Life and Manners in Japan

The couple in Yukata.
2015.08.17
How to enjoy “Yukata” in Japan
Yukata is a typical kind of Kimono, worn during the summer. It used to be called yukata-bira, which were an undergarment noble people in the Heian per
2015.08.04
Sparklers, the Beauty of Fireworks in your Hands
Enjoy the summer with your friends and family with handheld fireworks. There are many fireworks festivals throughout Japan, but  did you know you c
2015.07.06
【SUMMER】Japanese Customs for July
July 1st: “Yamabiraki” or the opening of a mountain to climbers. This is the first day of the year when people can climb a mountain. It originated
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
2015.06.24
Try out a public bath in Kagurazaka, a geisha district in Tokyo
Feel the nostalgia from the Edo period Kagurazaka is part of Shinjuku district, in the middle of Tokyo. Naturally, you’ll find many large chain sto
2015.06.05
【SUMMER】Japanese Customs for June
June 1st: Koromogae (Seasonal change of clothing) Schools and companies that use uniforms change them to their summer attire. This custom has exist
rainy-season
2015.05.25
【SUMMER】Be prepared for 'tsuyu', the Japanese rainy season!
The Japanese rainy season usually starts in June and lasts for about a month. Let's get ready to fight the rain!
bath time
2015.05.20
'Ofuro,' The Japanese bath for relaxation in the bathroom
Very popular in Japanese bathrooms, the bathtub Japanese people usually take baths at night before bed, and the typical Japanese bathroom has a bat
2015.03.26
The greetings used before and after meals, “Itadakimasu” and “Gochisosama”
Greeting during meals Before eating meals, Japanese people join their hands in front of their chest and greet by saying, “Itadakimasu”. After finis
2015.03.20
【SUMMER】An insight into the Japanese and “Insects”: Do only Japanese people collect beetles as pets, and adore fireflies?
Do you fancy bugs? After the severe winter, spring has finally come! People can be seen having lunch outside in the park. Some insects are
2015.03.18
A Family of Fingers! What do you call each finger of the hand in Japanese?
The Names in Japanese Originate from Size or Usage Sorry for the sudden question, but what is each finger of the hand called in your country? In
2015.03.16
What is this yellow plastic wash tub called “Kerorin,” often seen in Japanese public baths?
What’s the interesting story behind Kerorin, the hidden big name in public baths? If you have ever been in a sento before, you might have seen th
2015.03.05
"White Day," an Event for Couples Made in Japan?!
Returning the favors of Valentine’s Day We introduced what Valentine's Day is like in Japan in our last article. One month later comes March 14th
2015.02.12
Valentine's Day in Japan: How and Why Do Japanese Women Give Chocolates to Men?
For Valentine’s Day, girls offer chocolate to the boys they love. If you like manga or Japanese animation series, it’s a scene you may have seen many
2014.11.07
Japanese “kusari doi” (rain chains) lure the water drops from your rooftop down to the ground in a beautiful way
Give the rainwater which falls from your roof the chance to perform for you! Have you ever seen the chain-like ornaments which can often be found