customs

What Shocking Thing Did This Japanese Train Company Do and Why Did It Apologize?

Japan is recognized for many things around the world, and one of these things is trains running on time. In a world where many countries struggle with aging transport systems and consistent delays and complaints, Japan is famed for having high-quality trains and punctual services. The latest news, then, of a train company in Japan…

Why Do Japanese People Love Taking a Bath at Night Before Going to Bed?

Japan is a place where certain customs and rituals might seem unusual to a Westerner’s eye. One of these is the fact that many Japanese people love to take a bath at night before they sleep, rather than in the morning before they head outside. Have you ever wondered why? Public Bathing jp.fotolia.com/ As you…

How Do You Bring a Sword In and Out of Japan? All About Japanese Sword Laws

Japan is famous for its martial arts such as Karate (空手), Judo (柔道), Kendo (剣道), Aikido (合気道), Jujutsu (柔術), Sumo (相撲), and others. Some of these martial arts, especially Kendo, involve swordsmanship which makes them interesting activities. Many people practice using a bamboo sword or a plastic sword at a training school since it is…

Always Remember These 10 Big No-Nos When You Are in Japan!

Every country has its own taboos, rules, and cultural restrictions. These can differ enormously from nation to nation or between continents. Western societal norms may seem normal to a western person, but seem completely alien to someone from a different part of the world. These stark differences can create something of a culture shock for…

Dos and Don’ts: Gift Giving and Reciprocation Custom in Japan

In Japan, gift giving is often incorporated with different situations. Whether it be for a wedding, a child’s birth, or even confinement in a hospital, you will receive gifts from your Japanese family or friends. So in Japan, when you receive a gift, it is important to reciprocate the act to express your gratitude to…

4 Quirky Japanese Customs: Can You Relate to These?

Check out these four Japanese customs that may seem quirky or unusual to many other cultures. However, some cultures may also relate to these customs too, so take a look and see what you think! 1. Less Interest in Perfume and Deodorant jp.fotolia.com/ Japanese people do not use perfume very often as they are sensitive…

Customs in Japan with Cash and Money

Japan is not a tip required country, but there are certain occasions in which you are asked to give money as a way of expressing your wishes. Here are the popular examples of money-related Japanese customs and traditions of which you may want to know in advance. 1. Weddings and funerals 2.bp.blogspot.com/ Weddings and funerals…

Is Being a Housewife a Bad Thing?

Are you going to get married to your lover? Congratulations! I hope you will have a happy life with him. By the way… are you going to become a housewife after having kids? If so, please take a look at this article first, and think about your life when married. First of all, what do…