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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.

(Sources: National Geographic, US Navy)