Japanese Customs and Manners


“Wash your hands!”, I think it’s common to tell our children before we eat in any country. What about “Gargle!”?

In Japan, washing your hands and gargling are “must do things” right after coming back home. “手をあらって、うがいをして。 Wash your hands and gargle.“  Why don’t you import this custom to prevent from getting sick?

How do Japanese people do? Let’s watch the video!

KNOW THE DIFFERENCE 

You’re Pretty Neat! 

If you are said like this, you won’t feel bad, correct? As Japanese, most of us will feel really uncomfortable with the word “NEET”. Do you know why?

Let’s find the differences between our culture! It’s always fun to know new stuff.

JAPANESE FESTIVALS 

Japanese Festivals

We have tons of festivals in Japan, especially in Summer. “Hanabi Taikai” the fireworks festivals, “Bon Odori” dance festivals, “Natsu Matsuri”, traditional outside events with lots of “Natsukashii” games, and MANY more.

 

FUN JAPANESE GAMES

It’s always fun to know other countries’ traditional games and stuff!

You can import some of Japanese games to your family gatherings.. doesn’t it sound fun??✌️ 

What is the Japanese Way to Raise Children👦👧👶

Let me share some unique Japanese conceptions of raising children. I’ve never thought that the way of raising kids would be “Japanese culture”, but yes, it is different!!!

Hope you found this article interesting. Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

What Do Japanese People Do For New Year?

New Year is one of the most important events in Japan. I found that Japanese new year is like between Thanksgiving and Christmas in the US. Families and friends get together for a BIG meal, which traditionally includes Sweet Rolled Omelette (Datemaki), Candied Chestnut and Sweet Potatoes Paste (Kurt Kinton), Candied Sardines (Tatsukuri), Sweet Black Soybeans (Kuromame), Herring Roe (Kazunoko),  Daikon and Carrot Vinegar Salad (Namasu), Fish Konbu Roll (Kobumaki), Decorative Fish Cakes (Kamaboko), and many more in Japanese Bento-boxes (Juubako) ….well, there will be no turkey, no pumpkin pie, no cranberry sauce though!! We exchange cards for the new year and give children envelopes with money (not a gift). We also decorate our house with Shimekazari, Kagamimochi, Kadomatsu, etc. Of course, we already imported a lot of traditions from foreign countries. Christmas is one of those. We put on Christmas decors and trees for Christmas. We put them away once Christmas is over, AND decorate New year’s decors on the very first day of new year. I can’t imagine how hard it is to change the whole decorations in the shopping mall, department stores, even Tokyo Disney land, etc… maybe they don’t sleep on New Year’s Eve?!?!? It’s always exciting to see the different decorations there!!

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