Thirteen year old Yoko Moriwaki is known as the “Japanese Anne Frank”. She kept a diary about her life during WWII, which was later published by her brother. She was killed by the atomic bomb in Hiroshima.
The Tokyo subway system employs oshiyas or pushers, workers who literally push commuters into Tokyo’s overcrowded subways and trains.
In 2015, Japan lifted its 67-year old ban on dancing after midnight.
In Japan, fake food (called sampuru from the English “sample”) is a multi-billion yen industry. The replicas, which are made of plastic and typically cost 10 or 20 times the amount of the food they imitate, are mostly handmade by trained artists in an almost century-old tradition.
In Japan, sleeping on the job is encouraged. It is viewed as exhaustion from working hard. Some people even fake it to look committed to their job.
In 1998 and 2001, Japan modified a number of national holidays in order to place them on Mondays and create three day weekends. This is referred to as the Happy Monday System.
Japan’s first female photojournalist is still shooting at the age of 101.
In Japan, unmarried women in their late 20’s were called “Christmas Cakes” because “after the 25th they’re not good”.
In Japan, if someone is photographed or filmed while handcuffed, their hands have to be pixelated when used on TV or in the newspapers due to the implied guilt being pictured in handcuffs.