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3 Things to Do at Shimbashi, Tokyo’s Salarymen Capital

We have heard a lot of things about Tokyo – it is an expensive city, the best place to shop for gadgets, has the best ramen in the world, and so on. It is the hub of Japan’s economy, and as such, lives up to its reputation of providing most of the best accommodation, job…
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The Super Fan Uncle Olympics Naotoshi Yamada Dies at 92 just short of Tokyo 2020 Games !

A Japanese Olympics super fan, Naotoshi Yamada that has attended all games since 1964, died on 9th of March due to a heart failure. A national celebrity that has appeared to every summer game, known by everybody as the “オリンピックおじさん”(Olympic Ojisan/ Uncle Olympics), died at 92 years old this year, in March. It was announced…
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Masks Out: Winter has come so Beware of the Flu!

If you’re visiting Tokyo this winter you may be alarmed by how many people are wearing surgical masks like a scene from 28 Days Later. Don’t worry, the apocalypse isn’t coming. They either just have a cold or are protecting themselves from catching one. Why? jp.fotolia.com/ As the temperature in Tokyo starts to fall, the…

Grab Your Chance to Discover Japan’s Original Shoebox Apartments!

In the middle of the 20th century, many architects in Japan started experimenting with unique styles of architecture. They tried to create new habitats for the brave new world. In the process, they had to tear the bonds of architectural traditions, which seen as a movement emblematic of Japan’s post-war cultural resurgence. One of the…

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…

11 Types of Office Personas Found in Japanese Society

We meet all kinds of people with different behaviors in the office, but perhaps do not have a label to identify them like the Japanese do. Some mentioned below are necessary for survival in the office, some are for climbing the corporate ladder, and some are simply descriptive characteristics of certain personalities. These do not…

What It Takes to be a Japanese Salary Man

The quintessential salary man (サラリーマン) in Japan is a male white-collar worker or businessman who works for a large corporation or bureaucracy. He must have attended and graduated from an elite school, and is hence trained and brainwashed by default to suit working for “the greater good” instead of for oneself. He works 60-80-hour workweeks…

5 most common uses of Wasei Eigo (or Japlish)

Wasei Eigo Just like an American would sometimes use certain famous Japanese words like “anime” or “sushi” in an otherwise English conversation, Japanese people also use various English words in their everyday speech. That doesn’t mean, however, that all of the “English” words and phrases that they incorporate into their conversations are used correctly. When…

Japanese salarymen–what’s so different about them?

Most might have heard of the jingoish term salaryman (sararii man サラリーマン), which actually entered the oxford dictionary . What is so special about this phenomenon and why are the Japanese ones so different from foreign white-collar workers? Commitment First, they are not only employed but are an important part of the company. They are…