Japanese Online Newsletter Vol. 140 日本のトリビア(豆知識) (にほんのトリビア(まめちしき) )

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日本(にほん)では4という数字(すうじ)は「し(()) 」と()めるので縁起(えんぎ)(わる)数字(すうじ)だと()われています。

8((はち)) は、末広(すえひろ)がりで、()数字(すうじ)だと()われています。








Japanese Trivia

In Japan, you drive on the left side of the road as the steering wheel is on the right side of the car.

When you turn 20 years old in Japan, you can drink alcohol.

If a train is five minutes late, they issue a “delay certificate” in Japan.

In Japan, there are still many restaurants and other public places where you can smoke.

In Japan, a green light at a stoplight is called a blue light.

With more than 1,500 tremors per year, including light earthquakes, make Japan an earthquake-prone country.

The literacy rate of Japanese people is 99%. Conversely, about 8% of people in the U.S. cannot read.

In Japanese culture, the number four is unlucky because its pronunciation is very close to the word for death, “shi”.

On the other hand, the number eight is said to be a good number, due to its written shape in Kanji (八) widening at the bottom and reminding people of prosperity and growth.

In Japan, it’s not required to tip anywhere, including restaurants or bars.

To prevent voyeurism, mobile phones in Japan make a shutter sound when taking a picture.

You cannot buy a handgun in Japan. It is also illegal to own one.

Item price displays include consumption tax.

There are many vending machines in Japan. However, cigarettes and alcohol require an ID to prove a customer’s age.

In Japan, men must be at least 18 years old to get married whereas women must be at least 16 years old. But the legal age for women will soon be 18 as well.

Japan holds the record for the lowest age of consent for sexual intercourse at 13. And this law hasn’t changed for more than 100 years. For reference, the legal age of consent in France is 15.

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