Tokyo Local Customs

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  • 1. Etiquettes and Behaviors

    Japanese baseball fans seem to be much more enthusiastic than American baseball fans. I'm sure part of it is the Japanese cultural mindset of blending with others, which causes them to dress the same,...

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  • 2. Tradition

    The Buddhist religion has been observed in Japan since the Sixth Century and possibly earlier. About 70 percent of Japan's population claims to be Buddhist, but many are also Shinto, as the two...

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  • 3. People

    Vending machines seem to be in breeding overdrive in Japan. I heard one source say there were over six million and still going strong. I think they would only work in a society that is on the whole...

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  • 4. Street Scene

    I was intrigued to see some workers reinstalling the stanchions around planting beds. I had to take a photograph of the stanchions, because they struck me as quintessentially Japanese -- an attention...

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  • 5. Religion

    Fujizuka Mound in Hatomori Shrine in Sendagaya is one of the well-preserved mounds in Tokyo. Fujizuka was made so that people who cannot climb Mt. Fuji either for financial or health reasons can...

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  • 6. Speak / Learn Japanese (Nihongo)

    When in Tokyo I tried to learn Japanese. I had a Japanese textbook in Russian and I understood that it wasn't so difficult as we used to think. Very soon I could write my name and surname in...

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  • 7. Have you ever seen this before?

    The Japanese obsession with automation, astronomical land prices and sense or order all come together when you look at car parking. There are a good number of these giant vending-type machines all...

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  • 8. Infrastructures

    Most guides will advise buying Yen before you go to Japan to cover initial expenses but then buying more once there as there is a better exchange rate in the country itself. You also avoid the...

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  • 9. Japanese Style Room / House

    If you get the chance, there is nothing that beats putting up a night at a traditional inn or RYOKAN. There are quite a few within Tokyo city, but those that offer better facilities and a more...

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  • 10. Kawaii Culture

    Kawaii, a sense of cuteness, has overtaken Japanese culture. This is a significant change from decades past, when Japanese culture embrace quiet, subdued and...

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  • 11. Christmas In Japan

    Japanese people are some mix of mostly non religious, and those that do associate with religion are Buddhist, and Shinto, so many Westerners find it odd that...

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  • 12. Rakugo - Traditional Japanese Comedy Show

    In early December 2013, a Japanese friend took me to a Rakugo show, a traditional form of Japanese "stand up" comedy. Rakugo was started in Japan around the...

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  • 13. Open the Kimono

    A Kimono is a thing to wear. No really, in Japanese, ki means wear and mono means thing. This loose robe with a sash is a traditional outfit that many people...

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  • 14. Sumo wrestling and its Shinto significance

    Sumo wrestling was created some 2000 years ago, but only gained popularity in the 1600s. Sumo itself means "way of the gods," and it is said that sumo was...

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  • 15. Cherry Blossoms

    Cherry blossoms, or Sakana in Japanese, are a popular symbol of Japan and viewing these delicate flowers is a springtime tradition throughout the country. The...

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  • 16. Akihabara Girls

    Akihabara Girls line the streets of Akihabara, wearing school uniforms and handing out flyers for local cafes, bars, clubs, and other entertainment...

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  • 17. Cosplay in the streets of Tokyo

    Cosplay, also known as costume play, is an odd Japanese tradition. People dress in costumes that depict cartoons, superheros, anime characters, and even real...

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  • 18. Love Hotels

    Japan has about 37,000 love hotels, that attracting 1.4 million couples per day. Why the big draw? Most single Japanese live with their parents into adulthood,...

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  • 19. Vietnam Festival 2012

    Yoyogi Park is one of Tokyo's best gathering places. Locals love to hang out in the park, athletes play soccer on the fields, and in a small square between the...

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  • 20. Hachiko Statue, Shibuya Station

    Outside of an entrance to Shubiya Station, there is a unique statue of a Japanese Akita dog sitting obediently. According to legend, Hachiko was the pet of a...

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  • 21. Hello Kitty

    So, Hello Kitty is Japan's favorite fictional character, but who knew this cuddly little cat was a gaijin? According to Hello Kitty's website, her real name is...

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  • 22. There is a vending machine for everything!

    The Japanese are mad about vending machines; there is one for every 12 residents, in fact. Like people elsewhere, they enjoy obtaining water, soft drinks,...

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  • 23. Japanese LOVE paperwork, apparently

    One day, we had to visit the Minato Ward office to deal with the business of name changes. Japanese bureaucracy is truly mind-boggling. My daughter-in-law had...

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  • 24. Tipping in Japan

    It is not done to tip wait staff, taxi drivers, or service workers in hotels. Consider it a mild compensation for the traveler who is shell-shocked over the...

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  • 25. Tokyo and Japanese Kaychains

    Keychains are one of the most common souvenir items. They are very inexpensive and small to store both while traveling home and don't take up much room in a...

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