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Japan is situated at the Eastern Asia. The Japanese archipelago has the total number of 364,485 sq km (140,728 square miles) of land spread out over 6,852 isl ands. The four major islands are Hokkaido in the north, Kyushu of the western end of Honshu and Shikoku to the south of central Honshu.
The climate of Japan is based on seasoned; it is hot and humid in the summer with 30 degrees Celsius, mostly warm, sunny and dry in autumn and spring (except for a short pre-summer rainy season and post-summer typhoon season), and in winter mostly dry but with temperatures dropping only into single digits away from the mountains.
The estimated population of Japan based on the last count in 2013 was 127 million of which 35 million live in the Greater Tokyo area comprised of Tokyo and the neighboring prefectures of Chiba, Kanagawa and Saitama. Approximately 98.5% of the population is Japanese, while the rest is made up primarily of Korean 5% and chines 4%. The Japanese was known to be the longest-living people in the world with an average life expectancy of 84.19 years (80.85 for men and 87.71 for women). Even if the population is declining, the country also claims the world’s second lowest birthrate.
The language used in Japan is Japanese. Other part of Japan used other language like Okinawa uses Ryukyuan languages, while the indigenous Ainu people of Hokkaido have the unrelated Ainu language. Japanese has three (3) writing system kanji, hiragana, and katakana. To help make the language barriers a little less daunting, a survival guide to Japanese is included on page 118 which covers useful expressions and pronunciation.
Japan is a parliamentary government with constitutional monarchy. Their current constitution is adopted in 1947 constitution. It has 242 member in house of councilors and a 450- member House of Representatives legislative branch of Japans government.
The emergency hotline in Japan is 119, whether it’s on car accident, mobile or fire accident. Emergency hotline is always available for you. When you call the 119 hotline please do not forget to mention that you will need Kyukyuusha an ambulance and that you need a help. Do not forget to tell your specific address even if you are in a rush for them to easily response for rescue.
English is acceptable response but it is better if you use Japanese when calling the emergency hotline.
Provided with the details and location is an easy approach to deal with the rescuer.
In Japan calling on a public telephone must have to find the red button before dialing the hotline emergency number for a free charges calling.
Under the Japanese Non-Japanese registrations, it states that all foreign nationals who are staying in Japan for almost ninety (90) days must or required to complete the appropriate registration procedures.
Here is how to comply the registration form of an alien visitor in Japan:
You need to go to Japan’s city hall and ask for assistance in an assistance disk. Bring with you a passport with two (2) pictures sizes 4.5cm x3.5cm that is taken within six months ago.
Certification of an alien Registration will be granted for only just two to four weeks after the submission of the application form and within that day of releasing you should get a hard copy of you being Certified Registered in legal purposes and safety.
By picking up your certificate do not forget to bring passport for validity and personal reference to the admission office of city hall, Japan.
Always carry with you your certificate it will serve as your safety weapon anywhere you go in Japan especially in immigration.
Umeboshi was used to translate into english word as “Japanese salt plums or pickled plums. Umeboshi are pickled ume fruits that is common in Japan. Ume (prunis mume) is a species of feuit-bearing tree in the genus Prunus, which is often called as plum. Umeboshi are extremely taste of sour and salty due to high citric acid but sweeter versions exist as well. It is round in shape and vary from smooth to every wrinkled. Umeboshi is known because of it’s ability to eat their way through the plain drawn aluminum lunch boxes commonly used in the late 1960s.
Umeboshi is being dried in the sun. It is usually eaten in a small quantities with rice for added flavor, and commonly used as an ingredient in onigiri and rice balls wrapped with nori. Another usage of umeboshi is in “Ume chazuke” a dish of rice with poured in green tea topped with umeboshi.
Particularly, Umeboshi is being used as a cooking accent to enhance flavor and presentation. They may also serve as a complement of a drink with shochu and hot water.
Eating with Umeboshi is believed to be a digestive aid, prevention of mausea and for systemic toxicity including hang overs.
Aside from its delicious taste. You can get benefits from it. Indulge and enjoy unique food of taste in Umeboshi.