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Think you know Japan? Take our quiz to find out.

Tokyo skyline is seen from Tokyo Tower. (Melanie Stetson Freeman / The Christian Science Monitor)

Japan is an ancient island nation with a rich and varied history. Home to paleolithic peoples, samurai, and robots, Japan has seen competing kingdoms, feudalism, isolation, empire, and a sprint to become one of the foremost economies in the modern world. How much do you know about The Land of the Rising Sun? Put your knowledge to the test in our quiz:

- Jake TurcotteStaff

1. According to the Cultural Affairs Agency of Japan, karaoke is the most widely practiced cultural activity in the country. What does 'karaoke' mean?

There are two competing claims for the first inventor of the karaoke machine. Japanese musician Daisuke Inoue is reported to have invented it in 1971. In 2004, Daisuke Inoue was awarded the Ig Peace Prize for inventing karaoke, "thereby providing an entirely new way for people to learn to tolerate each other." Filipino inventor Roberto del Rosario also reportedly invented the Sing Along System in 1974. He later won a lawsuit against a Japanese manufacturer for producing a copy of his machine. In 1985, del Rosario was awarded the "Gold Medal for Best Inventor of 1985" by The World Intellectual Property Organization.

There are two competing claims for the first inventor of the karaoke machine. Japanese musician Daisuke Inoue is reported to have invented it in 1971. In 2004, Daisuke Inoue was awarded the Ig Peace Prize for inventing karaoke, "thereby providing an entirely new way for people to learn to tolerate each other." Filipino inventor Roberto del Rosario also reportedly invented the Sing Along System in 1974. He later won a lawsuit against a Japanese manufacturer for producing a copy of his machine. In 1985, del Rosario was awarded the "Gold Medal for Best Inventor of 1985" by The World Intellectual Property Organization.

There are two competing claims for the first inventor of the karaoke machine. Japanese musician Daisuke Inoue is reported to have invented it in 1971. In 2004, Daisuke Inoue was awarded the Ig Peace Prize for inventing karaoke, "thereby providing an entirely new way for people to learn to tolerate each other." Filipino inventor Roberto del Rosario also reportedly invented the Sing Along System in 1974. He later won a lawsuit against a Japanese manufacturer for producing a copy of his machine. In 1985, del Rosario was awarded the "Gold Medal for Best Inventor of 1985" by The World Intellectual Property Organization.

There are two competing claims for the first inventor of the karaoke machine. Japanese musician Daisuke Inoue is reported to have invented it in 1971. In 2004, Daisuke Inoue was awarded the Ig Peace Prize for inventing karaoke, "thereby providing an entirely new way for people to learn to tolerate each other." Filipino inventor Roberto del Rosario also reportedly invented the Sing Along System in 1974. He later won a lawsuit against a Japanese manufacturer for producing a copy of his machine. In 1985, del Rosario was awarded the "Gold Medal for Best Inventor of 1985" by The World Intellectual Property Organization.

A portmanteau of Japanese words for 'aspiring' and 'greatness'

 

A portmanteau of Japanese words for 'empty' and 'orchestra'

 

The Japanese word for 'public embarrassment'

 

A portmanteau of Japanese words for 'singer' and 'joy'

 
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