manners

3 Important Things to Do When Attending a Japanese Funeral

Funerals or soushiki (葬式) in Japan are usually centered on Buddhist customs. Right after the passing of a loved one, the family holds a funeral service in a temple, funeral hall, or in the deceased’s home for two consecutive days. The first day is the wake called “otsuya (お通夜),” wherein family, relatives, friends, and colleagues…

8 Helpful Dos and Don’ts for Cherry Blossom Viewing in Japan This 2018

Want to experience Japan’s favorite spring event? Sakura (cherry blossom) viewing is one of the most anticipated seasonal events in Japan, both by locals and foreigners. Hanami, which literally means “flower viewing,” is a tradition held during the spring season while cherry blossoms are in bloom. Long ago, the hanami tradition was limited to Japanese…

4 Smartphone Habits Of Japanese People That Will Surprise You!

Japan, being a tech-savvy nation, boasts a large smartphone user base. There are some things that Japan does in a different way when compared to the rest of the world, but every country on the planet has been hooked onto smartphones with the advent of social media, online news, games, and video sharing. However, the…

Doing a Homestay in Japan? Here Are 6 Things You Should Do for the Best Experience

I recently experienced a homestay with a Japanese family in Handa City, Aichi Prefecture. It was a valuable and memorable experience to know and explore the lifestyle of a typical Japanese family, understand their culture and traditions, and also eat delectable home-cooked food. I stayed with Obaasan (grandmother), and her daughter who lived nearby often…

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…

6 Things You Should Know If You’re Staying With a Japanese Homestay Family

Whether you come to Japan to study, work, or for vacation, accommodation is essential. There are many options available to you such as hotels, hostels, and share houses, but have you ever considered staying with a homestay family? Japanese families open their homes to foreigners interested in Japan and learning Japanese. This can be achieved…

Will Ukiyo-e Art Posters on Japanese Trains Help People Mind Their Manners?

Try asking somebody to describe the Japanese in a few words and most often the answer will be “reserved” and “polite.” Japan is renowned for being a safe place to live where almost everything is pleasant. The majority of people are helpful and courteous with just a few visitors to Japan going home with tales…

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…
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