omotenashi

Are you ’Game’ Enough to Try Exotic Deer and Wild Boar Meat in Shizuoka?

When talking about game meats, reactions generally fall into two categories which resemble that of a love-hate relationship, people either rave or cringe at the idea of game meats. While some may draw the line at beef or lamb, others are wonderfully appreciative of relatively exotic meats such as venison, rabbit, and squab to name…

Oshibori (Hot Towel) and Hospitality Culture in Japan

If you ever visited a middle to high class Japanese restaurant, you most likely would be handed a pack of white hot towels in a basket before they serve you any drink or appetizer. In most cases, people do not have any idea what to do with it and would look to others for some…

3 Concepts of Japanese Social Etiquette

1. Honne and Tatemae Literally translated as “true voice” and “constructed façade”, honne is the private face that is only shown to confidantes, and tatemae is the public face that is shown to the rest of the world, that conforms to socially accepted behaviors and norms. The concept of “face” that is more prevalent in…

3 kinds of omotenashi styles you can experience in Japan

We are very excited to have Tokyo Olympics in 2020! Not only watching sports, but also seeing many foreign visitors coming visit in Japan. By the way, have you seen a presentation done by a Japanese IOC member, Ms. Christel Takigawa? The word she mentioned in her presentation has become very popular: omotenashi. Omotenashi is…