Do you know Japan?
Probably you’ve already heard about Japan. Maybe you are familiar with Japanese pop culture such as manga or anime? Or maybe you were even trying to learn Japanese in the past? Or maybe you’re simply looking for a fun time while learning new culture?
Whenever you are familiar with Japan or not it is useful to know some interesting facts about Japan before coming here.
Probably you already know that Japan is an island country.
But do you know that except four main, biggest islands (namely Honshu, Kyushu, Hokkaido and Shikoku) it also includes around 6,800 smaller islands ?
Other interesting geographical fact is that Japan extends over 3,000 kilometers from the northern island of Hokkaido to most southern part which is Ryukyu Islands. That’s why Japan has SIX CLIMATIC ZONES.
In the north you can experience humid continental climate which is characterized by cold winters and mild summers. The island of Honshu (where the capital of Japan, Tokyo, is located as well as other major cities such as Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe) lies in the humid subtropical climate zone and enjoys much higher temperature in the winter and much more humid summers. The most southern part of Japan, Yaeyama island, lies in the tropical rainforest climate zone.
Japanese culture is based on respect and consideration of others. There are many parts of the everyday life such as bowing, taking off shoes, greeting to show the respect to others. Japanese people will usually add honorifics to the names of others while referring to them.
Japanese language is a bit mysterious as its origins are still being debated. In the early period (around 9th century) the language’s vocabulary and phonology were considerably influenced by the Chinese language. In the middle of 19th century, following the opening of Japan, the language was significantly influenced by the foreign words which continue to this day.
Many words used in English were also adopted into the Japanese language. For example the word anime is based on the English word “animation”. When you check in your hotel in Japan then you’ll probably be heading to the furonto (フロント) first which literally means front desk. When you wish to order hamburger you can simply ask for the hanbāgu (ハンバーグ) and if you want a cup of coffee with that then simply ask for the kōhī (コーヒー). There are many other words which are based on English origin, therefore making Japanese more easy to learn for the English speakers. By the way, there are also around 20 ways to say ‘sorry’ in Japanese in case if you split the kōhī, which you’ve ordered before, on someone