[[caption-width-right:330:The [[{{Kaiju}} Kaijus']] favorite playground.]]

->''"Japan is an island by the sea filled with volcanoes, and it's '''b e a u t i f u l'''."''
-->-- ''WebVideo/HistoryOfJapan''

All the things you wanted to know about Japan, but were afraid to ask.

!Settings and UsefulNotes related to Japan


[[folder: Religion]]
* UsefulNotes/{{Buddhism}}
* UsefulNotes/JapaneseChristian
* Myth/JapaneseMythology
* UsefulNotes/{{Onmyodo}}
* UsefulNotes/{{Shinto}}

[[folder: Military]]
* EveryJapaneseSwordIsAKatana: Information about Japanese weapons.
** UsefulNotes/KaijuDefenseForce: Japan Self-Defense Force
* UsefulNotes/KatanasOfTheRisingSun: (Imperial Japanese Armed Forces)

[[folder: Politics]]
* UsefulNotes/JapaneseEducationSystem
** UsefulNotes/{{Japanese Universities}}
** UsefulNotes/JapanesePoliticalSystem
* UsefulNotes/{{JAXA}} (Japan's space program)

[[folder: Geography]]
* UsefulNotes/TheFortySevenPrefectures
** UsefulNotes/{{Kyoto}}
** UsefulNotes/{{Tokyo}}
*** UsefulNotes/{{Tokyo Subways}}
*** UsefulNotes/{{Tokyo Train Lines}}

[[folder: History]]
* UsefulNotes/FirstSinoJapaneseWar
* UsefulNotes/{{Genji}}
** UsefulNotes/KamakuraShogunate
* UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan
* UsefulNotes/MeijiRestoration
* UsefulNotes/RussoJapaneseWar
* UsefulNotes/SecondSinoJapaneseWar
* UsefulNotes/SengokuPeriod

[[folder: Culture and Customs]]
* UsefulNotes/{{Hachiko}}
* UsefulNotes/HairColorInJapan
* UsefulNotes/InsideShoes
* UsefulNotes/JapaneseArchitecture
* UsefulNotes/JapaneseHolidays
** UsefulNotes/ChristmasInJapan
** UsefulNotes/{{Tanabata}}
* UsefulNotes/{{Kawaisa}}
* UsefulNotes/{{Kendo}}
* UsefulNotes/{{Kimono}}
* UsefulNotes/KoreansInJapan
* UsefulNotes/LolitaFashion
* MonoNoAware
* UsefulNotes/RadioTaiso
* UsefulNotes/SubculturesInJapan
* Main/SumoWrestling
* UsefulNotes/TeaAndTeaCulture
* WeddingsInJapan

[[folder: Language]]
* UsefulNotes/JapaneseLanguage

!!Works and Tropes from Japan
+ JapaneseMedia
+ JapaneseMediaTropes

!! Japan in popular culture
* Most {{Manga}}, {{Anime}}, JapaneseLiterature and {{Kaiju}} works are set in Japan, obviously.
* All {{Samurai}} films are set in feudal Japan.
* A lot of US [[WarTimeCartoon war time cartoons]] ridicule the Japanese due to their affiliation with the Axis, including ''WesternAnimation/TheDucktators'', ''WesternAnimation/TokioJokio'' and ''WesternAnimation/BugsBunnyNipsTheNips''.
** American comics from the time did the same thing, as the ''Action Comics'' cover in PropagandaMachine can attest.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': In [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS10E23ThirtyMinutesOverTokyo "30 Minutes Over Tokyo"]] the family travels to Japan where they reference about every Japanese stereotype and/or reference point possible.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': The episode "Chinpokomon" has the makers of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}" use the show to brainwash the youth so they can take over the world.
* Music/DeepPurple recorded their best known LiveAlbum in Osaka: ''Music/MadeInJapan''. Many other hard rock/metal bands afterwards have had live albums recorded in concerts in Japan, such as Music/{{Scorpions}} (''Tokyo Tapes'') and Music/JudasPriest (''Unleashed in the East'').
* Music/SarahVaughan also recorded a LiveAlbum in Japan, though in her case in Tokyo: ''Music/LiveInJapan''.
* All but one of Music/MrBig's {{live album}}s were recorded in Japan. (They were hugely popular over there but in their native America they're remembered as a OneHitWonder for "To Be With You".)
* Some Western bands have also recorded music videos in Japan, like Music/ThePolice's "So Lonely" and Music/TheKillers' "Read My Mind".
* ''Film/LostInTranslation'', a Hollywood movie taking place entirely in Tokyo, where an American movie star does some {{Japandering}} to make a living and meets an American girl he likes.
* In the first half of ''Film/KillBill'' (i.e. the first of the two films), the Bride travels to Japan to act revenge on O-Ren Ishii.
* Most of the action in ''Film/TheWolverine'' is set in Japan, as a reference to Logan's backstory there (as told in his [[TheEighties 80's]] comics phase).
* The 1980 mini series ''Series/{{Shogun}}'' with Richard Chamberlain and Toshiro Mifune is set in Japan.
* Creator/GilbertAndSullivan's operette ''Theatre/TheMikado'' is set in feudal Japan.
* Part of the James Bond film ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'' takes place in Japan.
* ''Theatre/MadameButterfly'' by Music/GiacomoPuccini is an opera about a Japanese geisha and her love for an American lieutenant.
* The song "The Japanese Sandman" is about a sandman who exchanges yesterdays for tomorrows.
* ''WebVideo/HistoryOfJapan'' (which can be viewed [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mh5LY4Mz15o here]]) is a 2016 video that presents the entire history of Japan in exactly nine minutes. Due to the way it's presented, it's become famous as a FountainOfMemes on Tumblr and other sites.


[[folder: The Japanese flag ]]

->Also known as the ''Hinomaru'' ("[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Disc of the Sun]]"), the red disc on a white field has long been a symbol of the nation since the feudal era, playing on the AlternateCharacterReading of Japan's name (日本), which can mean "sun-origin" or "sunrise".