Business Etiquette in Japan

Japanese business culture is pretty strict. Whether it's the exceptionally polite use of language, the long working hours, or the inability to interrupt, Japan has a very hardcore view on business and business etiquette. But luckily for foreign business visitors, not all Japanese companies expect you to know all the ins-and-outs of business etiquette. However, …

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5 Annoying Things about Japan [Video]

Overall, Japan is a fantastic place to live and work, but as you pass through the honeymoon phase of culture shock, some small things begin to niggle away at you. Yes, that's right, this is the 'Frustration Phase' of Culture Shock. So as a response to this, I decided to make a video about some …

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7 Crazy Japanese Superstitions (that might offend)

I'm sure we've all been guilty of some cultural faux pas or other. Whether it's not saying 'God bless you' after someone sneezing, opening an umbrella indoors, or unknowingly using bad table manners, we've all done something to make others uncomfortable. And in Japan, there are many cultural faux pas that you have to be …

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5 Incredible Reasons to Visit Japan [Video]

Want five reasons to come to Japan? Then check out this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tEmyT4WbS0&feature=youtu.be The Beauty Japan is one hell of a beautiful country. Full Stop. But don't take my word for it. Check it out for yourself! With the rolling mountains, the forests, parks, sweeping landscapes, beautiful oceans, and dazzling lakes, Japan should be on …

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5 Basic Japanese Customs and Etiquette

When traveling to any country in the world, you should most definitely brush up on any local customs and etiquette so that you don't look like an idiot or offend anyone. So I decided to make a list of some basic Japanese etiquette for anyone wanting to travel to, or work in, Japan. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rq9uStNbU4   …

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Survival of the English-iest: Japan vs South Africa

Ever wonder what it's like traveling to Japan or South Africa using only English? Well wonder no more! Check out this week's installment of South Africa VS Japan to find out the answer! Part I: Surviving in Japan One question I often get asked as an English-speaker in Japan is "Can you survive in Japan …

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Winter in Tokyo: A Wonderland with a Touch of Snow

Continuing my tradition of posts about the four distinct seasons in Japan, I decided that it was high time to write about winter - a season that I surprisingly prefer to the hot and sticky Japanese summer. After experiencing the beauty that is autumn in Tokyo at the end of last year, I've got to …

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The Festive Season: Japan vs South Africa

The holiday season is long over. Adults have returned to work and children have started school again. So I would like to take this time to make a (delayed) post about the differences between the festive season in South Africa and the festive season in Japan - both of which are riddled with opposites: 1. …

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5 Surprising Things About Japan

Note: Although this list is from a South African's point of view, these items could indeed be surprising for many different types of people from many different countries.

South Africa vs Japan: Which is Safer?

"Is South Africa safe?" This is the first question that I usually get asked in Japan whenever I tell someone that I'm from that Southern African country. This is because of the bad rep that South Africa has gotten over the years of being completely crime ridden. Now, some expats may tell you that this …

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