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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…

Feeling Unattractive Today? Wear a Pink Mask for Instant Prettiness!

In recent years, people in Japan have resorted to wearing masks more and more in order to prevent the contraction and spreading of flu and colds and halt hay fever. Due to the mask covering half of the face it is difficult to show one’s facial expressions, which may hinder interpersonal contact and attraction between…

A Brief on What to Expect if You are Traveling to Japan in Winter!

Throughout the year, Japan offers a relatively adjustable climate and temperature. Although northern parts such as the Hokkaido (北海道) and Tohoku (東北) regions have severe winter conditions with lots of snow, on the other hand, southern parts including Okinawa (沖縄) rarely snows in winter. You can visit Japan without proper winter boots or a heavy…

Get Your Masks Out: Winter and the Flu Season is Coming!

If you’re visiting Tokyo this winter you may be alarmed by how many people are wearing surgical masks like a scene from 28 Days Later. Don’t worry, the apocalypse isn’t coming. They either just have a cold or are protecting themselves from catching one. Why? madameriri.com/ As the temperature in Tokyo starts to fall, the…

4 Celebrity Worthy Japanese Hygiene Products

Aah, the life of commoners. Destined to use cheap scratchy tissues, uncomfortable cold masks and worst of all, toilet paper which is rough as sandpaper. If only we could live like the richest 1% and enjoy all things luxury. But wait… we actually can, thanks to the Nepia Celeb series of paper goods! 1. Hana…

5 Japanese Ways to Avoid the Flu!

Influenza season is almost upon us. Are you ready? Firstly, the flu shot is all controversial and such, but is quite cheap in Japan at a variety of clinics, ranging from 2000 Yen to 5000 Yen. sphcm.med.unsw.edu.au/ What else can you do to avoid getting the bug? Lots! Welcome to prevention, the Japanese way! Remember,…

Why Wear a Mask in Japan?

tofugu.com/ When I first came to Japan as a visiting relative, I was surprised to see so many people wearing masks. “What’s going on? Is there an epidemic?”, I curiously asked my sister who is married to a Japanese and has been living in Japan for many years. And she explained that in Japan, it…

7 reasons the Japanese wear surgical masks

Why do Japanese people always wear surgical masks? Many of those who come to Japan for the first time will have this question. This time we will examine the reasons why wearing surgical masks is so popular among Japanese people. 1.Sickness jp.fotolia.com/ Japanese people often use surgical masks when they get sick or when they…