Things to know About Japanese culture
Japanese Customs / February 10, 2021

Things to know About Japanese culture

The term ‘omiyage’ is often translated as ‘souvenir’ in English, but omiyage are much more than that. Unlike souvenirs, which people often buy for themselves, omiyage are something people bring back for their friends, family and co-workers after a trip. Omiyage are typically speciality foods from different regions, which are packaged in beautiful brightly colored…

Japanese american traditions
Japanese Customs / January 11, 2021

Japanese american traditions

In an Aloha shirt and khakis, Ken Yamada doesn t exactly look like a Buddhist minister. But put the boyish 47-year-old reverend of Berkeley s Higashi Honganji in a roomful of folk-dancing parishioners, and he fits right into the sights and sounds of Obon, a Japanese tradition steeped in deep religious meaning and cultural celebration. There s more coming,he said…

Japanese food traditions and customs
Japanese Customs / December 12, 2020

Japanese food traditions and customs

1 GEOGRAPHIC SETTING AND ENVIRONMENT Japan is an archipelago (chain of islands) made up of about 3, islands. About twothirds of the land is too mountainous for development, so almost all the people live in cities, most of which were built on the country s flat land (plains area). The country sometimes experiences natural disasters, such as typhoons (huge storms originating…

What does Sakura mean in english?
Japanese Customs / November 12, 2020

What does Sakura mean in english?

Japan is a nation known for its fantastic festivals and annual celebrations , but perhaps none is more famous than the festivities that accompany the arrival of the cherry blossoms each spring. From late March through early May, cherry blossoms bloom across Japan, welcoming spring with a burst of color unlike any other. For those teaching English in Japan, the arrival…

What to know before visiting japan?
Japanese Customs / October 13, 2020

What to know before visiting japan?

10. “Why Are Some People Wearing Surgical Masks?” This may be the first thing you notice on your visit. Don’t panic! There’s no disease going around. The Japanese wear surgical masks to avoid colds and other bacteria, but usually they’re worn if a person is already sick and wants to protect others. If you have a cold or catch one in Japan, be respectful and wear a…

japanese traditional New Year
Japanese Customs / September 13, 2020

japanese traditional New Year

During the New Year’s holidays, many Japanese eat osechi ryōri, a collection of traditional foods developed during the Heian Period (794-1185). It originally consisted of fish or vegetables simmered in soy sauce and sweet mirin but, as the years passed, other foods were incorporated into the compendium of dishes, including those that had symbolic significance for…

Traditional Japanese family values
Japanese Customs / August 14, 2020

Traditional Japanese family values

Japanese elementary schools strive to instill those values in their students, placing a premium on their transmission that exceeds their zeal to teach reading, writing and arithmetic. This heavy emphasis on socializing children is the bedrock of Japanese society and is credited, at least in part, with producing the low rates of juvenile crime rates, teenage pregnancy…

Japanese customs beliefs and values
Japanese Customs / July 15, 2020

Japanese customs beliefs and values

Japan Table of Contents Contemporary Japan is a secular society. Creating harmonious relations with others through reciprocity and the fulfillment of social obligations is more significant for most Japanese than an individual s relationship to a transcendent God. Harmony, order, and self-development are three of the most important values that underlie Japanese social…

Japanese VS american culture
Japanese Customs / June 15, 2020

Japanese VS american culture

The other answers I ve seen here are all correct, or at least they jibe pretty well with my observations. There are a couple of things I have noticed that others have not mentioned. In 1975 I was on a Fulbright and the main objective was research for a year in Taiwan, but there were some experts on my topic in Japan as well, so I spent the summer in Kyoto. I just…

Pictures of Japanese culture
Japanese Customs / May 16, 2020

Pictures of Japanese culture

LONDON – “Sushi” is probably the most widely known Japanese word in Britain today. “Manga, ” “karaoke” and “sudoku” are also much used, but speakers may not realize their Japanese origin. Not so long ago the most common Japanese words, which “the man in the street” knew, were probably “geisha” and “sayonara.” Popular vocabulary and culture have changed Japan’s image…

Japan Information and cultural Centre
Japanese Customs / April 16, 2020

Japan Information and cultural Centre

The Japan Information & Cultural Center (JICC) is the cultural, educational, and public affairs division of the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco serving Northern and Central California, and the state of Nevada. Helping people gain a deeper understanding of Japanese traditions, customs, history and contemporary culture is the primary purpose of the…

Things to know When Traveling to japan
Japanese Customs / March 17, 2020

Things to know When Traveling to japan

Simply put, Japan is a fascinating destination. Here, you ll find a seamless blend of old traditions and new technology. You ll also discover gorgeous natural landscapes just a short train ride from sparkling, sprawling cities and loud, jarring outlets a short distance from quiet areas full of nuanced rules. It s the kind of place where people will wait patiently…

What makes Japanese culture unique?
Japanese Customs / February 16, 2020

What makes Japanese culture unique?

Japan Guide Japan Travel Culture & Food Japan hasn t always been cute. The obsession with kawaii culture first began in the 1970s at the height of Japan s economic growth.It was in the 70s that Japanese advertising agencies perfected the fine art of mass marketing. Getting into customers hearts, minds and wallets with cute lovable characters. If you choose…

how to communicate in japan
Japanese Customs / January 17, 2020

how to communicate in japan

In this I can only give my own experience but I think it is telling enough. I have traveled in Japan for most of a month in 1994, with no Japanese at all and traveling by train and hostels, using English as my native Dutch is not understood there at all. I had arranged my first week with a short tour Tokyo/Kyoto, but did the rest without any reservations made from…

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