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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…

Essential Tips on Eating Japanese Food the Proper Way

Japan has a wide variety of dishes that are well-loved by many people around the world. However, these foods come with common norms and customs which people should follow. Following local etiquette demonstrates manners and respect. These etiquettes are followed by using certain components, such as the proper way of sitting down, using chopsticks, and…

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…

Paying Etiquette: How to Buy and Pay for Things in Japan

Well, perhaps there are no any other countries in the world that are full of social rules other than Japan. If you have certain general knowledge about Japan or you have been to Japan before, I am sure that you had seen people lining up on one side of escalators (typically on the left side…