* Mount Fuji with cherry blossom trees and a Skinkansen in the foreground—all three are iconic of Japan
* is an island country in East Asia. Located in the Pacificocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of okhostk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south. The charactersthat make up Japan’s name mean "sun-origin", which is why Japan is sometimes referred to as the “Land of the rising sun".
Government and politics
* Japan is a Constitutional monarchy where thepower of the Emperor is very limited. As a ceremonial figurehead, he is defined by the constitution as "the symbol of the state and of the unity of the people". Power is held chiefly by the primeminister of Japan and other elected members of the Diet, while sovereignty is vested in the Japanese people. The Emperor effectively acts as the head of state on diplomatic occasions. Akihito is thecurrent Emperor of Japan. Naruhito, crown prince of Japan, stands as next in line to the throne.
Recreation and cultura
* Karaoke is the most widely practiced cultural activity. A November 1993survey by the Cultural Affairs Agency found that more Japanese had sung karaoke that year than had participated in traditional cultural pursuits such as flower arranging or tea ceremonies.
* The fusionof traditional woodblock printing and Western art led to the creation of manga, a typically Japanese comic book format that is now popular within and outside Japan. Manga-influenced animation fortelevision and film is called anime. Japanese-made video game consoles have prospered since the 1980s.
* Akihabara is a major shopping area for electronic, computer, anime, and otakugoods, including new and used items. New items are mostly to be found on the main street, Chūōdōri, with many kinds of used items found in the back streets of Soto Kanda 3-chome. First-hand parts for...