Updated at 2022-04-25
Chopsticks in Japanese is pronounced "hashi," which is also a synonym for "bridge." Therefore, chopsticks are often gifted as a symbol of happiness, health, and longevity, particularly for newlyweds. Moreover, chopsticks are used in pairs, which symbolizes a strong relationship. In Japan, chopsticks are often given as wedding gifts or during important anniversaries, such as golden and silver weddings. Furthermore, because Japan is one of the few Asian countries without a culture of commensality, people typically use shorter chopsticks than those in Taiwan or South Korea, and the tips of the chopsticks are usually tapered. It's interesting how chopsticks have evolved with the development of different Asian countries.
Flag: The flag of Japan is known as the "Flag of Sun," a red disc centered on a white rectangular banner). The ratio of the flag is 2:3, and the diameter of the red disk is three-fifths of the vertical length, with the center of the red disk aligned with the center of the flag.
National Day: February 11
Area: 377,976 square kilometers
Population: Approx. 125 million
Currency: Japanese Yen
Government: Constitutional monarchy, separation of powers