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Japan

Location

Japan is a country of several islandsJapan located in the North Pacific Ocean of the coast of mainland Asia; It is alongside China, Korea, and Russia, and is completely surrounded by the North Pacific Ocean. Japan is made up of four large islands and about fifty smaller ones. How far is Japan from your place? Japan's terrain is mainly mountains; most of the settlement and farmland are along the coastline. Japan's most important land resource is rice.

Climate

Japan has a range of climate, varying from tropical in south to cool temperate in the north; two of the larger islands, Hokkaido and Honshu have a humid continental climate characterized by shorter, cooler summers and long cold winters.

People

Japan

The population in Japan is 124,711,551 people. An average household dwelling in Japan has 91.92 square meters of floor space. The average for a family of three is 91.8 square meters, and for a family of four 96 square meters. The Japanese people have always put a great importance on the clothing they wear. Today, most of the Japanese wear western style clothing outside of the home. Many of the city dwellers keep up with the latest styles of Japanese, American, and European fashion designers. The three main businesses are arts and architecture, fishing and rice farming.

Life

Japan

Japanese is the official language of Japan; many of the Japanese people also speak English to some extent. Japan's oldest religion is Shinto, which means ‘the way of the gods'. It is the native religion of Japan that dates back to prehistoric times. Shintoists worship many gods called Kami, which are found in mountains, rivers, rocks, trees, and other parts of nature. Shinto also involves ancestor worship.

Education

Japanese law requires children to complete 6 years of elementary school, and 3 years of junior high school. Education in public schools is free during these 9 years for children between 6 to 14 years of age. Almost all Japanese children complete education requirements. Japan's favorite sports are Japanese wrestling called sumo, and baseball.

By Shawna Butler