Japanese Customs

Why Do Japanese (and Other Asian) People Wear Face Masks?

Why Do Japanese (and Other Asian) People Wear Face Masks?

With the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, face masks exploded in usage. People who had never worn a face mask in their lives suddenly had to rush to the store and obtain masks in order to keep up with current pandemic health restrictions. But while face masks are a strange novelty and byproduct of the…

Chopstick Etiquette: What You Should Know Before Visiting Japan

Chopstick Etiquette: What You Should Know Before Visiting Japan

Despite their widespread usage in Asia, chopsticks haven’t taken off in popularity in the same way in Western countries. For those unfamiliar with these sticks used for eating, it may come as a surprise that these deceptively simple-looking tools have a protocol attached to them. While chopstick etiquette and Japanese dining manners as a whole…

Valentine’s Day in Japan: A Look at Japanese Valentine’s Day Traditions

Valentine’s Day in Japan: A Look at Japanese Valentine’s Day Traditions

Most well-traveled, culturally-aware people will know that holidays are not universal. As we approach February 14th, you might wonder: Do they celebrate Valentine’s Day in Japan? And if so, how is it different? Valentine’s Day in Japan: The Basics Most of our readers will be familiar with the Western way of celebrating Valentine’s Day. Generally…