Japan: Did you know?                                                     

  • The English word for Japan comes from the Chinese name for the country Cipangu.


  • The Japanese name for Japan is Nihon or Nippon. Both Nihon and Nippon mean "where the sun originates" and are frequently translated as "Land of the rising sun."


  • Samurai are ancient Japanese warriors considered military nobility in early Japan.


  • Green tea, having originated in China, is tea that has not been withered and oxidized the same way that oolong and black tea have. There are many varieties and it is consumed regularly in Japan. On special occasions, the Japanese will engage in an ancient and elaborate tea ceremony that involves a very precise way of preparing and consuming the tea.


  • Hello Kitty was invented in Japan in the 1974 by a company called Sanrio.


  • Pokémon was invented in Japan in 1995 by a franchise that was created by Satoshi Tajiri. 


  • Toyota, Nikon and Sony are among the many famous technology brands that are of Japanese origin.


  • Manga is a style of cartoon that was created in Japan in the late 19th century. However, it is based on earlier Japanese art. The word “manga” means cartooning and comics.