NAME: JapanLOCATION: In Asia. Japan's neighbours include the Republic of Korea, China, and Russia.LANGUAGE: Kanji was the first language of Japan, which actually came from China wherethey are said to have been created thousands of years ago. They began as just pictures thenover time, the pictures changed into symbols.Japanese has two sets of phonetic scripts, hiragana and katakana which both developedfrom kanji. Each set has 46 characters, which stand for groups of letters such as ka.Basic words:Konnichiwa (A simple hello but usually used as good afternoon)Hai (Yes)Iie (No)CURRENCY: Unit of currency-yenTYPE OF GOVERNMENT: The Japanese government came to be in the year 1946. Theparliament is called the diet which consists of 480 members which have all been elected byJapanese residents.FLAG: Japans national flag is called the Hinomaru. It has a red dot surrounded by a whitebackground. This dot represents the sun. They used the sun in the flag because Japan isknown as the land of the rising sun. It is known as that because Japan is located in the fareast where the sun rises.CLIMATE:Japan often suffers from natural disasters such as typhoons, volcanic eruptions andearthquakes. The most recent earthquake was October 2004.CLOTHING: People in Japan just wear every-day normal clothes but on special occasionssuch as Shichi-Go-San festival, weddings and graduation ceremonies , they wear thetraditional dress of Japan called the kimono. Kimonos, which are generally made of silk,have large sleeves and reach from the shoulders all the way down to the heels. They aretied with a large belt called an obi.TRADITIONS: There are many Japanese traditions and one of them is the tea ceremonywhich is also known as the Way of tea. It is the preparation and presentation of matcha,powdered green tea. This is also one of the many cultural practice.OTHER INFO: The capital of Japan is Tokyo, other wise known as the Game World. Manyvideo games came from Tokyo. A type of art that is used a lot in games is called manga. Thisart is also used in books.