There is a community of Japanese people in Germany or Nihonjin in Germany consisting mainly of expatriates from Japan as well as German citizens of Japanese descent. In the Japanese people were declared Honorary Aryans by the Nazis. Around that time fewer than Japanese women and children previously in Germany returned to Japan by ship. In there were Japanese people in Hamburg , including 50 children. In there were about 16, Japanese persons living in West Germany.
There is so much to discover both linguistically and culturally on the world's fourth-largest island nation and its approximately 7, islands. Japan is, for example, one of the last remaining empires in the world. When taking in the Japanese landscape in places such as Kyoto, you can only feel wholehearted agreement. Japan is a paradise for nature enthusiasts as well as mountaineers and hikers.
Japan modernized rapidly after the Meiji Restoration of , often using German models through intense intellectual and cultural exchange. Japan declared war on the German Empire in and seized key German possessions in China and the Pacific. In the s, both countries adopted aggressive militaristic attitudes toward their respective regions. This led to a rapprochement and, eventually, a political and military alliance that included Italy: the " Axis ".