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Fun Facts For Kids - Interesting Information about Japan

              DID   YOU    KNOW 

  • The Japanese name for Japan is “Nihon” or “Nippon” which means "the land of rising sun". You can see the rising sun in the middle of their flag 
  • Japanese is the official language of Japan. Japanese uses Chinese characters, or kanji, in its writing system. Along with kanji, the Japanese writing system primarily uses two syllabic scripts, hiragana and katakana.
  • Japanese culture has made many important contributions. Ikebana is the art of flower arranging, bonsai is the cultivation of miniature trees and origami is the art of paper folding. Haiku is a type of Japanese poetry.
  • Japanese cuisine has become popular around the world. Some well-known dishes are sushi, sashimi and tempura.
  • Japan is home to many different forms of martial arts. Karate, Judo, Sumo, Ninjutsu, Kendo, Jujutsu, and Aikido to name a few.
  • Ancient warriors of Japan were known as Samurai. They were very skilled fighters and swordsmen. Their main weapon was the Katana, a sharp sword with a slight curve to it.
  • The Geisha was once an important part of Japnese life. The Geisha was trained in the traditional Japanese arts of music, poetry, caligraphy and tea ceremony. They were expert hostesses that entertained with their beauty and charm. 

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