Life and Manners in Japan

blood type
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
Curtain
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.
Oracles
2016.07.19
Let’s consult an oracle at Temples and Shrines in Japan!
Japanese people get their fortunes by consulting an oracle at temples and shrines. It’s very rare to find temples and shrines without them. Today I’d
Mt.Fuji
2016.07.07
The spiritual power of words in the Japanese Language
Japan has a traditional philosophy called kotodama. People in ancient times referred to Japan as “The country where kotodama brings happiness”, and t
広島つけ麺ばくだん屋
2016.07.01
How to Order and Eat Tsukemen Dipped Noodles in Japan
Have you ever been to Tsukemen shop before? It seems a little bit difficult for beginners to order and eat Tsukemen at noodle restaurant. I'll intro
Teru Teru Bozu
2016.06.23
The Japanese custom “Teru Teru Bozu”, making a doll for good weather the next day
Have you ever seen this doll hanging in someone’s window in Japan? You may see them during the rainy season. This very old custom is called “Teru Teru
竹下通り傘
2016.06.17
Don’t be fooled by the Japanese calendar, and don’t forget your umbrella!
Old world Japanese customs can be found in day-to-day life. Whether you’re enjoying a meal, exploring the city, or just relaxing, you can find the goo
Depachika
2016.03.18
Where can you buy food in Tokyo, other than at convenience stores and supermarkets? Ready-to-Eat meals sold at Depachika!
During your travels in Japan, you may go to convenience stores and grab everyday, convenient food. Their foods are easy, tasty, and cheap. However, if
Ise Grand Shrine
2016.03.12
8 Things you Should Know about Correct Manners before Visiting Ise Grand Shrine
Hatsu, from Mie Prefecture, will present local information about the Ise-Shima area. The God of the Ise Grand Shrine shrine has been enshrined here fo
2016.02.03
The Dos and Don'ts of Bowing in Japan
In shops, in the streets, on the phone... You may have noticed that Japanese people bow all the time! Japan has a lot of hidden rules like where to st
Customs for February
2016.01.28
Japanese Customs for February
Sun, 3rd February: Setsubun Setsubun is a day that marks the changing of the seasons, and especially marks the day before Risshun, the day when spr
A Gun shooting game
2016.01.25
3 Classic Childrens' Games at Japanese Traditional Festivals
1: Goldfish scooping Kingyo-sukui, goldfish scooping is one of the most typical booths at Japanese summer festivals. There usually is a water tank wi
Customs for January
2015.12.30
Japanese Customs for January: Happy New Year!
1st January to 7th January: the first visit to a shrine Hatsumode, or the first visit to a shrine, is a custom for New Year in Japan.  Before, peop