Japanese hospitality: Oshibori

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of Japan? For me, it’s definitely the Japanese hospitality! Oshibori! Imagine if you are really cold right...

Japanese Business Phrases at Work: お先に失礼します(Osaki ni Shitsureishimasu)

How to Use: お先に失礼します! (Osaki ni Shitsureishimasu!) Ended Work…? Meaning of お先に失礼します(Osaki ni Shitsureishimasu)… Replying to Osaki ni Shitsureishimasu… Leaving for...

Celebrate Spring with the Japanese Holiday: 春分の日 (Shunbun no Hi)!

What is 春分の日 (Shunbun no Hi)? Cultural Beliefs The Japanese Calendar sure can be a wonder for those who enjoy learning about the Japanese culture and traditions. Every month, with ...

Otsukaresama desu – Japanese Business Phrases at Work: お疲れ様です!

Otsukaresama desu is a key phrase that you will need to master if you plan to work in a Japanese office.

How to Prepare For a Japanese Job Interview?

Preparing for your Japanese Job Interview? If you’ve been dreaming of working in Japan, and you’ve finally received a job interview proposition, then now is the time to...

Coto’s events in April 2016: hanami, sushi & calligraphy!

This is an older post – to see our upcoming monthly events – click here Monthly Events We are planning the following events in April 2016. Please send your request for...

Discover the top of Japanese names

Did you know that Japan has about 100,000 family names, and probably just as many given names? Thanks to the wonders of Japanese characters, Japanese names are quite interesting to...

How to take a bath in a Japanese sento

In February, we visited beautiful 銭湯(せんとう) (public baths) with our students. Have you ever been to one? Do you know the manners to follow when taking a bath in a Japanese sento?......

The hinamatsuri, the dolls’ and girls’ day!

On March the 3rd, Japanese people celebrate the hinamatsuri, a special day on which are displayed beautiful dolls, representing the Emperor’s court. In Japan, dolls are belie...

Everything you need to know about Japanese cherry blossom: sakura

In the Japanese culture, one very important theme is the seasons and the flowers symbolizing the passage of time. Among them, one kind is particularly iconic, capturing the attenti...

Japanese Etiquette: “After You”, どうぞ、お先に (Douzo Osaki ni)

Japanese Etiquette & Manners Please go ahead… Going the extra mile to be even more Polite Japanese Etiquette & Manners Travelling abroad forces us to reconsider our m...

Coto’s events in March 2016

This is an older post – to see our upcoming monthly events – click here Monthly Events We are planning the following events in March 2016. Please send your request for...