Category: Japan

There’s a long history in Japan of female pearl divers who start…

There’s a long history in Japan of female pearl divers who start diving at the age of 12-13 and are active well into their 70s. They’re known as “ama” (which means “sea woman”). They endure freezing conditions and great pressure from deep-sea depths to get pearls, and they have a unique technique in which they release air in a long whistle as they resurface.

In Japan in 1968, 4 bank employees were transporting 300 million…

In Japan in 1968, 4 bank employees were transporting 300 million yen in the trunk of a car. They were stopped by a young police officer, who claimed dynamite had been planted in the transport car. When he crawled under to check and smoke came billowing out, they ran away. The “officer” then got in the car and drove away. The case remains unsolved.

The Japanese never ate salmon sushi until the 1980s when a…

The Japanese never ate salmon sushi until the 1980s when a Norwegian businessman, hired by Norway’s government to offload excess salmon, made a deal with a Japanese company to sell the fish in its grocery stores, leading to its popularity today.

Shinrin-yoku (meaning “forest bathing”) is…

Shinrin-yoku (meaning “forest bathing”) is considered a form of nature therapy in Japan which has positive effects on mental and nervous wellbeing. It consists essentially in taking long walks in forests.

Japanese vending machines are operated to dispense drinking…

Japanese vending machines are operated to dispense drinking water free of charge when the water supply gets cut off during a disaster.

Japan is giving its elderly population discounts on ramen if…

Japan is giving its elderly population discounts on ramen if they give up their drivers licenses.

A 74 year old Japanese man, dressed as a ninja and possessing…

A 74 year old Japanese man, dressed as a ninja and possessing great physical ability, carried out 254 break-ins worth $260,000 before he was caught by police.

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In 1944, Claude Hensinger, an American serviceman, jumped out of…

In 1944, Claude Hensinger, an American serviceman, jumped out of his burning aircraft over war-torn Japan, deployed his parachute and eventually found his way to safety. After the war, his fiancée used material from the parachute to make her wedding gown.

Japanese bullet train system is equipped with a network of…

Japanese bullet train system is equipped with a network of sensitive seismometers. On March 11, 2011, one of the seismometers detected an 8.9 magnitude earthquake 12 seconds before it hit and sent a stop signal to 33 trains. As a result, only one bullet train derailed that day.

Japanese bullet train system is equipped with a network of…

Japanese bullet train system is equipped with a network of sensitive seismometers. On March 11, 2011, one of the seismometers detected an 8.9 magnitude earthquake 12 seconds before it hit and sent a stop signal to 33 trains. As a result, only one bullet train derailed that day.