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A beggar in Taiwan won 4 million TWD from the lottery.

A popular dish in South Korea is live squid.

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Elephants are the only animals with 4 knees; they’re the only animals that cannot jump.

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Geisha means “person of the arts” and the first geisha were actually men.

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Ice cream was invented in China in 2000 BC, by packing a milk and rice mixture in the snow. Marco Polo took the recipe of Ice Cream and Noodles back with him to Europe.

In China, 0.4% of the population are in possession of 70% of the social wealth.

It is estimated that mosquitoes are responsible for a million deaths each year.

It is Japanese custom to slurp while you eat food such as soup. If you do not slurp, then your host will think that you do not like your food and will take offense.

In Taiwan, a guy’s ID number is 123456789 and he is accused of having a fake ID over and over again.

In their effort to make things cute and cuddly rampant inbreeding of dogs in Japan has resulted in one of the highest rate of genetic defects in the world for canines.

It was customary in ancient Japan for women to blacken their teeth with dye as white teeth were considered ugly. This practice persisted until the late 1800′s.

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Japan is the largest automobile producer in the world.

Japan is the world’s largest consumer of Amazon rain forest timber.

Japan’s literacy rate is almost 100%.

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More than 70% of Japan consists of mountains, including more than 200 volcanoes.

More than 90 percent of the world’s rice is grown and consumed in Asia, where people typically eat rice two or three times daily. Rice is the staple diet of half the world’s population.

Murasaki Shikibu is a Japanese author who wrote The Tale of Genji, one of the earliest known novels in history.

200 million people in China live on less than $1 a day.

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Raw horse meat is a popular food in Japan.

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Some men in Japan shave their heads to apologize.

Some people in Malaysia wash their babies in beer to protect them from diseases.

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The Camel Spider is a widespread species in Asia; Camel Spiders can jump up to four feet in the air and can run as fast as a human.

The Chinese calendar is based on the Lunar Cycle . It is the oldest known calendar , originating in 2600 BC. It has twelve Zodiac signs. A complete cycle would take 60 years to complete.

The cobra lives in South East Asia and India; the mortality rate of cobra bites is 75%.

The Japanese language has thousands of foreign loan words, known as gairaigo. These words are often truncated, e.g. personal computer = paso kon. The number of foreign loan words is steadily increasing.

There are around 1,500 earthquakes every year in Japan.

Tiananmen Square in China is the world’s largest public gathering place and the Three Gorges Dam is the biggest dam.

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When moving into an apartment in some Asian countries, it is often required to give the landlord a “gift” of money equal to two months’ rent.

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