People around the world can name American presidents, American movie actors, American pop music artists, American companies, and American fictional characters.
It’s been that way for at least a few generations now.
But before I came to Japan, there was no internet back then and Japanese food and pop culture wasn’t popular around the world like it’s become in recent years.
Back then, I wouldn’t have been able to name a single Japanese prime minister.
The only Japanese actor I knew back then was Pat Morita (from “Karate Kid“)…and he was actually a Japanese-American.
The only Japanese musicians I knew were Yoko Ono and the Japanese heavy metal band Loudness.
Of course, I would have been able to name a number of Japanese companies such as Sony, Toshiba, Toyota, Honda, etc.
As for Japanese fictional characters, I knew Ultraman and Godzilla.
I’ve now been living in Japan for most of my life…so, I probably know more about Japan than I know about America anymore.
How about you? How familiar are you with Japan and Japanese culture?
What famous Japanese people do you know?
How about Japanese food / dishes?
Actors / actresses?
Bands / musicians?
How about Japanese words?
Or any other things you know about Japan?