You probably know the big three Japanese convenience store chains Seven Eleven, Family Mart and Lawson. But did you also know that there is a variation of Lawson called Natural Lawson?
Japan is a country of tradition. While that has led to it preserving its culture for generations, the adherence to tradition has some downsides. One of these downsides is the attitude towards people with tattoos.
During my studies at university I spent a year as an exchange student in Nagoya and would like to share my experience.
In this article, I explore the following five goods and services which could be of interest to newcomers and seasoned veterans: printing documents and photos; quick cash withdrawals; picking up packages; paying a wide variety of bills; and, of course, food and drink.
I know that learning kanji can seem daunting at first, but after a few years one can learn the 1600–2000 main kanji needed for fluency. Beyond those kanji though, there are 4000+ more kanji that even the average Japanese native might not either know how to write or even be able to read.
Japanese love giving gifts during many occasions and it is a part of their culture. New Year, birthdays, weddings, graduation, school entry, child birth etc. are some of the most delighted occasions in which monetary gifts are presented.