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.
Japanese schools do not employ janitors or custodians. The Japanese education system believes that requiring students to clean the school themselves teaches respect, responsibility, and emphasizes equality.
An Alaskan man found a soccer ball that had washed up ashore with Japanese writing on it. Since his wife was Japanese, he soon discovered that the ball belonged to a Japanese teenager who lost it in a Tsunami.
The original PS1 controller was 10% larger in the US compared to Japan, to account for bigger hands in America.
In Japan, you are equally likely to die from being struck by lightning as you are from being shot by a gun.