While a lot of people are interested in Japan and its people as well as culture, there are still common misconceptions that are generally thought of as true by people from other nations. Here are 5 of them:
1. Everything in Japan is hi-tech.
While Japan does have hi-tech trains, cars, gadgets and even toilets, both Japanese government employees and the private sector still use a lot of paper. In fact, it is still common in Japan to use cassette tapes and fax machines.
2. Japanese people are religious.
Japanese people take pride in a lot of things — family, good manners, and honor, but religion is not included in this. Buddhism which in itself does not include a supernatural deity is the major religion in the country.
3. Japan is a small country.
It might look like it compared to say, Canada or Russia, but Japan is in truth, the 62nd largest country in the world by landmass, which means that it’s larger than almost 4/5 of the countries of the world.
4. Everyone in Japan loves anime and manga.
Japan is the largest producer of anime and manga, but just like in other countries, these things are not for everyone. In addition, people who are really into anime, manga or games are likely to be labeled as nerds (otaku).
5. Japanese people eat sushi every day.
Sushi is probably the most well-known Japanese dish in the world, but it’s not exactly a staple meal. Traditional Japanese meals usually consist of rice paired with miso soup, vegetables and meat.