Life and Manners in Japan

2019.06.07
Clearing Up Misconceptions about Train Punctuality: A Tadaima Japan Roundtable Discussion
Japan’s train system is legendary for its punctuality. Peruse any travel book or Japan-related website and you’ll find countless tales of how trains a
2019.05.13
Clearing Up Common Misconceptions about Japanese Food: A Tadaima Japan Roundtable Discussion
Our readers often ask us to provide more personal and diverse perspectives and stories about traveling and living in Japan. One of the ways that we’ve
2019.04.26
Tokyo’s Top Co-Working Spaces for Freelancers, Digital Nomads, and Entrepreneurs
Anyone doing business on the go in Tokyo can relate to the following experience. You’ve got some downtime between appointments and need a calm, quiet
2019.03.08
Three Tokyo Restaurants that my Parents Loved
If you’ve been living in Japan for some time, you may be faced with the following issue: where to take visiting family members out for meals? Although
2019.01.28
How to Celebrate Setsubun on February 3rd
Setsubun is a day when Japanese people cast evil away from their homes. Read on to know how to do it like a local!
2019.01.09
Mission Shopping: Buying Stuff in Japan for Friends Back Home
I was talking with a friend visiting Japan about her travel plans, when she said that one day was reserved for “mission shopping”. “Mission shopping?”
2018.08.31
10 Train Travel Tips to help you get around the Tokyo area
If you have found yourself perplexed and confused by the transportation system in Japan, you aren’t alone. In fact, even the Japanese themselves make
2018.08.28
How to use Japanese chopsticks the right way
Here are the do's and don't of Japanese chopsticks! Learn how to avoid making cultural mistakes while eating with Japanese people.
2018.08.13
10 Things you Should Know Before Eating Ramen in Japan
If you’re traveling alone and feeling hungry ramen is probably the best choice for a satisfying meal. It’s arguably one of the most famous Japanese di
2018.06.15
A Bento in the Park: The Perfect Shinjuku Lunch Break
When I worked in the Nishi-shinjuku skyscraper district, I always enjoyed taking lunch breaks with my co-workers among the cherry blossoms in Shinjuku
2018.01.23
How to Bathe in Japanese Public Bathes and Onsen
‘Do you prefer taking a shower or a bath?’ If you have the opportunity to communicate with Japanese people, this question might pop up during the co
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2017.03.31
What's Your Blood Type?
Do you believe in horoscopes, tarot cards, or palm reading? Every culture has its own way of fortune telling or describing personality traits. Back in
2017.01.24
Get healthy and beautiful by eating Japanese umeboshi plums!
The umeboshi are very common pickles in Japan. I'll introduce the effects of umeboshi and how to enjoy them! All photos of umeboshi products in this
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2016.12.10
Omisoka and O-Shogatsu: The Japanese Year End and New Year’s holidays
Today’s Shogatsu inherits some traditional customs and also adds more modern elements. Let’s see how Japanese people spend their Year End and New Year
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2016.07.30
What are these curtains hanging at the entrances of shops in Japan?
“Noren”, or a store curtain, is often hung at the entrances of shops in Japan. Today, I’d like to introduce the role of this curtain and its origin.