Japan

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Fun Facts About Japan

  • Raw horse meat is a popular food in Japan.
  • More than 70% of Japan consists of mountains, including more than 200 volcanoes.
  • Mt. Fuji, the tallest mountain in Japan, is an active volcano.
  • A musk melon (similar to a cantaloupe) may sell for over $300US.  Fruit is very expensive!
  • There are four different writing systems in Japan, romaji, katakana, hiragana, and kanji.
  • Japan’s literacy rate is almost 100%.
  • Sumo is Japan’s national sport, although baseball is also very popular.
  • Noodles, especially soba (buckwheat), are slurped loudly when eaten. It is often said slurping symbolizes the food is delicious, but the slurping also serves to cool down the hot noodles for eating.
  • There are around 1,500 earthquakes every year in Japan.
  • In Japan it is not uncommon to eat rice at every meal, including breakfast.
  • Japan is the largest automobile producer in the world.
  • The term karaoke means “empty orchestra” in Japanese.

 

 Music

Japanese Children’s Music – Traditional Songs

Kodomo to Kikitai Doyo – Utsukushii Nihon no Uta

 

Recipes

Click here are some great Japanese recipes:

  • Yaki Onigiri (Grilled Rice Ball)
  • Tamagoyaki (Japanese Rolled Omelette)
  • Buta-no-Shogayaki (Marinated pork)

Yum!  I love Japanese food – including sushi – but I thought those would be too hard to make!

 

Books

I Live in Tokyo

Night of the Ninjas

Japanese Celebrations: Cherry Blossoms, Lanterns and Stars!

 

Get Involved

Did you hear about the tsunami (big wave) that hit Japan in 2011?  There was terrible devastation – and many people lost their homes.  If you want to help, check this out:

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster Relief Fund