Located close to residential areas, work and school commutes, and in business districts in fact EVERYWHERE you look..
Most stores are open 24 hours per day and 7 days per week.
Food products offered include a large range of meals, snacks and sweets, sandwiches, bread, rice crackers, chips, chocolate, lunch boxes, salads, dairy products, instant noodles, microwave meals and various hot dishes like nikuman and oden. Cold dishes can also be heated up by the store personnel.
Its a very cheap way to eat on the run...prices range from 100yen to 500 yen for food products..
They also offer a variety of services as well.
ATMs offer various banking services . Foreign credit and debit cards are usually NOT recognized by the ATMs found in convenience stores.
Copier/Fax A copy machine and fax is available at most convenience stores.
Ticket Reservations Tickets for sport events, concerts, theme parks, highway buses and other travel services
Digital Camera Prints You can get prints of digital pictures by inserting your camera's memory card into the multi-purpose terminal. Depending on the store, the prints will be ready instantly or can be picked up later.
Bill Payment Many bills, including utility, cell phone and insurance bills, can be paid at convenience stores.
Delivery Services At many stores, it is possible to drop off or pick up deliveries (takuhaibin), such as parcels or luggage. A limited range of postal services, such as the sale of post cards and stamps, is also available.
BUT keep in mind if you need help with any of these services most store staff dont speak much English..
Look for 7-eleven, Circle K, Yamasaki, D store , Family Mart just to name a few...
Now the fun begin....
Generally an announcement will be made that the preparations are complete and that eveyone should be sitted
A formal intro of the bride and groom will be done by the "best man"..in this case the NAKODO... then a toast..
Then come, 2 or 3 hours of SPEECHES, songs, eating, drinking and congratulations....sorry, there is no DANCING..:))
If you have been requested to give a speech, make it brief and polite...When you are called by the master of ceremony, rise, bow to the others at your table then walk to the microphone....
Bow to the bride and groom and give your speech, then bow again and take your sit..
When giving gifts...
...... or sending presents, it is customary in Japan to accord special care not only to the contents but to the way a gift is wrapped and the wrapping itself.
So, when a Japanese gives someone a present, they may feel taken aback if the recipient tears the package apart without thought for the wrapping, even when they know the person does not mean to be rude.
In Japan the polite way to open a present, especially in the presence of the giver, is to undo it carefully, without tearing the paper, and some people neatly fold the paper, saving it for reuse.
"Wrapping " things is more than a convenience in Japan. It is something to which people give special thought and care.
Main and offering hall
Depending on the shrine's architecture style, the main hall (honden) and offering hall (haiden) are two seperate buildings or combined into one building.
The main hall's innermost chamber contains the shrine's sacred object, while visitors make their prayers and offerings at the offering hall.
shimenawa is a straw rope with white zigzag paper strips (gohei). It marks the boundary to something sacred and can be found on torii gates, around sacred trees and stones, etc.
A rope similar to the shimenawa is also worn by yokozuna, the highest ranked sumo wrestlers, during ritual ceremonies.