We’re right in the middle of Typhoon season in Japan, and there have been some pretty big ones this year. But it always seems like they get crazier and bigger as we get into the fall, so it’s a good idea to be prepared.
When I was in the US, I was always fascinated with Japanese animation. There was something really different and strange about it, and the stories were wild and fantastic. Actually, some of the shows I grew up with as a kid were from Japan, like Speed Racer. I remember that I noticed their mouths didn’t seem to say what the voice said. But, anyway, they were cool cartoons of chances to enjoy I’m all grown up, I have lots of chances to enjoy a variety of Japanese animation.
What Makes The Country Run? Looking At Japan Population
One key to understanding how things work in Japan is to look at Japan population. These facts and figures can give us a little perspective on what’s happening all over the country.
Japan has a population of 127 million, packed into about 375,000 square kilometers. To give you an idea of what that means, the United States has about 300 million. This means that Japan has almost half the population of the United States living in a country about the size of California.
The Kansai region of Japan is known as a colorful place; not just the scenery, but the people too. Kansai people are known to be talkative and outgoing, unlike the more reserved people in Kanto or the more remote areas of Japan. Most of Japan’s comedy talent come from Kansai, and Kansai speakers have a distinctive dialect called “Kansai-ben.”
Kansai is on the southern part of Honshu, just across the mountains from the Kanto region where you find Tokyo and Yokohama. There are three cities in Kansai which are major attractions: Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe.
When I quit working for one of the big English teaching companies, I had to get insurance from somewhere. My wife suggested I use the national health system that Japanese people use. I thought that would be a good idea, but I looked into it and it wasn’t so great after all. It was very expensive and didn’t offer full coverage.
One problem with National Health is that, when you sign up for it, you have to pay a big chunk to get started. You have to pay for all the months you were in the country and covered by someone else. For me, that would have meant paying three years of insurance all at once!