Continent: Asia

Region: East-Asia

Area: 145,916.94 square miles (ranked 22nd): 11 percent smaller than California

Capital: Tokyo

Population: 127 million as of 2000

Main Language: Japanese

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Name: Aomi Mochida

Major: Undecided

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Fun Facts

  • Over 70% of Japan consists of mountains. The country also has over 200 volcanoes.

  • A musk melon (similar to a cantaloupe) can sell for over 31,473 yen ($300.00).

  • The literacy rate in Japan is almost 100%.

  • There are vending machines in Japan that dispense beer, bread, fresh eggs, vegetables and noodles.

  • Some men in Japan shave their heads as a form of apology.

  • Japan consists of more than 6,800 islands.

  • Animated Japanese films and television shows (.i.e. Anime) account for 60% of the world's animation-based entertainment. So successful is animation in Japan, that there are almost 130 voice-acting schools in the country.

  • Raised floors help indicate when to take off slippers or shoes. At the entrance to a home in Japan, the floor will usually be raised about 6 inches (15.24 cm.) indicating you should take off your shoes and put on slippers. If the house has a tatami mat room, its floor may be raised 1-2 inches (2.54-5.08 cm.) indicating you should take off your slippers.