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.
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.