10 facts about Japan

1. Japan is the last country in the world to formally retain the title of Empire. The Japanese imperial dynasty has never been interrupted. Emperor Akihito, who reigns today, is a direct descendant of the first Emperor Jimmu, who founded Japan in 711 BC. This year Japan celebrates its 2671 anniversary.

2. In all northern cities of Japan, where it snows in winter, sidewalks and streets are heated. However, there is no central heating in Japan. Everyone heats the apartment as best he can.

3. Japan is a small country, but there are many great things here. It is home to the world's most expensive amusement park, the Disney Sea, and four of the ten tallest roller coasters. Tokyo has the most advanced subway system in the world and the largest mixed pedestrian intersection.

4. The Japanese subway has carriages for women only. They are added in the morning so that no one harasses the girls at rush hour.

5. Japanese pornography is called hentai and is sold everywhere. In large bookstores, 2-3 floors are allocated for it. Hentai is allowed to be freely sold to minors. Moreover, Japan has one of the lowest rape rates in the world.

6. Japan has one of the most liberal tobacco laws. You can smoke everywhere except railway platforms and airports.

7. Most Japanese characters are 2-4 syllables, but there are surprising exceptions. For example, the kanetokawatogahanaareruoto hieroglyph consists of thirteen syllables! He describes the not-so-pleasant sound made when flesh is separated from bone.

8. Japanese has several levels of politeness: conversational, respectful, polite and very polite. Women almost always speak in a respectful manner, while men speak in a colloquial manner.

9. Dolphins are eaten in Japan. They are used for soup, kusiyaki (Japanese kebab) and even eaten raw. The dolphin has quite tasty meat, completely different in taste to fish.

10. Mount Fujiyama (Fuji) is privately owned. In the Shinto shrine of Hongyu Sengen, a dedication from 1609 has been preserved, by which the Shogun transferred the mountain to the possession of the temple. In 1974, the authenticity of the deed was confirmed by the Supreme Court of Japan, after which he had no choice but to transfer the mountain to the ownership of the temple. Because property rights in Japan are unshakable.