The shrine buildings at Ise, Shinto’s holiest site, are torn down & rebuilt every 20yrs in line with the belief in the impermanence of all things & as a way to pass building techniques across generations. The buildings have existed for ~1300yrs; the 63rd rebuilding occurs in 2033.
Japanese embassy in Paris has a 24 hour helpline, for their citizens who didn’t find Paris as expected. The French psychiatric journal Nervure cites the disappointment many visitors feel is caused by the over-romanticised expectations of Paris as a city of love, fashion, and glamorous people.
Japan has blue traffic lights in some areas because historically the Japanese used the same word for green and blue.
Mitsuo Fuchida, the captain that lead the attack on Pearl Harbor, later became a Christian and settled in the US permanently.
A Japanese Oil Tanker captain fell into a cactus at a Santa Barbara Oil Field, provoking laughter from the local workers. 5 years later he returned in an Imperial Japanese Navy sub and made the first mainland shelling of the US at that oil field.
There is a “white man” café in Tokyo, where Japanese ladies ring a bell to summon tuxedo-wearing Caucasians who respond with “yes, princess?” and serve them cake.
In Japan there is an underwater mailbox. Up to 1500 letters are dropped here by divers each year.
In Japan, rōnin (the term for a masterless samurai) also nowadays refers to someone who is unemployed.
Okunoshima, Japan (aka Rabbit Island) has thousands of wild rabbits which began from only 5 released there in the ’60s. Since there are no natural predators to keep the rabbit population in check and tourists feed them, the rabbits have no fear of people and will swarm them with cuddles.