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Bonin Flying Fox

The Bonin flying fox (オガサワラオオコウモリ) is endemic to Japan and has been found in a few islands of Ogasawara (known as the …

Tipping in Japan

The custom of tipping is not common in Japan as it is in the U.S.  While you can tip a personal driver, …

招き猫 – Maneki Neko

Maneki-neko is a Japanese lucky charm of a cat and is also called “beckoning cat” in English.  Today it is well known …

Japanese Table Manners

Many people love Japanese food in the U.S., but most of us don’t know the dos and don’ts of Japanese table manners. …

マリモ – Marimo

Marimo literally means an “algae ball” in Japanese.  A marimo is a colony of thread-like algae that naturally takes on a ball-like …

サンマ – Mackerel Pike

Mackerel pike is one of the most popular fish in Japan and is called “sanma (サンマ)” in Japanese.  Sanma tastes best in …

忍者学 – Ninja Study

Mie University Graduate School in Japan announced recently that they will have ninja study as a subject for the entrance examination starting …

ありがとう – Arigatō

“Arigatō” means “thank you” in Japanese.  The word arigatō came from arigatai.  Today some people say arigatai as well as arigatō, but …

Shōryō Uma Art

Some people today make cars, motorcycles, Totoro’s Neko Basu, etc. as a shōryō uma (click here for details) for their beloved ancestors. …