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Japanese Customs and Manners

The Complete Guide for Basic Information on Japanese Soba and How to Eat It!

Japanese soba has a long history; there has even been buckwheat pollen found at historic sites in Japan that is estimated to be from around 9,000 years ago. Since then, it has continued to be a beloved staple in Japanese household meals, and in recent years there are even fast-food soba restaurants, so it’s easy to get some any time you want it.
Here I will introduce some information you'll want to know when you come to Japan and eat soba!

“Pachinko”; born-in-Japan entertainment

“Pachinko”; born-in-Japan entertainment is seen everywhere throughout the country. Among those who have traveled to Japan, there may be some people who have seen pachinko parlors but felt hesitant about going in since you were not sure how to play it. For those with such experiences, in this article, we will tell you about how to play pachinko.

Hayashi Kyuemon – We’ve Found the Perfect Petite Gift!

The basement floors of Japanese department stores, often referred to as “depachika,” are veritable treasure troves of high-quality food products to choose from! This time, I’d like to introduce a product called “Omedetai Osuimono,” or “auspicious soup,” made by Hayashi Kyuemon, a brand I fell in love with at first sight!

[Conversational Japanese] Greetings “When we meet”

When walking around Japan you will have noticed Japanese people bowing to each other while conversing. Here in Japan greetings are a very important aspect of everyday life. In Japan, others often judge the type of person you are by your manners. In Japanese there are everyday expressions used amongst friends and there is “Keigo” which means “honorific” expressions. “Keigo” is used to convey respect to others when they are older than you or your superior.