Life and Manners in Japan

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
wasabinterview
2015.12.22
Realities of Japan: Working in a Rural City of Japan as a Foreigner
I Want to Work in Japan, Despite Many Cultural Differences When it comes to working in Japan, big cities such as Tokyo, Osaka and Fukuoka will prob
Late
2015.12.20
10 Ways of Saying “I’m late” in Japanese
When you are late すみません、おそくなりました。(Sumimasen, osokunarimashita). I’m sorry for being late. おまたせしてすみませんでした。(O-mataseshite sumimasendeshita). I am sorr
The scramble crossing in Shibuya
2015.11.06
A typical day in the life of a Tokyoite in Shibuya
13:00: Meeting friends in front of the Hachiko statue or at TSUTAYA. The crazy scramble crossing is famous in Shibuya and is usually interesting to
Ema for praying for success at school
2015.07.02
How to send your wishes to the gods in a Shinto shrine
Sending your wishes to the spirits If you have ever visited a Shinto religion shrine, you may have noticed these small wooden boards hanging. They