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Japan Foundation at Hyper Japan 2013

A big thank you to the 2,000+ visitors who came to the Japan Foundation’s stand at the Hyper Japan on the 26th, 27th and 28th July 2013.

HYPER JAPAN is the UK's biggest celebration of Japanese culture, Japanese cuisine, and Japanese cool. The Japan Foundation London’s stand gave visitors a chance to find out more about Japanese arts and culture, and studying Japanese language.

One of the highlights of our stand was our Japan Quiz, which around 1,300 people entered.
The answers to the quiz were as follows:

1. Japan is often known as “The Land of the Rising...”a) Sun b) Moon c) Ninjas
Answer: a) Sun. The Japanese word for Japan, Nihon (日本), means “sun’s origin.”

2. Japan’s tallest mountain was recently awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. But what is this mountain’s name? a) Mount Kilimanjaro b) Mount Everest c) Mount Fuji
Answer:  c) Mount Fuji. Kilimanjaro is in Tanzania, and Everest is in the Himalayas.

3. Which lovable Japanese animal character made its first appearance in 1974 before taking the world by storm? a) Hello Kitty  b)  Kermit the Frog  c) Pikachu
Answer: a) Hello Kitty.  Pikachu is Japanese, but made his first appearance in 1996. Jim Henson (American) created Kermit the Frog in 1955.

4. Which of these kanji (Japanese characters) means “tree”? (Hint – look at the shape!) a) 日 b) 山c)
Answer: c) (ki). 日(hi) means “sun” or “day,” while  山 (yama) means “mountain.”

5. Which of the following is a traditional Japanese performing art? a) Belly Dance b) Kabuki c) Peking Opera
Answer: b) Kabuki. Belly dance is from the Middle East, and Peking Opera is from China.

Out of those who answered the quiz correctly, only five people could win the Japan Foundation goody bag. The lucky five were Jayson Arago from Surrey, Alan Lok from Hertfordshire, Jen Kenny from Northampton, Daniel Pina from London and Antonio Ruiz from Essex. Well done to them!

We are scheduled to be at Hyper Japan again in 25th – 27th July 2014, and hope to see even more Japan fans there!