There are many aspects and customs that are unique to Japanese culture. Traditionally, Japanese culture has many strict rules of etiquette for every situation from interactions between neighbors to how to eat from a bowl depending on its contents and the size of the bowl.
Below we have made some guides that should help you blend in. Some topics covered are business etiquette, praying manners at shrines and temples, and Japanese funeral manners. We also have guides with information for learning, watching, and experiencing Japanese culture and art.
Working in a Japanese company can be a great way for a foreigner to improve Japanese language skills. Because answering incoming phone calls may be one of the most basic office tasks, it is important to learn a set of "Japanese expressions" for effective communication and to avoid causing discomfor…Read more
This article will explain the meaning of "hanko," how to buy and use one. If you are a foreigner who is planning to live in Japan for a while, you will probably have to set up a bank account as well as apply for a phone and public utilities. When signing an application form, you may notice that the…Read more
Find out why wadaiko (taiko drumming) is an important part of Japanese culture, and where you can watch and even experience it for yourself in Japan!Read more
Throughout history, tatami mats have been a key part of Japanese culture, design, and even sports. The woven rush grass of tatami mats creates a comforting, relaxing space that can be enjoyed by all. In this guide we cover the origin, uses, and maintenance of tatami mats in modern Japan. What Exact…Read more
The following article is contributed by Tokyo Central Japanese Language School. Hello, my name is Yuki, a Japanese language teacher. Japanese people always say "Sumimasen(Excuse me / I’m sorry)", don't they? When you are around Japanese people, you often hear the word "すみません(Sumimasen)". When tr…Read more
There are quite many occasions where Japanese people give gifts, it can be a gift giving season or a specific occasion. In this articles, you can learn about typical Japanese gift occasions and we have selected some luxury Japanese gifts. For etiquette for giving gifts in Japan, please read: Gifts…Read more
To the untrained eye, Sumo is a simple pushing and thrusting match between two overweight men in a small ring. Bouts are called when one of the fighters is forced out of the ring. As simple as it gets, right? The truth is slightly more complicated, and much more interesting. But the fact that sumo…Read more
Shodo, or Japanese calligraphy, is another traditional art with much history behind it. Shodo's roots are in ancient China where kanji, one of the major forms of Japanese writing, originated. It was introduced to Japan around 600 AD and has been practiced ever since. What is Shodo? Shodo is a form…Read more
The following article is contributed by Tokyo Central Japanese Language School. Nice to meet you all! My name is Eri, and I'm a Japanese teacher at a Japanese language school in Tokyo. My students come from all over there world. From various students that I come in contact with I often hear things…Read more
When it comes to business, Japan has a vastly different way of communicating compared to many Western countries; and those who fail to account for that difference often find themselves lost in the discussion or even accidentally insulting those they are speaking with. To help you navigate the diffi…Read more
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