Okinawa: Things to Do on this Island Getaway

As a late spring vacation, I decided to catch a plane and head on down to Okinawa - a group of islands in the south part of Japan. The islands of Okinawa are famous for its subtropical climate - and is often referred to as 'the poor man's Hawaii'. But don't let that perturb you, …

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Japanese Gift Giving Occasions

The gift giving culture in Japan is a huge part of this society, with presents given for all types of occasions. Now, while there are plenty of gift giving etiquette to remember, it's also important to know the different occasions when gifts are appropriate - and the best type of gift for each occasion. So here's …

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Gift Giving Guidelines in Japan

Giving gifts are an incredibly important part of Japanese culture and presents are given for so many different occasions. In fact, gift giving in Japan is taken so seriously that it's not only seen as common courtesy, but a social obligation as well. Of course, like any gift giving culture, there are a certain number of …

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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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In the Event of an Earthquake…

If you've read my last post and you're wondering what you should actually do during an earthquake and its aftermath, then check out these safety tips to help you through it. If you want to find out what to do in order to prepare for an earthquake, then click here. And if you're interested in …

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How to Prepare for an Earthquake in Japan

Japan is an island that sits right on top of The Pacific Ring of Fire - a deadly zone that is characterized by plenty of volcanoes and frequent earthquakes. As a result, it's not uncommon to feel frequent tremors and earthquakes during your time in Japan. In fact, over 1,500 earthquakes happen in Japan every …

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