Thursday, June 9, 2011


I decided that it would be fun to give you all five facts that you may not know about Japan. So here it goes!

1. Driving in Japan is a lot different. Only the main roads have street names, so most of the navigation has to be done by memory. Also, Japanese always back into parking spaces rather than pulling into them. They consider it safer to do it this way.

2. If you are eating with chopsticks, it is very rude to stick them into the bowl straight up. This is only done at funerals. Instead, just lay them on top of the bowl.

3. If someone offers you a gift or a favor, you should politely refuse it. When they offer it again, refuse it again. If it is offered a third time, then you may take it.

4. The number 4 is the cause of fear and suspicion in Japan. Quite often, stores won't even build a fourth floor or sell things in fours.

5. At 5:30 (unless it is in the Winter when it becomes 4:30), every elementary school plays a tune that can be heard across the whole area that alerts all kids, wherever they are, that they need to go home now. So instead of the parents giving the kids a time to return, the tune that plays loudly from their schools tell them whether or not they are at the school.

I hope that has been at least vaguely interesting for you all! If you would like to hear more random facts, let me know.


  1. Thank you for sharing these facts with us!

  2. random facts are awesome! Thanks for sharing :)

  3. Those facts were fun! :D I'd love to read more.

  4. Wow, that is really interesting. I wonder why it is acceptable to put chopsticks straight into the bowl at funerals, while it is unacceptable every other time? I'm curious what the significance is.

    I always have (and have taught my children to) put their chopsticks across the top. :o)

  5. Yay for random cool facts! The chopsticks one cracks me up, as does the backing in instead of pulling into parking spaces. Zambia has very little in the way of road signs as well--even in Lusaka only a handful of intersections have even one street sign on them. Makes navigating a little interesting!

  6. The only of those facts that I knew prior to reading this post was number four. How very interesting! I'd love to hear more. :D

  7. Wow. I don't think I'd do very well driving in Japan if I had to back into parking spaces. :P I guess the number four for them is like the superstition Americans have about the number 13. Those were really interesting! :)