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What’s the Deal With Japanese Commercials?

Japanese culture is widely known for introducing the world to various interesting things like manga, geishas, and famous foods such as ramen. But one of the most infamous things in Japanese culture are the advertisements you’ll encounter in the country. Japanese advertisements are well-known for their manic pace, bizarre subject matter, and impressive productions. But…

Learn About the Meanings Behind the 8 Most Common Japanese Surnames

Surnames are a very unique and interesting aspect of Japan. Did you know that an overwhelming majority of Japanese surnames have been in existence only since the late 19th century? Also, the meanings behind those surnames are very reflective of cultural, religious, and social practices that have been in Japanese society for a while. It…

Breaking Stereotypes: The Japanese Way of Sharing Opinions

Japanese nationals are considered to be shy and not able to discuss properly. Many Westerners claim, that most Japanese are not able of forming an opinion and even if they have one, that they are not able express their opinion. But is this really so simple? Is this true? toyokeizai.net/ This is, among many other…

Japanese Particles Women Should Avoid Using

As a rule of thumb in Japan, the use of tough sounding ending particles in informal speech are only exclusive to men. Today, the expectations on women with respect to speech have relaxed as reflected in the J-pop culture such as manga, anime, and drama. However, some Japanese are still conscious about the use of…

Becoming Japanese – an impossible task?

Whether you’ve spent the last decade in Japan or you’ve just fantasized about how it’d feel like to live there, from your cozy room at home, there is a tendency among Japan lovers to try to identify as much as possible with the Japanese natives. From an American and European point of view, there is…

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 we become a political Leader in Japan

Leadership requires a lot of skills. You have to have a mission and a vision. There are several problems that leaders face. That’s why leaders are chosen meticulously. You have to develop people skills. You must also develop effective personal qualities and excellent communication skills. In a society where it is common to be shy…

The Reason Behind Women-Only Passenger Cars

Since more than a decade ago, Japan has started having trains, with women-only passenger cars. Extremely crowded trains in the capital and other big cities led to this decision, with the main aim to fight groping. In 2000 Keio Electric Railway started this project and after gaining a positive response, more and more companies followed.…

6 Positive Changes Living in Japan Will Bring

A country must have its good and bad sides. Living in a developed country doesn’t guarantee that everything will be better. Same with Japan, this country has both positive and negative when compared to the other countries. Some difficulties and challenges like language barrier and culture differences may be encountered when you live in Japan.…

Bicycles in Japan, the essentials

Japan is a country where a lot of people use bicycles to go around. Although Japan has a good public transportation system like subways and buses, most people prefer to bike from one place to another if the distance is not too far for them. Besides saving the cost for transportation, cycling in Japan is…