Japan, sometimes referred to as the “Land of the Rising Sun” because of the characters in its name, is one of the most populated and alive countries in the world. Made up of 6,852 islands, Japan has an impressive 126 million people. A large portion of this population lives in the highly-condensed Tokyo, making it the largest Metropolitan city on the planet.
The people of Japan have had roots on that land for a very long time. This has led to a very rich culture, a proud people and a country that has grown to be a super power economically in the world. The country has seen great success in many areas, including economy, peace-keeping military efforts and health. Statistics show that the people of Japan enjoy the second highest life expectancy in the entire world. They also have the third lowest mortality rate for infants worldwide.
The higher-than-average health of the Japanese may be due in large part to their healthy diets. While rice and noodles remain the foundational ingredient, they also use a lot of fish, tofu, other seafood and lots of vegetables in the average meal. They tend to stay away from eating large quantities of processed foods and empty carbohydrates. They also exercise more on a regular basis by walking and riding bicycles to their destinations.
Japan’s general climate can be mild, but the seasons in some areas of the country can be extreme. Winter often brings a great deal of snowfall, while summer can bring on soaring heat waves. The climate is best described as humid and subtropical.
Japanese culture continues to grow and change at will. The people tend to be excellent craftsmen, working well with their hands. The country is most known for its artistic swords, dolls and ceramics. The people love ceremonies and rituals, and most of them love tea. The architecture in this amazingly lively country is something to behold. A dramatic difference is seen in the old architecture compared to the modern. Most visitors find they prefer the old style. Japan has an active nightlife and a very healthy influx of tourists.