Japanese Manners For Travel To Japan!

As more and more foreigners travel to Japan, it has become increasingly important for everyone to understand Japanese manners and etiquette. Whenever I travel to Japan, I see many foreigners committing the same etiquette mistakes—mainly because they just don’t know that what they are doing is rude or disrespectful. So my goal is to provide…

Blood Type In Japan

If you have ever lived in Japan—and are of dating age—then you have likely been asked what your blood-type is. This may sound strange to most foreigners, but it is actually a very common way for Japanese people to determine whether you would be compatible with each other. In Japan, a person’s ABO blood type or “ketsueki-gata” (血液型) is believed…

Shiritori Game

Recently, as I was talking to one of my Japanese friends and waiting for a flight, we needed to figure out how to pass the time. She decided that we should play “Shiritori”, a popular Japanese game. Shiritori (しりとり) is a Japanese word game in which the players are required to say a word which begins with the final kana of the…

Japanese Hanko Seals

Recently, the Resona Bank and Saitama Resona Bank announced that by the end of March 2019, customers will be able to open deposit accounts and perform other banking functions without the use of their “hanko”. But what is a “hanko”? Hanko A hanko is a seal used in Japan, which is the same as your…

Janken–Japanese Game of Warriors!

At this year’s Niconico Chokaigi 2016, one of the activities for the attendees was a game of Janken with a robot. There was a very long line for the game, and it reminded us of just how immensely popular this game is in Japan. Janken (じゃん拳 janken) is the Japanese version of Rock-Paper-Scissors, but it is much more…