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How to Attend a Japanese Wedding: 5 Essential Things to Keep in Mind

So you’ve come to Japan, got settled in, made some friends, and suddenly, you’re invited to a wedding. Well, don’t panic! This article will be your need-to-know guide on how to attend a Japanese wedding, how to avoid the amateur (often embarrassing) mistakes others have made in the past, and how to ensure everything goes…

9 Intriguing and Spooky Japanese Superstitions You Might Not Know Of

Every country and culture have their own superstitions that they learn from birth or from growing up and are part of their identity. For example, in the UK, our superstitions include not stepping on the cracks and not walking under ladders or you’ll get bad luck. Japan has their own superstitions and beliefs, some of…

Yakuza: The Mystery Behind the Japanese Mafia

We all have heard of the word “yakuza” but some only have a faint idea of what it really means. The majority of Japanese people are unaware or scared when asked about this word, which has become a taboo, somehow. So, who are they and why does the Japanese society fear them? Organized Crime Syndicates…

3 Important Tips to Keep In Mind When You Attend a Japanese Wedding

You may have the opportunity to attend a Japanese wedding, but you may be unsure of what you should or should not do. This short article will highlight 3 important points when attending a wedding in Japan! theweddinglocation.com/ Goshugi nagai-kamimise.com/ It is customary to give a gift in the form of money which is called…

How to Avoid Embarrassment at the Table: 10 Japanese Chopstick Taboos to Avoid!

So, you may have finally learned how to pick up food using a pair of chopsticks. The next step is to avoid any chopstick taboos which could potentially embarrass you. Are you unaware of these 10 chopsticks taboos which you may have unknowingly committed before? jp.fotolia.com/ 1. Saguri-bashi (探り箸) Do not stick your chopsticks into…

Playing it Safe in the Bedroom in Japan

When many foreigners talk about their lives in Japan to their families and friends back home the reaction often begins with awe. This can swiftly change to surprise as certain misconceptions are debunked and our own cultural norms are turned on their heads. Land of the Future? kluv.cbslocal.com/ The world over, Japan is still hailed…

What is Taboo? Privacy and Sex in Japan

The idea of privacy has many different aspects in Japanese life. It is also important that individuals have the right to keep personal information private. With a recent census being conducted in 2015, many Japanese citizens felt their privacy has been invaded to a certain degree. Privacy and Publicity jp.fotolia.com/ Some of the modern Japanese…