manners

Don’t Be Rude! Here’s How to Be Polite When in Japan

Every country has its own unique customs and ways of expressing emotions, Japan is no exception. When you visit another country, it is always nice to try and abide by some of the etiquettes while there, and it also makes the experience better! In Japan, some things that are often done in other countries can…

15 Things to Be Aware of Before Travelling to Japan

Before making your way through the Land of the Rising Sun, get familiar with these 15 aspects of everyday life that will ensure you adhere to the respectful everyday etiquettes of the Japanese people. 1. No Tipping jp.fotolia.com/ There is no tipping in japan. It is considered rude to tip and I have had many…

7 Daily Habits Considered Rude Elsewhere, But are Perfectly OK in Japan

There are many communication rules in Japan and sometimes they might seem confusing of what is and isn’t appropriate. However, there are a few rules that would be considered impolite in other countries, but in Japan, those rules are not applicable. 1. Not tipping! jp.fotolia.com/ There is no tipping system in Japan and the surprising…

5 things that make Japan successful

Japan has seen a lot of troubles, faced a lot of orders since long ago, whether it was the rule of the dictator Tojo, the atom bomb disaster, tsunami or the frequent earthquakes. The country is a living example of how a unity of the nation can lead it to the top in every field.…

Public bath culture in Japan

Bathing is a time-old tradition in Japan. Japanese people enjoy going to the public bathhouses, which are called sento. The first sentos appeared in Japan in 15th century. Despite the fact that there is a bathroom in every house, the habit of going to the sento is still very popular among the people. The number…

Why are the Japanese always sorry for something?

Sumimasen – this is a Japanese word meaning “I am sorry” or “Excuse me”, which we always keep saying to one another. If you have been to Japan, you might wonder why people always apologize. I, for instance, say “sumimasen!” more than 10 times a day (I’m not exaggerating), but I don’t always mean it…

Extraordinary Customer Service

Politeness seems ubiquitous and quite mandatory in Japan. One very clear example is the courteous shop clerks (店員, ten’in) who are a part of Japan’s famous service industry. In every convenience store, supermarket or small kiosk in every corner of this country, you will find the cheerful clerks who welcome you in their store. As…

Ojigi: The Japanese art of Bowing

Ojigi (お辞儀), the Japanese way of greeting, is an essential part of Japanese culture. It is a sign of respect given by the person bowing to the person bowed before. It is also common when showing gratitude or apologizing. Sometimes Ojigi also can be seen when an employee receives a call from his boss (his…

Important! Table Manners you need to know when visiting Japan

Sushi, Sashimi and many kinds of Ramen are among tourists’ favorite foods when visiting Japan. However, before we eat all those delicious dishes, we’d better know some table manners in Japan! 1. Chopsticks jp.fotolia.com/ In Japan, chopsticks are used to eat most kinds of Japanese foods. That is why, we need to know some basic…

Japan and Sweden – Kindred Spirits

When I lived in China, I observed that Chinese people share a lot in common with the Italians: both have a passionate love affair with eating (in substantial quantities), both are social people of the garrulous and vociferous sort, both have a strong emphasis on the importance of family and a love of children… and…