Japanese culture

Japanese man tries to high five stranger on street, gets struck in the face twice instead

Arguably more tragic than being left hanging.

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Find out how lucky you’ll be in the Year of the Dog with this witty online fortune teller

Good luck or bad luck, you’ll probably get a good laugh out of your fortune either way.

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Designer’s tweets during first trip to Japan perfectly show why it’s such a great place to visit

In just the first day of his stay, designer tweeted more than 50 things that pleasantly surprised him about Japan.

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At what age should parents stop giving kids New Year’s otoshidama money? Japanese netizens answer

It turns out these envelopes of money can be quite controversial.

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Cute Instagram cat teaches us about Japanese culture with hilarious cosplay photo collection

Bow down to your new furry sensei.

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It’s the end of an era…literally! Emperor may abdicate throne in 2019 and end the Heisei Era

The question on everyone’s minds: what would the name of the next era be?

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Do Japanese people kiss in Public? 【Interview】

Are Japanese people down for PDA? It depends on a surprising variety of factors!

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These “Mikoshi Dako” are the badges of honour from a Japanese festival

Rather than hiding the calluses, the bulges on these men are glorified for a very special reason.

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BonAppetour startup lets you cook and dine with Tokyo locals in their homes

We visited Mariko’s home near Shinjuku for a variety of unique cultural experiences, including a lesson in making gyoza and a homemade feast complete with sake and shochu.

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10 things you didn’t know about geisha

We’ve talked before about geisha as one of Japan’s distinctly female professions, so this time we’re going to share with you a few fun facts about the geisha and their floating world.

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What do Japanese people think of “weeaboos”?【Video】

Weeaboos often get a bad rap for being out of touch with reality and over-idealising Japan. But what do ordinary Japanese people think of them?

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10 things foreigners in Japan notice about Japanese phone culture

Is Japanese smartphone culture really so different from other countries? Foreigners weigh in…

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How to lady: Fascinating Meiji Era women’s book features hairstyles, history lessons, etiquette

“From birth to death, a woman must never forget to display fondness and affection … a woman will surely experience a life of sorrow without it.”

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Napping taxi drivers in Tokyo become the subject of UK photographer’s work【Photos】

Check out these drowsy drivers catching 40 winks during a typical day in Japan’s busiest city.

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5 cultural tips for taking photos in Japan

Believe it or not, there’s a Japanese Way of taking photos. We’ve compiled some cultural guidelines as well as language tips to help you take happy snappies on your next trip to Japan!

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The 5 phases of adjusting to life in Japan (from a Western expat point of view)

Today, we present five phases Western expats go through, from arriving fresh off the boat to thinking about retirement, when living in Japan.

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Culture clash: 10 insider tips for visiting Japan

The Japanese are known for their politeness, so it’s only natural that visitors to Japan want to know what to do, or not do, to avoid appearing rude. Check out this list of little behaviors that you won’t find in your guidebook.

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Japanese teacher’s explanation about “individuality” to kids has a deep, beautiful meaning

Individuality is more than just writing kanji slightly differently from each other.

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8 things you should never say to a Japanese person

We asked Japanese people to tell us the things foreigners say or think about Japan that really gets their goat—and they were happy to oblige! How many of these faux pas are you guilty of?

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Japan Misunderstood: 3 stereotypes that live on

Every time I visit my home country and talk about my life in Japan, one thing becomes clear to me: Japan remains incredibly misunderstood overseas. With this in mind, today we’ll be discussing three stereotypes of Japan: the country’s apparent disdain for those who stand out from the crowd, the notion that Japan is a strict society, and that the idea of ‘losing face’ is a quintessentially Asian concept.

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