Three Things I Learned:
1. It is an old Japanese belief that red meat increases sex drive, so when sukiyaki is mentioned in literature it is usually a symbol for sex. Also, if you eat red meat on your first date with a Japanese person, it might be an unintentional message…
2. A woman who is sent abroad to work and send money back to Japan is called a karayuki-san.
3. During the wars in Japan, there were women hired as “comfort women” (*ahem* prostitutes) for the soldiers by the government (who believed that ‘men have needs’) but the Japanese government denies this today.