13 Fascinating Facts about Japan that will blow your mind

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How much do you know about this beautiful country? Probably not much if you don't know at least 5 of these facts.


1
Japanese Samurai were extremely open-minded about homosexuality.

2
At the end of Samurai era in the 1870's, there were around 2 million Samurai (5% of Japan population).

3
A group of ninjas would never gang up on their victim but rather fight one at a time in order to maintain honor.

4
Ninjas would actually attach fake footprints to their boots so that would make people think they were a small child or elderly person.

5
Tokyo is the largest metropolitan area in the world with 35 million people.

6
On May 5, 2011, Tokyo's Shiodome Nihon TV Studios witnessed one of the greatest human feats of all time, when 21 members of the Caless Dance School squeezed into a Mini Cooper.

7
The world's largest toast took place at Jingu Stadium, Tokyo on June 26, 2010, when 27,126 people raised their glasses and shouted, 'kanpai'.

8
The world's most expensive restaurant is Aragawa in Tokyo. A steakhouse specialising in Kobe beef would cost at least ¥35,000 ($327) per person.

9
Originally several kimono style pieces would be worn at once, often 12 layers up to 16 layers.

10
In the Heian period (794- 1185) women of the Japanese wore up to 25 layers of kimonos, making movement virtually impossible.

11
Raw horse meat is a popular entree in Japan.

12
Japan suffers 1,500 earthquakes every year.

13
There are more pets in Japan than children.