Why mosquito-repellent incense is in spiral?
One of the typical things in Japan in summer is mosquitos. These stripy fellows are so annoying. So Japanese people use mosquito-repellent incense. But why is it in spiral shape?
The way you get the change back in Japan
People are curious about Japanese using a coin tray but it´s even more interesting how they hand the change to the customer.
Is Seiza really the traditional way to sit for Japanese people?
You see a tea ceremony or a demonstration of martial arts and realise that people often sit on their heels, which is called seiza. Many may think this is the traditional way but is it, really?
The real meaning of Gochisosama
Now we know Japanese people say Itadakimasu before eating. Then what do they say after eating? It´s Gochisosama. But do you know what does it really mean?
Why Japanese say Itadakimasu together before they eat?
One of the things that confuse me outside of Japan is when people start to eat. Each one starts when they get the plate while Japanese people wait for everyone to get the plate and start together with “Itadakimasu”.
What is the antonym of Arigato?
Arigato maybe one of the most well known Japanese words spread in the world. But who knows the antonym of Arigato? The answer was quite unexpected.
Japanese people´s notion about death – Death poems –
Japanese people are attracted to death? What we know is Japanese people have different idea about death. Jisei, the farewell poems are one of the notions explains Japanese people and death.
History of Onigiri
Onigiri is one of the most loved snack foods in Japan. The variety is infinite. It´s also healthy comparing to other snacks. Here is a little history about onigiri.
Gaki Otto or Iku-men. What are Japanese husbands like?
Gaki Otto and Iku-men are the new words to describe Japanese husbands. Is your husband Gaki Otto or Iku-men?
Advice on bullying from Sakana-kun
In the late February, a 13-year-old secondary student was killed by bullies. Why bullying happen? The great fish expert, Sakana-kun sends a wonderful message to those who are suffering from bully.