Japan is one interesting place. There is so much to do in the land of the rising Sun that if you decide to visit the country that has gifted the world so many things like anime and futuristic robots, you will never run out of things to do. It might not be one of the largest countries on Earth, but Japan certainly has a population that defies its diminutive size. For example, in the capital alone, Tokyo, there are more than 9 million people. Not many cities on the planet can put up a fight against those numbers. And while such massive figures could mean a lack of stability and something that could throw a country into chaos, Japan is still standing, and it is standing firm.
The Japanese are a disciplined and honorable people. That is one of the main reasons why the country has succeeded in evolving despite the many bumps it has hit along the road. But we are here to talk about something more interesting. A lot of people might be thinking about visiting this great nation, especially because the Tokyo Olympics are just around the corner. Those are going to be games to remember for a long, long time to come if everything goes according to what the folks in Japan want. But if you decide to travel to the other side of the globe, the games won’t be the only reason you should do that. Like we said before, Japan is an interesting place. Weird, but interesting nonetheless. Sometimes weird can be good, and other times, it can be just weird. Either way, we found 15 little facts about Japan that will surely spark your curiosity and make you consider visiting the land of the rising Sun.
15. CAT ISLAND
Believe it or not, Pokémon are not the most famous creatures in Japanese culture. As a matter of fact, there is a place in Japan where cats rule. We are talking about an island east of Fukushima named Tashirojima. This island became known as “cat Island” because of the sheer number of felines that have taken residence in the place. In case you were not aware, there is a part of Japanese culture in which people believe that cats are good luck animals. We don’t know what they think happens when a black cat walks past one of them in a Friday the 13th, but there is a solid chance that something like this will happen to you if you decide to visit Tashirojima.
Another interesting fact about the cats of this island is that the inhabitants believe that keeping the cats is inappropriate. Hence, the animals are allowed to roam free around the island. Nevertheless, feeding them and taking care of them doubles your luck. So, make sure to bring some treats if you decide to go.
14. CAPSULE HOTELS
This has become a classic feature of Japanese culture by now. In the introduction of our article, we talked a little bit about how Japan has a population that is almost too massive for its size. That is especially true in places like the capital, Tokyo. But if there is one thing the Japanese are amazing at, it is turning adversity into a strength. What do you do when you don’t have enough space for everyone to live in houses or apartments?
Easy, you just build hotels where visitors can sleep in capsules. We don’t think that there is anything that saves more space than these facilities. Not only are these practical spots, but they are also excellent options for tourists who don’t want to spend a lot of money in expensive hotel rooms. For example, there are hotels in which you can get a capsule for a night and spend less than 50 bucks.