etiquette

5 myths about Japanese subways that aren’t always true

With more than 8 million tourists visiting Japan each year, many stereotypes have been created to explain Japanese culture to friends and family back home. However, there are almost always exceptions to these stereotypes, none more evident than those pertaining Japanese public transportation etiquette. Learn these 5 myths before your first trip to Japan so…
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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…

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…

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. Etiquette and social rules in Japan aren’t too difficult to pick up…

4 Smartphone Habits Of Japanese People That Will Surprise You!

Japan, being a tech-savvy nation, boasts a large smartphone user base. There are some things that Japan does in a different way when compared to the rest of the world, but every country on the planet has been hooked onto smartphones with the advent of social media, online news, games, and video sharing. However, the…

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…

Doing a Homestay in Japan? Here Are 6 Things You Should Do for the Best Experience

I recently experienced a homestay with a Japanese family in Handa City, Aichi Prefecture. It was a valuable and memorable experience to know and explore the lifestyle of a typical Japanese family, understand their culture and traditions, and also eat delectable home-cooked food. I stayed with Obaasan (grandmother), and her daughter who lived nearby often…

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…

5 Things You Should Know Before You Enter a Restaurant in Japan!

‘Irasshaimase’ is a very common Japanese phrase which means ‘welcome’ or ‘please come in’, and it can often be heard when you step into a restaurant in Japan. Imagine the scenario of the staff greeting you, then leading you to your assigned table. Now, if you are new to Japan, you may ask yourself the…

Think You’re a Cosplay Expert? How Many of These 4 Cosplay Facts Do You Know?

Cosplayers are always interesting to look at. It takes courage, confidence, and a whole lot of boldness to nail portraying someone else. “Cosplay” is actually a mash-up of the words, “costume” and “play.” From its name, people wear costumes and accessories in order to portray a character of their choice. Cosplay is a popular activity,…