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  • There are 127 million people living in the country.
  • Japan is nicknamed the “Land of the Rising Sun”.
  • Japan consists of approximately 6,800 islands.
    Japan Facts

    Three billion fortune cookies are made each year around the world and the vast majority of them are used for consumption in the United States.

  • Tokyo is the 2nd most expensive city to live in the world.
  • There are more than 1,600 temples in Kyoto.
  • There are over 200 volcanoes in Japan.
  • There is almost no immigration in Japan. The population is 98% ethnic Japanese.
  • Sumo is Japan’s national sport.
  • The fortune cookie dates back to Kyoto, Japan during the 19th century.
  • In Japanese, karaoke means “empty orchestra.”
  • Streets in Japan don’t have names.
  • A very popular food in Japan is raw horse meat.
  • Normal Japanese kitchens don’t have ovens.
  • It is considered inappropriate to blow your nose in public.
  • You don’t wear shoes in the house, you wear slippers.
  • Japan’s Haiku poetry is the shortest in the world, consisting of only three lines.
  • Bus drivers turn off the bus during red lights to help reduce pollution.
  • If you’re sick, you wear a mask so you don’t spread your sickness.
  • “McDonalds” in a Japanese dialect sounds like “Ma-ku-do-na-ru-do”.
  • Japan has cafes where people can play with puppies and kittens.
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