Saturday, January 24, 2009

10 Random Facts about Japanese Culture

Trying to pick out 10 facts about Japan and Japanese culture is like trying to choose among sand pebbles at the beach, but here are a few choose nuggets about Japan.

In no particular order, here are 10 facts about Japan:

  1. The school year begins in April, not September
  2. Adults read comic books (manga) as much as children do
  3. The Japanese drive on the left side of the road, just like the British
  4. The word for "rice" and "food" is the same in the Japanese language
  5. Nippon 'Ham Fighters' is the actual name of a Japanese professional baseball team
  6. In Japan it's harder to graduate from high school, than it is to graduate from college
  7. Some Japanese refer to the younger generation of Japanese as the "new human beings"
  8. Most Japanese don't have home computers - they use their cell phones instead
  9. Despite cold winters, many Japanese homes still do not have central heating
  10. Job resumes in Japan include a photo and a person's age
Here's a resource to check out:
A Taste of Japan: Food Fact and Fable What the People Eat Customs and Etiquette

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