Sleight-of-hand body language Baedeker can help you avoid the ‘watakushi itch’ by Jack Seward  Now that you’re living and working in Japan, it is certain you will have a communications problem. Just…

by Tanya Korinfsky  Loos, johns, benjos, tearais, lamp posts, etc. I had often found myself smirking at the illustra­tions for how to use a Western-style toilet plastered on countless thrones across the…

by Tanya Korinfsky Taking taxis — or how not to let a taxi take you Taking a cab in Japan is never a dull experience. Frust­rating, terrifying, nerve-wrack­ing, blood-pressure raising, funny, educational,…

GIFT GIVING by Peter Ward In Japan, the custom of gift giving dates back to the time when the Trojan horse was only a filly. Militarily it could be classified as a…

Despite all the propaganda and international advertising regarding Japanese “scotch-type” whiskies and various locally brewed beers, sake must still be considered the only true, national and tradition­al alcoholic beverage of Japan. Sake…

by Peter Ward Subway Strategy For those who risk takuon poisoning in the rush hour in the morning and often alcohol poisoning during th rush hour at night, I’m sure you have noticed…