Mitsuo Fuchida, the captain that lead the attack on Pearl Harbor, later became a Christian and settled in the US permanently.
A Japanese Oil Tanker captain fell into a cactus at a Santa Barbara Oil Field, provoking laughter from the local workers. 5 years later he returned in an Imperial Japanese Navy sub and made the first mainland shelling of the US at that oil field.
There is a “white man” café in Tokyo, where Japanese ladies ring a bell to summon tuxedo-wearing Caucasians who respond with “yes, princess?” and serve them cake.
In Japan there is an underwater mailbox. Up to 1500 letters are dropped here by divers each year.
In Japan, rōnin (the term for a masterless samurai) also nowadays refers to someone who is unemployed.
Okunoshima, Japan (aka Rabbit Island) has thousands of wild rabbits which began from only 5 released there in the ’60s. Since there are no natural predators to keep the rabbit population in check and tourists feed them, the rabbits have no fear of people and will swarm them with cuddles.
Baseball is so popular in Japan that many fans are surprised to hear that Americans also consider it their national sport.
Japan requires citizens between the ages of 45 and 74 to have their waistlines measured once a year and are expected to fall within an established range. Companies and local governments may face fines if their employees are overweight and do not meet these guidelines.
Japan has a museum devoted entirely to rocks that look like faces. There are over 1,700 rocks on display, and they include rocks that look like E.T. and Elvis Presley.
In Japan, death by overwork is so common that they have a word for it, “Karoshi”. Some examples of karoshi are: working 110 hours a week, working 3000 hours a year with no days off in 15 years, working 4320 hours a year, and working 34 hour shifts five times a month.