By Lida Amaxa and Aneza Diakaki
Japan is an island country of East Asia consisting of 125.440.00 residents. The word Japan that in Japanese is known as Nihon or Nippon means sun and start. That is because Japan is deemed as the country of the sun, and that is why the Japanese flag has a red circle in the center depicting the sun.
Starting with its capital “Tokyo”, Tokyo is a city populated with 13,96 million
residents. Its metropolitan area is the most populous in the world. It is considered as the Japan’s economic center and it is the seat of both the Japanese government and the Emperor of Japan. Tokyo is also the second-largest urban economy worldwide by gross domestic product after New York city.
Japan is worldwide known for its cuisine which is based on rice with miso soup and other dishes with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients. dishes often consist of fish, pickled vegetables, and vegetables cooked in broth. Seafood is common, often grilled, but also served raw as sashimi or in sushi. Seafood and vegetables are also deep-fried in a light batter, as tempura. Apart from rice, a staple includes noodles, such as soba and udon. Japan also has many simmered dishes, such as fish products in broth called oden, or beef in sukiyaki and nikujaga. Although we must say that Japan is mostly known for its sushi.
Religion in Japan is manifested primarily in Shinto and in Buddhism, the two main faiths, which Japanese people often practice simultaneously. Shinto is about worshiping ancestors and spirits at domestic altars and public shrines.
It is a fact that Japan unlike other countries has Some specific manners that its residents are following. Some of them are: Bowing, gift-giving, table manners, taking their shoes of when they are entering a house, miscellaneous tips etc.