KIDS IN JAPAN
Here is part three of a series about kids in various countries. Japan is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean with high-rise-filled cities, imperial palaces, mountainous national parks and thousands of shrines and temples.
Tokyo, the crowded capital, is known for its neon skyscrapers and pop culture. In contrast, Kyoto offers Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, gardens and cherry blossoms. Sushi, the national dish, is served everywhere from casual pubs to gourmet restaurants.
Population: 127 million
- Schools in Japan are very competitive, and the pressure to score well begins early. Even pre-schoolers may attend “cram schools” to prepare for exams.
- The Japanese school year typically begins in April and lasts until March. There is a summer break of about six weeks, but kids have homework during that time.
- Comic books have been popular in Japan since the 1700s. Comics now account for about 40% of all published material in Japan.
- Kite-flying is enjoyed by people of every age. Each year Japan hosts numerous kite festivals that feature giant, spectacular handmade kites.
- Homes in Japan are small—on average, less than 1,000 square feet (compared with 2,400 in the U.S.). The typical family of four lives in five small rooms.
- Most fathers in Japan work long hours. As a result, some kids only see their fathers on weekends or holidays
- Fish! Fish may be eaten at breakfast, lunch, or dinner. On average, each person in Japan eats about 68 kg (150 lbs) of fish a year.
- Did you know? Japan is an island country. It consists of four main islands—Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu > and about 3,000 smaller ones.
Clancy's comment: I love this country. The food is fabulous and the people are great.