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School Janitors in Japan
Most Japanese schools don't have dedicated janitors. Instead, children do the daily cleaning, which originated from the Buddhist traditions that associate cleaning with morality.
During the 1995 and 2011 Japanese Earthquakes, the Yakuza provided aid such as food, water, blankets, and diapers, much faster than the Japanese government.
Japan Kit Kat Flavors
In Japan, over 200 flavors of Kit Kat have been introduced since 2000, including cucumber, ginger ale, soy sauce, wasabi, green tea, and lemon vinegar.
The Japanese pilot who attacked a town in Oregon during WW2 returned years later to present his family's 400-year-old samurai sword to the city as a symbol of regret.
Trendy Crooked Teeth
In Japan, ‘yaeba’ (or crooked teeth) in girls is considered cute and attractive. Girls actually undergo procedures to un-straighten their teeth.
Cherry Blossom Diplomacy
The pink cherry blossoms in Washington D.C. were a gift from Imperial Japan in 1912. They sent more than 3,000 seeds to be planted near the Potomac River as a symbol of friendship between the two nations.
After World War 2 ended in 1945, a Japanese officer named Hiroo Onoda didn't surrender and continued the war for 29 years because he didn't know that Japan had surrendered and the war was over.
In 1945, a man survived the atomic blast at Hiroshima, dragged himself to an air-raid shelter, spent the night, caught the morning train so he could arrive at his job on time - in Nagasaki - where he survived another atomic blast.