Japan is a beautiful island nation of over 125 million souls, with a rich history and utterly unique culture.
It only opened up to the west to any significant degree just 170 years ago.
For that reason it has a fascinating culture, one of the hardest languages in the world to learn, some of the most exotic culinary dishes and a long list of inventions without which we wouldn't recognise our modern world. Find out more here.
Japan is a country of great contrasts from its mega cities to its wild untamed country regions. It is an archipelago consisting of 6,852 islands with its highest point standing at 3,700 metres.
Shaped by this island geography and unique history, contemporary Japan has its own popular culture, own uniquely Japanese technologies and trends.
Find out all about Japan's history, geography, unbelievable facts and interesting statistics.
Sports play a big part of contemporary culture in Japan. Both traditional sports such as sumo wrestling and martial arts are still hugely popular and Western imports like baseball and association football are popular with both participants and spectators.
The next two years are going to be banner years for sport in Japan with the Rugby World Cup in 2019 and the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. Both will be an opportunity for Japan to showcase its fascinating culture.