Category: Japan

Japanese work philosophy of “kaizen”, where people constantly…

Japanese work philosophy of “kaizen”, where people constantly seek to find ways to improve methods instead of just doing it the same way.

Japanese train drivers and conductors purposely point at all the…

Japanese train drivers and conductors purposely point at all the signs they pass as a way to keep focus and prevent accidents. The technique is called shisa kanko and has been in use for more than 100 years.

Photo :  Jeroen Komen from Utrecht, Netherlands / wikimedia

Japan and Singapore have the most powerful passports in the…

Japan and Singapore have the most powerful passports in the world with each granting visa-free access to 189 countries.

Photo : Staka / wikipedia

It’s estimated that 16% of the world’s gold and 22%…

It’s estimated that 16% of the world’s gold and 22% of the world’s silver is contained in Japan’s electronics alone- so much that Japan is asking its citizens to donate old electronics to make the Olympic medals.

A Japanese company awarded its non-smoking employees 6 extra…

A Japanese company awarded its non-smoking employees 6 extra vacation days to compensate for the smoker’s smoke breaks.

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.

Photo : TWPhoto / Corbis via theguardian.com

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.”