What’s Seiza? 8 Reasons why Japanese People Do Seiza!

What's Seiza? 8 Reasons why Japanese People Do Seiza!

Seiza (正座) is a formalised style for sitting on tatami flooring that involves kneeling down, keeping a straight back, and resting the buttocks on one’s out-turned heels. Seiza can be uncomfortable, if not actually painful, even for Japanese, so why do it at all?[Continue Reading…]

8 Recommended Spots to Enjoy Christmas in Japan!

8 Recommended Spots to Enjoy Christmas in Japan!

Only around 1% of Japan’s population are Christians, so Christmas is not a holiday in Japan. Consequently, you might think that Christmas in Japan is a very low key affair, but you’d be wrong! In fact, it’s a bonanza for the retail industry, offering glitter and spectacle to equal anything seen on Western high streets. [Continue Reading…]

8 Recommended Ways to Enjoy Halloween in Japan!

8 Recommended Ways to Enjoy Halloween in Japan!

Halloween in Japan is a major commercial event, drawing on some, but not all, of the modern traditions that arose in late 19th Century America. It’s been gaining popularity for as long as I remember but, as you’ll see, we do it rather differently here![Continue Reading…]

Let’s Enjoy 10 funny Japanese dialect phrases in Hiroshima!

Let's Enjoy 10 funny Japanese dialect phrases in Hiroshima!

Most foreigners learn ‘standard’ Japanese, but every region of Japan has its own local dialect (ben), as this short series of articles explores. The Hiroshima dialect has an undeserved reputation in Japan as being uncouth. This has little to do with grammatical or lexical divergence but [Continue Reading…]

7 Reasons Why Hakone is so Popular among Japanese!

7 Reasons Why Hakone is so Popular among Japanese!

Located in the southwestern part of Kanagawa prefecture, Hakone is part of Fuji Hakone Izu National Park, known for great scenic beauty. The area is one of the most popular destinations in Honshu for Japanese people, and for several overlapping cultural and historical reasons, [Continue Reading…]

7 Reasons Why Japan Has Many National Holidays!

7 Reasons Why Japan Has Many National Holidays!

For many foreign residents, Japan’s National Holidays and the reasons for them can seem confusing, if a nonetheless welcome break from the monotony of work. But I’m not sure we Japanese think of them very much differently; it’s enough for most of us to see the red days on the calendar and [Continue Reading…]