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Interesting Facts About The Japanese Language

Japanese (日本語, nihongo) is a language spoken by approx. 130 million people. They mostly live in Japan and partially in immigrant communities all around the world. The language belongs to the Japanese-Ryukyuan language family.

Japanese is an agglutinative language containing many levels of formulas of courtesy. The word agglutinative is a derivation of the Latin verb “agglutinare” that means "to glue together”. An agglutinative language is a form of synthetic language, which uses affixes (i.e. prefixes, suffixes and infixes) to express just one individual grammatical function and is added to the radix of a word. Japanese writing system belongs to the most difficult ones in the world.

Unlike other languages, one can find four different writing systems in Japan, romaji, katakana, hiragana, and kanji; that is why many people consider Japanese as one of the most difficult languages to learn. Due to Japan is a world power, Japanese education system is considered as one of the best in Asia.

Although, Japan is comprised by over 4000 islands, the four main islands are:

  • Hokkaido.
  • Honshu.
  • Shikoku.
  • Kyushu.

Most of Japanese regions are cover by mountains and volcanoes. Due to the islands of Japan are located in an area known as The Ring of Fire in the Pacific, many earthquakes occur annually, that is why Japanese buildings must meet many strict seismic safety standards.

The two major religions in Japan are Shinto and Buddhism, although religion does not play an important role in Japan, Japanese traditions are preserved, since many centuries ago, that is why it is not uncommon to see couple marrying in the traditional Japanese way.

Another important feature of Japan is its cuisine. Japanese cuisine is considered by many people as one of the most delicious, the most important meal is definitely Sushi that is prepared from fish.

Jobs in Japan: to a great extent a Japanese man and his family are socially ranked by the reputation of the company he works for and the position and prospects he has there. If you are looking for employment in Japan and want to catapult your career in a good Japanese company, you should create a good resume to introduce yourself. To help you do this, we've written easy-to-follow steps on how to write a resume, including resume writing tips, resume structure guides and resume examples.

Japanese Language Data

We've gathered some interesting data on Japan and the Japanese language that you may find useful. Click the link to learn more.

Japanese Flag

The Japanese flag is a large red circle (sun) centered on a plain white background.

Japanese Language History

Japan has a rich and beautiful history stretching back thousands of years. Click the link above to learn more.

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Author: Ichika
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