Japan continues to baffle tourists and travelers as it has baffled outsiders ever since Commodore Perry first opened up this island nation to the west.
Home to major technology giants, some of the most well-known automobile manufacturers, and some of the most interesting culture and historical monuments you’ll find in this part of the world, Japan is a unique blend of past, present, and future with a heartbeat and pulse that is entirely its own.
There’s nowhere else like Japan, that’s for sure!
If you’re thinking about visiting this amazing island nation, or just want to learn something a little bit crazy and oddball about one of the world’s most influential nations, you’ll want to check out all of the inside information we were able to outline for you below.
Let’s dive right in!
Japan is a loaded with mountain ranges
Ask someone to imagine what the Japanese landscape looks like and they’ll have an almost impossible task in front of them for a whole bunch of different reasons.
Most people think of Japan as a subtropical island filled with flatlands, beaches, and jungles but the truth of the matter is 70% of the country is mountainous, with two super volcanoes making up a big chunk of this island country.
It’s ridiculously expensive to purchase melons in Japan
And we’re not just talking about cantaloupe, either!
Pretty much every melon you can imagine is going to set you back a pretty penny, with musk melons running close to $300 or more at all your local grocery stores.
The Japanese go crazy for coffee
According to information published by the Jamaican government, Japan is responsible for buying up nearly 85% of all the coffee beans that Jamaica produces on a yearly basis.
This island nation has been buying coffee in bulk for years and years now, and though they have partnered up with the Jamaican government to buy as much of their coffee as they will sell to them they are now starting to branch out and make these kinds of deals with other coffee producing nations around the world.
The literacy rate in Japan is close to 100%
There aren’t any other developed nations around the world that are able to make this claim.
Close to 100% of the Japanese people are fully literate in their own language, and nearly 70% of all Japanese speak at least one other language – and many of them are nearly fluent with reading and writing in that language as well.
The Japanese take education very seriously, as is clearly evidenced here and with the amazing success they’ve had in the STEM fields.
Prepared to slide into provided bathroom slippers as a guest
If you are going to use the restroom in a Japanese individual’s home, you have to be prepared to slide your feet into toilet slippers that are provided for you.
Because most Japanese do not have a separate space for their shower and their toilet (of the entire room is one big bathroom, quite literally) the floor is often wet, and these slippers are designed specifically to keep you dry and to keep you safe.