Land of the Rising Sun
Comprised of over 3,000 islands, Japan boasts the world’s tenth largest population with 127 million people. In addition to having a fascinating and ancient history, Japan has secured a place in the 21st century as a key player in the global economy.
Learn to speak Japanese at South Mountain Community College. Our courses focus on vocabulary, grammar, and conversational skills, and also allow a glimpse into the complex heritage and customs of Japanese culture.
- Japan has 192 volcanoes, of which 58 are still active.
- Japan has an area slightly smaller than California and has a population of 127 million, making this country the fifth most populous in the world.
- The five main islands of Japan are Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku, Hokkaido and Okinawa.
- English-speaking policemen wear a red armband. Shintoism, Buddhism and Christianity are the main religions practiced in Japan.
- The three largest corporations in Japan are 1) Mitsubishi, 2) Sumitomo, and 3) Itoh.
- Japan’s unemployment is about 3 percent.
- Tradition says that the eldest son and his wife have the major responsibility for caring for his parents.
- Most Japanese have studied English in school, but their studies were geared toward passing exams, not holding conversations. As a result, many hesitate to speak English, but may understand more than most
- Americans give them credit for.
- The Japanese consider it inappropriate to show affection in public.
- The average female marries at age 24 and the average male at age 27.
- In most homes and some restaurants, you’ll have to remove your shoes before entering.
- Green tea is the national drink of Japan.
- Japanese drive on the left side of the road.