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Snapshot of Japan – Japanese is the primary language of Japan, though many modern schools require students to take classes in English as well. Japan is a largely non-religious country, with many people claiming no religious affiliation whatsoever. The majority of those that are religious practice a mix of Buddhism and Shintoism. Most Japanese people participate in a variety of Shinto and Buddhist rituals, regardless of how actively religious they are – for example, most Japanese funerals follow Buddhist traditions and are performed by Buddhist priests. Japan has a very unique culture, as manifested in traditional paintings, sculptures, woodblock prints, and architecture. In modern pop culture, video games, manga, and anime are all extremely popular. Performing karaoke is also quite popular. Japan’s national sport is sumo, though the martial art forms of karate, kendo, and judo are also widely practiced. Baseball is one of Japan’s most popular sports, though soccer also has a following. Rice is the staple food of Japan and is served with almost every meal. Miso soup is also served with most meals. Seafood and tofu are regular parts of meals as well, though other types of meats can also be used. In Japan, chopsticks are used to eat, and it is considered rude if you do not finish all the food you are given.
In all of Japan, there are about 126,405 members in 29 stakes and 164 wards. There are currently two temples, located in Tokyo and Fukuoka. Another temple is currently being built in Sapporo. The Sapporo temple was announced in October general conference of 2009 and had its groundbreaking in October of 2011.
Nagoya’s local cuisine is called “Nagoya meshi”. Some popular dishes include tebasaki, which is marinated chicken wings in a sweet sesame sauce. Kishimen is flat, slippery noodles which are usually dipped in soy sauce and eaten with leeks. Tenmusu is a ball of rice with tempura at the center and wrapped in seaweed. Much like the rest of Japan and many other Asian countries, the center of any diet is rice.
The closest airport to Nagoya is the Chubu Centrair International Airport (NGO), which is right off the shore of Tokoname. There is a smaller Nagoya Airfield located in Nagoya itself. It is also home to Nagoya Station, one of the world’s largest train stations, which sends trains to many of the nearby regions. The Nagoya Subway is used to get people from place to place inside Nagoya itself. Other public transportation includes buses and taxis.
Nagoya is a very safe city despite its size and is very friendly to tourists or non-locals. However, as with any other city, missionaries should be careful when out tracting or on public transport. The area is prone to earthquakes as well.
Nagoya is known for its arts. It is home to many well-known museums, theatres and festivals. There are both large and local festivals held year round. One of the most well-known festivals is the Atsuta Festival, held in June at the Atsuta Shrine. There is a “cultural path” inside Nagoya which has been preserved. It includes important castles, temples, shrines and museums. Nagoya also has professional sports teams which are widely supported by the locals. The Chunichi Dragons are a baseball team in the Central League, who won the Japan Series championship in 2007. The Nagoya Grampus are a football team in the J. League, who won the championship it 2010. The Nagoya Oceans are a soccer team who are in the F. League. They are fairly new — established in 2006.
In Japan, soccer is very popular and is called “futsal”.
Nagoya is located on the Pacific Coast of central Honshu. It is the capital city of Aichi Prefecture. The name comes from the adjective nagoyaka, which means “peaceful”.
Straight from the Japan Nagoya Mission field:
*What items were hard to get or not available?
*What did you eat the most of?
“rice, vegetable, meat, fish, tofu”
*What is the craziest thing you ate?
*What was most surprising about the culture?
“Their accent is charming!”
*What advice would you give to someone going to the Japan Nagoya Mission?
“Just be patient!”
*What do you wish you had known before you served?
“That I could be myself”
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