The Japanese never ate salmon sushi until the 1980s when a Norwegian businessman, hired by Norway’s government to offload excess salmon, made a deal with a Japanese company to sell the fish in its grocery stores, leading to its popularity today.
Most post-war homes build in Japan are practically disposable: they have almost no resale value and typically last no longer than 30 years.
Japanese football fans always clean up their stadium after their World Cup Finals games, a tradition stemming back to the 1998 World Cup
Johatsu is a Japanese phenomenon where due to failed marriage, mounting debt, loss of work, failure etc, people just simply abandon everything and walk away from their life, disappear to live life anonymously in an off the grid world.Companies too can “reset your life”
Japan has a popular TV show called “My First Errand” where little kids are sent to do minor tasks for the family on their own while a camera crew secretly follows them.
The instant noodle was invented during a period of food shortages in Japan following WWII. After the Japanese health ministry supplied the population with wheat flour and asked them to make bread, Momofuku Ando instead decided on making noodles (which were more familiar) that would last.
In 2008 due to the recession Japanese workers could go to a shop called ‘The Venting Place’ in Tokyo and buy plates to smash against a wall to release anger. “You can get three small dishes for 500 yen, a medium sized plate for 500 yen, a big platter for 1000 yen”.
In Japan, it takes up to 20 years of school to become a sushi chef, which is years longer than it takes to become a doctor.
In Japan, lonely seniors are shoplifting in search of the community and stability of jail. These people often say they have no one to turn to when they need help.