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Great Learning on Our Tour to Japan

By Flamingo Transworld on Dec 27, 2014
Themes:  Interesting Facts  | Category: History & Culture | Country:  Japan

Why Japan is called LAND OF RISING SUN ?

My recent visit to Japan was fabulous where we all were in a group.. All senior citizen group was with me. It was a great experience, Japan is a beautiful country… I visited so many countries but i really felt that this is a country which everyone has to visit once in a life.. Its purity, cleanliness and its natural beauty attract all..!! If I close my eyes today, the glimpse of Japan comes in my memory. I could not stop myself from sharing my experience.

Japan is called the “land of the rising sun” because from China it appears that the sun rises from the direction of Japan. The Japanese people call their country “Nippon” or “Nihon” which literally translated means “source of the sun.” OR “the sun’s origin”…It is loosely translated into English as “Land of the Rising Sun “..!!

While I was in china I found that the Chinese Imperial name for Japan was Nihon .It simply indicates the direction of Japan with respect to China. If you are in China — than Japan is towards your east. In China it also appears that the sun rises from the direction of Japan.

Japanese language originally referred to Japan as Wakoku. These characters mean “country of the Wa”. Wa was an ethnic group that lived in Japan during the Three Kingdoms period (220 – 280 AD).


During my visit to Japan I stayed on Honshu island there are 3 main other islands namely Shikoku , Kyushu and Hokkaido. Apart from that Japan consists of thousands of islands, many of which are too small for the people to live. Shikoku and Kyushu are smaller islands located in the south of Honshu, and Hokkaido is in the north of Honshu.  


Japan also have many other names in English, Japanese, and other languages. The word “Japan” is an exonym, and is used by a large number of languages. The Japanese names for Japan are Nippon and Nihon. I found that the Japanese name which is used for the most official purposes,including on Japanese money, postage stamps and for many international sporting events is Nippon. Nihon is a more casual term and it is very frequently used in contemporary speech.

The pacific Ring Of Fire is the area where the islands of Japan are located.Most of the world’s earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur have occurred here. over 1500 earthquakes takes place here during a year.. In 1923 the Great Kanto Earthquake killed more than 143,000 people in the Tokyo area. The other 2 major destructive forces in Japan are Tsunamis and volcanic eruptions. In 2011 the Tōhoku Earthquake, which is also known as 3-11 (three-eleven) in Japan, was the most powerful earthquake known to have struck Japan till now.


Japan’s population is over 126 million.Tokyo is the capital of japan located on Honshu island .Japan is over 70% mountainous terrain with approximately 18% land mass suitable for human settlement. Japanese cities are typically sprawling and extremely populated. Main areas to cover in japan – Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Mt Fuji, Hakone, Nara etc…!! Japanese traditional dress is Kimono..Japan has two dominant religious traditions: Shintoism -where they believe in nature and Buddhism where they believe in god. Japan currency is yen. Japan’s high speed trains (bullet trains) are called Shinkansen and are operated by Japan Railways (JR).Running at speeds of up to 320 km/h, the Shinkansen is very well known known for its punctuality. Usually houses in japan are made up of wood to protect themselves from earth quakes..!!

You can enjoy their best season cherry blossom which is in March- April.



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