Japan (日本, Nihon or Nippon) is an island country in East Asia, often referred to as the Land of the Rising Sun as derived from the meaning of its Japanese name. Japan is one of the world’s largest economic entity, with an estimated 128 million of population. The country has long been Asia’s major trend setter.
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Japan is an archipelago of 6,852 islands. The country is geographically categorised into eight major regions, and is divided into 47 prefectures for administrative purpose, which are further divided into cities, towns, wards and villages.
Tokyo is Japan’s capital city. Other major cities include Yokohama, Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo, Kobe, Kyoto, Fukuoka, Kawasaki, Saitama, Hiroshima and Sendai etc.
Japan has over two thousand years of civilisation history, and the Japanese still hold their culture and traditions strongly. Japan is a popular travel destination; Japanese food is one of the world’s most popular cuisine, and the country is also famous for its widespread pop culture.
Japanese showbiz were dominant in Asia in 1990’s. Japanese drama series were especially popular, and their pop music and movies pretty well received too. Its influence is gradually overtaken by the Koreans, but there are still many Japanese entertainment fans around the world.
Another pop culture phenomenon from Japan is the anime and otaku subculture which have been rising in popularity across the world in recent years. And not forget to mention the Japanese fashion style which has been the trend setter in East Asia for the past two decades.