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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…

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…

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…

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…

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