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Japan has the world's tenth-largest population, with over 127 million people. The Greater Tokyo Area, which includes the de facto capital city of Tokyo and several surrounding prefectures, is the largest metropolitan area in the world, with over 30 million residents. Japan is an archipelago of 6,852 islands. Most of the islands are mountainous and many are volcanic such as Mount Fuji, Japan's highest peak.




Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy




Yen (JPY)

"We didn't realize just how attached we would become to Yuna, our Japanese daughter. Now, we can't picture life without her."

— The Carver family, Alabama

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Taichi, from Japan, made this video to show his host family more about his life in Japan.

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2-3 strips cooked bacon, chopped
3/4 cup cabbage, shredded
1/2 cup chopped green onion
3-4 cooked shrimp, chopped
3 tbsp water
1 egg
1 tsp. baking powder
4 tbsp. flour
Pinch of salt
For sauce:
3 tbsp. ketchup
1 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tbsp. worcestershire sauce

Mix together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Mix in the water. Add all the remaining ingredients and mix them together thoroughly.

Heat an oiled frying pan or griddle. Spoon the mixture onto the hot surface and spread it into a round shape, less than 1 in. thick.When air bubbles start to rise in the middle of the okonomiyaki, flip it with a spatula and fry the other side.

Spread with sauce and eat while warm.

Fun Facts about Japan
  • Japan has around 126.7 million people, about one third of the U.S.
  • Japan is 145,925 sq. miles, about the same size as Montana
  • Japan has 10% of the world's volcanoes, 36 of them are active today
  • Japan's national anthem is based on a 9th century poem, and is the oldest in the world
  • In Japan, the teachers move from class to class and the students stay in one room.
  • Japan has about 1,500 earthquakes each year.
  • Watermelons in Japan can cost up to $100 each.
  • Famous Japanese include Hidecki Matsui, Yoko Ono, and Midori Suzuki

How are you?

Genkidesu ka?
I am excited to meet my Japanese exchange student!

Watashi wa Nihon no kokan ryugakusei o mitasu no ni kofun shite imasu
Have you ever tried sushi?

Anata wa imamade sushi o mimashita ka?

Students from Japan