Manufacturing Corporation. They manufacture billions of zippers annually and supply over 70 countries with their goods. In addition to zippers, the Yoshida Manufacturing Corporation also sells buttons for jeans, snap fasteners, windows, sunshades, and machinery. 

Japan’s wildlife and plant life are diverse and extensive

Japan’s wildlife and plant life are diverse and extensive
Japanese snow macaques in hot spring onsen

One of Japan’s most interesting features is its rich and diverse wildlife! This country is home to several animal species and types of plants because the country’s length stretches through several climatic zones. More than 125 species of land mammals live in Japan, such as brown and black bears, wild boars, macaques, and red foxes. There are also more than 600 bird species, some of which are in danger of extinction. In addition to land creatures, Japan’s water bodies are home to over 3000 varieties of fish, including koi carp, salmon, sea bream, trout, and squid. In addition to the wide variety of living creatures, Japan is also home to more than 6000 types of plants. 

Japan has over 6,000 islands

Japan has over 6,000 islands

One of Japan’s most notable physical features is the fact that it is home to over 6,000 islands, only 260 of which are inhabited by people. However, there are five main islands in Japan. They are Kyushu, Hokkaido,Shikoku, Okinawa, and Honshu. Since so much of Japan is situated along a coastline, studies have shown that Japan’s coastline is the sixth longest in the world! This country is the fourth largest island country in the world as well. 

Japan is extremely prone to earthquakes and other natural disasters. 

The reason that Japan is prone to multiple natural disasters is because of where the country is situated. Japan’s location is near the Pacific Rim of Fire, which is an area near the Pacific ocean’s rim that is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Japan experiences roughly 1,500 earthquakes yearly and tsunamis due to underwater earthquakes. In addition to earthquakes and tsunamis, Japan often experiences volcanic eruptions, thanks to its 108 active volcanoes! Studies have shown that the number of volcanoes in Japan makes up over 10% of the world’s total number of volcanoes

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Bowing is an important way of showing respect in Japan. 

Bowing is an important way of showing respect in Japan

Every country and culture has its own way of showing respect for other people, and they have their own ways of greeting people when they say hello or goodbye. Bowing in Japan is called Ojigi. When Japanese people bow, they often lower their heads and sometimes the upper half of their torso. Before modern times, Ojigi was generally associated with the samurai or military class. However, in today’s world, bowing plays a crucial role in social ranks and showing respect to others. There are two types of bowing: zarei, which refers to bowing while kneeling, and ritsurei, which refers to bowing while standing. When a person bows, it is crucial that they keep their back straight and bend their body at the torso. If a Japanese person does not bend their torso or keep their back straight, it is generally considered a sign of disrespect, laziness, and tiredness. 

The kimono is Japan’s national dress

kimono is Japan’s national dress

The earliest depictions of the kimono were seen in the year 300CE, and people have been wearing it for several centuries now. In the olden days, kimonos often signified a person’s class, marital status, season, and occasion for wearing it. However, in modern-day Japan, people do not wear kimonos as often as they used to; many people wear them for special occasions like weddings or festivals and often for funerals. The kimono has a rectangular-shaped body, a broad sash worn around the person’s waist, and square-shaped sleeves. Traditionally, people wear a kimono with tabi and zori, which are traditional Japanese socks and footwear. 

Japanese entertainers are called geisha. 

Geisha are female entertainers in Japan who sing, dance, and converse with the people who visit their abodes. They are well known for their distinctive white makeup, hairstyles, and long kimonos. In the olden days, geisha trained for several years from the time they were young girls, but in today’s world, this practice is less common. Most girls decide to become geisha when they are around 17 or 18 years old. They go through different training cycles and debut at 20 or 21 years. 

Japan has the highest number of Michelin-starred restaurants in the world. 

It’s no secret that Japanese food is delicious and loved worldwide. Thanks to their excellent cuisine and cooking skills, Japan has more restaurants with three Michelin stars than any other country in the world! 

Chopstick etiquette is very important in Japan. 

Chopstick etiquette

Japanese chopstick etiquette plays an important role in the country’s dining habits. For example, it is considered bad manners to rub your chopsticks together. People consider it an insult because it makes them think that you believe that the chopsticks are cheap and full of splinters. You must also use both chopsticks at all times; stabbing your food with just one chopstick is seen as disrespectful. Additionally, if you are sharing food from a common plate, you must not use the chopsticks you’re eating with to take food from the common plate. Instead, you must use a clean pair to take food! 

Conclusion 

In this article, we walked you through some interesting information about Japan and Japanese culture. Japan is a beautiful country with diverse food and wonderful sights to see. Even though we’ve barely scratched the surface with the facts about Japan, we hope that they push you to read even more about this wonderful country.