Assignment 1 and 2 due 11am January 6 Tuesday

Assigment 1: Striking Facts about Japan

Post three striking facts about Japan. Surprise me and everyone in our class!

Assignment 2: Useful/Fun Links

Post 2 useful or fun website links related to Japan and a brief description of the sites.

These are blog marathons. You can only post ideas and links that others have not posted yet.

Due is 11am on January 6th.

Please make sure to cite the source.

14 Responses to “Assignment 1 and 2 due 11am January 6 Tuesday”

  1. Suzuki says:

    Homework from Yan Chen-san.

    Assignment #1

    Striking facts –

    1. Timed parking meters for bicycles. Fukuoka ranked number one in Japan for the number

    of abandoned bicycles a few years ago, so there is now a big effort to improve bicycle

    parking in the city center. The main thrust of this is installing parking meters, at 100

    yen a time.


    2. The Japanese do not like the color purple, they believed purple represents sad tone;

    Most abstains from the green, thought that the green is the unlucky color.

    3. The Japanese is not willing to accept stuff that contain chrysanthemum or

    chrysanthemum related design as gifts, because it is the imperial family’s symbol.

    [2 & 3]

    Useful/funny links –

    Convert Kanji and websites to Romaji or Hiragana (with translation, too).

    A resource for studying Japanese and kanji, and improving vocabulary.

    With most nihongo, the translator has an accuracy rate of about 99.5%.

    Watch anime free online!


    ~Yan C.

  2. Suzuki says:

    Danielle Ganek-san

    Japan’s 3 Stiking Facts:

    In June of 2007, Japan was introduced to a new soft drink called PEPSI Ice Cucumber.

    Breast Milk is sold in Japanese coolers at stores after it is packaged in cartons that

    look just like cow’s milk.

    Children are encouraged to imitate their parents behavior by drinking faux alcohol,

    called kidsbeer.

    Many different things can be purchased through vending machines in Japan, including eggs,

    kerosene, umbrellas and toilet paper upon one time use of a public bathroom.

    Two useful links on Japan:

  3. Julie Kwok says:

    Striking Facts:

    Japan has to import a lot of raw materials (fuel, oil and such), therefore the prices are a lot higher. []

    When you eat ramen (or any noodles maybe), making slurping sounds shows that you are enjoying your food and that you respect the chef. []

    Because of the strict regulation of chemical use on agriculture, fruits and vegetables are extremely expensive in Japan. The farmers must watch the quantity and type of pesticides they use. Imports are highly regulated because of this as well to prevent certain pests from affecting the people and health. Also said by Ben, Japan only has .9% of land that is used for growing crops. Since there are many things that must be imported but are forbidden, the prices become even higher that it becomes a luxury to have fruits and such. []

    Interesting sites:

    This site has free lessons to different languages. This is the Japanese one. I think after the 45th lesson, you have to pay for it, but until then, enjoy:)

    I was going to put the Japan youtube site up but there was nothing very interesting there. The human tetris on this site was funny. []

    If you are looking for other funny stuff, you should look up funny Japanese commericals as well.

  4. Sarah Castillo says:

    two interesting sites

    has a couple of songs that help people learn the language

    group of helpful links

    three interesting facts

    >Sometimes the trains are so crowded railway staff are employed to cram passengers inside

    >Noodles, especially soba (buckwheat), are slurped very loudly when eaten. It is often said slurping symbolizes the food is delicious, but the slurping also serves to cool down the hot noodles for eating.

    >Tokyo has had 24 recorded instances of people either killed or receiving serious skull fractures while bowing to each other with the traditional Japanese greeting.


  5. Josh Typrowicz-Cohen says:

    3 facts

    1. It is considered rude to blow your nose in public in Japan (

    2. There is currently diet water being marketed in Japan, though I feel like that is sold here too, not sure who had the boneheaded idea first.

    3. Japan has a small defense budget, approximately 1% of their GDP (CIA world factbook)


    Article on weird sodas marketed in Japan.

    Interesting little piece on why there seems to be more weird stuff happening in Japan than other places.

  6. David Ausmann says:

    Fun Website:



  7. Alexandra Raboy says:

    third striking fact: Golden Retrievers are the most popular pet

  8. Alexandra Raboy says:

    2 Interesting Facts

    – Japan is 70% mountains

    – The Japanese use four different writing systems


  9. Alexandra Raboy says:

    2 Fun Website

    This website is all about Japanese holidays and celebrated days in the country. They celebrate quite a lot of holidays! They celebrate American holidays as well as Japanese holidays.

    This website shows picture of Japanese money, and I had never seen it before so I was interested to see what it looked like!

  10. Alexandra Raboy says:

    2 Striking Facts

    – Japan is 70% mountains

    – The Japanese use four different writing systems


  11. Sean Mulcahy says:

    Striking Facts about Japan:

    1. Sadaharu Oh, who played for the Tokyo Giants from 1958-1980 hit 868 career home runs, more than Hank Aaron or Barry Bonds.

    2. a Samurai would train every day of his life in the art of war, yet during the Edo period (1603-1868) there was no major war in Japan, forcing the Samurai to take up other occupations such as serving as personal bodyguards for hire. (Professor Esselstrom, UVM History Dept)

    3. Akira Kurosawa, japan’s most renowned film maker was inspired by the American western to make the film Shichinin no samurai (Seven Samurai) in 1954. In 1961, American film makers took the idea and a large part of seven’s plot to make the western The Magnificent Seven. ( (Taiko Drumming)

  12. Carly Krasner says:

    Striking Facts

    1. Japan experiences about 3 minor earthquakes per day totaling about 1500 per year

    2. There are no 24 hour ATMs in Japan

    3. Over 90% of the Japanese population purchase a comic book everyday




  13. Fiona says:

    Assignment 1 – 3 striking facts about Japan:

    • There are no 24 hour ATMs in Japan.

    • In Japan, the green traffic light is called “blue”.

    • 2 Japanese car brands were named after rice, Toyota and Honda.


    Assignment 2 – useful links: (in Japanese) (in English)

    Intro: A website not only offering facts and figures about Japan, but also where one can make Japanese friends, read and post interesting topics in the forum.

  14. Ben says:

    Only 0.9% of land in Japan is used for permanent crops.

    Japan has over 1,500 tremors (earthquakes of very low to high magnitude) a year.

    21.6% of the population is 65 and older.