How much do you really know about Japan?

Test your knowledge of Japan with this fun quiz!

This lesson will test your basic knowledge of Japan by quizzing you on five areas of knowledge: geography, pop culture, travel, economics, and myth-busting.

Questions

1)  Geography Question: How many prefectures does Japan have?

A)  50
B) 38
C) 47

2)  Pop Culture Question: Below are the names of three popular characters that originated in Japan. Can you put them in order of their creation, from oldest to newest?

Godzilla
Pikachu
Hello Kitty

3)  Travel Question: The following are popular tourist sites in Japan. Which one is not located in Tokyo?

A)  Tsukiji fish market
B)  Mt. Fuji
C)  The Imperial Palace

4)  Economic Question: Where does Japan’s economy fall in the ranking of world economies?
5)  Debunking a Myth About Japan Question: True/False: Japan’s main staple diet is sushi.

Answers

1)  Geography Question: How many prefectures does Japan have?

The answer is C) 47. Japan has forty-seven prefectures, the largest of which is the northernmost prefecture, Hokkaido, and the most populous of which is the country’s capital, Tokyo.


2)  Pop Culture Question: Below are the names of three popular characters that originated in Japan. Can you put them in order of their creation, from oldest to newest?

Answer: The correct order is Godzilla (1954), Hello Kitty (1974), and Pikachu (1995). All three characters have accumulated a large fan following not only in Japan but also around the world.


3)  Travel Question: The following are popular tourist sites in Japan. Which one is not located in Tokyo?

The answer is B) Mt. Fuji. While Mt. Fuji is visible from Tokyo on a clear day, it is actually located 100 km/60 miles away, on the border of Shizuoka and Yamanashi prefectures.

4)  Economic Question: Where does Japan’s economy fall in the rankings of world economies?

The answer is #2. Japan’s economy is the second largest in the world after that of the United States.


5)  Debunking a Myth About Japan Question: True/False: Japan’s main staple diet is sushi.

The answer is false! Many people think of sushi when they think of Japanese food, but the truth is that this food is more of a delicacy than anything else. You won’t find many people who eat sushi every day or even on a regular basis. The main staple food in Japan is rice, which the Japanese eat with almost every meal.

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