Japan . . . it's not all raw fish. (Nice line. I wonder where I got it.)

No, it's also home to all sorts of world records, like the world's shortest escalator (a five-second ride in Kawasaki), the world's oldest hotel (1,295 years and still going in Ishikawa) and the world's largest mailbox (seven meters high and finished just this year in Ube, where maybe no one has yet heard of email).

And then one significant other, no doubt weighing you down even as you read: the ¥500 coin — the most expensive coin in the world!