Kintsugi is the Japanese art of putting broken pottery pieces back together with gold — built on the idea that in embracing flaws and imperfections, you can create an even stronger, more beautiful piece of art. – WTF Fun Facts
Many elderly Japanese are committing petty crimes in order to get free shelter and food. Twenty percent of crimes are committed by someone over age 65. Of the 2,500 over-65s convicted in 2016, more than 1/3rd had at least five previous convictions. – WTF Fun Facts
WWII submarine Captain John P. Cromwell went down with his crippled submarine Sculpin after surfacing and letting crewmembers abandon ship. Cpt Cromwell had knowledge of top secret Allied war plans that the Japanese may have extracted from him if captured. – WTF Fun Facts
Ama or uminchu, are female Japanese pearl divers that start diving at the age of 12-13 and are sometimes active into their 70s. They free dive with only a wetsuit and a traditional headscarf. They have a unique and defining technique in which they release air in a long whistle as they resurface. – WTF Fun Facts
Towards the end of World War 2, the Japanese began to use pine oil from pine tree roots to fuel their airplanes. Heating the roots and distilling the pine oil took 12 hours and only resulted in ~4 percent crude fuel. – WTF Fun Facts
According to the latest census, the average age of farmers in Japan is 67 and the total amount of people working in agriculture has decreased by 60% in the last three decades. – WTF Fun Facts
The word karaoke is derived from two Japanese words karappo meaning ‘empty’ and okesutura meaning ‘orchestra’.
Some Japanese and East Asian people have dry, white earwax. It’s not uncommon to see black cotton sticks in stores that are used to clean their ears. The same gene is said to also make it to where you have little to no body odor!