Japan or “Nippon” is referred to as the “rising
sun,” the flag (Hinomaru) represents this with the huge red dot in the
center. The Japanese deity "Amaterasu Omikami" is a sun goddess.
expectancy in Japan is one of the highest in the world. On an average the
Japanese lives 4 years longer than the American does.
- When entering another’s house you always take off your
- When invited to a Japanese home, friend /official
homestay, it is customary to bring a gift, or omiyage.
Gift-giving is important role in Japanese culture, so have something on
hand in case you receive an unexpected gift and want to reciprocate.
It's also customary to bring back souvenirs for friends and colleagues
when you go out of town.
- Bowing is firmly embedded in Japanese culture. The
Japanese bow when they meet and part from one another (like a
handshake), to express gratitude, to show deference to superiors, and in
many other social situations. The type of bow depends on the
relationship and social or professional ranking of the people involved.
- Before eating or drinking, it is customary to say
"Itadakimasu." This means "good eating to you,
- Try to eat everything that your friends give you.
- Taking a bath: Japanese soap outside the tub and rinse
it off. Only then do they submerge themselves into the hot water to
refresh and relax.
- While eating in Japan never put in your chopstick
upright into the bowl. In the past this was the way to offer food to the
- Slurping while eating is expected when eating in Japan.
If you do not, it is considered that you do not like the food and the
host may feel offended.
- The Japanese are extremely courteous people. If
you require something, they will go out of their way and try to help
- Japan is extremely earthquake prone, on average there are 1500
earthquakes every year.
- Vandalism and crime rates in Japan are among the least in the
- A vending machine is installed at practically every corner in
- Fruits are forbiddingly expensive in Japan. You could end up paying
up to $2 for a single apple or peach.
- Japanese drive on the left, and have their
steering wheels on the right, exactly opposite of what it is in America.