Tokyo has a self-declared superhero who calls himself Mangetsu Man. He keeps his identity secret by wearing a purple bodysuit, with a big yellow smiley head; and his self-described job is to keep the city trash free.
Not all Kamikaze were volunteers, ”It’s all a lie that they left filled with braveness and joy, crying, ‘Long live the emperor!’ They were sheep at a slaughterhouse. Everybody was looking down and tottering. Some were unable to stand up and were carried and pushed into the plane by soldiers.”
In medieval times the Japanese used to dye their teeth black. It also acts as a dental sealant to prevent tooth decay. The reason for this was objects that were pitch black, such as glaze-like lacquer, were seen as beautiful.
In Japan they have lactation bars offering human breast milk. 2,000 (18$ USD) yen gets you a shot and 5,000 (46$ USD) yen gets you the nipple.
Since the global ban on commercial whaling in 1986, Japan is thought to have killed more than 14,000 whales for alleged scientific-research. The whale meat is then sold at market.
There’s a theme park in Japan where kids can experience adult life (working, banking, etc).
Japanese police fire paint-balls at fleeing vehicles so that other police vehicles can see them and to identify them at a later date if they get away. The paint is Bright orange and difficult to remove.
There is a Japanese expression, ‘manaita no ueno koi’, meaning ‘a carp laid on a chopping block’. It is used to describe a person who keeps their cool in the face of an imminent and definite danger, and derives from the carp’s uniquely calm disposition when it is about to be cut up.
One of the most sacred shrines in Japan is torn down and rebuilt every 20 years. This has been going on for over 1,000 years, and some records indicate it may have started 2,000 years ago.
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.