Japanese Balcony Etiquette – 4 Unspoken Rules!

So, you moved to Japan and found yourself a nice abode to lay your head. Great view, great price, and a great cultural experience. jp.fotolia.com/ Here are a few balcony rules that you may not be aware of! Balcony rules and culture vary greatly from country to country, but Japan, as always, is a little……

Learning About the Japanese Lifestyle Through Anime

Anime, as we all know, plays an important role in the lives of Japanese. When you say the word “anime,” the first word that comes to mind is “Japan/Japanese.” But first of all, what is anime and how does it differ from regular cartoons? What is anime? jp.fotolia.com/ Anime is a short word for animation.…

Japanese Tattoos: The Meaning of Irezumi and the Most Popular Japanese Tattoo Motifs

Do you have a tattoo? If not, perhaps you are thinking of getting one. Many people have tattoos that symbolize things that are important to them, such as people, places, or nostalgic memories. Tattoos have different meanings around the world; for example, they have held different significant meanings in various tribes and religions for years.…

Fashionable twists of the Japanese high school uniforms

jp.fotolia.com/ When you visit Japan, you will see many high school students wearing their uniforms absolutely everywhere! Especially girls who wear EXTREMELY short skirts just like the girl in the photo. They are called “JK”, which is an abbreviation of “Joshi-Kosei”. “Joshi” means girl, and ” Kosei” means high school student. So, that literally means…
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3 Reasons Why the Japanese Don’t Talk on the Phone on Public Transport

Japan is a country with many rules. There is no need to worry too much if you do not know all of them, as most of them are manners and not criminal offenses! But you will likely notice some differences between Japan and the rest of the world when it comes to etiquette on public…

How to Properly Speed Up your Japanese!

You are probably planning to come to Japan, or you already are there. You are still a student, or a contract worker. You have / will have a visa or will be / are a simple visitor. But nothing is more sure: you have the will to improve your Japanese as much as you can.…

How to Find Cheap Apartments… Where the Dead Roam!

Do you want to find a cheap property in Japan? Good luck! Japan’s real estate prices are continuing to rise, making it more and more difficult for people to become homeowners. Renting is always a popular option in the archipelago, but if you desire to live close to the city centers of major cities like…

Japan’s Deadliest Animal

As summer nears, Japan’s most dangerous animal will start appearing in many places. We are not talking about bears, who roam Hokkaido and the northern part of Honshu. We are also not talking about the dangerous box jellyfish that shows up around Okinawa when waters start to warm. Oh, no. The beast we are talking…