A ceremonial pop-up card for a fan of Japan, full of famous icons: snow-covered Mount Fuji, the bullet train, cherry blossoms, a shinto temple and a pair of Sumo wrestlers.
At the top is Mount Fuji, one of the world’s most beautiful mountains. A perfectly symmetrical volcanic cone, Mt. Fuji is Japan’s most popular attraction.
Next are the pink cherry blooms framing the snow-covered mountain. Cherry blossoms are Japan’s national flower. Known as Sakura in Japanese, cherry blossoms are a symbol of renewal and hope.
Racing across the landscape, Japanese bullet-trains (shinkansen) are world-renowned for their efficiency and punctuality.
In front are two sumo wrestlers. Sumo (相撲, sumō) is a Japanese style of wrestling and Japan’s national sport. There are no weight restrictions or classes in sumo, meaning that wrestlers could be matched off against someone many times their size. As a result, weight gain is an essential part of sumo training. Sumo dates back thousands of years, and to this day maintains many ancient traditions.
The canopy that hangs over the ring is modeled after the roof of a Shinto shrine, indicating that the ring itself is a holy place.
Thank you very moochi.
I love you so matcha.
Whoa there, control your tempura.
Udon know me.
Give love a chai.
Oolong to be with you.
You make miso happy.
I’m soy into you.
Facts About Japan:
1. Japan consists of over 6,800 islands.
2. Animated Japanese films and television shows account for 60% of the world’s animation-based entertainment.
3. 21% of the Japanese population is elderly, the highest proportion in the world. Japan has more than 50,000 people over 100 years old.
4. Japan has just 2 gun-related homicides per year on average. Japan feels very safe in general. They say you could leave your wallet on the floor of the busiest metro station and come back an hour later to still find it there, untouched.
5. Japanese trains are among the world’s most punctual: their average delay is just 18 seconds.
6. Square watermelons are grown by Japanese farmers for easier stack and store.
7. In Japan there are more pets than children.
8. Around 24 billion pairs of chopsticks are used in Japan each year.
9. Japan has 5.52 million vending machines offering everything from live crabs to soda to sex toys.