Easter is holiday Japanese people do not celebrate. Japan is usually good at commercializing all holidays.
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There are many products in Japan that has alphabets as the name. "Calpis" and "Creap" are very famous for weird names for westerners. Japanese people do not understand the meaning of the sound or the meaning itself to know if the product name sound funny.
This is not funny name ... but it is a very odd name.But most Japanese will not understand.
If you like UNIQLO, they are having a u=huge sale in the US.
You can goto any temple or shrine to buy Omamori.
I buy one when I need to wish for something.
For a while Japanese sake consumption in Japan was down but recently sake is coming back due to the effort from the Sakagura 酒蔵 in Japan. There are many 地酒 Local Sake in Japan as well.
When you visit Japan and if you are over the drinking age of 20 (not 19 nor 21), you can enjoy sake as well.
Places to enjoy sake
- Izakaya 居酒屋
- Robata 炉端
- Onsen 温泉
- Ryokan 旅館
- Japanese Restaurant 和食
- Nomiya 飲み屋
- Tachinomi 立呑
- Sushi 寿司
- Soba 蕎麦
- Tempura 天ぷら
and Vending Machine 自販機
- Gnetsuki 原付き ~50cc
- Cyugata 中型 ~400cc
- Oogata 大型 ~No Limit
When you transfer (if possible) your motorcycle endorsement to Japanese license, you usually get Oogata Permit.
This was inspired by the NHK special called "The Phone of the Wind".
In our office, when someone come back from Japan, they bring some sweets.
I personally bring back おむすび Omusubi
If you are flying to Tokyo, you will be likely landing at Narita or Haneda. If you are going to Osaka, you will be likely flying to Kansai, unless you are transmitting from Narita to Haneda.
- Restaurant / Coffee Shop
- In a bus or train
- In a elevator
Basically, people do not want to hear your story. If you need to talk, go somewhere there is nobody listening. It is the good rule.
If you are interested, please contact me or Japan Fair office.
Recovery efforts are done but it will take years and years especially nuclear power plants. The pictures you see here are taken a week after the earthquake and last month. Japan went into an extreme power saving mode back then.
Citrus Golden Blend
Purple Sweet Potato
Hot Japanese Chili
Hojicha Roasted Tea
Brown Sugar Syrup
Red Bean Sandwich
I heard Randseru is becoming popular among the adults in Europe ... I do not know if that is true.
When you come back from Japan, what should you bring back?
- Capsule Hotel / Sauna Hotel
- Minsyuku (Japanese Style Bed and Breakfast)
- Business Hotel
- Love Hotel
- City Hotel
You can spend $15 per night to over $400 per night or more.
They are so cheap and very popular, so you need to book early. Those capsule hotels are usually provide big bath and sauna.
If you have one point tattoo, we suggest you buy a sticker to cover your tattoo. You can question like if your culture encourage people to have tattoo, in case of like Polynesian Tattoo. I am sure there will be a lot of talk about this issue as Japan is getting ready for 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Also police has a right to search your possession in Japan without court order. Well, actually they do not, but they do ask you "If it is okay." ... If you say "No" ... you can get detained. If you resist, you will be searched.
Oh by the way, Japanese swords are not permitted either. Did you know that?
So, if you are visiting Japan, DO NOT BRING YOUR KNIFE!!!
Any fixed knife containing a blade length of 15 cm or more requires permission from the prefectural public safety commission in order to possess. Permission requirements also apply to any type of pocket knife over 6 cm (including Automatic Knives), spears over 15 cm in blade length, and Japanese halberds. All knives with a blade length over 8 cm are prohibited from being carried, under a crime law, with an exception for carrying for duty or other justifiable reasons. Possession is considered a petty crime and is not usually punishable by prison time. However, in cases where assault occurs with the knife, there is a penalty of up to 2 years prison or up to a ¥300000 fine. Folding knives with a blade length less than 8 cm (such as Swiss Army knives) are permitted, while SAK with a lock blade are prohibited from being carried.