Life and Manners in Japan

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
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
rainy-season
2015.05.25
Rainy season in Japan
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
Petting Beetles: The Strange Love of Japanese People for Insects
How people perceive things differ greatly depending on your culture. In Japan, people adore some insects just as any other pet. Read on to know which