Get to Know….Japan!

Mt.fuji from R469 in Yuno

Mt.fuji from R469 in Yuno (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Flag of Japan

Flag of Japan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • Official Name:  Nippon-Koku (日本国)
  • Language:  Japanese & several regional languages/dialects
  • Capital:  Tokyo
  • Currency:  Yen
  • Area:  145,945 sq. mi
  • Population:  126,659,683
  • Government:  Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
  • Head(s) of State:  Emperor Akihito; Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
  • National Anthem:  Kimigayo (君が代)
  • Location:  Eastern Asia

Find out more about Japan here.

Here are some kid-friendly crafts that are related to Japan and its culture.


  • Masashi Kishimoto:  Manga artist; created Naruto
  • Akira Kurosawa:  Film director
  • Hideki Matsui: Major League Baseball player
  • Shigeru Miyamoto: Video game designer for Nintendo
  • Masaharu Morimoto:  Chef
  • Masi Oka: Actor (NBC series “Heroes”)
  • Yoko Ono:  Singer, artist, activist
  • Ichiro Suzuki:  Major League Baseball player

According to the National Clearing House for U.S – Japan Studies, Japanese language study has grown almost 95% since 1985.  Does your child’s school offer Japanese?  Do you know someone studying it who may be interested in bringing the Japanese culture right into their home?  If so, we are still looking for host families for Japanese students and maybe you or someone you know could be one of them!

Contact us to find out more about hosting with EF Foundation!


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