Flyaway Friday: Pack your bags for a trip to Japan!

Isn’t it time for another trip already? You don’t have to actually pack the bags for the trip, bet you know that. But a little preparation never hurts right? So read along and you will find interesting tidbits about Japan to make our following Flyaway Fridays fun. 

What is Flyaway Friday?

If you are still wondering what we are upto, let me give you a quick recap.

Every month on Fridays, I take you all virtually to a new country, recommend books set in that country and the most exciting part of all, to have a blogger from that country to tell us more about living there and help us compare what we read or see in books or movies with the reality as they see.

So far we have been to Netherlands,France, Finland, Italy and Philippines.  

Let us start to Japan shall we?    

Finding Japan on the map

Japan is an island country in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies off the eastern coast of the Asian continent and stretches from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and the  Philippine Sea in the south. (Wikipedia)

Some basic facts!

And more trivia

  • Literacy by Japanese youth is almost 100%, which is among the highest in the world.
  • Japanese are cultivating square melons because it’s easier to store them.
  • There are cafes where the staff is dressed up as French Maids Capsule hotels are available in most bigger cities.
  • Many Japanese babies are born with a harmless birthmark called Mokohan or Mongolian spot on their backs. These marks are common about Asian and Native Americans and they fade away by the time they reach five years of age.
  • Many schools in Japan make their students, as a part of their education, clean the school area, including toilets and classrooms. This is quite common as cleanliness is very important in Japanese culture.
  • Speaking about Japanese culture, they have cafes where you can pay money for cuddles to help lonely and single people and there is nothing sexual about it.

Major Cities in Japan

  • Tokyo
  • Yokohama
  • Osaka
  • Kyoto
  • Kobe
  • Fukuoka

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Let us chat

Have you ever visited Japan earlier? Or is it on your bucket list? What are the weird facts do you know about Japan? Let us talk.


  1. Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

    I had no idea about the cuddle cafes. I saw a clip somewhere about people that are professional cuddlers and back scratchers. Nothing sexual, but I am not sure I could just open up to a stranger for a hug, IDK

    • Gayathri

      It would weird me out as well!

  2. Kathy West

    I’d love to visit Japan one day.

    • Gayathri

      Same here!

  3. Ruby @ Ruby's Books

    AA I love this feature!!! I’ve never been to Japan before, but I’ll keep this post in mind if I ever get the chance to visit. To my great shame I don’t know any facts about Japan, but I am excited to learn more about this country from your feature! I am looking forward to the next installment.

  4. Robin Taylor

    How very different – and fun!

  5. DJ Sakata

    I’ve never been but cannot get excited about such a long flight 😉

  6. Laura Thomas

    What a great feature! I’ve never been to Japan. Only visited there through reading. I enjoyed the tidbits you shared:)

    • Gayathri

      Me neither. But it is on my bucket list.


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Gayathri has been reviewing books since 2010. When she is not reading books or creating online content, she works as a writer and a digital marketer. Head over to meet me!

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