Japan is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean, located next to North and South Korea. It is dense with cities, imperial palaces, mountainous national parks and thousands of shrines and temples. Seventy-three percent of the country is mountainous, and thanks to this the majority of the people live on the coastline. This makes Japan one of the most densely populated countries in the world. Japan has Shinkansen bullet trains that can get you from one island to the next. Japan has 6,852 islands that make it up with the main one being Honshu. Honshu is home to Tokyo, the capital of Japan. Tokyo is also known for its skyscrapers, shopping, and pop culture. The leader of Japan is a Japanese politician named Shinzo Abe. He is serving as the 57th Prime Minister of Japan and Leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, or known as the LDP. He has been serving since 2012, and previously from 2006 to 2007. He is the the third-longest serving Prime Minister in post-war Japan.
In 2016 population was recorded at being 127 million. That is almost one-third of America’s population!
Japanese culture was heavily influenced by China, until they exercised a strict isolationist policy, during the Edo era, closing off all borders to the outside world. This made Japan start to develop its own distinct culture. After the fall of the Edo era Japan reopened its borders. This allowed them to start taking cultural ideas from all over the world. Japan was most heavily influenced by Western culture. The things the Western culture influenced included art, lifestyle, and food.
Japan, like America, celebrates a lot of holidays, one of which being a New Year’s celebration. This is the largest holiday in Japan. During spring and summer they celebrate the gods of the land and sea. These celebrations are known as Matsuri. Every town holds its own Matsuri, and these are widely attended celebrations.
The people of Japan are primarily fish eaters. They are the number one fish importer in the world, taking up about 12% of the world’s caught fish. The most well-known Japanese dish is possibly sushi. It is a dish that includes fresh fish, seaweed, and lightly-seasoned rice. The Japanese people also eat beef, poultry, and pork as part of their daily diets.
Housing in Japan includes modern and traditional styles. Two of the biggest styles of housing in Japan are the single-family detached house and the multiple-unit building. The multiple unit building is either owned by an individual or corporation and rented as apartments to people, or purchased by an occupant. More kinds of housing , especially for unmarried people, include boarding houses, dormitories, and barracks. A strange feature of Japanese housing is that the houses are thought to have a limited lifespan. They are generally torn down and rebuilt depending on type of house they are. Wooden houses get a twenty year life span and concrete buildings get a thirty year life