After the 2011 earthquake in Japan, members of the yakuza gathered supplies and gave food to the victims. Some even opened their offices to people who couldn't return home. Some people felt like their response was much quicker and efficient than that of the government. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
Curry was introduced to Japan by the British. The British brought curry from India back to Britain and introduced it to Japan after it ended its policy of self-isolation. Curry in Japan is categorized as a Western dish wikipedia.org/wiki/curry
During the Edo period in Japan, some firefighters set fires intentionally so they could show off their firefighting skills in public or create more business for themselves since some firefighters had construction businesses. Some firefighters were executed for this. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
There are two seperate and incompatible power grids in Japan. East Japan (Tokyo) is powered by 50hz generators and West Japan (Osaka, Kyoto) is powered by 60hz. As early companies looked for AC current options, the east ordered their generators from Germany, the west ordered from America. japantimes.co.jp/news/201…
Within 24 Hours of The Pearl Harbor Attack, Japan Successfully Invaded the Philippines, the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia), Much of New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Guam, and Other Strategic Areas All Over the Western Pacific. britannica.com/topic/Paci…
Buffets are called "vikings" in Japan. This is because a Japanese restaurant manager went to Sweden and liked smΓΆrgΓ₯sbords so much he copied the idea at his restaurant. This Swedish word was too hard to pronounce in Japanese, so the word "vikings" was used instead after a employee suggested it. japan-talk.com/jt/new/str…
Today I learned about the Living National Treasures of Japan - individuals and groups certified by the government because they are masters of a traditional art or craft that is in danger of being lost. As a reward, they receive a small amount of money from the government every year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
In 2008, McDonald's Japan paid 1,000 people to wait in line for the release of the Quarter Pounder in Osaka. People were paid $10 an hour to do this. 15,000 people gathered at the restaurant due to the fake crowd which caused people to accuse the company of trickery. factsanddetails.com/japan…
The largest native ethnic minority in Japan are the Ryukyuan People, who are the native inhabitants of Okinawa. They number around 1.25 Million people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryu…
In an attempt to trim out the listing Yamato, Japan's super battleship, the captain flooded the outer engine room, drowning three hundred men at their stations. nationalinterest.org/blog…
Salmon sushi is not a Japanese dish. It was created by the Norwegian salmon industry in the early nineties to sell Atlantic salmon to Japan. Because Pacific salmon is known to carry parasites, it took a decade for Japanese people to trust the dish. diggitmagazine.com/articl…
In 1944, three American B-29 bombers on missions over Japan were forced to land in the Soviet Union. The Soviets, who did not have a similar strategic bomber, decided to copy the B-29. Within three years, they had developed the Tu-4, a nearly-perfect copy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tup…
"The Very Hungry Caterpillar" was first published in Japan because U.S. printers could not afford the holes and irregular pages. carlemuseum.org/artists/e…
Despite having a lower rate of smoking, the United States has a 10x higher rate of lung cancer than Japan. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1…
When brought to Japan in 2010, MTV’s Jersey Shore was aired under a title that translated to β€œThe New Jersey Life Of Macaroni Rascals!” stereogum.com/1767771/hah…
A small village in Japan claims that Jesus survived crucifixion by changing places with his brother Isukiri and journeyed across Siberia to Japan, where he raised a family with a woman named Miyuko and lived to the age of 106. Celebrations are held at his burial place in the village every year. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
South Korea is the second leading consumer of Spam. Spam was introduced in Korea during WWII, and it was "godsend" for people in Korea and Japan who were starving as result of the war. Koreans view Spam as a delicacy and it is a popular gift item for the Lunar New Year. eater.com/2014/7/9/619168…
In Japan, if a working day falls between two public holidays, that working day becomes an additional holiday by law, also known as a "Citizen's Holiday". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pub…
Today I learned about Sanada Masayuki, the head of Sanada clan in the 16th century, sent his older son to join the Tokugawa army and his younger son to the opposing army at the Battle of Sekigahara, the turning point in feudal Japan, to ensure the survival of the clan, regardless of the outcome. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
Japan's reputation for longevity among its citizens is a point of controversy: In 2010, one man, believed to be 111, was found to have died some 30 years before; his body was discovered mummified in his bed. Investigators found at least 234,354 other Japanese centenarians were "missing." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cen…
Nearly half of the world’s twins are born in Africa. The small West African nation of Benin has the highest concentration of twins in the world while Japan has the lowest rate of twinning. businessinsider.com/what-…
In early Japan, when the head of a household died his house was burned; before the founding of Kyoto, whenever an emperor died his entire capital city was burned as a rite of purification. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ent…
The best-selling non-manga book in Japan for 1985 and 1986 was the official strategy guide for Super Mario Bros. thegamer.com/1985-best-se…
Today I learned of king penguin, Lala who was injured and nursed back to health in Japan. He didn't leave so the family adopted him and lived in a air-conditioned room. He walked around the neighborhood and got himself fishes from the store. He lived with the family for 10 years before dying of old age in 1996. youtu.be/11xs9mFKObs
So many Purple Hearts were produced in anticipation of the allied invasion of Japan in WWII they have still not been used up, through Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq and all other conflicts. (The Purple Heart is awarded for wounds sustained in combat with the enemy). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pur…
In Japan, condemned prisoners are not told their date of execution and only informed on the morning of their execution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
Today I learned of Inochi Tendenko (go separately) - the maxim in tsunami prone areas of Japan that dictates that the individual need not stay and help others but should run and preserve his or her life instead japantimes.co.jp/news/201…
I learned that on December 7th 1941 Japan attacked many other places in the pacific, not just Pearl Harbor. Including: Malay, Hong Kong, Guam, Philippine islands, and a couple others. time.com/4593483/pearl-ha…
Today I learned of an attempted plane bombing in 1985 where the bomb went off an hour early, while still in the airport. The perpetrators did not realize that Japan does not observe daylight saving time, so the bomb went off before it made in onboard. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/198…
Today I learned about an annual festival held in Japan for which a Shin-Otoko ("Lucky Man") is chosen. During the festival, the Shin-Otoko, totally shaved of body hair, needs to run naked to a shrine, chased by hundreds of naked men. To touch the Shin-Otoko is good luck. aichi-now.jp/en/spots/det…
The United States gave cherry tree cuttings back to Japan in 1952 because the parent stock was struggling from neglect during WWII smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Haiku, a short form poetry originally from Japan are traditionally printed as a single line, while haiku in English often appear as three lines. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hai…
Today I learned about Ghost Marriage, where a living bride or groom is married to someone that is deceased, or where two deceased parties are married by their families. It is still practiced even today in China, Japan, Sudan, France and the US atlasobscura.com/articles…
Despite Christians making up only 1.5% of the population of Japan, the majority of Japanese people are married in a Christian ceremony. By contrast, the traditional Shinto ceremony makes up only 1 in 6 Japanese weddings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
In Japan, when you buy a car, you have to prove you have somewhere to park it reinventingparking.org/20…
Godzilla is a registered citizen in Japan. time.com/3907245/godzilla…
In Japan, all cattle can be tracked via 10-digit number through every step of their life cycle ap.fftc.org.tw/article/96…
The first country to formally declare war on Japan during WW2 was actually Canada. China, despite fighting Japan since 1937, did not officially declare war until the day after the United States did. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dec…
Today I learned about "Itasha," a subculture of Japan focused around anime prints on cars. Itasha (η—›θ»Š, Itasha) literally means "painful car" as they are considered painful to look at cooljapan-videos.com/en/a…
Countries like China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan have Tetraphobia, the fear of the number 4. Chinese people take care not to use the number 4 during important holidays, or if someone in the family is sick. Numbers such as 14, 24, and so on, are not used because they also have the number 4. simple.wikipedia.org/wiki…
Japanese WWII kamikaze (meaning "divine wind") pilots were named after typhoons in 1274 and 1281. These prevented Mongol invasions of Japan under Kublai Khan. historynet.com/kublai-kha…
Around 650 residents in the town of Coria del RΓ­o, Spain have the surname JapΓ³n (Japan). They are the descendants of 6 samurai who traveled to Europe in the early 17th century and set up an embassy: wikipedia.org/wiki/Coria_…
Japan had no intention of surrendering after the nukes were dropped until emperor Hirohito stepped in. This made some generals so mad that they tried to stage a coup to overthrow the emperor to keep the war going. japantimes.co.jp/news/201…
Beethoven’s 9th Symphony is sung in Japan at the end of every year, and the first time it was sung in the country was in a POW camp in 1918 by German prisoners japantimes.co.jp/culture/…
In 2010, there was a McDonald’s DS game released in Japan to train workers mashed.com/290014/you-pro…
The world's last VHS player was made in June 2016 by Japan's Funai Electric. money.cnn.com/2016/07/22/…
The yellow grids found on sidewalks and foot paths are 'Tenji Blocks', first invented in Japan as a public aid for visual impairment. reliance-foundry.com/blog…
In Japan Baskin & Robbins is known as 31 due to the signage and it being easier to say japaneselevelup.com/nobod…
Wii Sport Resort never had the sport of golf, until Miyamoto (Creator of Mario) accidentally stated in an interview that in Resprt, golf shots would be determined by the backswing. When Miyamoto returned to his team in japan he said: "You know we're including golf now." iwataasks.nintendo.com/in…
McDonald's made an anime video, to attract job applicants for McDonald's restaurants in Japan. youtu.be/ZTrC86mmPaw

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