A Japanese man has been sending identical handwritten letters weekly to a hotel in the Netherlands for the last 40 years.
He just sent the letters because the hotel was in Volendam and his birthday was on the 22nd of the month.
After a long interview, Mr. Kaor explained that V is the 22nd letter of the Latin alphabet, which is why he likes things that start with V.
A Japanese rail company once apologised when a train left its station 25 seconds early. The operator said, “the great inconvenience we placed upon our customers was truly inexcusable”.
There was a rumor in the 1960s that Japan made products in a town called Usa which were then exported to the US with the label “MADE IN USA” to make them appear as if they were made in the US.
Due to food and labour shortages in the 1960’s, Brazil has the world’s largest population of Japanese people outside of Japan.
Japan has an almost forgotten indigenous people, the Ainu and they were only legally recognised as an indigenous people of Japan in 2019.
The melon drop scam was a con that targeted Japanese tourists. Scammers would buy a watermelon for a low price and then bump into an Asian tourist and charge them about $100 for the broken melon. This is due to the higher fruit prices in Japan. These days the scam involves any broken item.
Japanese scientists hypothesized that zebras’ stripes deter insects. So they painted black and white stripes on cows and striped cows had about 50% fewer biting flies land on them than unpainted cows.
In the 1980s Japan introduced forest bathing (being around trees) as part of its national health program. Known as shinrin-yoku, Japan has official forests based upon their unique physiological and psychological effects. The essential oils of trees (phytoncides) reduce stress and boost immunity.
Seiryu Miharashi station in Japan is a train station with no entrances or exits, no roads or paths to connect it, all it serves is a platform for the train passengers to step out and admire the valley.
Japan converts footsteps into renewable energy in Tokyo train stations and use it to power billboards around the city, using special floor boards that turn vibration into energy.