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Japanese communication etiquette
June 23, 2017

Japanese communication etiquette

Japan Introduction Japan has a population of approximately 125 million people packed tightly into a rather small geographic area. The official language in Japan is Japanese. Japanese is spoken only in Japan. The literacy rate in Japan is very close to 100 percent and 95 percent of the Japanese population has a high school education. Japan’s form of government…

Traditional marriage in japan
June 26, 2017

Traditional marriage in japan

Contemporary Japanese weddings are celebrated in a great variety of ways. Many contain traditional Japanese and Western elements side by side. Traditionally, the religious wedding ceremony is held in Shinto style at a shrine. Nowadays, this shrine may be located inside the hotel where the festivities take place. A Shinto priest conducts the ceremony, which is…

Cultural differences of japan and australia
July 2, 2017

Cultural differences of japan and australia

You will find Japanese students don’t speak up, so you don’t know what they are thinking. They are not used to speaking English and will speak very little or maintain silence. You will need to constantly initiate conversation and ask questions. They are basically shy in nature, not good at approaching or speaking with others which is attributed to the fact that…

Japanese business etiquette tips
May 6, 2017

Japanese business etiquette tips

The Japanese place a high level of value on etiquette and protocol during any type of business affairs. This rule holds true to foreigners as well. However, the Japanese are generally very forgiving to foreigners as long as they show respect and an effort to understand the Japanese culture and business etiquette. Often the Japanese host will offer to help you…

Japanese New Years Celebration
June 11, 2017

Japanese New Years Celebration

New Year ( shogatsu or oshogatsu ) is the most important holiday in Japan. Most businesses shut down from January 1 to January 3, and families typically gather to spend the days together. Years are traditionally viewed as completely separate, with each new year providing a fresh start. Consequently, all duties are supposed to be completed by the end of the year…

Characteristics of Japanese
July 14, 2017

Characteristics of Japanese

Characteristics of the Japanese Language Do you still think Japanese is a difficult language to learn? I would say No! . Of course, it is a little hard to master all Japanese writing, but for speaking it is not as hard as you think. Here are some facts. Japanese nouns do not have gender, and rarely, number aspects. With most Japanese nouns, number is not an…

What are the Japanese culture?
December 13, 2016

What are the Japanese culture?

Back again, your favorite afro blogger live from the good ol land of 日本. As you can tell, Japanese class is going pretty well (or if you can read kanji, maybe can t tell since all I ve used so far is fairly simple kanji). Anyway, this time around I will once again be skipping the weekend adventures and be blogging about personal opinion and observations. I decided…

Japanese marriage customs and traditions
December 16, 2016

Japanese marriage customs and traditions

The Japanese betrothal ceremony, called the yuino, is an exchange of symbolic gifts between the groom s and bride s families. Some popular gifts are: konbu , a seaweed whose name can be written to mean child-bearing woman ; a long white piece of hemp, representing a wish that the couple will grow old and gray together; and a folding fan, which spreads to show…

What does Sakura mean in Japanese?
July 23, 2017

What does Sakura mean in Japanese?

If you are lucky enough to be in Japan during cherry blossom season, it is de rigueur to head out into the local parks and gardens, bring a selection of picnic food and drinks and join the locals for a hanami - or flower-viewing . It is during this period that the Japanese are at their most relaxed, and all public places take on a party-like atmosphere. Typical…

Things About Japanese culture
August 7, 2017

Things About Japanese culture

In case you’re a new reader, you may not know that I lived in Japan for about two years, from 2011 to the end of 2013. Living in Japan was undoubtedly one of the most unique and formative experiences of my life. Now, eight months later, I think I’m only just beginning to scratch the surface on how my two-year field trip affected my life and personality. Though…

sakura meaning in Japanese culture
June 20, 2017

sakura meaning in Japanese culture

While many people think of the Victorian era in England when talking about flower symbolism, almost every culture on Earth assigns specific meanings to favorite flowers. Modern technology allows us to enjoy flowers that grow in the most remote corners of the planet, but for centuries, people only enjoyed the blooms native to their area. This means that some blossoms…

Understanding Japanese culture
June 11, 2017

Understanding Japanese culture

This essay is adapted from an excerpt of the great book “A Geek in Japan” by Héctor Garcia. It is the first chapter of my new Japan 2014 book. If three Japanese people are talking together, and a fourth one joins the conversation, he will apologize upon approach for breaking the harmony of the group. Why? In Japan, everything looks like it works to perfection…

Japanese culture family values
August 10, 2017

Japanese culture family values

Family ties are strong in Japan and bind not only the living extended family but also generations of ancestors. You may notice that Japanese are not physically demonstrative in public and you won’t see any kissing and hugging on the streets. You do see friends and parents and children holding hands. One of the ways families express warmth and affection is to…

What is interesting in Japanese?
March 25, 2017

What is interesting in Japanese?

Japanese is spoken by slightly less than 200 million people around the world. The vast majority of the speakers live in Japan with the next two regions being Brazil and the United States. Since World War II, Japan has become an economic and technological powerhouse. As such, millions of documents get translated into and from Japanese every year. Consider these…

Everything About Japanese culture
March 16, 2017

Everything About Japanese culture

Welcome to our guide to Japan. This is useful for anyone researching Japanese culture, customs, manners, etiquette, values and wanting to understand the people better. You may be going to Japan on business, for a visit or even hosting Japanese colleagues or clients in your own country. Remember this is only a very basic level introduction and is not meant to…

Japanese customs and etiquette
August 16, 2017

Japanese customs and etiquette

Japan Guide Japan Travel Culture & Food posted by Do you ever wonder what they talk about on Japanese tour buses?When the Japanese visit other countries on tours, the tour company educates the group about local manners and customs on the way. They always include a line that says that tourists represent Japan and should try their hardest to leave a good impressive…

Traditionally what do Japanese people sleep on
April 12, 2017

Traditionally what do Japanese people sleep on

Posted by Traditionally, Japanese houses and buildings have soft mat floors known as tatami. Like so many aspects of old Japan, people are nostalgic about tatami. In many ways, they re not as convenient as Western floors but they re popular nonetheless. A tatami (畳) is a mat made from rice straw or compressed wood chips. They have a covering of woven straw made…

Japanese business communication
July 26, 2017

Japanese business communication

With one of the largest economies in the world, Japan has seen an explosion in the increase of foreign business investment since WWII. Doing business in Japan offers innumerable benefits for international organisations, however there are a number of key cultural challenges that create friction and misunderstanding as well as sizable direct and indirect costs…

Japanese family values and traditions
April 30, 2017

Japanese family values and traditions

Although Japanese family roles have changed considerably in the 20th century, aspects of the traditional ie, or “continuing family, ” still remain. The Japanese have a saying that even if an extended family does not live together, parents and grandparents should live near enough to carry over a bowl of hot soup. In this video series, Harvard University professors…

What do Japanese people value?
June 8, 2017

What do Japanese people value?

Theme This ARI is based on broader research conducted by the author in Japan as a Visiting Researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Tokyo. Its aim is to explain in depth the importance of understanding Japanese cultural values in establishing and developing business relationships with Japanese organisations. Summary Spanish-Japanese…

What are people like in japan?
June 14, 2017

What are people like in japan?

By Paula Gerhold TOKYO There isn’t a country in the world immune from stereotypes. All people form opinions about places and their inhabitants based on whatever they can glean from the food, tourism, and art of the culture. But not all sweeping generalizations have to be mean and unfounded. The results on a thread on Madame Riri asking for the “perfect words…

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