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Quiz about Japan a True Pacific Pearl
Quiz about Japan a True Pacific Pearl

Japan, a True Pacific Pearl Trivia Quiz


A visit to the country of Japan can be difficult as you try to choose which places to go and what to see while you're there. This country of proud traditions, is a true Pacific pearl and makes for a wonderful vacation.

A photo quiz by dcpddc478. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
dcpddc478
Time
4 mins
Type
Photo Quiz
Quiz #
382,185
Updated
Jul 28 23
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
8 / 10
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1051
Awards
Top 35% Quiz
Last 3 plays: Guest 172 (5/10), kjshear (10/10), Guest 198 (8/10).
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Question 1 of 10
1. What is the name of these unusual pieces of architecture that you may see in the shallow waters of Japanese rivers? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Another popular location for tourism is the Genbaku Dome which is a standing memorial to all of those lost in which of these events? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Considered a cultural icon, what is the name of the highest mountain in Japan? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. At some of the Buddhist temples in Japan you may see a 'Sokushinbutsu', which could be described as which of the following things? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. One of the more interesting islands of Japan is the island of Hashima, which despite having a whole city built on it, has no human population.


Question 6 of 10
6. Exquisite Himeji castle is also known by which of the following names? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. On which island would you travel to if you wanted to visit the Nachi waterfall? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. The country of Japan consists of how many islands? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. A visit to the Jigokudani Monkey Park would allow you to see which of the following primates wallowing in hot springs? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Japan has many beautiful forests, but what is so unique about the Aokigahara Forest? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. What is the name of these unusual pieces of architecture that you may see in the shallow waters of Japanese rivers?

Answer: Torii

These lovely shrines are known as torii and are usually a vermilion color which is thought to keep evil spirits away. Torii are thought to serve as boundaries between the spirit and the human world. This image is of the Great Torii of Itsukushima Shrine which was originally constructed around 1168. Torii are usually associated with Shinto shrines where they serve as a gate from the outside, evil world, into the serene paradise of the temple.

The other three words are as follows: Konnichiwa=Hello; Sayonara=Good-bye; and Domo=Thank you.
2. Another popular location for tourism is the Genbaku Dome which is a standing memorial to all of those lost in which of these events?

Answer: The Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima (1945)

The Genbaku Dome was once a beautiful exhibition hall designed by Czech architect Jan Letzel. It was one of the few buildings still standing after Hiroshima became the first city to be the target of an atomic bomb. It is one of the memorials found in The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Sitting in the middle of the city, the park is a constant reminder of the tragedy of World War II.

The city of Hiroshima is a vibrant, green, modern city. Hustling and bustling with life, it has not forgotten its past.
3. Considered a cultural icon, what is the name of the highest mountain in Japan?

Answer: Mount Fuji

Found on the Japanese island of Honshu, Mount Fuji has served as a cultural icon for the Japanese since time immemorial. The name of the mountain and its origin is a matter of debate. Some scholars believe that the name is derived from the Yamato language and refers to the fire goddess Fuchi.

Other linguists believe the name comes from the Ainu language and translates to "everlasting life". The other three options are all a type of Japanese food: soba are noodles; gohan is a type of cooked rice; and miso refers to soup.
4. At some of the Buddhist temples in Japan you may see a 'Sokushinbutsu', which could be described as which of the following things?

Answer: Self-mummified Buddhist monks

On a visit to northern Japan you may run into a sokushinbutsu. This term is used for Buddhist monks who died as an ultimate sacrifice of self-denial. For three years, the monks would only eat seeds and nuts while engaging in strenuous physical activity designed to strip them of their body fat.

This would be followed by another three years on a diet of bark, roots and the poisonous urushi tree tea. This caused heavy vomiting, rapid dehydration, and prohibited infestation by maggots when the monk died.

The monk would finally encase himself into a stone tomb which made any kind of movement impossible and await death. These self-mummified Buddhist monks are looked at with pride, reverence and awe by the Japanese people.
5. One of the more interesting islands of Japan is the island of Hashima, which despite having a whole city built on it, has no human population.

Answer: True

Hashima Island is a tiny island off the coast of Nagasaki. The island is ringed by a seawall and is covered by tightly packed buildings. At one time, this 16-acre island was one of the most densely populated places on the planet with a population of over 5,000.

The island was the center of a vast underground coal deposit. When the Mitsubishi-owned mine was closed in 1974, everyone left and everything was left just as it was. It has been uninhabited since that time. In 2009, the island was opened for public tours and a visit to this ghost island might be one of the most unusual things you will see on a visit to Japan.
6. Exquisite Himeji castle is also known by which of the following names?

Answer: White Egret Castle

One of the most beautiful buildings in Japan might be the Castle of Himeji. It is considered by many to be one of the finest examples of Japanese fortess architecture in the world. It is built upon a natural hill above a town of the same name. Known for its beautiful white fašade and graceful rooflines the castle is sometimes called the 'White Egret Castle'.

The castle is considered one of the most haunted places in the country and has been featured in countless Japanese films and novels.
7. On which island would you travel to if you wanted to visit the Nachi waterfall?

Answer: Honshu

The beautiful Nachi Waterfall, on the island of Honshu, is one of the highest waterfalls in the country. A Buddhist shrine and a Shinto temple are built at this site of peace and serenity. These falls can be observed at the basin into which they fall, but many tourists prefer to see this magnificent sight from an observation deck which is higher up. Around the top of the waterfall are sacred rice-straw ropes.

These ropes may be the result of an old tradition in which young lovers would jump off the falls in the belief that they would spend eternity together.
8. The country of Japan consists of how many islands?

Answer: About 14,000

The country of Japan is a volcanic archipelago which consists of 14,125 islands. Of these islands, only about 250 are inhabited. The four main islands of Japan are Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku, and Hokkaido. Honshu is the main island and home to the cities of Yokohama, Osaka, Tokyo, and Kobe. To the south, Japan has a chain of tropical island known as the Ryukyu Islands.

The largest of these islands is called Okinawa.
9. A visit to the Jigokudani Monkey Park would allow you to see which of the following primates wallowing in hot springs?

Answer: Japanese Macaque

The Jigokudani Monkey Park is famous for its amazing population of Japanese macaques. These unusual animals are the most northern living non-human primate on the planet. In the Shinto religion, these monkeys are thought to be messengers for the mountain and river gods. Located in a remote area, these macaques relax in their own personal spa, surrounded by snow and jagged cliffs. The name of the park is derived from the local words for "Hell's Valley".
10. Japan has many beautiful forests, but what is so unique about the Aokigahara Forest?

Answer: It is one of the most popular places in the world to commit suicide.

For centuries, the Aokigahara Forest has been associated with demons, ghosts, disappearances, and suicide. There are signs around the perimeter of the forest urging visitors to think of their families before entering the forest. Annually, over 50 corpses a year are found by volunteers who clean the woods, but many more are lost forever in this thick, partially impenetrable forest. Japanese newspapers no longer report the numbers in the news for fear of making the place even more popular.

The exact number of people who commit suicide in these woods varies by year, and by the source you are reading.

Many locals will not even enter this forest as they believe it is haunted.
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