Category: Japan

Hiroshima is one of the only places outside of the United States…

Hiroshima is one of the only places outside of the United States to observe Martin Luther King Day because he wrote a letter to Japan weeks before his death, requesting to visit the county and spread his message of peace. 

Hiroshima is one of the only places outside of the United States…

Hiroshima is one of the only places outside of the United States to observe Martin Luther King Day because he wrote a letter to Japan weeks before his death, requesting to visit the county and spread his message of peace. 

Japan only has a military for defense, meaning they can’t…

Japan only has a military for defense, meaning they can’t go fight outside of Japan or do any offensive missions at all.

Yubitsume is the Yakuza ritual of chopping off part of one’s…

Yubitsume is the Yakuza ritual of chopping off part of one’s pinky finger as either punishment or an apology. The reason this is done is amputation of the little finger makes a proper grip on a samurai sword impossible, weakening him in battle and forcing the person to be more reliant on his boss for protection.

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Rather than having 4 seasons, the traditional Japanese calendar…

Rather than having 4 seasons, the traditional Japanese calendar has 24 seasons that last 15 days each, these seasons are then split up by 72 five-day microseasons. As of today, the current microseason is “Farmers drain fields,” followed by “Wild geese return” and “Chrysanthemums bloom.”

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.