Life and Manners in Japan

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
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
2014.08.30
How to Use your Japanese Folding Fan the Right Way
The different uses of the folding fan in Japanese culture Many people may think of the folding fan as something to put on the wall for decoration or
2014.08.16
3 Typical Souvenirs of the Japanese Summer
Are you looking for a gift? Something not too heavy and reasonably priced? Here are three traditional objects to bring back home as souvenirs of the J
2014.08.07
Sprinkling water to reduce the heat: the Japanese tradition of 'uchimizu'
“Uchimizu,” an environmentally friendly method for spending the hot summer more comfortably. When you travel in Japan during the summer you'll pr
2014.07.25
Ochugen, the Japanese Custom of Exchanging Gifts in Summer
Japanese custom calls for the giving of gifts twice a year to someone who is taking care of you. This duty is performed once in the summertime, call