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Myth or Fact? The Truth about Life in Japan

Even if you’ve never visited Japan, you’ve probably got a pretty good idea of what you think it will be like. Modern stereotypes as seen in the media, in films and in books help shape this idea of what Japan is like. But how correct is the idea that you hold in your head? After…

Why foreigners in Japan are creepy but it is OK!

Japan – with all its facets – is a mysterious and very exotic country. Foreigners get either to love it or stay forever puzzled. And those who stay longer here surpass a queer metamorphosis. They become extremely strange and will never be able to recover, me included. jp.fotolia.com/ Japanese who stay abroad and come back…

Osaka Obachan: a new political party?

What does “Obachan” mean? In Japanese Obachan means “Aunt”, but it is often used to refer to an older woman. In most parts of Japan, the word is slightly derogatory because the image of an “obachan” is a boisterous, nosy, busybody. But, in Osaka many women wear the word with pride! Osaka Obachan ss-anzu.cocolog-nifty.com/ Osaka…

Fact or Fallacy? Misconceptions about Japan

It takes time and guts for someone to learn the culture of another country. You might experience culture shock in the midst of your learning because some of the traditions and customs sound so bizarre. Confused, being a newbie may lead to misconceptions. Growing up in a familiar nature, I never thought any of these…

3 Things, The Average Japanese Guidebook Won’t Tell You

With many stereotypes and possible misleading ideas being featured in several guides about Japan, also with the several exported Japanese traditions, such as taking off your shoes and slurping when eating noodle soups, there is still a universe to cover when it comes to advising foreigners on how to behave, or rather how the Japanese…

What do the Japanese think of me?

Before I came to Japan, I definitely held some pre-conceived ideas about what Japan, and Japanese people, would be like. Some of these assumptions were pretty much on the mark, but there were others that surprised me. flagsandpoles.com/ So it got me thinking – I wonder what Japanese people think of me? What pre-conceived ideas…