It seems like people only know the barest minimum of facts related to this amazing place.
It’s a visually stunning country that is home to the most innovative, highly disciplined, hard-working, successful people around.
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But it seems like people only know the barest minimum of facts related to this amazing place.
It's time for you to understand some crippling facts about Japan.
Though Japan is a very beautiful country, it is also deadly, not because of crime (it’s actually one of the safest countries in the world), but because it’s one of the world’s most earthquake-prone areas.
The country experiences 1,500 earthquakes every year. Thankfully, most of these quakes are just tremors. Japan is no stranger to devastating earthquakes. It has experienced several catastrophic quakes in the past that have led to the destruction of properties and the death of thousands of people.
In fact, there are around 5.52 million of them scattered throughout the country. Over the years, these machines have greatly evolved from being practically convenient to extremely bizarre. In most countries, vending machines typically sell snacks like chips, gums, candies, sodas, and chocolates. However, the Japanese seemed to have combined the practicality of vending machines with their love for innovation and bizarre everything.
In Japan, it’s perfectly normal for vending machines to sell fresh eggs, bags of rice, and even fresh bouquets of flowers. If these aren’t enough to amuse you, they also sell toilet paper, condoms, umbrellas, fish baits, and even porn magazines. Crazy, yet oddly convenient.
Many of us would cringe at the thought of eating horse meat, especially if it’s raw and cold. But in Japan, raw horse meat, also called basashi, is considered a delicacy and is served in many restaurants.
Before you dismiss the idea of trying basashi, know that it’s much healthier than pork and beef, and is less prone to E. coli contamination. It is very high in protein yet low in calories and is rich in Linoleic Acid. Aside from that, eating horse meat may possibly prolong your life.
One dark aspect of Japanese society that many people from the West don’t know is that it has a very high suicide rate. More than 30,000 Japanese men and women kill themselves every year. With this rate, it is estimated that 24.4 out of 100,000 Japanese citizens are likely to kill themselves. Suicide has become a major issue in Japan. In fact, it has become one of the primary causes of death in women aged 15 – 34 and men aged 20 – 44.
Almost all Japanese homes have bathtubs. However, they only use them for soaking and not for cleansing. In general, the Japanese clean, scrub, and soap their bodies outside the bathtubs with the use of a wash bowl. After they have cleaned and rinsed themselves thoroughly, they’ll then enter the tub, soak their bodies, and enjoy the relaxation that the hot bath water brings. Since the cleansing is done outside the bathtubs, the hot water remains clean and clear, fit to be used by other family members. One interesting aspect of Japan’s unique way of bathing is that house guests are given the honour of using the hot bath water first.