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Cool Sites : Japanese Customs

Tuesday, March 15, 2005 Posted: 04:26 PM JST

Newcomers often feel confused by Japanese customs and ways of doing things; oldtimers just shake their head knowingly... and secretly look up the right way in one of many etiquette books. Some sites to start learning about the way things are done in Japan:

Festivals & Holidays
Collection of brief articles introducing Japanese customs, holidays and life in Hiroshima. (ENG)

Japanese Funeral Style
Gives a step by step process of how Japanese take care of their funerals, from the moment of death to after all the ceremonies. (ENG)

Japanese Names
Typical surnames, as well as names for boys and girls in Japan. (ENG)

Excellent list of English or English-sounding words that have entered Japanese and developed a new meaning. (ENG)

Key Aspects of Japan
Traditional culture, modern Japan, and nature. (ENG JPN)

New Year in Japan
Links to pages about New Year celebrations in Japan: general, hatsumode, osechi ryori, otoshidama, decorations en nengajo. (ENG)

Ofuro - Bath
Explains bath etiquette, public baths, hot springs, and related vocabulary. (ENG)

Rational Japanese
Case studies and analysis of westerner and Japanese encounters, and the different attitudes and thought processes each goes through. (ENG)

The Japanese Way of Death
Insightful example of how procedures and funerals take place. (ENG)

Things Japanese
A detailed look at weddings and marriage customs. (ENG)

Find more sites related to Japan at Japan Links.

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