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· Japan is 70% mountains

· Japan is made up of over 6000 islands

· Kris and Jessica live in Japan

· There are wild monkeys in Japan

· Wild monkeys don't like to be looked at in the eye

· The Japanese Prime Minister is elected by the legislature, not the people

· Legend says that the Japanese monarchy began in the 7th Century BC

· In Japan they eat squid, octopus, eel, all fish, crabs, prawns, etc…

· A traditional Japanese breakfast consists of rice topped with natto (fermented soy beans)

· The Japanese say that the Chinese will eat anything

· Golden Retrievers are the most popular pet

· The Japanese use four different writing systems

· In Japanese, the word for "wrong" and "different" are the same

· American shows shown in Japan are: Ally McBeal, Dharma and Greg, Beverly Hills 90210, Full House, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Boy Meets World, Animal Rescue Kids

· In Japan, Ally Mc Beal is called "Ally My Love" because McBeal when said in a Japanese dialect sounds like McBeer

· Junior High and High School students wear uniforms

· Elementary school students wear yellow caps

· In Japan, the teachers move from class to class and the students stay in one room

· At McDonalds the hamburgers are the same size as in America, but the drink sizes are one size smaller

· "McDonalds" in a Japanese dialect sounds lilke "Ma-ku-do-na-ru-do"

· Japanese is hard (Nihongo WA muzukashi des)

· In Japan it is not uncommon to see women wearing platform shoes that are 4 to 6 inches high

· Instead of "Ohayo Gozaimasu" (good morning), Japanese youngsters often say "Oha!"

· Christianity comprises less than 10% of the Japanese population

· Normal Japanese kitchens don't have ovens

· The bathroom is not where the toilet is found in a Japanese home

· In Japan, when you move into an apartment, you have to bring your own light fixtures

· There's no such thing as central heat and air in Japan

· A futon is not what you think it is…

· One US dollar is approximately 120 yen

· You don't wear shoes in the house, you wear slippers

· There are special slippers for the toilet

· You don't wear your slippers into a tatami mat room

· In Japan, a night at the movies will cost you $18 per person

· In Japan you get really good (annoying???) service when shopping

· Japanese department stores are usually multiple stories, with a grocery store on the bottom, clothes and bedding in the middle, and restaurants on the top

· Japanese pizza has mayonnaise, corn, and seaweed on it

· Japanese salad has corn in it

· The Japanese think that Americans eat corn and potatoes every day

· Fruit is very expensive in Japan

· Watermelons in Japan can cost up to $100

· Peaches are $2.00 a piece

· There are Japanese people in Japan

· The second highest population is Chinese, followed by Korean, Brazilian, Peruvian…

· There are very few public trashcans in Japan

· A traditional Japanese toilet looks like a urinal lying on the floor

· In Japan, they know more about Chinese food than Americans do

· In Japan even local calls are charged by the minute

· In Japan you eat your soup with chopsticks

· In Japan many people wear uniforms i.e. bank tellers, grocery store clerks, postal workers…

· In Japan, most people say that they are Buddhist, but don't believe in the Buddha

· Aspiring young Japanese musicians play on street corners and in subway stations hoping to get discovered

· The "WALK" lights on Japanese street corners make a chirping sound so that the blind can know when to cross the street

· Japanese subways are very clean and safe

· People sleep on their way home on the subway and the train

· Japanese cars are mostly the same size as American cars

· In Japan they drive on the left side

· Japanese streets are very narrow

· Streets in Japan don't have names

· Pokemon is not popular in Japan

· Rice cookers are great and easy to use

· In Japan, fair skin is regarded as beautiful

· Many Japanese women dye their hair brown

· Refrigerators in Japan are tiny

· There are very few original castles in Japan because of bombing during WW2

· Whale is a delicacy

· Everyone hangs their clothes outside to dry

· Japan is the world's largest consumer of tropical rainforest timber

· Japan has 28 National Parks and 55 Quasi-National Parks

· Japan is divided into nine large regions and further divided into 47 smaller prefectures

· Japan has the seventh largest population in the world

· You can catch a train to and from Nagoya every 15 minutes

· You can catch a subway train every three minutes in Nagoya

· The Shinkansen (bullet train) passes Kris and Jessica's house every fifteen minutes

· The Japanese know more about American politics than Americans do

· Popular Japanese bands are: Glay, Smap, Hana Hana, Shingo Mama, The Yellow Monkey, Luna Sea, Whiteberry, Arc~en~Ceil, Da Pump, Kinki Kids, etc…

· Popular Japanese music is terrible

· Western celebrities in Japanese commercials are: Catherine Zeta-Jones for Lux Super Rich Shampoo, Cameron Diaz for Aeon Language School, Ewan McGregor for Aeon Language School, Nicholas Cage for Pachinko (what a dork), Brad Pitt for both Roots canned coffee and jeans, Tiger Woods for Wonda canned coffee, George Clooney for Toyota, Naomi Campbell for Lipton Canned Tea

· In Japan you can buy canned coffee, hot or cold, in vending machines

· In Japan, Pert shampoo is called Rejoy

· In Japan, 20 capsules of cold medicine cost $15

· Because Japan has a socialized medical system, if you get the tiniest bit sick people think you should go to the doctor so you can get your medicine for free instead of paying $15 for cold medicine

· Kyoto and Nara were consciously spared from bombing during World War 2 because of the cultural significance of their architecture and way of life

· The name "Tokyo" when broken down into kanji means "east" and "capital"

· The name "Kyoto" when broken down into kanji means "capital" and "capital"

· Noh, a type of Japanese theatre, can be up to eight hours long

· In Japanese, languages all end in -go : Nihongo, Eigo, Spango, etc…

· In Japanese, citizen terms end in -jin : Nihonjin, Amerikajin, Perujin, etc…

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  1. Most Japanese people, especially those in major cities, can't drive. The public transportation system is set up so well that only those in the most rural of areas ever need to find their own transportation.
  2. Restaurants in Japan (including many fast-food places) give you moist towels or wipes before your meal.
  3. At many businesses in Japan, they offer alcohol to the employees after six pm.
  4. It is common to give your landlord a small gift upon moving in.
  5. On Respect for the Aged Day, tobacco companies will hand out free cigarettes to the elderly outside of train stations and department stores.
  6. Japanese pizza toppings include corn, mayonnaise, sesame seeds, and squid.
  7. There are no 24 hour ATMs in Japan. ATMs are usually only open during normal bank hours.
  8. Many Japanese teachers think that Japanese parents are lazy.
  9. The words for green and blue are the same in Japanese (unless you're referring to plants), so the word for green traffic lights is "blue."
  10. It is polite to slurp your soup.
  11. Newspaper editors make their headlines so as to not attract attention.
  12. In Japan, Christmas is spent with friends and New Year's Day is spent with family--the exact opposite of most Western cultures.
  13. Japan has about 1,500 earthquakes each year.
  14. In the Japanese language, it is considered rude to say the word "no" directly. Instead, people often say "hmm" or reword things as a question.
  15. It is nearly impossible to become a naturalized citizen of Japan.
  16. You can smoke just about anywhere. There are no public smoking bans.
  17. Japanese people shower first, then get into a hot bath. Everyone uses the same bath water, but it's clean water because they clean themselves in the shower first.
  18. There is no insulation or central heat in most Japanese homes. The Japanese believe in heating people, not rooms, so they wear layers and eat hot foods in cold weather. Rooms generally have their own heating system, or a space heater is used.
  19. Japan has roughly 200 volcanoes.
  20. It is considered inappropriate to show signs of affection toward a loved one in public.
  21. When you go to a funeral or a wedding you must take a gift of money.
  22. Toilets, especially in private homes, often have heated seats and a bidet function.
  23. In Japan, Flower Arranging is an art that requires intensive study to be properly practiced.
  24. The new generation of Japanese people are not as short as Westerners think (but the average height of men is still around 5'8").
  25. You can buy batteries, beer, wine, condoms, cigarettes, comic books, hot dogs, light bulbs, and many other things from vending machines. Contrary to popular belief, it is actually illegal to sell used underwear in a vending machine; this falls under decency laws.
  26. Many Japanese people eat rice with every meal.
  27. Never stick your chopsticks upright in your rice. This is an old Japanese custom and is what is done when food is offered to the dead. When it is not an offering it is considered to be a very ill omen.
  28. In Japan you will find cars by the names of "It's," "Let's," "Sunny," "Perky," "Gloria," "Move," "Toppo," "Lepo," and "Dump".
  29. McDonald's employees will run outside to give you your drive-thru order.
  30. The Japanese visit shrines and give each other money for New Year's.
  31. It is impolite to tear the wrapping paper off of a gift.
  32. Japanese junior high school students do not need to pass any of their classes to graduate. Education is only compulsory through junior high school.
  33. Packets of tissues with an accompanying advertisement are often handed out on streets and in train stations.
  34. There is almost no vandalism in Japan.
  35. Gas stations are usually full-service; attendants will bow as the car pulls out of the station.
  36. It is not socially acceptable to pick or blow your nose in public, but it is not uncommon to see elderly men urinating onto the tracks or platform at train stations, especially in rural areas.
  37. Most Japanese people have never tasted turkey.
  38. Japan is about the size of California and has half the population of the entire United States.
  39. Snowmen in Japan are made of two large snowballs instead of three.
  40. It will always take one to two hours for a pizza to be delivered.
  41. Contrary to popular belief, there is toilet paper in almost every public place in Japan, with the notable exception of shrines and temples. Paper towels and napkins, however, are found almost nowhere, including in public bathrooms and restaurants. People commonly carry a small washcloth with them and use this to dry their hands.
  42. Fruit in Japan is often expensive. It is not uncommon to pay $2 for a single apple, and a watermelon only slightly larger than a grapefruit can easily cost $15.
  43. The sun is not red in Japan and it would be silly to think that it is. The country itself is referred to by Japanese people as "the land of the rising sun"
  44. Eating or drinking while walking or on the train is considered rude.

This list is mostly correct #2 and 17 are incorrect. I lived in Japan for years and outside of Tokyo most folks can drive many just take the bus or train to work as it saves money. In reguards to smoking there are a number of areas on the street that prohibit smoking you have to smoke in the area that allows it when outside.

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the whole country is just beautiful and amazing!

i love learning about Japan and basically everything in it

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