Look What Came
From 日本 (Japan)
By: Harrison S.
by: Harrison S.
Table of Contents
Made in Japan
Konichiwa! Oops! Wrong language! That's how you say "hi" in Japanese. You would be amazed by how much the Japanese have influenced our culture. We use things made in Japan every single day. Read on to find out what came from the extravagant country of Japan.
A lot of different things are made in Japan. Some are things you use every day. Emojis for example. Japanese people made them as a form of communication to tell information. Now, over 6 billion emojis are sent daily.
Look at the picture in the bottom of the book of the world's first laptop, the Epson HX-20. Now look at your laptop. So much has changed.
Made in Japan
More Things From Japan
A lot of cars are manufactured in Japan. You may even have one. Most of them are known for being very reliable. Some brands are Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Lexus, Acura, Infiniti, Subaru and Mazda.
The Japanese people also invented a culinary device to help sushi makers all over the world. The electronic rice cooker. This was more safe and did not use as much gas as the traditional way of warming rice.
There are too many more things made in Japan that we could actually explain in detail, so I will just read a few of them off to you: VHS, Walkman, bullet Train, jet ski, calculator and more.
Clothing has changed over time in Japan. You've probably heard of a kimono. The word kimono translates to: thing to wear. Japanese people still wear them but not as much as they used to. They wear them for nice/proper occasions.
A yukata is for casual occasions. It is usually made out of cotton or polyester so they are very light. They can be worn indoors or outside.
Those are some forms of traditional Japanese clothes. Although they are still worn, western clothing is more popular in cities.
Food from Japan
Japanese food is a variety of things. Being an island, a lot of the restaurant industry is based off of seafood. Sashimi is a delicacy of sliced fish that can be served on rice. It traveled across the sea, and is now eaten around the world.
Have you ever heard of Tempura? It is basically like Japanese chicken fingers except instead of chicken, fish and vegetables are the foods being deep fried. Additionally, before they go in the fryer they are dipped in a light batter.
Hisssss! Steaks sizzle on a flat top as hot as a volcano. Hibachi is a type of Japanese cooking method. Although it is traditionally made on a small grill, modern restaurants make their food on large stovetops. Here's why these new restaurants are so popular: they cook everything in front of you. All throughout your evening your chef will make fires, flip his spatula, and do much more.
A Spatula and Fork
Many sports are played in Japan.
Thump! The mat shakes as giants battle it out. They are legitimate mountains. Sumo is Japan's national sport. Some of the players can weigh up to 400lb! These mountains of men try to force their opponents to touch the mat. There are 6 tournaments each year.
Another traditional Japanese sport is called Judo. It is so big that it is now an Olympic sport. The 2 competitors try to throw the other person on the floor by using balance and skill.
Although baseball was not made in Japan, it has greatly influenced their culture. Some of the best players from Japan include Ichiro Suzuki and Masahiro Tanaka. They came to the United States to up their game.
There are many ways the Japanese stay entertained. One way would be to turn on the television. Have you seen the video of the two girls blowing the cicada in the pipe? Or the hilarious video of the people climbing the slippery stairs? You guessed it! It all happened in Japan. Game shows are always good fun and Japan has the funniest. Just look at the videos below.
Karaoke is also a form of Japanese entertainment. You've probably tried it sometime. The music of a song comes on, and you sing with it. It's either an epic fail or a rising star is born.
FUN FACT! Japanese is the 9th most spoken language in the world. Over 125 Million people use it regularly. There are 4 systems that people use. Hiragana is the most original form of talking. Kanji is based on the chinese language. Katakuna is used to say foreign words. Romaji is a romanization of Japanese. Japanese is the quickest language spoken around the world. This means that it has the highest syllable rate. Reading the newspaper in Japan would not be an easy thing to do for beginners. Japanese has 2,136 characters.
National DIet Building
The Emperor in Japan does not hold any political power. He is only there for ceremonial use. However, the prime minister is the person who can make the decisions. The Japanese government is a democracy. Their parliament is called the Diet. In their congress they have two houses. In the House of Representatives there are 465 members. In the House of Councillors there are 242 members. The Japanese has a very large police. There is one officer for every 495 people. Additionally, there is 1 lawyer per 9000 people. Japan's current prime minister is Shinzō Abe. He has been serving since 2012.
Japan's National Diet Building
Japan is located off the eastern coast of Asia. Japan is made of 6852 islands. If all the islands were together, Japan would be around the size of California. The 4 major islands are Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu and Shikoku. Japan enjoys mild and pleasant temperatures. There are 62 active volcanoes. Wow! That's a lot! Have you ever heard of Mount Fuji? Mount Fuji is a volcano. It is also the tallest mountain in Japan. The last Time it erupted was in 1707.
Tourism is a big industry in Japan. That's because there are many interesting places to visit. Let's see where we should go!
Tokyo- Tokyo is Japan's capital and largest city. The Tokyo Skytree is the tallest tower in Japan. Tokyo is also known for its subway pushers. It is so crowded that workers have to push people inside the train. It's not ideal for someone who is claustrophobic.
Kyoto- Kyoto was the former capital of Japan before Tokyo took over power. There are over 1,500 Buddhist temples in Japan.
Hiroshima- You've probably heard of Hiroshima. Remember? The bombs? It was sad. In 1945 The United States dropped a bomb on Hiroshima. If you're into history, this is the place.
1 30 Sheet package of Gyoza wrappers
2/3 lb of Ground Pork
1/3 lb of Cabbage
1 bunch of Green onions
1 inch of Fresh Ginger Root, Ground
1 garlic clove
2 Tbsp of Soy Sause
1 Tbsp of Sake
1 Tbsp of Sesame Seed Oil
1 Tsp of Salt
Pepper, to taste
You Will Need
Pork Gyoza Recipe
1. Shred the cabbage and cut the green onions fine.
2. Combine the cabbage, onions, pork, ginger, garlic and seasonings. Mix well by hand.
3. Put 1 tablespoon of mixture on a gyoza wrapper. Wet the edge of the wrapper with water using your finger. Pinch the edges firmly and crimp them together to seal.
4. Grease a skillet with vegetable oil. Arrange the gyoza in a single layer in the pan. Cook well in low heat.
5. When the bottom of the gyoza becomes slightly brown, add 1/4 of a cup of water. Cover the pan. Cook for a couple of minutes.
A pork Gyoza.
Now that you've seen about what came from Japan, you should consider a visit. You could visit Tokyo, eat sashimi, wear a kimono, watch a sumo wrestling match and do everything in Japan.
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