Tissue-Pack Marketing: the Japanese Phenomenon

What’s tissue-pack marketing? dkshukugou.exblog.jp If you’ve been to Japan, you may have witnessed the concept of tissue-pack marketing whenever you walk out a cetnral station or are in the crowded areas. Usually, for most people, when offered flyers or brochure ads by randoms on the street, we tend to either reject them or accept them…

Why is Colonel Sanders the Japanese Santa Claus?

Have you ever wondered how Japanese people celebrate Christmas? Well, maybe you haven’t, since only less than one percent of Japan’s population is Christian and Christmas is not a Japanese national holiday. Nevertheless, it is a very commercial event due to the Christmas spirit created with the abundant trees, decorations, lighting, advertisements and the dressings.…

Japanese Happy Monday System, or Why So Many Holidays Fall on Mondays

i.huffpost.com Karo-shi (過労死 かろうし)which literally means to “work oneself to death”, is just the extreme of overworking in Japan, particularly among Japanese “salarymen”. Not everyone in Japan endangers his or her life with work, but with frequent nights of working overtime and only little paid holidays, it is not surprising to note, that Japan has…

Yon-Koma: The Four–Panel Humorous Manga

Comics are popular all over the world and where outside Japan mostly children are targeted, the land of the rising sun has a wide range of manga for all ages and regarding almost any kind of topic. There are the typical genres like adventurous manga for children, love stories for teenagers, horror for young adults,…

Why are Pancakes so Popular Among Girls in Japan?

Harajuku is one of the most popular spots among foreigners coming visit in Japan. Long years ago, Japanese girls eating crapes in Harajuku was the talk of the town, and picked up by magazines. This made us to think that girls eating sweets are “cute” in the modern society. Today the crape can be replaced…

Gift-giving culture: Anytime of the year!

If you start living in Japan, the gift-giving culture will be one of your new challenges. Japan is very familiar with gifts, both giving and receiving. We give gifts, receive gifts, anytime and anywhere. Here are some gift rituals we Japanese customarily do. 1. New Year’s Gift internet-homework.com We give a gift to persons involved…

Onesie culture: The Many Kinds of Kigurumi

Ever heard of “kigurumi”? It looks like another fashion statement, but these character related one piece jumpsuits are more than just plain clothing: they are fun, show you have a sense of humor and more importantly they are incredibly comfortable! Most of them have a hood, and the hood has ears, faces or anything to…

Dogs say “wan-wan”: Animal Sounds in Japanese!

pipii.co.uk/ Same as traditional festivals and behaviour reflect the country’s culture, so does language and the words that are chosen to express different things. Just as women used to say, that they “need to powder their nose”, when they wanted to go to the toilet, instead of naming it directly, Japanese too, have an euphemism…

Ojigi: The Japanese art of Bowing

Ojigi (お辞儀), the Japanese way of greeting, is an essential part of Japanese culture. It is a sign of respect given by the person bowing to the person bowed before. It is also common when showing gratitude or apologizing. Sometimes Ojigi also can be seen when an employee receives a call from his boss (his…

Toilet in Japan is becoming a room which you can use as a toilet

Even we Japanese are sometimes amazed by how Japan’s restrooms are developed, especially when we visit some huge department store. Some Japanese read comics in a restroom inside a home. That’s because it is extremely comfortable to stay there even for long minutes. You won’t believe that toilet makes people want to stay longer, but…
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