What’s Your Japanese Spirit Animal?

ANIMALS

Ian Fortey

6 Min Quiz

When a friend comes to you with a serious problem, are you able to offer support and advice when they need it?

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On a long road trip, are you willing to risk speeding down an empty stretch of highway?

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Does your stomach knot up with nerves just before you have a job interview?

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We all go through relationship ups and downs. Are you usually the person who breaks it off when a relationship goes sour?

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If you had the option of installing some kind of totally unnecessary but still very fun luxury in your home, what would it be?

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Do you ever go for walks just for the fun of walking?

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If your health wouldn't suffer as a result, would you eat fast food all the time?

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What gives you the best night's sleep?

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If you could magically make yourself a skilled athlete in any one sport, what game would you like to dominate?

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There are a lot of different ways you can tie the knot. What sounds like the best wedding to you?

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Sometimes you just get super hungry and a regular meal won't cut it. When that happens, would you visit a buffet?

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It can be hard to control your emotions sometimes. Do sad movies ever make you cry?

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Do you feel like you want to do things just like your parents did or do you want to strike out on your own?

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Imagine a world with no cities and no technology. What kind of environment would you be living in?

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Most of the Earth has already been discovered and mapped out, but space is wide open. Would you explore a new world if you could?

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Some people have extremely vivid dreams. Have you ever had a dream you thought was real?

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Do you feel an actual connection to nature when you're outside?

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Do you think you have keen enough survival skills to handle being lost in the woods for a few days?

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Would you ever move to another country to be with someone you loved?

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Do you think the widespread use of technology like cellphones and the internet has helped humanity or made the world worse?

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Do you have a passion for traveling and seeing distant lands, or do you like to stay closer to home?

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If someone wrongs you, are you quick to forgive or will you hold a grudge?

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Are you the kind of friend who will plan an elaborate party for someone on their birthday?

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We eat to get energy, but sometimes we eat for the joy of it. What's your favorite comfort food dish?

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If you get caught out in the rain, what's your typical reaction going to be?

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Sometimes a phone call can last forever. Do you like your calls to end fast or are you a talker?

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Are you the kind of person who can make decisions easily or do you spend a lot of time mulling over your options?

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Are you happy?

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Do you think it's important to learn more than one language if you can?

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Are you a workaholic, or do you like to slack off when you can?

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About This Quiz

In the West, we often only know Japan from what we see in the media, and that very often focuses on urban centers. We know that Tokyo is a massive city with cutting edge technology. Much of the rest of Japan may be unknown to those of us who haven't gone out of our way to learn about it. Beyond the amazing food and rich culture of Japan, there's a whole world to be discovered. Mountains and forests abound, with huge tracts of untouched wilderness covering the island. All of that land is home to a range of creatures both big and small that have lived in Japan for centuries. In fact, there are a number of creatures that are endemic to Japan and can't be found anywhere else on Earth. It's a truly unique and diverse ecosystem that ranges from the nearly arctic cold in Hokkaido down to the subtropical areas of Okinawa. 

It shouldn't come as a surprise that with such diverse geography there are a number of diverse creatures, as well. Perhaps more than you may have thought at first, and certainly even some that are more closely linked to you than you might imagine. We're confident that you have a spirit animal in Japan just waiting to be discovered. So what are you waiting for? Take the quiz and find out what it is.


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