Train Etiquette in Japan

You do not expect to see words like run, rush, push when you talk about etiquette. Yet, it is very common in Japan to experience this when traveling in trains. Of course, it is not only about running and pushing, …

Daruma – the ‘Dharma’ doll

Those of you who have been to Japan must have seen this doll several times – they are sold at omiyage (souvenir) shops outside various temples, shrines and other popular tourist destinations around Japan and onlookers are often fascinated by …

Jishuku – Self restraint

“The Sakura were late this year as if they too observed some form of “Jishuku” …….quoted from a photo essay by Francis Harrison , a photographer who captured Tokyo in a somber mood after the triple disaster (earthquake, Tsunami and

Hotaru no Hikari (Glow of the fireflies)

I am sure you must have heard this ‘one’ music at closing time (see the link at the end of this para) in shops, department stores, supermarkets, gyms (my gym plays it) and a lot of other places in Japan. …

Nemawashi:A management technique

Nemawashi – literally meaning ‘going around the roots’ (ne = roots; mawasu = go around), is a Japanese word which is quite difficult to interpret effectively, although it may be often translated as “laying the groundwork”. Sometimes difficult for foreigners …

Honne and Tatemae – two sides of the same coin

Honne is a person’s true feelings and desires, whereas Tatemae literally means ‘facade’ or the behavior or opinion that one displays in public (quoted from Wikipedia)

These two words are considered to be of immense importance in the Japanese society …

So tell us why you love Japan?

I have traveled far and i have traveled long. Been many places, however Japan is one place where i keep coming back. So what is it about Japan where people from all walks of life, coming from different backgrounds and …

Kanamara Matsuri (かなまら祭り “Festival of the Steel Phallus”?

Since the moment, I finished my work, I had been excited to go to the Kanamara Matsuri. To be very honest, I have never been so excited about the word “Phallus” in my life. Whoever I spoke to earlier in …

Japanese Tea Ceremony : Matcha in Chakai or Chaji

Tea ceremony is a Japanese cultural activity involving preparing and presentation of Matcha-a powdered green tea, also called “Chanoyu”, Tea gathering are called Chakai or Chaji. Chakai is a simple course of hospitality which includes confections, tea and perhaps a …

Forever One : Sakura and Me, a never ending love story.

Tencolors invited me to write for them. Hmm… First thought I had in my mind was what to write about. I have been here in Japan for almost ten years. My long withstanding, love and hate relationship with Japan, the …

Taiko : The Sounds of the Gods,If you can say it, you can play it

The sounds of Taiko or Japanese drums have never failed to impress me.Growing up in a country where music has deep roots in religion and culture, my fusion with music started at an early age in life. Later on, in …

A visit to the shrine island of Miyajima : Itsukushima Shrine

Miyajima means “Shrine-Island” rightly called so for its famous Itsukushima Shinto Shrine in the city of Hatsu Kaichi in Hiroshima prefecture of Japan.

It was erected probably in 6th century, destroyed many time and finally established in the mid of …

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