Japan

Overview

Japan is probably the best place to visit on a first journey alone : it’s safe and welcoming but also blissfully exotic and mindblowing.  The country is a place where opposites of all kind meet, with a society built on both extreme modernity and traditionalism, landscapes made of very high volcanic mount blending smoothly into the seas,..
Welcoming : Very
Linguistic accessibility
Price range : Similar to Europe/US ($$$)
Safetyness : Very low criminality
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Trips
Cities
Temple Calligraphy Collected

japan in a nutshell

Territory

The east asian archipelago is 377,915km² with a 29,751km of coastline, also constituting the japanese border.

The japanese archipelago was created by volcanic activity from the Pacific Ring of Fire and features more than 100 active volcano.

Consequently, 73% of the territory is mountainous, and 69% of it is covered in forest (unparalleled except by Sweden and Norway).

Population & Economy

The current population of Japan is 127 million, or 1.69% of the World’s population.

The GDP/inhabitant is somewhere between the 20th and 24th worldwide with approximately 38,750$/inhabitant.

Japan has a tertiary economy (services) with the sector employing approximately 70% of the work force.

Government

Japan is a Constitutional Monarchy where the Emperor holds a ceremonial role and the Prime minister is the head of state. 

The Constitution was drafted in 1947 on the basis of western ones, following the end of the Second World War.

The Emperor, based in Kyoko Palace, and the Prime Minister’s Cabinet are hosted in Chiyoda ward in Tokyo.

Human Development

The average individual is expected to study for 15 years.

93.5% of the population lives in cities, with an average density of 350 inhabitants/km².

Japan’s average life expectancy is 83 years and features the fastest aging population worldwide.

Poverty index are not available, which doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist, rather the contrary.

my articles

You’d be surprised by the change of scenery an hour of shinkansen (japanese bullet-train) can bring, here’s an example: in an hour, you can go from the peaceful temples of Kyoto to the lively mess of Dotonburi, Osaka. 

Here are the places that struck me most, pick one an embark on a journey with me (without the hassle of transiting between 18 airports and 32 railway stations on top of that !)

Buddhist temple entry near the Philosopher's Path in Kyoto Japan
Guides

What NOT TO DO in Japan

“don’ts” in japan Faux-pas that you can avoid Japanese society is heavily codified when it comes to dos and don’ts, partly because ancient customs and

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Destinations

Tokyo under the Lens: Harajuku

Harajuku Home to THIS ARTICLE IS STILL BEING (RE)WRITTEN, AND I’VE STILL GOT TO REINTEGRATE ALL ILLUSTRATIONS, BUT THE CONTENT IS THERE SO I THOUGH

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Shibuya by night
Destinations

Tokyo under the Lens: Shibuya

shibuya The pounding heart of Tokyo THIS ARTICLE IS STILL BEING (RE)WRITTEN, AND I’VE STILL GOT TO REINTEGRATE ALL ILLUSTRATIONS, BUT THE CONTENT IS THERE

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