You can rent old men in Japan for only 1,000 yen (US$10) an hour, for example, going to art galleries, having lunch and talking about your love life, test driving cars with you, renting weepy DVDs, looking at new apartments together, complimenting you, and even running errands for you.
Golfers in Japan purchase insurance at $65/year for coverage of up to $3,000 in the event that they sink a hole-in-one, in which case tradition dictates that they must buy gifts and drinks for all their friends.
The Tokyo metropolitan area contains more people than the entire nation of Canada.
90 to 95% of mobile phone sales in Japan were waterproof because Japanese young girls are so fond of their mobile phones they even use them in the shower.
There’s a whole demographic of “Homeless” Japanese youth who live and sleep solely in Internet Cafés, because it’s cheap to stay over night. Often it’s around 1000~2000 yen ($10-20 USD).
Japanese women would keep flushing continuously to mask the sound of them urinating and so devices were introduced which would keep producing the sound of flushing after activation in almost all the public restrooms.
The reason the US did not drop a nuclear bomb on Kyoto in 1945, even though it would have been an effective target, was because the Secretary of War honeymooned in the city and had fond memories of it.
In feudal Japan, merchants were the lowest class because unlike farmers and artisans, they don’t actually produce anything.
Japanese folklore contains a creature known as Ashiarai Yashiki, a giant foot that crashes through the roof in the middle of the night, demanding the terrified homeowner wash it.
In 1960, Japanese Socialist Party chairman Inejiro Asanuma was assassinated during a televised debate. With a Samurai sword.