Here are some interesting Japan Facts which were chosen and researched by kids especially for kids.
Japan is on the Asian continent. Japan is a chain of islands along the eastern coast of Asia, reaching from the northern coast of Russia to the South East China Sea. A flight to Tokyo takes a 8 hours flight from Singapore, 13 hours from London/England, 12.5 hours from New York/USA.
On the map below you can spot where Japan is located in eastern Asia.
The Japanese islands consist of 4 main islands and dozens of smaller isles. The largest of the four major islands is Honshu, which is also the seventh largest island in the world. The biggest cities are Tokyo (where almost ⅓ of all Japanese people live), Yokohama, Osaka and Nagoya.
The highest mountain in Japan is Mount Fuji, a dormant (sleeping) volcano, which last erupted in 1707.
Japan lies on the Pacific 'Ring of Fire', a chain of volcanoes which are responsible for the most dramatic volcanic outbreakes and tsunamis in the recent years. In Japan, there are more than 108 active volcanos.
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Japan is the oldest monarchy in the world and has an emperor. Naruhito, the reigning emperor is Japan's 126th emperor, in Japanese called 'tenno'. The emperor's wife is Empress Masako. The imperial palace is in Tokyo and this is the main residence of the imperial family.
The crown is usually handed down from father to his son or grandson. Naruhito was crowned in May 2019, after his father, Emperor Akihito, stepped down.
Japanese, or Nihongo, is spoken by about 128 million people worldwide. The Japanese language is complex, but there are no singular and plural forms and there is no gender form (as in French, Spanish or German) and no articles are used.
There are only 48 sounds so it is relatively easy to learn to speak, but learning how to write Japanese is quite a task.
There are three styles of writing the symbols. The biggest challenge is learning to write the characters!
In Japan, learners at most schools have to wear school uniforms as the primary school children in the image.
The Japanese school holidays are much shorter than in most countries around the world, and even during holidays and on weekends, many Japanese students go to school for club activities or extra lessons.
Japanese celebrate many festivals among them the most popular in springtime to celebrate the spring flower season and the cherry blossom. The Gion Matsuri in July is celebrated in Kyoto when the Japanese people dress in traditional kimonos.
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The Japanese diet consists mainly of rice, fish, soy products and vegetables. Many dishes contain these ingredients and soups as well as sushi (which contains raw fish such as salmon or tuna) are very popular.
Popular Japanese food:
In Japan, deer roaming the many parks are a common sight. Here you see a girl with a deer.
Japan has also one of the largest thermal regions in the world. Many popular hot springs are to be found on the southwestern side of Japan. The hot springs are called 'onsen'. There are local snow monkeys which keep warm by bathing in the hot springs as you can see below.
Diverse species of animals can be found in Japan, the most common animals are monkeys, deer, flying squirrels, wild cats and bears. There are about 160 species of wild animals, 700 species of birds and 32 000 insect species in Japan.
... that Japanese love plants and they even have an artform of arranging flowers which is called 'ikebana'. This art of arranging flowers is known worldwide for its special way of showcasing the beauty of the flowers in the flower arrangement.
Another artform involving plants is the art of growing bonsai trees. This special hobby of growing miniature trees is a common hobby in Japan. Pine, maple, cherry and plum trees are the most popular trees used for this art of cutting back and trimming. The mini trees are kept small and healthy but in a similar shape as their counterpart in nature, just a lot smaller.
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