What is the Tanabata Festival?
Stars that Meet Once a Year, Looms that make God Protect Rice Fields and Men… They Want Better Handwriting!
Seems like enough to create a festival around! Why not?
Tanabata means ‘Evening of the Seventh’. It’s known in Japan as the Star…
What Differences to Expect When Going to School in Japan
Good Japanese Students are Seen Not Heard, American Students are Loud and Opinionated
There are a few things to understand about Japanese Schools and how they relate to American standard schools, and it comes down to the way you are…
Everything You Need to Know About Japanese Onsen Etiquette + How to Onsen with Tattoo’s
Japan in it’s history was lavish with tattoo’s, but as times change in Japan (as they often do), the Japanese culture became more and more strict with the usage of tattoos, until now, still…
Please the Japanese Train Etiquette Gods by Knowing the 8 Mortal Sins of Train Travel in Japan!
There are some simple things that one should know when moving, traveling or teleporting to Japan. When you ride the train, you should be aware of some simple etiquette. If you fail to do so,…
Easy Japanese Words and Expressions for Beginners
Learn Japanese Like a Boss,
Build Your Foundation with The Basics
Anybody who plans to go to Japan ought to possess a nodding acquaintance using the vocabulary to be able to communicate the locals a bit more bearably. It was discovered…
The Most Important Japanese Word You’ll Ever Learn!
Prepare yourself for the most epic, of epic, the hero of all words in Japanese.
Sake: It’s very important to know the word Sake (SA-KAY)…. (-_-)….. Yeah I know what you’re thinking. But just wait a minute…
Chopstick Etiquette for the Complete Gaijin
An over view of the Japanese chopstick etiquette guidelines set in stone by the chopstick Gods themselves.
So here it is, a basic list of etiquette when it comes to eating with chopsticks in Japan. I thought I also give you the regular punishments that…
There’s More to Chopsticks Than Meets the Eye
A Short History of Chopsticks in Asia
hashi — No, not the Bridge the Chopsticks
Many many moons ago around 1200 BC the Chinese were using what today we would call chopsticks. Around 500 AD these tools of the feed my face trade flew…
Learn All About Sushi!
This documentary comes from a series called Begin Japanology. I’ll be sure to be sharing all their goodies with you, because honestly. Their episodes are quick and to the point. Nothing like learning new information about your favorite place on earth right? So sit…
Sake 101 – Understand the Sake… BE! The Sake!
So I thought today I would go through a basic run down of the history, the quality, the process of brewing and a great course on how to properly drink sake and the rituals based around this wonderful beverage. By the way, PLEASE….