By Locoroco

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? This is, among many other misconceptions,…

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…

Step Into the Past at Shibuya’s Asakura House

In the middle of Tokyo, only five minutes from Daikanyama station lies a hidden gem. Who would have known, that in the modern city of Japan’s capital you could find a traditional Japanese house that you can enter, smell the scent of tatami, get in touch with traditional architecture, and see everything first hand?  …

4 Recommended Art Museums To Enjoy a Day in Roppongi

Roppongi is a district famous for clubs and a place of choice for foreigners to hang out in. It is also infamous for troubles in the nightlife scene and as a rather dangerous place if you tend to get into fights easily. But it has a lot more than that: Roppongi has many facets to…

What is Taboo? Privacy and Sex in Japan

The idea of privacy has many different aspects in Japanese life. It is also important that individuals have the right to keep personal information private. With a recent census being conducted in 2015, many Japanese citizens felt their privacy has been invaded to a certain degree. Privacy and Publicity jp.fotolia.com/ Some of the modern Japanese…

5 Japanese Vegetables You Should Get to Know

Japan has basic veggies like potatoes, carrots, cabbage, tomatoes and others, but there are also plenty of greens that are a staple in Japan. Some of these can be rather rare outside the country or outside of Asia. Learn about some of the vegetables used in traditional Japanese dishes to increase your knowledge of Japanese…

Start Your Day at the 7-Eleven Café and Bakery

There are plenty of coffee shops in Japan: Starbucks, Doctor, Excelsior just to name a few chain stores, and of course, you will also be able to find plenty of local cafes to enjoy a cup of coffee with something sweet. But sometimes you will be in a hurry, and there are also times when…

Choosing a Tea in Japan: 8 Most Popular Types

Different from some other cultures, the question “Would you like some tea?” is not that simple in Japan. Besides western tea, Japan has around five basic teas to offer next to three foreign tastes, without counting various variations and differences in-between the basic teas. Wherever you go, there are plenty of chances to get tea:…

How is Christmas Celebrated in Japan?

When you find yourself in Japan around December, depending on your religion or family traditions you might want to celebrate Christmas in Japan. Though the way it’s celebrated seems similar to the Western way on the surface, Christmas is actually celebrated quite differently here. Get to know more about the Japanese way, and try to…