Japanese food, called “washoku” in Japan, has been registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage, but you didn’t need an official declaration to know that it is absolutely delicious. But while enjoying Japanese food, many people commit complete etiquette crimes. Take a look at the following rules for eating Japanese food and save yourself some … More Culture Point 19: Table Manners
Found all across Japan, the Torii Gates can usually be spotted at the entrance or inside a Shinto Shrine, and they mark the entrance from the profane to the sacred. However, there are many types of Torii! In the picture below you can find some of them. From the upper left corner: 1 – Shinmei … More Culture Point 18: Types of Torii
This point might not be very known worldwide, but inside Japan it’s quite something to talk about. The well-known kira kira names (きらきらネーム) are a kind of names that people give to their children here in Japan which are not quite Japanese names. As a family name, the great majority of people uses kanji, as it … More Culture Point 17: Kira Kira Names
Like sushi but don’t know their names? Then this guide is for you!
For those less familiarized with the picture below, it is a Kabuto (兜, 冑), a type of helmet first used by ancient Japanese warriors, having later become an important part of the traditional Japanese armor worn by the samurai class and their retainers in feudal Japan. As in the previous Culture Point about Japanese Traditional Clothing, … More Culture Point 15: Kabuto
For those of you who, like me, have a hard time remembering the names of Japanese traditional clothing, here is a hint!
Today’s Culture Point will cover the almost infallible and super famous Japanese punctuality on their metro network! There is a whole process from special training to the drivers, car inspections, railway maintenance, that make Japan be so famous. Have a look at the short Discovery Channel documentary below and see how it all works!