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.
In Japan male students can confess their love to another person by giving them the second button from the top of their school uniform. The second button is the one closest to the heart.
The broccoli in the movie ‘Inside Out’ was changed to bell peppers in the Japan version because they are more universally hated by Japanese children.
Only 11% of Japanese people are willing to fight for their country, the lowest in the world. In both Morocco and Fiji, it is 94%.
The Japanese practice of repairing broken pottery with gold or silver lacquer (Kintsukuroi) is based on the philosophy that the object is more beautiful because it was broken.