Life in Japan

6Fri 2016

About Onsen

When you ask a Japanese person what he/she enjoys the most, they often answer “going to onsens”. Onsens are hot springs. You can find them all over Japan. When Japanese have free time, they like going to resorts that have onsens. It

4Wed 2016

About Kids’ day and Koinobori

As we mentioned in our previous post, May 5 is “Kids’ Day” in Japan. More specifically, it is “Boys’ Day”. This day is meant to wish boys a healthy, happy future. Japanese people often display “banners” (made of paper or

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2Mon 2016

A prized time in Japan: Golden Week

Golden week (GW) is often the longest vacation of the year for Japanese workers. It is also one of the nicest time, weather-wise, tucked between winter and the rain season (which itself precedes scorching summers). A lot of Japanese choose to

25Mon 2016

If you get lost in Japan

One of the many things that are great about Japan is how Japanese people are helpful. Every foreigner in Japan has experienced having had to ask their way and then have the Japanese person literally take them to the place. Whether you

15Fri 2016

Can you eat with chopsticks? ;-)

One comment that all gaikokujin have heard in Japan is: “Wow, you can use chopsticks! Sugoi! (すごい)! ” (here “Sugoi” means “Terrific”). Is this the expression of Japanese kindness or is it second degree humor? We tend to think it is the

14Thu 2016

Here is the world’s most vegetarian burger

Mo’s Burger is a famous hamburger/fast food chain in Japan (actually second to you-know-who). It is known for serving really good burgers, among which its tofu burgers (soy patties). As vegetarians know well, tofu is a good source of proteins, without

13Wed 2016

In Japan, you can make payment using your fingerprints

The new system is to be tested as soon as this Summer, with the intent to be fully implemented by the Olympic games. The purpose is obviously to make the shopping experience easier for tourist and thus boost the economy via increased

7Thu 2016

A glimpse of what life in rural Japan is

Japan has a lot to offer, in every aspect. It is a land of paradoxes and contrasts. To many, Japan is about its subcultures (manga, anime, Akihabara etc …). About megalopolises. Too often forgotten is the countryside of Japan. The

31Thu 2016

The “flip” side of Sakura

Actually, “Sakura”, cherry tree blossom, is not the main culprit, contrary to one may think. Cedar trees (“sugi”) are, as are cypresses (“hinoki”). As beautiful as Spring season is in Japan (and by now, we assume you have heard of Sakura

17Thu 2016

A revolutionary desk

420 minutes a day. Observing that people in Japan, on average, sit 120 minutes more than any other people in world, a Japanese company – Okamura (http://www.okamura.jp/) – has worked on an equipment that may revolutionize office people’s work.
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