Japanese Manners (part 3)

In my commute back from work today, I thought of some more Japanese manners that I hadn’t mentioned before. If you haven’t seen parts 1 and 2 yet, please take a look: PART ONE – 4 manners that you absolutely must know when visiting Japan. PART TWO – 4 more manners that will help you enjoy the culture experience of Japan more. Today’s manners are little things that you may or may not know, some might seem trivial to non-Japanese. Using Chopsticks I’m going to assume you know how to use these already, if not, get 2 pencils and check … Continue reading Japanese Manners (part 3)


I wasn’t going to write anything today. But something happened that got me thinking. Last week (it was Christmas Eve, actually), my girlfriend and I went to Shinagawa to meet a friend for rāmen and show him some of the local shrines in the area. When we got off the train, my girlfriend realized that she had dropped her 定期 (teiki; monthly commuter pass). We reported to the JR Station Master and they took her name and address. A day later we got a postcard saying “We found your commuter pass, come to Shinjuku Station and pick it up.” Pretty … Continue reading 安全な国=最高じゃん!!