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Japanese Cultural Trivia

We gathered opinions on Japanese culture from people around the world.
Please keep these in mind during your own time in Japan.

Q1. Was there any particular Japanese food you wanted to try before you came to Japan?

Japanese confectioneries

Japanese confectioneries

Like Western confectioneries, you can enjoy simply looking at them, and while the green tea served with them is bitter, it is delicious when combined with the sweetness of the confectioneries.

from Russia

Gyudon

Gyudon

Onions and other vegetables with boiled beef and sauce on top of a bowl of rice. It is meal only the busy Japanese would think of.

from Norway


Ramen (in pork bone soup)

Ramen (in pork bone soup)

Boiled noodles in a soup. There are many types of ramen, including pork bone, soy sauce, miso and more, but I recommend pork bone.

from Hong Kong

Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki

Vegetables, meat, seafood and other ingredients cooked with a mix of flour and water. You can cook your own at some restaurants, which is part of the fun.

from Australia


Q2. What food do you recommend to people coming to Japan?

Mikan

Mikan

It is somewhat like an orange, but is a standard among Japanese fruit and is easily peeled by hand.

from Ireland

Takoyaki

Takoyaki

A mix of dough and chunks of octopus cooked into 3-5cm balls and eaten as a snack.

from America


Tempura

Tempura

Seafood, vegetables and wild plants dipped into a batter of egg and flour, then deep fried. Some restaurants will cook it in front of you, making it a pleasure to watch as well as eat.

from Russia

Shabu-shabu

Shabu-shabu

Meat and vegetables cooked lightly in boiling water. Served with an array of sauces, you can enjoy a variety of flavors.

from America


Q3. What surprised you about Japan?

Trash separation

Trash separation

I was surprised at the detailed rules for separating trash, but impressed at the same time.

from Hong Kong

Convenience store selection

Convenience store selection

I was amazed at the full selection of items available at 24-hour convenience stores.

from Canada


Rush hour

Rush hour

I was shocked at the number of people packed into rush hour trains.

from America

Trains running on time

Trains running on time

In my country people say that trains don't run according to schedule, so I was surprised that trains come and go right on time here.

from Italia


Q4. What is your favorite part of Japanese culture?

Festivals

Festivals

I was really impressed with the traditional festivals held all over the country.

from Russia

Architecture (temples/shrines/castles)

Architecture (temples/shrines/castles)

I can feel Japan's unique history through its impressive old buildings.

from Canada


Japanese food

Japanese food

I have found incredible textures I've never experienced before!

from America

Hot spring inns

Hot spring inns

You can experience a truly Japanese atmosphere.

from Canada


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