Country of the Week: Japan

Also known as the “Land of the Rising Sun”, Japan has always had its own distinct identity from other countries across the world. From the precise ceremonies of the past to the colorful innovations of the future, this Asian country has always set itself apart from many others across the globe.
With that in mind, let’s look into the signs, icons, and symbols that best represent this country and its many regions.
Other title(s): Nihon, Nippon
Continent: Asia
Capital: Tokyo Most populous city:: Tokyo Current political leader: Prime Minister Abe Shinzo Currency: Japanese Yen (¥)
Language(s): Japanese
Major Religion(s): Shinto (majory of the population) and Buddhism
Famous landmarks: Mount Fuji, Arashiyama, Kiyomizu-dera, Kinkaku-ji, Fushimi Inari Taisha, Osaka Castle, Tokyo Tower, Imperial Palace, Lake Ashi, Nara Park, Yoyogi Park, Kyoto Imperial Palace, Nagoya Castle, Tokyo Disneyland
National Symbol: racoon dog (national animal), green pheasant, red-crowned crane, Chrysanthemum (coat of arms)
Movies filmed in Japan: Kill Bill Vol. 1, The Fast and the FuriousL Tokyo Drift, Lost in Translation, Gozilla, Hachi: A Dog's Tale, Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, Star Wars II, Wrath of the Titans, Clash of the Titans,
Famous people: Kill Bill Vol. 1, The Fast and the Furious Tokyo Drift, Lost in Translation, Gozilla, Hachi: A Dog's Tale, Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, Star Wars II, Wrath of the Titans, Clash of the Titans
Climate: Has three seasons: Spring (March-May), Summer (June to August), Autumn (September to November), Winter (December to February). Given its geographical location, shape, and size, the climates and temperatures of each season varies greatly.
Popular festivals: Sapporo Snow Festival, Yokote Kamakura Festival, Chichibu Yomatsuri, Tenjin Matsuri