What Is Japan?

As expected, the response to the Canada post was much less.  However, I did expect a bit more than that.  But now, another country.

This time, it’s the country I live in, Japan.  With 1,130 views last year, it’s the number three country with 6% of the views.  Why do I get so many views from a country whose people don’t speak much English?  Well, my first blog is about Japan, and a lot of my readers there are expats, just like me.  So, logically, they also read this blog.  I’ll be relying on residents of Japan more than citizens, but I’d also like the opinions of people who have traveled in Japan.  So, have you been to Japan? Live in Japan?  Then I want your opinions.


Japan is an island country with four main islands and many smaller islands.  It’s a very long country spanning from subtropical Okinawa to temperate Hokkaido. It’s the 62nd largest country in the world at 377,944 square kilometres. It’s densely populated, but the mountains are largely untouched, so it has a vast wilderness of mountains and forests.  It has a population of 126,434,964, which is 10th in the world, and decreasing every year.  The capital and largest city is Tokyo, with a population of 8,967,665 (and a world-leading 35,682,460 metro population).  Japanese is the national language, though with a wide variety of regional dialects. Japan was established February 11, 660 BCE.  The leader of the country is the Prime Minister (currently Shinzo Abe), and the government type is a unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy.  That means the head of state is Emperor Akihito.

Japan has a long history and many historic and natural sites.  There’s so much to see and do, and with the vastness of the Tokyo metropolitan area, you may not even have to leave the metropolis.  However, there’s much more to the country than the cities.  If you are Japanese, live in Japan, or have visited Japan, please give your opinion on these questions:

  1. What places would you say are the best to visit?
  2. What would you say is the truly Japanese food?
  3. What is a truly Japanese activity, sport, or pastime?
  4. For the readers out there, who is/was the greatest (or your favourite) Japanese author?

Thank you for your help!  And please share with others so we can get many responses.

Commentition January 2015 New Year Edition

So, the last month has been crazy.  I’ve been getting more than double the comments than usual.  Activity here has skyrocketed.  How does that affect the commenters?  Well, we have some big changes this month!  And it’s keeping track of the top seven again, including me.  So, I have six people to plug.

The top six commenters are based on the previous 1000 comments, nearly half of which are mine.  The rest go to all of you commenters.  471 were my comments, the rest went to others.  So here are the top six:

1. The top commenter is, no surprise, S. R. Carrillo with 83.  That’s a big increase! Her latest post is all about her upcoming book, Cover (and Synopsis) Reveal for PROCESSION OF ETERNITY.

2. The second commenter is just the same as last month, Linda G. Hill.  She had 54 comments, which is a bit of a drop.  She went on vacation, which I think affected it.  Her latest post is more of her writing, 132. Scenes from the Second Seat on the Right.

3. We have a new number three! With 43 comments, we have H. Anthe Davis! Her latest post is… oh, a reblog from here.  It’s Authors Answer 10 – Least Favourite Genres.

4. We have a tie for number four! Moving up from fifth place with 28 comments is D. T. Nova.  His latest post is about video games.  Check out Video Game Challenge Day 19: That One Level.

4. Our other fourth place commenter is a newcomer to this list.  That’s Thomas Weaver! He’s the twin of one of our Authors Answer members.  Of course, he also has 28 comments. His latest post is “I can’t keep up with what’s been going on…”

6. And in sixth place, we have Peggy (as silverliningsanddustbunnies) with 23 comments.  Her latest post is On the lighter side….

Thanks to everyone for all of your great comments! And please visit all of these great commenters’ blogs. I’m sure you’ll enjoy them.