Japan Country Quiz

Can you guess these facts about the country of Japan?
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Last updated: May 16, 2020
First submittedApril 19, 2013
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Highest mountain
Mount Fuji
Currency
Yen
Nickname
Land of the
Rising Sun
Capital city
Tokyo
Former name of the above
Edo
Second most populous urban area
Osaka
Main islands
Hokkaido
Honshu
Shikoku
Kyushu
Traditional religions
Shinto
Buddhism
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National sport
Sumo
Most popular spectator sport
Baseball
The city of Kobe is famous for this food
Beef
Name for Japanese comics
Manga
Military nobility of pre-industrial Japan
Samurai
Alcoholic beverage made from fermented rice
Sake
Southernmost prefecture where
karate was invented
Okinawa
Former capital and city of temples
Kyoto
Japanese robe worn on formal occasions
Kimono
Japanese name for Japan
Nihon
Traditional hostess and entertainer
Geisha
Celebrated tree blossom
Sakura
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Level 32
Aug 30, 2013
Well and how was the word "Japan" created if Japanese people didn't make it?
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Level 88
Aug 30, 2013
It actually has to do with the evolution of sounds over the past 1500 years, and the transliteration of the name across at least 3 languages (most likely through Mandarin Chinese, Malay, and Portuguese). Dictionary.com has a fairly succinct explanation--http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/japan (scroll down about halfway).
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Level 32
Aug 30, 2013
And learnt something new. Thank you :)
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Level 65
Aug 18, 2017
It's probably based off of the Chinese "riben" 日本,which means "sun origin". It is pronounced somewhat similar to Japan and probably is why in English we call it Japan.
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Level 65
Mar 26, 2019
There's a ton of countries whose names are completely different from their English words. China is Zhongguo, Finland is Suomi, Hungary is Magyarorszag, etc.
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Level 12
Aug 30, 2013
Really nice quiz. 50% :)
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Level 17
Mar 25, 2014
I got 86%, which is about as low as I should get considering that I used to live there. I just have trouble remembering the names of the main islands.
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Level 63
Apr 4, 2014
The only thing I had no idea about was the stock market index. As for the rest, I breezed through it. :) I do know quite a bit about Japan.
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Level 55
Oct 20, 2015
Please accept Saki for Sake.
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Level 71
Jan 19, 2016
Please don't accept a misspelling like that.
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Level 23
Dec 4, 2015
Japanese do not call only rice wine "sake". Now, sake is any alcoholic drink. Please also accept "nihonshu".
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Level 53
Feb 2, 2016
I second, third, and fourth this.
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Level ∞
Sep 10, 2018
Nihonshu will work now. Funny story. When I was in Japan we ordered sake. At some point, glasses of ice water arrive, and then the rest of the meal. At the end of the meal we realize that we never got any sake. Then I taste the water. It was like watered-down vodka. And that's how I learned that sake is just generic alcohol in Japan.
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Level 75
Jan 19, 2016
sushi isn't fish
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Level 28
Jun 7, 2019
Correct. Merely a style of cuisine
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Level 48
Jan 19, 2016
Should 'en' be acceptable for 'yen'? Because 'en' is Japanese word for 'yen'.
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Level 77
May 16, 2020
We're looking for English words though
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Level 31
Jan 23, 2016
Love this quiz :) Please check out my Top 10 Japanese cities by population Also I thought that Football (especially womens) was a pretty popular sport in Japan
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Level 65
Mar 26, 2019
Soccer is the second most popular, and maybe overtaking baseball soon
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Level 40
Mar 12, 2016
So easy I had 3 mins left! Thats bc im japanese...
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Level 29
May 23, 2016
I'm Japanese and have been speaking English since very young; I translated for a living for a while... and i still don't understand why non-Japanese people thinks "sake" refers to our rice wine. Sake simply means alcoholic beverage in Japanese, hence wine, beer, other brews like vodka is a sake for us. Nihonshu, shochu, is what we call our rice wines....
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Level 70
Sep 9, 2017
Thankyou for that slice of knowledge. The 'sake' = 'rice wine' misinformation has been around for a long time, this is the first time I've been truly informed.
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Level 77
May 16, 2020
Well, words get different meanings in other languages, so there's nothing wrong with sake meaning rice wine in English. But I agree it's a bit strange on a quiz about Japan.
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Level 78
May 18, 2020
This is good to know. JetPunk educates once again.
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Level 39
Oct 21, 2016
Try my quiz about Japan http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/135084/japanese-feudal-system
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Level 72
Apr 2, 2017
For us Brits, can we have Yakusa as well as Yakuza as we use 's' rather than 'z' and the original word (being presumably in Kanji) has neither. thanks
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Level 52
Jun 12, 2017
Osaka is not a metro area, Osaka is part of the Keihanshin metro area.
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Level 70
Jul 25, 2017
Who else looked at Bill Wurtz's history of Japan? :P
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Level 74
Jul 20, 2018
Best. Thing. On the internet. Ever. It's 9 minutes long but it's worth every second. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mh5LY4Mz15o&t=2s
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Level 62
Jul 12, 2020
"How about Sunrise Land?"
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Level 71
Jul 12, 2020
The sequel is also very worth watching. It's 20 minutes, but he manages to get through the history of the entire world. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuCn8ux2gbs
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Level 14
Sep 9, 2017
Am I the only one who tried Magikarp for "ornamental carp"
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Level 66
Nov 21, 2017
Thank you Kill Bill for Yakuza.
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Level 59
Apr 14, 2018
Could you also possibly accept "Saki" for the fermented rice drink question?
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Level 28
Jun 22, 2018
Great quiz!
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Level 56
Sep 2, 2018
What is an Alcholic beverage?
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Level 67
Mar 15, 2020
Booze
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Level 81
Oct 7, 2018
One "s" in occasion.
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Level 80
Oct 7, 2018
Too Japan-centric.
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Level 31
Oct 8, 2018
Is not Shogun fitting for "Military nobility of pre-industrial Japan" as well?
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Level 73
May 17, 2020
"Nobility" implies a whole group of society, whereas there was only one shogun at a time.
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Level 72
May 18, 2020
I didn't try, but does daimyo work? It arguably fits the clue.
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Level 48
Sep 5, 2020
I also feel like it would make sense to accept "shogunate"/"shogun" as a type-in for that hint.
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Level 60
Oct 8, 2018
Strictly speaking, tokyo is not japan's capital. Japan simply does not have any official capital city. http://houseikyoku.sangiin.go.jp/column/column081.htm "There are no laws to define where Japan's capital is since 1868 because Tokyo was built to stabilize East and North." the Legislative Bureau House of Councillors
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Level 37
Oct 8, 2018
50%. Better than I anticipated. (Also misspelled "Sake" as "Saki").
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Level 65
Oct 8, 2018
89%. Thanks high school geography.
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Level 65
Oct 11, 2018
I've been to over thirty countries, and I don't think any can come close to my affection for Japan and its people. I cannot wait to go back.
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Level 48
Aug 6, 2019
Awesome quiz!! I love Japan and its history and culture so much! I'm learning Japanese too.
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Level 73
May 16, 2020
私も日本語を習います、赤い霆さん!
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Level 73
Oct 24, 2019
I'm pretty sure Okinawa is considered a main island, albeit a very small one.
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Level 77
May 16, 2020
No
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Level 45
Jul 12, 2020
He's right, at least on Wikipedia it says so: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_islands_of_Japan#Main_islands
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Level 67
Nov 21, 2019
this might be one of the only quizzes on here where Kalbamahut hasn't commented.
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Level 83
Jul 12, 2020
Who's Kalbamahut?
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Level 80
Jul 12, 2020
Was there something you wanted my input on?
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Level 86
May 16, 2020
Given that there are also casual kimono, you should probably accept some formal subtypes as well.
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Level 78
May 18, 2020
After "anime" didn't work, I had nothing. Never heard of "manga" until now. Loved "Speed Racer" growing up. Never knew it was Japanese until decades later.
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Level 63
May 19, 2020
Manga is comics, anime is cartoons (short for animation). I love Japan - it's my favourite country. I can't wait to go back.
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Level 74
May 18, 2020
Plum blossom or Ume is also a celebrated tree blossom, although less popular than this one. Wonder if that would have been accepted (went for the more popular one).
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Level 68
May 21, 2020
"Occasion" has one "s" in it.
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Level ∞
May 21, 2020
Okay
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Level 82
Jul 30, 2020
fun quiz
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Level 46
Aug 11, 2020
accept buddhist plz :)
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Level 46
Aug 28, 2020
Could you accept Kobe Beef?
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Level 40
Sep 2, 2020
0:51 seconds :)
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Level 72
Oct 12, 2020
100%! I knew that Asian Studies Major specialising in Japan would come in handy one day.