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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…

Master These Beer Drinking Tips For Any Casual or Formal Outing in Japan!

Japan is one of those countries that has a proper drinking manner at the table even if it’s only casual. Of course, many of you might have read or seen it already that you will have to pour for another person and never pour for yourselves. Well, that is indeed correct but there’s more to…

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! Goshugi nagai-kamimise.com/ It is customary to give a gift in the form of money which is called Goshugi.…

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…

Not Sure What to Do in a Tatami Room? How to Sit on the Floor in Japan

Most people around the world are comfortably using chairs to sit down. This is a common custom for foreign people which the Japanese people have accepted wholeheartedly. However, if you’re in Japan, chairs are not always that important for daily use. There are many instances where the Japanese sit on the floor, which tends to…

The Art of Entering a Traditional Tatami Room: 4 Things You Should Know

Tatami is a type of mat flooring used in traditional Japanese houses. There are some basic manners which you must be aware of when entering a Traditional Japanese Tatami room. Here are 4 of the most important things to remember. 1. Do not step on the doorsill jp.fotolia.com/ Stepping on the doorsill is seen as…

Essential Tips on Enjoying Hot Springs at a Japanese Inn

Taking mineral baths or bathing in hot springs is one of the oldest Japanese traditional cultures. In Japanese language, they are called “Onsen (温泉)”. board.postjung.com/ Onsen can be considered a part of Japanese daily life. The water originally comes from the underground after passing through an impermeable layer of clay and stones which contain accumulated…