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. A major economic power, Japan has the world's second-largest economy by nominal GDP and the third largest in purchasing power parity.
Dorayaki is a traditional Japanese cake with anko sweet beans filling. Legend has it that the first Dorayaki were made when a samurai named Benkei forgot his "dora" (gong) upon leaving a farmer’s home, where he was hiding, and the farmer then used the gong to fry the pancakes, thus the name Dorayaki.
For entertainment, many Japanese teenagers go to karaoke on the weekends and visit with their friends, usually in groups. Japanese teenagers are are very up-to-date with American pop culture, including music, fashion and movies. Soccer and baseball are very popular sports, especially for boys. Due to the difficult exams that students must take to get into university, some students attend additional test preparation classes after their usual day at high school.
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- Japanese pizza has mayonnaise, corn and seaweed on it.
- Watermelons in Japan can cost up to $100 each.
- Japan has about 1,500 earthquakes each year.
- Japanese people live on average 4 years longer than those in the U.S., 2.5 years longer than Germans and Belgians, and 1.5 years longer than French or Italian people.
- In Japan, the teachers move from class to class and the students stay in one room.
- Golden Retrievers are the most popular pet.