Japan is an island country geographically located in East Asia, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, East China Sea and the Sea of Japan. Thanks to its location, it is often given the spiritual name of the “Land of the rising sun”. The whole archipelago occupies more than six thousands of islands, while the four largest, most known ones and creating the vast majority of the land area are Honshu, Kyushu, Hokkaido and Shikoku.
Japan is home to 126 million of Japanese population, while the incredible number of more than 9 million of the lives in the country’s capital – Tokyo, placing in on the upper position of largest cities in the world. The whole metropolitan area is then home to more than 35 million residents.
History of Japan is dating back to the 1st century CE. Throughout the past, the country was influenced by many regions (mainly imperial China and Western Europe).
Periods of rules by Emperors (shoguns) and lengthy isolation has helped to shape the current cultural values.
One of the most significant participation of Japan in the world history was during the World War II, which led to the atomic bombing of two cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Since 1947, Japan is a constitutional monarchy with an Emperor in the lead. Japan has one of the largest world economies and is a part of UN, G7 or G20.
Japanese people are known to have strong cultural values. The whole population is from vast majority composed from ethnic Japanese people. The official language is Japanese, using kanji symbols.
The fascinating blend of traditional Japanese culture is tailing back from Geishas and Samurais and soothing Zen gardens to distinct Pop culture, modern design or contemporary art scene.
Probably no other country can provide such a wide variety of must see and must do experiences, leaving visitors simply speechless and mesmerised about its beauty.
Apart from the culture itself, Japanese food and cuisine is a chapter on its own. Traditional sushi has made it to the top list of favourite dishes of many people around the world and that is only a beginning.
Various noodles, green tea, sweet delights and many regional specialities will probably leave your taste buds forever craving for more. Careful presentation, fresh ingredients and original flavours will let each visitor savour the true taste of Japan.