Is it Okay to Slurp Noodles in Japan?

Slurping ramen noodles
Japanese hospitality, sometimes called omotenashi, is praised as being a step above the rest of the world. With this reputation for elegant respect and ceaseless courtesy, travelers fresh off the plane and hungry for their first authentic bowl of Japanese…
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Where to Find American Comfort Food in Japan

Japan has an array of smells and tastes that attract foodies from around the globe. In fact, the city of Tokyo has earned the title of the most Michelin-starred city in the world! But while Japanese cuisine is undeniably delicious,…
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Why is Japanese so Hard to Learn?

Why is Japanese so hard to learn? Is Japanese really that difficult? It’s true that Japanese can be a hard language to learn, but it comes with a lot of benefits. You could watch your favorite anime without subtitles, play…
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Haiku vs. Senryū Poems: What’s the Difference?

haiku poetry japan
When most people think they’re writing a haiku, they’re actually writing a form of poetry called senryū. Both are Japanese styles of poetry, and both are very similar in construction, but they’re not the same. Most poetry experts have come…
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Famous Japanese Authors You Should Try Reading

Many readers outside of Japan aren’t familiar with Japanese literature. That’s unfortunate because many wonderful authors from Japan exist. Japan has maintained a vibrant literary culture since writing was introduced to Japan from China in the 5th century via Korea.…
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Why Do Japanese People Bow to Each Other?

If you’ve ever visited Japan or watched a Japanese TV show, you’ve likely seen people bow to each other. It’s an aspect of Japanese culture that most of us know. There are several reasons people in Japan bow to each…
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