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What To Avoid When Exchanging Business Card 名刺 (Meishi) In Japan

When engaging in business in Japan, the exchange of business cards, or “名刺 (meishi),” is a critical element of professional etiquette that carries deep cultural significance. This ceremonial exchange is more than a mere transfer of contact information; it’s a formal gesture of mutual respect and the first step in building a professional relationship. To […]
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Japan for Two: Romance, Adventure, and a Dash of Cuteness

Get ready, lovebirds, because Japan is calling! Picture yourselves hand-in-hand, soaking in steaming onsen baths, strolling beneath a canopy of cherry blossoms, and conquering thrilling rides at iconic amusement parks. This blog will list some fun date ideas that will ignite your love story!  A Quick Jump To… Private Onsen Bliss Indulge in pure tranquility […]
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Navigating the Japanese Banking System: A Guide for Expats and Travelers

Living or traveling in Japan requires navigating the local banking system. This blog will be your roadmap, outlining the essentials of opening a Japanese bank account, from required documents to helpful phrases and essential vocabulary for smoother communication. A Quick Jump To… Opening a Japanese Bank Account Who can open an account? Local and foreigners […]
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Japanese Etiquette and Cultural Norms

As the saying goes, ‘When in Rome, do as the Romans do.’ Welcome to the fascinating world of Japanese culture! Japan is a place where ancient traditions seamlessly blend with the modern world. It’s known for its unique customs and manners, and understanding these cultural norms isn’t just interesting; it’s essential for anyone planning to […]
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What is the Best City to Learn Japanese in?

Want to learn Japanese? Discover your ideal city with this guide! Explore Tokyo’s education revolution, Osaka’s dialectic differences, Kyoto’s scholarly heritage, and Fukuoka’s student sanctuary. Read on to find the best city for your language journey! A Quick Jump To… Tokyo: The Definitive Language Learning Hub Tokyo’s vast language learning opportunities cater to everyone from […]
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Yuzu: Japan’s Popular Citrus

ゆず Yuzu is a citrus fruit that is native to East Asia and is particularly popular in Japan. The scientific name of the fruit is citrus junos. The yuzu fruit is about the size of a tangerine and has a unique flavor profile that combines lemon, mandarin orange, and grapefruit. It is known for its […]
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Dive into the Sweetness: A Guide to Strawberry Picking in Japan

The sun glistens on plump, ruby-red strawberries nestled among lush green leaves. The air hums with the buzz of bees, and the scent of summer hangs heavy. This isn’t your average fruit-picking experience – welcome to the world of Japanese strawberry farms! This blog will tell you where to go strawberry picking in Japan! A […]
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Stepping into Adulthood: Your Guide to the Enchanting 成人式(Seijinshiki) in Japan

Ah, the 成人式 Seijinshiki, a vibrant ceremony marking the monumental transition into adulthood for young Japanese men and women turning 20. It’s a day draped in tradition, stunning attire, and the promise of exciting possibilities just around the corner. This blog will walk you through the Seijinshiki ceremony on the Coming of Age Day, where […]
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How To Use すみません Correctly? A Guide To All Meanings of Sumimasen 

Sorry” in English and “Sumimasen” in Japanese. Both expressions have the same function of apology, but there are cultural differences in the situations in which they are used. Here is an actual example from our Coto teacher. “When the teacher gives the instruction, 「この文を読んでください」Kono bun o yondekudasai (Please read this sentence), some learners often say, […]
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2024 Coto Travel Guide: Things To Do In Japan In January

January in Japan is a magical time. The country is transformed into a winter wonderland, with snow-capped mountains, glittering illuminations, and the festive spirit of the New Year. Whether you’re seeking cultural immersion, outdoor adventures, or pure relaxation, Japan in January has something for everyone. A Quick Jump To… Experience お正月 Oshogatsu (Japanese New Year) […]
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Celebrating Shogatsu: Unveiling the Magic of Japanese New Year

The Japanese New Year, also known as 正月 Shogatsu, is a vibrant and culturally rich celebration that stretches from December 28 to January 3. It’s a time for families to reunite, reflect on the past year, and welcome the new one with hope and joy. This guide will walk you through Japanese New Year traditions, […]
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Praying at Japanese Shrines: Experience Tranquility

Japan’s spiritual landscape is dotted with thousands of 神道 Shinto shrines, each offering a unique and serene experience. One of the most captivating aspects of visiting these sacred places is the act of praying, a ritual that allows you to connect with the divine and immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Japanese culture. In […]
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