Customs Collide! A Very Brief Japanese Culture Quiz.

by: theanimeblog

See if you know a few of the differing customs the Japanese have in this brief true and false quiz!

  1. 1

    The original inhabitants of Japan are now dominant in modern Japanese society.

  2. 2

    Unlike ancient Western and Mid-Eastern mythologies, Japanese mythology is devoid of incest.

  3. 3

    Japan's capital has changed at least three times in the course of Japanese history.

  4. 4

    The Japanese have had eight ruling empresses.

  5. 5

    Ramen originated in Korea.

  6. 6

    It's an ancient Japanese beauty custom to show bright white teeth.

  7. 7

    Kabuki was invented by women.

  8. 8

    The letters "S" and "B" in the Japanese S&B food company's logo stands for seaweed and bonito.

  9. 9

    Miso is made solely from fermented soy beans.

  10. 10

    Metalworking was not one of ancient Japan's strengths.

  11. 11

    The term "kamikaze" was coined over 700 years ago.

  12. 12

    Torii are gateways to the underworld.

  13. 13

    New Year's Eve is bigger than Christmas in Japan.

  14. 14

    Samurai and ninja were constant foes in feudal Japan.

  15. 15

    The "wedded rocks" is a ceremony done to prevent landslides.

  16. 16

    The Japanese believe that kami, or spirits, are numerous and everywhere.

  17. 17

    Beans are used as a dessert food in Japan.

  18. 18

    The Japanese like to tell ghost stories in the summer because it helps chill them.

  19. 19

    Geisha is Japanese for "woman of ill repute".

  20. 20

    Mochi is a difficult treat to make.

  21. 21

    Black cats are considered an good omen in Japan.

  22. 22

    Real ninja no longer exist.

  23. 23

    White is a happy color associated with birth in Japan.

  24. 24

    Wa- is used to denote something that is Japanese.

  25. 25

    Tofu is Japanese invention.

  26. 26

    Halloween is a big holiday in Japan.

  27. 27

    Mt. Fuji is actually a dormant volcano.

  28. 28

    Oni are mythical Japanese woodland fairies.

  29. 29

    On Valentine's Day, women give, but do not receive chocolates.

  30. 30

    Samurai have often been compared to sakura, cherry blossoms, in Japanese literature.

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