The land that brought you sushi, bonsai, and the bright lights of Tokyo is ripe with fascinating tidbits. Japan is a fascinating country with a unique culture and society.  Here are some genuine facts you probably don’t know about Japan!

In Japan, you bow instead of shaking hands

So we know Japanese bow at basically any occasion from a greeting to an apology but did you know depending on how deep you bow there is a different meaning behind it all. So there are 3 main types of bows. So the first one is called the Eshaku. Which is a 15-degree bow and it is done in an informal setting as a greeting. The second one is called Kirei. Which is a 30-degree bow to show someone of higher level respect. And then we have the Saikeirei. Which is a 45-degree bow reserved for major occasions. Like meeting the emperor or used to apologize when you’ve screwed up something really big.

Japanese people eat dolphins

It is normal to eat dolphins in this country. It is considered as standard as fish or meat, nothing special or outlandish as Westerners would see it. Japanese people make soups or “kushiyaki” from this meat, or may even eat it raw as sashimi. Dolphins produce tasty meat with a distinct taste and are quite different from regular fish.

Randomly hands you a tissue

If you’re in Japan and your walking on the streets and someone randomly hands you a tissue. Don’t be scared because this is how many Japanese businesses advertise their business. If your handing out free people are more likely to take this and see what your company has got to offer rather than if you hand out flyers. I think it’s a pretty good idea and also you know I never run out of tissues anymore.

Excercise session for workers

Some Japanese companies conduct a morning exercise session for their workers. They believe that this makes their workers healthier and productive for a day's work.

Animal cafes

Japan has some really cool animal cafes out there. You’ve got the dog cafe, cat café, rabbit café, bird café, reptile cafe, even owl café, and penguin café. That’s a lot of pretty cool animals to be drinking tea with.

There are More than 1,500 Earthquakes a Year

Yes, you read that right! Since, Japan is located on top of or close to 4 different tectonic plates, the Pacific, North American, Eurasian, and Filipino plates, it is one of the most seismically active locations in the world. Of course, most of these earthquakes are small, tiny earthquakes, that you wouldn’t feel, but large and devastating earthquakes do happen once in a while.

No Garbage bins

In Japan, there are actually hardly any garbage bins on the streets, yet there is no litter. Japanese are good citizens and they try to keep their country clean so they bring their garbage home.

The animal has its own island

Now in Japan did you know they have a cat island, rabbit island, monkey island, horse cape, deer park, and fox park.

Don't dye your hair 

In Japan, schools are quite strict in their rules. So up until high school, you normally aren’t allowed to dye your hair. So what a lot of young Japanese students do is when they get into university the first thing they do is dye their hair.

Never pass food chopstick to chopstick

If you are eating with Japanese people, remember never to stick your chopsticks vertically on your rice and remember never to pass food chopstick to chopstick. These are performed at a Japanese funeral so it is said to bring bad luck and you just wouldn’t like to see something that performs at a funeral at the dining table.