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Japanese manners and etiquette
July 8, 2017

Japanese manners and etiquette

Whether eating with new Japanese friends in a home or attending a business lunch, following a few simple rules of Japanese dining etiquette will make you shine. No need to be nervous; your hosts understand that you may not be familiar with all many of the customs and etiquette in Asia. Start by saying hello in Japanese, offering a bow the correct way, then relax…

Japanese rituals and traditions
July 29, 2017

Japanese rituals and traditions

In Japanese culture, matcha green tea is much more than a drink. The matcha tea ceremony has been an integral part of the traditional Japanese culture for centuries. A quiet celebration performed with grace and beauty, the matcha tea ritual is a bonding experience of mindfulness, respect and a focus on the now. What is the difference between matcha powder and…

Characteristics of Japanese Women
July 26, 2017

Characteristics of Japanese Women

Attempting to define the characteristics of Japanese women cannot account for the many women who deviate from the cultural norms. However, a core set of traits and values are common among Japanese women. In general, these characteristics describe the women as they think of themselves, others and their place in society. Homogenous Culture Japanese people often…

Cultural Practice in Japanese
March 31, 2017

Cultural Practice in Japanese

“Education is one of the most parochial of all disciplines, and early childhood education practices are perhaps the most insulated of all. Accordingly, this examination of teaching in learning in Japanese preschools by Hayashi and Tobin (both, Univ. of Georgia) is especially welcome. Examining how Japanese preschool teachers act, talk, and think, Teaching Embodied…

traditional Japanese things
July 14, 2017

traditional Japanese things

Did ever happened to you to be in a foreign country, to wish to bring home some souvenir and to be unable to decide what to buy? In Japan, this may be an interesting topic, since there are so many options… From my experience, I compiled a list of Japanese souvenirs which will really highlight some typical aspects of Japan… I hope it will be helpful! 1. Maneki…

Family life in Japanese culture
June 5, 2017

Family life in Japanese culture

Like many Asian family systems, the Japanese family system was an extended family which included distant relatives as well as the dead. In the earliest times, and certainly with the influence of China, ancestor worship was a strong and vibrant belief which made deceased real, active members of the family. Noble families, and families of the warrior class, placed…

How to conduct business in japan?
January 6, 2017

How to conduct business in japan?

By Andrew Miller TOKYO Below is an account from Sayaka, a reporter over at our sister site Pouch. It is an intriguing look at differences in business culture between Japan and the west. It makes one realize that there is no perfect business strategy as such but by incorporating the best parts from each culture, one can get pretty close to their own perfect business…

japanese business culture and practices
February 2, 2017

japanese business culture and practices

Want to improve the way you do business in the U.S.? Learn from the Japanese. I recently traveled to Japan on business and pleasure. Anticipating several meetings and events, I began to familiarize myself with local customs and of course, Japanese business etiquette. While you may already know that politeness and respect are cornerstones of Japanese culture…

Marriage traditions in Japanese
April 6, 2017

Marriage traditions in Japanese

The Japanese ritual of san-san-kudo , the three by three exchange is rich with meaning. It is performed by the bride and groom and both sets of parents; each person takes 3 sips of sake from each of 3 cups. The first 3 represent three couples, the bride and groom, and their parents. The second 3 represent three human flaws: hatred, passion, and ignorance. Ku…

Japanese business culture facts
December 25, 2016

Japanese business culture facts

Japan is a highly structured and traditional society. Great importance is placed on loyalty, politeness, personal responsibility and on everyone working together for the good of the larger group. Education, ambition, hard work, patience and determination are held in the highest regard. The crime rate is one of the lowest in the world. Meeting and Greeting A handshake…

Japanese New Year activities
August 16, 2017

Japanese New Year activities

Up through the 25th of December, Japan is all lit up with lights and other Christmas decorations. However, as soon as December 26th hits, the Christmas decorations are taken down and the New Year s decorations go up. Among the cultural ornaments you might notice are kagamimochi , two mochi rice cakes stacked on top of each other with a daidai orange on top…

Japanese culture activities
February 14, 2017

Japanese culture activities

Traditional Japanese drums have, in most cases, origins from festivals. This music called the Taiko , switched with ease from battlefield to shrine worship. The drum music today, however, plays a new role. Its dynamic rhythm is used to celebrate openings and grand occasions. The instruments of drummers have also become more diversified, and other instruments…

Doing business in japan culture
May 27, 2017

Doing business in japan culture

Japanese business culture is wrongly perceived as the biggest obstacle to starting business in Japan for many foreign companies thinking of entering the Japanese market. I am not an academic and my interest in Japanese business culture is purely in terms of how it affects the actual mechanics (or tactics) of successfully doing business in Japan. Based on 13 years…

What is the culture of japan?
February 8, 2017

What is the culture of japan?

Characteristic United States Japan Speed vs. Consistency Generally U.S. company’s decision making is quick. Superiors give some great leeway to subordinates so that they can decide and make decisions quickly. Unfortunately there are some errors that can come because of that. Japanese company’s decision making is in stages along their corporate hierarchy. Their…

Visiting japan without knowing Japanese
February 17, 2017

Visiting japan without knowing Japanese

Tips to communicate Japanese people without knowing Japanese However, most of Japanese English education put huge emphasis on reading and writing, therefore listening and speaking English-language fluency is not widespread. Most people you meet probably won’t be fluent in speaking English. Try to speak slowly and clearly. Most of Japanese do understand basic…

japanese people characteristics
June 2, 2017

japanese people characteristics

It’s diffiult to generalise, but I’m going to give it a go anyway. Loyal to their families (esp. their parents) Japanese people are incredibly loyal to their families. Often when considering a marriage partner, a job change, or any major decision, someone from Japan will put a great amount of weight on whether or not their parents approve. Punctual Japanese people…

What are some holidays in japan?
July 11, 2017

What are some holidays in japan?

By Jessica. Since the day I left my home and landed into Japan nothing has ever been the same. I never really had any goals before I went to Japan – the idea of actually just visiting the Land of the Rising Sun had been a dream. Yet somehow I ended up living, working and becoming a part of the Japanese community when I applied through boobooSKI and found myself…

traditional villages in japan
June 8, 2017

traditional villages in japan

Many interesting Japanese villages are on the chain of the Japanese Alps, isolated in forgotten valleys of urbanization. These villages have been abandoned by most of their inhabitants but have become tourist attractions, monuments to the memory of rural Japan. The complete list would count nearly 50 villages, listed on this website. Shirakawa-go (Gifu Prefecture)…

Japanese values and attitudes
May 30, 2017

Japanese values and attitudes

By Steven Schlotein. 537 pp. New York: Congdon & Weed. $22.95. Does America have to be No. 1? This is a question frequently asked in the current debate on the economic decline of the United States. InThe End of the American Century,Steven Schlotein minces no words in answering. The United States must reinvigorate the Pax Americana, he emphasizes, because…

Tokyo culture and lifestyles
July 5, 2017

Tokyo culture and lifestyles

The indigenous people of Tokyo have accustomed to foreigners long ago. They are very polite and courteous. Only older people and children can be ashamed of tourists, but this is only the first reaction to the unusual companions. The locals are very hospitable. It doesn’t matter who and for what reason will come with a visit, this person will be certainly greeted…

Examples of Japanese culture
July 23, 2017

Examples of Japanese culture

For the most part, Japanese society is more formal and conservative than American society. The Japanese are more likely to accept you if you show respect and humility. Remember that your behavior reflects not only on yourself but also on the people of your country. Expressing Appreciation Remembering to thank people, even for small favors, is one of the most…

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