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In 2001 a 440 pound bluefin sold for $173,600 in the Japanese Tsukiji fish market - thats about $394 per pound!

It is common among Japanese teenagers to enjoy snacking on a mixture of dried sardines and slivered almonds.

According to Shinto belief, the Emperor of Japan is the living embodiment of the god of the ripened rice plant, Ninigo-no-mikoto.

In 1945 Japan organized school children to gather more than 1 million tons of acorns to make into flour due to dwindling stocks of rice and wheat.

Japan catches more than 50% of the world's catch of mahi-mahi.

According to the Michelin Guide (2008)  there are about 160,000 restaurants in Tokyo, Japan. Compare that to about 23,000 in New York City and 20,000 in Paris. There are more than twice as many star-rated restaurants in Tokyo as in Paris - Tokyo has 191 Michelin stars, while Paris has only 98 stars total and New York has 54.




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