Japan is one of the world's powerhouses for technology, but it's also has a culture that's firmy steeped in history and tradition. A unique culture with interesting customs has developed in the island nation – here are a few facts that surprised us, and will hopefully pique your interest, too.
1. There are more than 1,500 earthquakes in Japan every year, many of them so minor they go by almost unnoticed, but some of them are devastating.
2. Japan has more than 60,000 people who are more than 100 years old and the averge age of a Japanese farmer is 70 years old.
3. The only Japanese man who was on board the Titanic survived. He was condemned by the Japanese press, where he was called a coward for not dying with the other passengers, allegedly betraying the Samurai spirit of self-sacrifice.
4. Teachers and students come together in schools to clean the classrooms and cafeteria. This is to teach the children life skills.
5. The Japanese eat KFC as a traditional meal at Christmas time. This is due to a highly effective marketing campaign by the manager of the first KFC in the country in the 1970s.
6. Godzilla is an official citizen of Japan. According to his birth certificate, Godzilla was born in 1954 – making him a Baby Boomer.
7. In Japan, there’s a museum of rocks that look like faces. The museum is two hours from Tokyo and houses more than 1,700 rocks that resemble human faces.
8. Japan’s Meguro Parasitological Museum is the world’s only museum dedicated to parasites, hosting a collection of more than 60,000 specimens.
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9. Feudal Japanese lords purposely built homes with squeaky floors as a defensive measure against ninjas. There are also special floors called ‘nightingale floors’ that make a chirping noise when stepped on. These were commonly used in temples.
10. People in Japan don’t have signatures, they use a special stamp called Hanko, and every person in Japan has one.