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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Kawagoe Festival: An Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property

After having used my fool-proof methods of discovering places in Japan, I decided one weekend to go to Kawagoe - a city in Saitama famous for its traditional style buildings and candy penny street. In fact, the whole town is known as Little Edo due to its traditional feel from the Edo Period (1603-1868). Little …

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A Field Trip to Sensō-ji, Asakusa

To test out my new camera, I decided to go on a field trip to one of Tokyo's most famous cultural areas - Asakusa (浅草). This area is particularly large and it definitely requires more than one day to completely traverse. So I decided to visit one of the oldest temples in Tokyo: Sensō-ji (金龍山浅草寺). …

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