In Japanese tradition, rabbits live on the Moon where they make mochi, the popular snack of mashed sticky rice. This comes from interpreting the pattern of dark patches on the moon as a rabbit standing on tiptoes on the left pounding on an usu, a Japanese mortar.
Yoshie Shiratori escaped Japanese prison 4 times. The first time he picked some simple locks, the next time he climbed up a wall and broke a skylight, the next time he dislocated his joints to escape through a small hole, and lastly he dug a hole with a bowl.
Business Ryokan Asahi, a hotel in Japan, offers a room for only 92 cents a night. A requirement for booking this room is that you agree to be livestreamed during your stay.
Buffets are called “vikings” in Japan. This is because a Japanese restaurant manager went to Sweden and liked smörgåsbords so much he copied the idea at his restaurant. This Swedish word was too hard to pronounce in Japanese, so the word “vikings” was used instead after a employee suggested it.
Tokyo is not only the largest urban economy in the world, but also the largest city with a pop of 38 million people, has the world’s tallest tower Tokyo Skytree and the world’s largest underground floodwater diversion facility MAOUDC, and The Tokyo Metro Ginza Line is the oldest in Asia.
In Japan, some have the status of the Living National Treasures of Japan. They are individuals and groups certified by the government, who are masters of a traditional art or craft that is in danger of being lost. As a reward, they receive a small amount of money from the government annually.
A 1992 Japanese TV show combined English lessons with gymnastic exercise programs. On the show, three gymnasts would perform synchronized exercises while chanting phrases like, “Hasta la vista, baby,” “Spare me my life!”, “I was robbed by two men!”, and “I have a bad case of diarrhea.”
Every Christmas season, an estimated 3.6 million Japanese families treat themselves to Kentucky Fried Chicken, in what has become a nationwide tradition.
In Japan, when you buy a car, you have to prove you have somewhere to park it. Under Japan’s 1957 Parking Law on-street parking is actually generally banned.
In 2020, a Japanese University has granted the first ever Masters Degree in Ninja Studies.