In Japanese folklore, Otters were considered very dangerous as they would shapeshift into beautiful women or little children and kill men.
In 1998, a man was tricked into being a Japanese reality-show where he was kept solitary in a room for 15 months until he could win $10k in mail-in sweepstakes. Also, he had to be naked the whole time and had no idea he was being broadcast on TV, being watched by millions of people.
37 years before Pearl Harbor, Japan launched a surprise attack on Russia, destroying much of the Russian fleet at Port Arthur. US officials applauded the attack for its ingenuity.
In 2010, when Tokyo officials went to congratulate the oldest man in the city on his 111th birthday, they instead found his skeletal remains on his bed. He had been dead for 30 years and the family was taking in the pension money he was still receiving.
In Japan, ‘yaeba’ or crooked teeth in girls is considered cute and attractive, and girls in fact undergo procedures to un-straighten their teeth.
Google sent a lone employee to map an entire abandoned Japanese island, which was once the most densely-populated place on Earth.
In 1949, India sent the Tokyo Zoo two elephants to cheer the spirits of the defeated Japanese empire.
Japanese men compete in a huge competition each year to attempt to earn the title of “fastest-shirt-ironer.”
Every week in Japan, there’s a widely-popular, five-minute-long TV program that features a girl running up a hill. That’s it. Each week, there’s a different girl and a different hill. It’s called, “Zenryoku Saka”.
Kuchisake is an Japanese urban legend of a woman who either mutilates the faces of children or slices the children in half. Since the 1970s some Japanese schools became increasingly concerned that they require students to return home in groups under teacher supervision.
According to a Japanese poll in the year 2000, the Japanese believe that their best invention of the twentieth century was instant noodles.
The only Japanese who survived the Titanic lost his job because he was known as a coward in Japan for not dying with the other passengers.
Meth was invented in Japan. At first it was used to curb hunger and energize Japanese citizens. Later it was given to Kamikaze pilots, soldiers and wartime factory workers. It is now controlled and distributed by the Yakuza.
In Japan gambling is illegal, the way they get around the law is to give out prizes instead of cash, which the winner can then sell back to the establishment for cash.
In an act of pure humanitarianism more than 200 elderly Japanese volunteered to help clean up after the Fukushima nuclear disaster reducing the exposure of radiation to the younger generation.