Category: Japan

In Japan, the prime minister sends you a silver cup to celebrate…

In Japan, the prime minister sends you a silver cup to celebrate your 100th birthday. An increase in the number of people turning 100 every year (around 32,000 people in 2016) has led them to make cheaper cups.

During WWII, a Japanese kamikaze pilot hit the USS Missouri, and…

During WWII, a Japanese kamikaze pilot hit the USS Missouri, and his body landed on deck. Though an unpopular decision, the captain demanded a proper burial for the Japanese soldier. He explained to his crew that after death he was no longer their enemy, and the crew hand-stitched a Japanese flag.

In Japan, it takes up to 20 years of school to become a sushi…

In Japan, it takes up to 20 years of school to become a sushi chef, which is years longer than it takes to become a doctor.

In Japan, avid golfers buy insurance to protect themselves on…

In Japan, avid golfers buy insurance to protect themselves on the course. They purchase it because if they get a hole-in-one, they have to buy gifts and drinks for their friends. The policy covers them for a party worth up to $4,900.

In Japan, doctors would prescribe “Forest therapy”…

In Japan, doctors would prescribe “Forest therapy” to treat depression and anxiety. The scent of the trees increases activity of the natural killer cells that enhances your immune system which boosts resistance against stress.

After the atomic bombs had been dropped on Hiroshima and…

After the atomic bombs had been dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 13% of the U.S. people were in favor of “killing off” all Japanese people. And after Japan surrendered, 22.7% of Americans wished more atomic bombs had been dropped.

Instead of signing their name on official documents, Japanese…

Instead of signing their name on official documents, Japanese people carry around a unique stamp called a “hanko” which serves as their signature.

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Since 2011, an art group in Japan has been re-purposing phone…

Since 2011, an art group in Japan has been re-purposing phone booths as goldfish aquariums.

Many schools in Japan require students to have black hair. Those…

Many schools in Japan require students to have black hair. Those with other hair colors are often pressured to dye their hair by a rule intended to prohibit dying of hair.

Photo : AP Photo/Markus Schreiber via qz.com

Smile Mask Syndrome is a psychological disorder in which…

Smile Mask Syndrome is a psychological disorder in which subjects develop depression and physical illness as a result of prolonged, unnatural smiling. First described in Japan in 1983, this is attributed to the great importance placed on smiling in the Japanese service industry.

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