manners

4 Hard-to-Break Habits You Might Pick Up in Japan

I’ve lived in Japan for about 3 years. During returns home to the United States, I always find myself doing or wanting to do certain things that, while commonplace in Japan, just aren’t done where I’m from. I usually catch myself in time, but they have led to some rather humorous (and awkward) moments. The…

5 Points You Should Know About Before Going To Japan

Are you going to Japan for you next vacation? Undeniably, Japan is a charming country regardless of the season in which you go and places you visit: there will always be something that impresses you. Japan is one of those countries that can convince many tourists to pay it a second visit. You may have…

Working in Japan: How to Brush Up on your Business Manners

Working in a Japanese company, especially in Japan, can be a challenge not only to foreigners but also to nationals given that in the Japanese Corporate Culture exist certain “business etiquettes” must be taken into consideration at all times. Because of this, it is advisable to get knowledgeable in the corporate culture and mannerisms of…

Living in Japan: 4 Things That Happen When You Have Visitors From Home

It’s often said that ‘culture shock’ is more apparent when you go home from a foreign country, rather than when you arrive somewhere strange and new. The same can be said for when you receive a visitor from home. It goes something like this: you move to Japan and at first it’s all weird and…

Let’s Go For a Drive! – Driving Manners In Japan

So, you finally got your Japanese driving license! Congratulations! Maybe you even used this Japan Info article to do so! Obtaining a Japanese driving license No, go forth and drive your best drive, but be aware of the manners! Some driving habits of the locals may confuse you at first, but eventually, you will get…

10 Differences Between American and Japanese School Systems

1. Time/Vacation School in the US usually starts in August and ends in June. However, in Japan classes start in April and ends in March. There are less days off in Japan compared with their US counterparts. On average the Japanese spend 60 days more per year at school that the US. It is not…

3 Things That Are Different in Japanese Apartments

As with any country, apartments in Japan vary in style, size and age. But, there are some things that almost all Japanese apartments will have! Whether you are living in a traditional Japanese-style apartment, or a more modern western style, some things stay the same! Some are good, and some are not so good, especially…

Japanese Etiquette: Must or Should?

One of the most enduring Western notions about Japan is that of Japanese courtesy and social etiquette. However, with some sensitivity, there is almost no chance of offending anyone, and a visitor should easily take comfort in the knowledge that the Japanese are very forgiving when it comes to the little slip-ups of foreign visitors.…

How to Prepare for a Day at the Beach in Japan

Being famous for huge skyscrapers, neon lights in the city and Mt.Fuji, only few people think of Japan as a country where you could have a beach vacation. The Japanese archipelago offers a lot of possibilities to escape the heat of the city. Once you decided on where to go, make sure to get your…