The Japanese nation consists of four main islands called Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu, as well as some 6,800 smaller islands. The islands of Japan extend quite far up north and down south. The weather may differ because of the effects of the seasonal winds coming from the land and ocean, but almost all regions have four very distinct seasons. 61% of the land is mountainous, providing beautiful scenery with lush greenery.
Japan also has a great national wealth, boasting the world's 3rd largest GDP. Japan's economy is based mainly upon exports of automobiles, electronic appliances, machinery, and chemical products, all founded upon industrial technology considered to be among the best in the world.
Japan's spring has warm and cold days, but the weather has a trend of gradually warming. People will see that spring is in full motion when the cherry blossoms bloom. Many companies and schools start in April so many new lives begin with the coming of spring. May is also a prime month for outings as the new green leaves of spring begin to appear.
Starting in the middle of June, the rainy season will continue for about a month. Once that is over, midsummer will arrive. Japanese summers are hot. While fireworks decorate the night skies, we also have the Buddhist Bon Festival where people hold a service for their ancestors.
The air begins to become chilly around September. People enjoy the Autumn Moon Festival while listening to the chirps of insects. Vegetables, fruits, and rice crops are reaped at this time, while many festivities of this season such as the Harvest Festival are held. The trees have begun to turn red, making the natural scenery the most beautiful of the year.
Having many mountains and hills, most regions near the Sea of Japan are covered in heavy snow. While Christmas decorations adorn the streets, people move about busily. Once the new year arrives, it is time for one of the most important Japanese traditional celebrations that can be experienced.