All posts tagged "Japanese culture"

  • Everything You Need To Know About Gift giving in Japan

      When my mom and sister came from Canada to visit my wife and I here in Tokyo a couple of years ago, it was fun, albeit a bit stressful. But in the end we all survived...

    • Posted December 12, 2016
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  • Culture Matters

    The games we play   s mother to a 6-year old, I spend a lot of time playing games with my child and his friends. Recently, I realized that the issues that get in the way of...

    • Posted October 9, 2014
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  • Listening to incense

    When most Westerners think of incense, they envision lighting up thin, sparkler-length, pungent sticks or powdery, dense and colorful cones of our favorite aroma, then placing them in a myriad of holders, from wooden boxes to ceramic...

    • Posted January 1, 2014
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  • Are urushi and shikki the world’s first glue?

    It has been used to coat Japanese furniture and chests, sliding doors, walls, interior trim and other architectural fittings in temples, shrines, shops and homes.  It has been used to seal weapons such as bows and sword...

    • Posted February 3, 2013
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  • What the kick! (A Karate class experience in Tokyo)

    From a small Island in Canada, I am brought to Japan as an intern to pursue my dream of writing and take the vacation of a lifetime. When coming to Japan, I was a tad nervous of...

    • Posted May 30, 2009
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  • Culture clash

    There is no denying that coming to live in a country like Japan where things are done differently can pose a challenge. Dr. Berger comments.   QUESTION I was transferred to the Japanese branch of my company...

    • Posted March 30, 2009
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  • Winter warmers

    Photo © Elena Derevstova Usually Japanese winters last from December through February, and while not as harsh or bitter as some Western winters, the cold can still creep into your bones. There are of course a myriad...

    • Posted November 29, 2008
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  • Sister Act

    It is said that music is the universal language, transcending cultural boundaries. Three American girls in Japan are living proof of that theory. Kyla (16 years old), Brenna (13 years old), and Shana (9 years old) Ryan...

    • Posted October 1, 2008
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