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Sunday, 26 October 2008
Chopsticks
Mood:  don't ask
Topic: Custom

Chopsticks (Waribashi)

When we eat meals at a Japanese restaurant it is common to use chopsticks (Waribashi).
Especially disposable wooden type of chopsticks is popular.
Recently, it is getting popular to use non-disposable chopsticks for environmental protectionism.
Non-disposable type of chopsticks are made of plastics, wood or bamboo.
The surface of chopsticks becomes much slippery than disposable one.
It becomes more difficult to eat noodle or slippery food for foreigners.


The sample of Waribashi (disposable chopsticks)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by kanaday at 5:45 PM KDT
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Sunday, 22 October 2006
Newspaper
Mood:  surprised
Topic: Custom

Reading Newspaper in a train

I 'm just wondering how many people are reading newspaper in a train.

There are so many people are reading it.
I found the article "Japan Media Review".
It introduced Japan's 6 major daily newspapers rank in the global top 8 in circulation.
Yomiuri Shinbun 14 million copies
The Asahi Shinbun 12 million copies
Mainichi Shinbun 5.5 million copies
Nihon Keizai Shinbun 4.6 million copies
Sankei Shinbun 2.6 million copies

Isn't it amazing?
No wonder so many people are reading paper in a train.



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Posted by kanaday at 10:41 PM KDT
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Saturday, 22 April 2006
How to treat gabbages?
Mood:  don't ask
Topic: Custom

How to treat gabagges? (II)

This is a popular gabagge can at JR station.

The right box is for newspaper nad magazines.
The center box is for can and PET bottle
The left box is for other items.





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Posted by kanaday at 11:24 PM KDT
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Sunday, 16 April 2006
How to treat gabbage
Topic: Custom

How to treat gabbages?

There are several types gabage cans at public space.

You need to separate recyclable items, combustible and noncombustible trash
Please look at the picture.
This is one sample of recyclable trash cans at the glossary shop.
From left to right, PET(polyethylene terephthalate) bottle, milk carton, plastic tray, can, glass bottle.





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Friday, 4 February 2005
IH cooking?
Mood:  cool
Topic: Custom

IH cooking?

Generally all Japanese house has electricity and gas, city gas or LPG.
Since IH (induction heating) cooking stove is getting popular for senior family, many houses only use electricity.
The number of using only electricity in house exceeded 1 million.
Normally electricity cost is higher than gas. People use gas for room heater, water heater, shower etc.
The cost of electric power during night is cheaper than day time. Electric water heater boils water and store it for daytime usage.

This is kind of battle of gas company and electric company.


Posted by kanaday at 10:36 PM JST
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Sunday, 2 January 2005
New Year events
Mood:  happy
Topic: Custom

A Happy New Year!!

It is a great season to have long off days in Japan.
Generally offices close from Dec 30 - Jan 3 at least.

Every houses have Kadomatsu or Shimenawa in front of house.
Kadomatsu is decoration made from pine branches and bammboo. It is used a pair of Kadomatsu both side of front gate.
Kadomatsu is a symbol to invite a god to the house.
Pine tree is a symbol of longevity.

Shimenawa(Shimekazari) is made by straw, orenge, red and white paper.
It is bieved to bring good luck to the house.



Kadomatsu
Shimanawa


Posted by kanaday at 11:33 PM JST
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Monday, 11 October 2004
Biggest and strongest typhoon hit Tokyo
Mood:  down
Topic: Custom

Biggest and powerful Typhoon hit Tokyo

Typhoon No. 22 hit eastern area including Tokyo.
In Japan, typhoon is just called by Number. No. 22 means 22the typhoon in this year.

It was the biggest one for Tokyo area.
Almost all transportation, trains, airplanes and busses in Tokyo area got cancelled.





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Saturday, 7 August 2004
Good luck II
Mood:  lucky
Topic: Custom

Good luck II

This is a cat that brings money or customers to your shop.
It is called "Maneki Neco".
It means "This cat gathers something" .
If the cat raises her right hand, it gathers money.
If the cat raises her left hand, it gather costomers.


Posted by kanaday at 10:26 PM KDT
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Sunday, 23 May 2004
Bowing in Japan
Mood:  spacey
Topic: Custom

Bowing

Bowing is very popular in Japan.
Here are several samples of varieties of bowing.
If a greeting is between Japanese, following is a kind of custom.
Hello ===> slight nod or wave a hand
Good Morning ===>slight nod or wave a hand or 15 degree
Thank you ===> 15 degree
Thank you very much ===> 30 degree
Excuse me ===> 15 degree
I'm sorry. ===> 30 degree
I'm very sorry. ===> 45 degree
45 degree? It means to drop into a 45-degree bend from the waist
Good Bye ===> wave a hand 15 degree


Posted by kanaday at 11:23 PM KDT
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