Category Archive for "Japanese customs"

Behind the mask

Flu season – January and February are the usual time to catch a cold and get sick. It sounds like an impossible task to avoid catching some sort of virus in school, at work, while shopping, or in public transport,... Continue reading

Shichigosan (“Seven-five-three”) celebration as seen by a 5-year-old girl

I spent part of my childhood in Japan, including my fifth birthday. That was the year I learned something new and exciting about Japan, because on November 15th, my parents celebrated the traditional Shichigosan along with all other parents –... Continue reading

Love Hotel

Here’s another Japanese invention, something we have never heard of although it can be found everywhere in Japan as a very normal segment of the hotel industry. It’s a form of accommodation – although rest and relaxation are hardly what... Continue reading

Magatama – Symbol of the soul

In the spring of 2012 my friend and I were planning to take a short trip out of Tokyo during the Japanese Golden Week (it is a collection of four national holidays within seven days. In combination with well placed... Continue reading

Tearless funerals

This is definitely a morbid subject, so does it really have a place in a blog designed to be entertaining (among other things)?! However, I discovered the kind of cultural differences here too, that a visitor to Japan needs to... Continue reading

Japanese Christmas cakes and marriage brokering

Junichiro Koizumi, who later became prime minister, was 36 years old when he married a 21-year-old college student, Miyamoto Kayoko, in 1978. The marriage was in accordance with “omiai” (お見合い) customs, although rumors abounded that Takeo Fukuda, who was prime... Continue reading

Picture postcards and greeting cards

I don’t know about other people but I tend to collect things that mean a lot to me and hold onto them as keepsakes. So over the decades I have acquired a collection of lovely picture postcards from my Japanese... Continue reading

Japanese wedding gowns

A little while ago I helped my friend to choose her wedding dress for her big day. While we were checking out those lovely gowns, she asked me about Japanese weddings and bridal wears. Her questions gave me an idea... Continue reading