By Locoroco

Valley of Dolls: a Japanese Ghost Village

With a low birthrate and an aging population the aftermath of the shrinking population is worse outside the big cities. In places where the next doctor is far away or entertainment is limited, it is not surprising that remote places like Nagoro city on Shikoku Island, Japan, have the number of citizens drastically decreasing too.…
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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…

Why foreigners in Japan are creepy but it is OK!

Japan – with all its facets – is a mysterious and very exotic country. Foreigners get either to love it or stay forever puzzled. And those who stay longer here surpass a queer metamorphosis. They become extremely strange and will never be able to recover, me included. jp.fotolia.com/ Japanese who stay abroad and come back…

Furoshiki Shoes: Wrappable, Comfortable and fashionable!!

Like many other things in Japan, ‘furoshiki’(風呂敷) has survived many centuries. Literally translated meaning ‘bath cloth’, it almost went forgotten after WW2. jp.fotolia.com/ Since the convenient bag/wrapping/decoration cloth got mostly replaced by plastic bags, it only experienced a revival in the new millennium with Japanese artists modernising it and trying to get back to old…

Top 10 Attractions in Tokyo Disneyland!

Japan attracts thousands of tourists yearly and its capital is surely the most visited city. Popular spots include temples, skyscraper districts, and a lot of shopping areas. However, Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea have many crowds coming from abroad every year and statistics show up that the number of visitors grew up considerably. A post…

Work Culture in Japan: Why Is It So Different?

Overtime, few benefits, no days off: what is it really like working in Japan? If you work in an office environment, be prepared to wear formal clothes and learn how to exchange business cards in the polite Japanese way. You might need to learn formal Japanese (‘keigo’ 敬語) too, which is a whole different ballgame…

Breaking Stereotypes: The Japanese Way of Sharing Opinions

Japanese nationals are considered to be shy and not able to discuss properly. Many Westerners claim, that most Japanese are not able of forming an opinion and even if they have one, that they are not able express their opinion. But is this really so simple? Is this true? toyokeizai.net/ This is, among many other…

Need a Good Cry? Let it All Out the Japanese Way!

Life is hard. Sometimes everyone needs a good cry. In Japan, where the control of emotions is mastered and people do not let their tears out except when absolutely necessary (only during public sport events athletes tend to cry when their team loses, especially young women, at least it seems), a good cry can help…