If you are reading this, then you are probably getting ready for an amazing trip to Japan. But before you arrive, checkout these 10 things you should know about Japan! Also, don’t forget to checkout our other post about Japanese Manners For Travel To Japan! Bring Cash Though Japan is slowly making changes to payment methods in advance of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Japan is … Continue reading 10 Things You Should Know Before Your Trip To Japan!
As previously discussed in our post about manners, Japanese Manners For Travel To Japan!, proper disposal of trash is very important in Japan, However, most first-timers to Japan don’t know how to throw trash right, and if you are staying in Japan for an extended period of time in an AirBnB or rental, then it is going to be your responsibility. So here is everything you … Continue reading How To Dispose Of Garbage In Japan!
It’s a New Year all-around the world, and people are celebrating a new start in their own traditional ways. In Japan, one of the popular New Year traditions is “Hatsumode”, which is the first shrine visit of the New Year. People flock to their favorite Shinto shrine, such as Meiji Jingu or Asakusa in Tokyo or Fushimi Inari Taisha in Kyoto, on January … Continue reading Hatsumode! The First Shrine Visit Of The New Year!
Japan celebrated New Year’s earlier today, and people in America will be celebrating in just a few short hours. So for everyone that wants to start the New Year learning more Japanese, here are a few easy phrases to use in 2019! あけましておめでとうございます/ Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu! This is the big one you need to know. It means “HAPPY NEW YEAR!” So you can use it … Continue reading Easy New Year Japanese Phrases!
Today, I wanted to talk about the top 5 most unique and special swords in Japanese history. The Tenka-Goken or “Five Swords Under Heaven”. These five swords are considered to be in a class of their own. Three are National Treasures of Japan, one is an Imperial Property, and one is a holy relic of Nichiren Buddhism. Please enjoy the following video about these swords, … Continue reading Tenka-Goken or “Five Swords Under Heaven”!
Hello everyone! I know its been a little while since we have made blog posts, but we have been busy thinking of some great ideas for you. And to show you what we mean, please take a look at our latest video, which is a brief video history of Japanese Katana! We hope you enjoy! We really hope you learned a little bit more about … Continue reading Quick History of Japanese Katana!
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 information about Japanese manners that will make your next trip … Continue reading Japanese Manners For Travel To Japan!
There are tons of sites that teach you basic Japanese phrases for travel in Japan, but almost none of them teach you useful phrases to use when you are in Japanese “Konbini” or convenience stores. So here are some useful phrases to know when you stop by your favorite 7-11, Lawson, or Family Mart in Japan! いらっしゃいませ! / Irasshaimase! This is an easy one, and … Continue reading Japanese Phrases For Convenience Stores 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 by many to be predictive of personality, temperament, and general … Continue reading Blood Type In Japan
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 previous word. “Shiritori” means “taking the buttocks” or “taking the … Continue reading Shiritori Game