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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…

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 It is customary to give a gift in the form of money which is called Goshugi. The…

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…