Colorful Japanese Vehicles That Will Make Your Car Look Like a Rusty Can

Itasha Trend gigazine.net/ Have you had a chance to see colourful Japanese cars covered in characters? Well, that is what they call “Itasha” (痛車). These cars can easily be found in big city centres, mostly in otaku’s main areas such as Akihabara (Tokyo), Nippponbashi (Osaka), and Osu (Nagoya). Word “Itasha” comes from Japanese for “Italian…

Why are the Japanese always sorry for something?

Sumimasen – this is a Japanese word meaning “I am sorry” or “Excuse me”, which we always keep saying to one another. If you have been to Japan, you might wonder why people always apologize. I, for instance, say “sumimasen!” more than 10 times a day (I’m not exaggerating), but I don’t always mean it…

Kimono: The Most Basic Term For Traditional Japanese Dress

Kimono suehirokaihatu.co.jp/ Japan is known worldwide for the beauty of the kimono. The word itself is actually a generic term used to refer to many styles of traditional Japanese dress, and is comprised of two characters: 着, meaning “wear”, and 物, meaning “thing”, thus, “ki-mono”. But the most famous and luxurious of these traditional styles…

Cute Japanese Kokeshi Wooden Dolls

Kokeshi history poupeekokeshi.wordpress.com/ Do you know of or maybe have seen the Japanese wooden dolls? These dolls are desinged really simple, with no arms or legs. Perhaps, if you look at a picture, you will recognise them! So, what are they called in Japanese? They are called “Kokeshi”. The first “Kokeshi” came from Togatta Onsen…

Purikura, a must-have photo from Japan!

What does Purikura mean? yanana87.blog49.fc2.com/ Do you like photo booth pictures? Go with your girlfriend/ or boyfriend, and maybe with your friends? I recommend you to try the incredible photo booths when you visit Japan. They are called “Purikura” in Japanese. “Purikura” consists of two words, “Purinto” which means print and “Kurabu” means club in…

Japanese Teenagers and Purikura Photo Booths

When you are visiting Japan you may notice many photo boxes which are decorated a lot more than the ones you may usual see in your own country, this is certainly true back in the UK. In England photo booths are a rather boring affair solely used to take passport and driving license pictures, and…

The reason Japanese wear surgical masks might surprise you

If you have ever been to a high polluted country, you might have seen people there wearing a mask to protect their lungs from pollution outside their homes. China is one example, where pollution is even measured on a daily basis and announced so people can prepare themselves. Is it the same for Japan? No,…

Extraordinary Customer Service

www.joaf.co.jp/ Politeness seems ubiquitous and quite mandatory in Japan. One very clear example is the courteous shop clerks (店員, ten’in) who are a part of Japan’s famous service industry. In every convenience store, supermarket or small kiosk in every corner of this country, you will find the cheerful clerks who welcome you in their store.…
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Japanese Onomatopoeia: How many words do you know?

Like in English, Japan has its own onomatopoeia called giongo (擬音語). Words, which phonetically imitate the sound that they describe, are not rare things. In Japanese though, the range and variety is so wide, that onomatopoeia is even divided in two categories, giongo (擬音語)) and gitaigo (擬態語). Whereas giongo is mainly describing sounds of things,…

The Insight of Japanese “Nomikai”

“Nomu” means to drink; Kai means an event. When combined, nomikai (飲み会) is a drinking social event which usually takes place in Izakaya (居酒屋) where liquors as well as light cuisines are served. We often see a red lantern in front of izakaya. This is because izakaya is also called as akachōchin, which means red…
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