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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…

Basic table manners in Japan

There is, for sure, a set of rules and manners in eating regardless what country a person comes from. Some of these table etiquette rules may be the same in most countries, and some may surprise you because they are the exact opposite. jp.fotolia.com/ It is always advantageous to learn some table manners for a…

Some Manners To Understand Before Using a Public Toilet in Japan

Japan is well-known for having the tidiest public toilets in the world. Somebody might even consider Japanese toilets the best of those they got to use. It is because the manner of keeping the public toilets clean is in Japanese mentality, and this results in the clean toilets available to everyone. Moreover, public toilets in…
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What is the reason Japanese are Annoyed and Irritated with Foreigner Tourists ?!

As the Tokyo 2020 Games steadily approaches, Japan expects a great number of foreigners to come starting from this year. However, together with foreigners also comes the Japanese citizens’ dissatisfaction created by the big number of tourists that is increasing by year. In a Japanese TV Show called ZawaTsuku(ザワつく), the Japanese brought into attention some…

Living in Japan: A Guide to Garbage Disposal and Recycling

In most countries other than Japan, throwing away trash is pretty simple. Garbage is garbage, and that’s the end of unwanted items. Just put them in any container and bid goodbye to your waste. Although some efforts have been made in other countries to separate rubbish to a certain extent, such as cardboard or food…

3 Important Things to Do When Attending a Japanese Funeral

Funerals or soushiki (葬式) in Japan are usually centered on Buddhist customs. Right after the passing of a loved one, the family holds a funeral service in a temple, funeral hall, or in the deceased’s home for two consecutive days. The first day is the wake called “otsuya (お通夜),” wherein family, relatives, friends, and colleagues…

How to Take a Bath in a Japanese Household: 5 Rules That May Surprise You

Visiting a Japanese home comes with a lot of rules. If you have ever had a homestay family or visited a friend, you may have already noticed that you need to take a small gift with you and make sure you wear slippers. Etiquette and social rules in Japan aren’t too difficult to pick up…

8 Helpful Dos and Don’ts for Cherry Blossom Viewing in Japan This 2019

Want to experience Japan’s favorite spring event? Sakura (cherry blossom) viewing is one of the most anticipated seasonal events in Japan, both by locals and foreigners. Hanami, which literally means “flower viewing,” is a tradition held during the spring season while cherry blossoms are in bloom. Long ago, the hanami tradition was limited to Japanese…

Going Drinking in Japan? Here Are 7 Tips and Rules to Keep in Mind

It’s no secret that the Japanese love to drink. Most people have been to at least one “nomikai,” usually a business- or work-related event where a group goes to an izakaya (Japanese pub or bar) to drink and bond. Although cocktails, bottled alcoholic drinks, and beer are very popular in Japan, there is also the…

Visiting Japan for the First Time? Here are 4 Things You Shouldn’t Do

Visiting Japan holds a unique set of social norms to adhere to during your visit. These tips offer travelers the best practices to avoid accidentally offending Japanese people and ensure an embarrassment-free vacation at your desired destination. 1. Avoid Looking People in the Eye jp.fotolia.com/ Who isn’t happy when they are on vacation in an…