Sunday, November 4, 2007

You say Arigato like I say Arigato

April 1992

My uncle had a post in Tokyo so we decided to visit him one summer. 2 families from the Philippines flew to Japan to stay with 1 family for 1-2 weeks.

1st family - Tito Joe, Tita Roselle, Jerby, Justin, and Ria
2nd family - Dad, Mom, Kuya, and moi.
3rd family - Tito Graeme, Tita Ebeng, Anthony

All under one roof! Thats what makes us Filipino!

Basic Facts:

Official Name: Nihon or Nippon (Japan)- Land of the Rising Sun
Capital: Tokyo
Official Language: Japanese
Government: National Diet consisting of two legislative houses
Chief of State: Emperor
Head of Government: Prime Minister
Monetary Unit: Yen
Religion: Shinto, various sects of Buddhism, and Christianity coexist.

10 Interesting Facts:

1. Japan has about 1,500 earthquakes each year.

2. You can buy batteries, beer, wine, condoms, cigarettes, comic books, hot dogs, light bulbs, and used women's underwear from vending machines.
3. It is rude to blow your nose in public.
4. Japan's national anthem is the oldest in the world.
5. Japan has one of the highest life expectancy in the world
6. Elementary school students wear yellow caps
7. There are special slippers for the toilet
8. The cherry blossom (sakura) is Japan's unofficial national flower.
9. Japan is the birthplace of San Rio
10. Never stick your chopsticks upright in your rice. This is an old Japanese custom and is what is done when food is offered to the dead. When it is not an offering it is considered to be a very ill omen.

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