customs

Homestay In Japan: Lessons From A Japanese Host Mother

I’m a mother of a 4 year-old boy and registered to Homestay in Japan, the biggest company that supports foreign students and travelers’ homestay accommodations. I have hosted more than ten students from around the world, and this is my experience as a host mother. Here are some tips to keep in mind when staying…

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 and different slippers for different parts of the house! Etiquette and social…

Always Remember These 10 Big No-Nos When You Are in Japan!

Every country has its own taboos, rules, and cultural restrictions. These can differ enormously from nation to nation or between continents. Western societal norms may seem normal to a western person, but seem completely alien to someone from a different part of the world. These stark differences can create something of a culture shock for…

3 Important Policies to Follow When Attending a Japanese Funeral

Funerals or soushiki in Japan generally follow Buddhist customs. Soon after the passing of a loved one, the deceased’s family holds a funeral service in either a temple, funeral hall, or in the deceased’s home for two consecutive days. The first day is the wake or otsuya, wherein family, relatives, friends, and colleagues come together…

What Shocking Thing Did This Japanese Train Company Do and Why Did It Apologize?

Japan is recognized for many things around the world, and one of these things is trains running on time. In a world where many countries struggle with aging transport systems and consistent delays and complaints, Japan is famed for having high-quality trains and punctual services. The latest news, then, of a train company in Japan…

Why Do Japanese People Love Taking a Bath at Night Before Going to Bed?

Japan is a place where certain customs and rituals might seem unusual to a Westerner’s eye. One of these is the fact that many Japanese people love to take a bath at night before they sleep, rather than in the morning before they head outside. Have you ever wondered why? Public Bathing jp.fotolia.com/ As you…

How Do You Bring a Sword In and Out of Japan? All About Japanese Sword Laws

Japan is famous for its martial arts such as Karate (空手), Judo (柔道), Kendo (剣道), Aikido (合気道), Jujutsu (柔術), Sumo (相撲), and others. Some of these martial arts, especially Kendo, involve swordsmanship which makes them interesting activities. Many people practice using a bamboo sword or a plastic sword at a training school since it is…

Ever Heard of the Summer Gift-Giving (Ochuugen) Season in Japan? Here is Everything You Need to Know!

Now is the season for sending gifts in Japan as the Ochuugen season kicks off in summer. Ever wondered why and how this custom came about and the things to take note of when buying gifts? Read on to learn more about Ochuugen! Gift for Ochuugen View this post on Instagram 御中元のお返しはしましたか🌻? めんたいパークでは御中元のお返しにオススメな贈答用明太子をご用意しております✨✨ 用途などに合わせて、選んでいただける商品が盛りだくさんです‼️ まだ御中元を送っていなかった❗️という方も、是非お世話になった方々へ夏の贈り物を選んでみてくださいね🌻❤️…

Dos and Don’ts: Gift Giving and Reciprocation Custom in Japan

In Japan, gift giving is often incorporated with different situations. Whether it be for a wedding, a child’s birth, or even confinement in a hospital, you will receive gifts from your Japanese family or friends. So in Japan, when you receive a gift, it is important to reciprocate the act to express your gratitude to…