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5 Things You Should Know Before You Enter a Restaurant in Japan!

‘Irasshaimase’ is a very common Japanese phrase which means ‘welcome’ or ‘please come in’, and it can often be heard when you step into a restaurant in Japan. Imagine the scenario of the staff greeting you, then leading you to your assigned table. Now, if you are new to Japan, you may ask yourself the…

On the Lookout for Japanese Artisanal Products? Drop by TOKYO FANTASTIC OMOTESANDO

If you are looking for a cute craft store that sells Japan-made objects to add to your daily life or get as a souvenir, try visiting TOKYO FANTASTIC OMOTESANDO (トーキョーファンタスティック表参道). This shop features products made by craftsmen and artisans from across the country. TOKYO FANTASTIC OMOTESANDO blog.tokyofantastic.jp/ Located just three minutes away from Omotesando Station…

Essential Tips on Eating Japanese Food the Proper Way

Japan has a wide variety of dishes that are well-loved by many people around the world. However, these foods come with common norms and customs which people should follow. Following local etiquette demonstrates manners and respect. These etiquettes are followed by using certain components, such as the proper way of sitting down, using chopsticks, and…

Dining Out in Japan? Here Are 11 Useful Things That You Should Know

Today, I am going to introduce you to 11 useful things that you should know when it comes to having a meal in Japan or having a meal with your Japanese friends. From the moment you set foot in a restaurant until you leave, this article has got you covered! 1. Food sample sugoroku.osaka/ I…

Wanna Experience Japan in Less Than 2 Hours? Take This Tour!

For those lucky enough to live in Japan, one knows how amazing it is. For those luckier enough to actually travel within the regions, one definitely knows how each prefecture can seem like its own country with its own customs, seasons, and especially food. One only has to look at the multiple regional varieties of…

Always Remember These 10 Big No-Nos in Japan

Every society has its taboos and cultural restrictions. Also, every culture has its own unwritten rules which the members understand from a young age, but which have to be explained to a foreigner. Otherwise, the lack of knowing them or the failure to respect them might generate a huge cultural crisis and have you met…

How to Avoid Embarrassment at the Table: 10 Japanese Chopstick Taboos to Avoid!

So, you may have finally learned how to pick up food using a pair of chopsticks. The next step is to avoid any chopstick taboos which could potentially embarrass you. Are you unaware of these 10 chopsticks taboos which you may have unknowingly committed before? jp.fotolia.com/ 1. Saguri-bashi (探り箸) Do not stick your chopsticks into…

5 Essential Utensils for Cooking Japanese Food

So you moved to a new land, got yourself a swanky pad, and are going to get to cooking some delicious grub of the land of the rising sun. You may need to stock your kitchen up on the essential ingredients, but you also need some utensils and kitchen goods! Get your Japanese kitchen up…

5 Great Souvenirs to Wow and Impress When you Come Back from Japan!

Souvenir shopping can be a pain. Everyone wants something from your exotic trip abroad. Worse still, if you live in Japan, people at home always want you to send cool stuff back. The goals are: light for shipping, not readily available abroad, and of course, the WOW factor. 1. Origami Paper roraigami.blogspot.jp/ Origami paper can…
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