Tag Archives: Japanese

Understanding Japanese Culture in Business Contexts

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It is said that business is war without bullets. This is especially true in Japan, where the deep-rooted nature of its culture may oftentimes be alienating for those who are not familiar with Japanese values and traditions. But, what are the particularities of Japanese culture in business contexts? On the surface, Japan may seem like(…)


6 Facts About Japanese Culture that Every Tourist Should Know Before Traveling

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Japan is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Asia for a number of reasons. Boasting centuries-old architecture, amazing cuisine, and enchanting cherry blossoms that seem to have popped out of a fairy tale book, this fascinating country holds surprises for the whole family. However, if you want to have a truly immersive experience(…)


Unearthing the Bookworms: First Novels in Original Languages

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As language lovers it is pretty much a given that we are also huge fans of books. So it goes without saying that combining these two things make us very happy indeed; happier than Samwise Gamgee in a field of potatoes and anyone with a heartbeat in the presence of Jamie Fraser. Okay maybe not(…)


5 Reasons Why Japanese Isn’t As Hard As They Say

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Japanese is notorious for being a difficult language to learn, especially for English speakers. While some aspects of Japanese, such as its writing system, are admittedly challenging, there are plenty of other features of the language that are surprisingly simple! In fact, in many ways, Japanese is less grammatically complex than English. Here are some(…)


The 5 Hardest Things about Learning Japanese

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Due to Japan’s influence in international business and culture, there are plenty of native English speakers who have learned to speak Japanese with proficiency. If you ask them if their journey to fluency was easy, however, they’ll likely respond with a resounding “no”. Indeed, for a variety of reasons, Japanese is challenging for English speakers.(…)


3 Amazing Tokyo Hostels & Hotels for the Budget Traveller

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Tokyo is a vibrant and stimulating place to visit, and there’s a tonne of stuff to do once you arrive. Before you start planning how to spend your days though, you should definitely figure out where you’re going to spend your nights. Accommodation in Japan is not cheap, and you may find your hostel or hotel(…)


5 Top Drinks in Japan – For Goodness Sake!

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When we think of drinks from Japan, teas of all sorts and the ubiquitous sake immediately come to mind, but there are plenty of other beverages that please the local palette. In a country of over 125 million people it’s not surprising that there are thousands of drinks consumed, many with historical, traditional, and regional(…)


The 6 Strangest Japanese Eats & Drinks

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Japan is well known for its wacky culinary choices, in particular the potentially lethal Fugu, a well-known fish delicacy. But the following 6 weird and wonderful dishes and drinks are so out there, they’re almost off the planet! 1. Shirako It sounds relatively benign, and its literal translation of ‘white children’ could mean anything, but(…)