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Hole 13 of the Japan course in Mario Open Golf

Japan (Japanese: 日本; Rōmaji: Nihon or Nippon; Ainu: ニホン; Engrish: ジャパン) is an island country in Asia on Earth. This (specifically, Kyoto) is where Nintendo of Japan is located and where many Mario games are developed. Japan also made an appearance in NES Open Tournament Golf as one of the playable countries along with the United States of America and the United Kingdom. It also appeared in Mario is Missing!, in which Luigi goes to Tokyo. The nation also appears in both Mario Kart Tour and the Booster Course Pass for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe via the Tokyo Blur course.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 日本
Chinese 日本
French Japon Japan
German Japan Japan
Italian Giappone Japan
Korean 일본
Portuguese Japão Japan
Romanian Japonia Japan
Russian Япония
Spanish Japón Japan


The pun
  • In Super Mario Bros. 3, in Water Land, on the island where the castle is, the island is shaped like Japan. Also, the castle is located right where the Nintendo of Japan Headquarters in Kyoto would be if the island was in fact really Japan.
  • In the Japanese version of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Question 3 in the 66th Annual Quirk Quiz has the choices "4本" (4 feet), "6本" (6 feet), "8本" (8 feet) and "日本", where "日本" looks similar to the previous choices which make sense, but means Japan. Its English version is "4 feet, 6 feet, 8 feet, Defeat".