Great video uploaded to Youtube showing the differences between the Japan office vs. American office. I’m showing part two but you can see part one here.
Each society has its rules, and each civilization has its culture. When it comes to different ages, a certain thing is that the import and the export of tea remained a valuable aspect in the lives of many people. Originating from China and grown also in parts of Asia (like Vietnam, Japan and so on), the production of tea became a much known brand in all the countries across the world. The tea culture roots in China from where in different parts of the globe tea is being used at social meetings, various events and formal ceremonies.
Of course that the green tea culture is very different according to customs and traditions that people developed throughout the years. In Japan, the use of green tea is considered to be a well-known kind of beverage that is served among different kinds of people and in different kinds of situations. For example, its traditional role starts in the Japanese society from a drink offered to guests and at special occasions. In the modern society at many firms, during the afternoon breaks, a cup of green tea is offered along with a snack.
Green tea has become a brand in the Japanese culture and in many Japanese houses where the visitors can enjoy a nice cup of tea. The so-called teacups and the thermos in which the tea is put are all elements that don’t miss from the afternoon entertainment of Japanese families.
The powerful association with this traditional tea drink made it be consumed with a lot of desire in many Japanese restaurants, where the full menu includes (with no extra charge) a free refill of green tea.
In other parts, the tea culture appears very differently but it’s still focused on providing the necessary qualities that already make the green tea be so tasteful and appreciated. In the USA, the green tea among other varieties of tea is served as a usual alternative to coffee, in menus. Tea is also very appreciated by the younger generation, being a very popular presence at tea parties. It is consumed while hot or in canned bottles as a soda beverage, but the most preferred way to be served – for the majority of Americans – is iced.
As a cultural trend, it goes well at summer barbeques, picnics or grilled foods. The iced tea is prepared by adding copious amounts of sugar along with the ice and some other flavors like lemon, raspberries or even mint. The taste is very delicious, and the results are excellent.
The good review of green tea is that the benefits of consuming it can be seen and pointed out by your own body. The same saying as to live or eat healthy can be applied if you want to drink healthily. The impact that green tea has upon the body is that of a fountain of youth. Mainly the products that are based on herbal treatment assure a better functionality of your vital organs, this being also the case of green tea.
It reduces the risk of cancer; it drives you from a state of desperation into one of calm and relaxation; wounds are healed, and the rate of your heart and your vessels is set to normal values. The green tea is one of the most common products that can be found at every moment of the day, according to culture when serving a meal.
But the extract of green tea is also used in many cultures in the preparation of various foods or cosmetics where the ratio of products is demanding. The main health benefit is that it’s a help for your skin in the ageing process and with the wrinkles.
To overcome the sickness that many times can be installed in your body, drink a cup of green tea, and the instant results are guaranteed to function well, providing a constant nurturing for your immune system.
The culture of green tea even though so various, has well known traditions and customs that even if different, become part of each civilization. The mass production of green tea has expanded and with every year that passed it became much popular growing to be as priceless as ever.
In these videos, Steve touches on vending machines and the way the don’t take money but nickel and dime you to death! Working conditions, and J-Pop Fukuyama!!
From Steve’s Point of View (or スティーブ的視点 in Japanese) is a Youtuber I recently ran across while watching Japan related and Japanese videos. You can check out his Youtube Channel here! If you enjoy his videos, share some love! Make sure to subscribe, like, and comment! Here’s the full playlist.
The island of Japan has been endowed with some of the most breathtaking scenery and impressive natural wonders in the entire world. This island nation offers a total of 30 national parks that visitors can explore to get to know the landscape of this intriguing island nation. National parks have been in existence on the island of Japan since the year 1931, and the major goal of distinguishing national parks is to preserve areas of great scenic beauty so that people from all over the world can come to enjoy them. Keep in mind that it’s often a more affordable solution to visit national parks than to spend time in the city. The national parks offered in the nation feature many different natural wonders, including marshes, beaches, coasts, marine habitats, volcanoes, and much more. Recreational opportunities abound in these natural areas, and visitors to Japan will find opportunities to fish, dive, snorkel, boat, hike, and much more by visiting the national parks of Japan.
The following are four major Japanese national parks that visitors to the country might consider visiting if they want to explore the wild, undeveloped attractions that Japan has to offer:
Nikko National Park
The Nikko National Park stretches out over 200,000 acres and offers a variety of interesting attractions, such as the Toshogu Shrine and the majestic cedars. The Toshogu Shrine offers a majestic mausoleum that leaves a strong impression on visitors.
Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park
Of course, any visit to Japan should include a glimpse of Mount Fuji. The Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park includes the world-famous Japanese mountain that has captured the imagination of many artists and writers throughout history.
Akan National Park
This park is notorious for the variety of recreational activities that visitors can enjoy. These include skiing, hiking, fishing, and more. The park is especially attractive for watersports that can be enjoyed in the mountain lakes that dot the landscape. Be prepared for the recreational opportunities by purchasing outdoors equipment before your trip.
Seto-Naikai National Park
This park is often also referred to as “Inland Sea” National Park due to the fact that it includes an enormous body of water with many islands and miles of coastline to explore.
If you haven’t seen the Youtube Channel yet called From Steve’s Point of View スティーブ的視点 then it’s something you should check out! He drives fast cars, there are hot girls, crazy stuff, and a mix of Japanese and English from a non Japanese foreigner. Check out From Steve’s Point of View.
Here’s a really cool playlist of fast exotic cars. His japanese is great too!
The following was contributed by Sam, a 10 year online marketer that works on a global scale.
In order to have an effective Japan email list there are some things to consider with your possible prospects. You should be asking individuals to join your subscription list and register for it. Here is a checklist of the things that you should keep in mind in order to have an effective marketing list:
- You should create an email signature that has the reasons why one should subscribe to the Japan business list. There should also be a link to the subscription landing page where you can incorporate your signature.
- Always send transaction emails in order to confirm orders or even download something. You should ask them to join the Japan company list and register.
- There should be a warranty on the product so the customers feel safe purchasing it from you. If there are any defects they will not have to worry and can easily return it to you and get another one.
- The Japan business list must have all the contact information on every particular invoice. If you are sending electronic copies of the invoices, then it is a wise decision to include a link on the sign up page.
- Every page of the Japan email list must have an invitation that will allow individuals to subscribe and link to the email marketing page.
- The marketing list can provide the customers with surveys in order to figure out how well they are doing and how they can improve in order to provide better services to the customers.
- There are also call centers available where customers can call and ask about the products and get information on how they can subscribe to the newsletters.
- The email marketing list should ask for your email, first name, last name, the name of the company, and also the phone number. If there are check boxes that are present, individuals can provide their interests or even notes.
- The Japan business list should indicate on the registration page that a link will be send to the email. What this will do is that it will increase the chances that people will enter valid contact details; it will also reduce the chances of people entering spam addresses.
The stage is now set for the release of PlayStation 4; the upcoming video console game from the Japanese Sony Computer Entertainment. The PS4 launch date is November 15, 2013. It will be taking place simultaneously in the US and Canada. The product will also be launched in the UK/Australia on November 29, 2013 and in Japan on February 22, 2014. It’s really going to be great. Every video game lover is looking up to the event!
Actually the PlayStation 4 comes up as better upgrade of the former PlayStation 3 which is known for having complex cell architecture. The new PlayStation 4 is coming with a unique AMP processor that is quite simple. It’s also going to be more interactive and compatible with other devices. The game console comes with a unique app that can connect easily with tablets and smartphones. This makes it more user-friendly.
Hardware Technical Details
The PS4 is coming on board with awesome technical specifications. These include:
- AMD developed processor
- CPU combined with Graphics Processing Unit
- Memory Controller
- Video decoder
- 8 GB of GDDR5 memory
- Secondary custom chips for easy uploading and downloading
- Audio module for in-game chat
- Audio streams for in-game
- Read-Only optical drive
- 500 GB hard drive
- Ethernet and WiFi connectivity
- 2 USB 3.0 ports
- Auxiliary port for Camera devices
- Mono headset
- Suspend mode for power saving
The PlayStation 4 is coming up with a primary controller known as “DualShock 4” which can easily connect to the console through Bluetooth. The controller has a clickable touch pad and other features. It supports motion detection and also has improved vibration. It comes with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that stores enough power. It equally has unique output connectors for other devices. The controller can be charged through the consoler or through a micro-USB.
PlayStation 4 Cameras
The PlayStation 4 comes up with two unique cameras known as “PlayStation 4 Eye”. They operate as a motion sensing input devices with powerful lenses. The cameras can be used for depth-sensing, image generation and motion tracking.
- PlayStation 4 is designed to run on a unique operating system known as “Orbis OS”
- The console comes with PlayStations Network which gives users access to diverse cloud-based services from the popular PlayStation store. Users can enjoy unlimited video and music subscriptions.
The new game console is coming with excellent social features meant to enhance users’ interaction. Most of the features are optional. Users can use their real names or nicknames as they interact with one another. Among the social features include:
- Share Button on the controller
- Live broadcasting for sharing video titles
The PlayStation 4 is coming up with series of affordable games which are not limited to any region. Gamers will have easy access to purchase games in one region and also play them in any region they find themselves. Gamers are also allowed to re-sell, trade, purchase or lend games among themselves. However, games in the former PlayStation 3 are not going to be supported in the oncoming PlayStation 4.
PlayStation 4 Forum
Prior to the launch of the oncoming PlayStation 4, some forums are already being created online. For instance, there’s a new PS4 Forum that is currently attracting gamers across the globe. Several issues are currently being discussed in the forum. Gamers are currently discussing issues relating to the launch of PlayStation 4. There are also discussions about the awesome features of the console. All lovers of game consoles are quickly becoming members of the forum.
In all, the game world is waiting for the upcoming PlayStation 4 launch. The Sony Corporation is equal to the task. The management has already published PS4 launch FAQ aimed at addressing pertinent questions that are already arising concerning the upcoming event.
Okinawa, said to be “the Hawaii of Japan,” is petite in size but plentiful in life. It is the largest island of the Ryukyu island chain, which makes it a central location for commerce and other activities.
For the traveler bent on seeing the top attraction sites on Okinawa, these sites would suffice: Shuri Castle, Kokusai Dori (also known as “Kokusai Street”), the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, the World War II Japanese Underground Headquarters, and the Peace Prayer Park.
Video from Kokusai Dori
Kuroshio Sea at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium (second largest aquarium tank in the world)
For a more daring traveler, there are many hidden hiking trails and eco-adventurous places to visit. Common hiking spots include the Yara Castle Ruins, Hiji Waterfall, and Aha Falls. Forest Adventure Park is one of the most popular eco-tourist sites on the island. It is a fairly new park in Okinawa’s Onna village and tests the courage and strength of interested customers who use their skills to climb trees and glide through the forest on a special harness.
Hiji Falls in Okinawa Video
When visiting the many sightseeing spots or hiking until the point of exhaustion, relaxation can offer a great alternative. During the summer months, the beaches of Okinawa can be either a great place to relax or mingle with other people. Some well-known beaches on Okinawa are Araha beach, Sunset beach, Toguchi beach, and Emerald beach.
When visiting and salivating for a specific taste, there is always a place on this island to go that will fill or come close to filling this flavor need. On any given day on Okinawa, one can savor an American-style breakfast, taste sushi or ramen for lunch, and in the evening, delight in a home-cooked Peruvian meal for dinner.
This island may seem tiny in comparison to other places, but after spending quite a bit of time on its land, one will see how abundant in activities and food it is. If you have time, check it out!
- A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar
- A Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar
- Read Real Japanese Fiction
- GENKI: Integrated Elementary Japanese I and II [beginners]
- An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese
- Tobira (Gateway to advanced Japanese)
- TextFugu [an online textbook]
- Heisig’s Remembering Kanji
- Basic Kanji Book Vol.1
- Kanji in Context
- Shadowing: Let’s Speak Japanese! (Beginner to Intermediate Level)
- ALC (I use this everyday)
- Goo dictionary
- WWWJDIC (with audio clips)
- JWPce (downloadable dictionary for Windows)
- JEDict (downloadable for Mac users)
- Idiomatic Expressions
- Zokugo-Dict (slang dictionary) [Japanese only]
- Idioms dictionary [Japanese only]
- Counters dictionary
- Hovering dictionaries:
→Rikaikun for Chrome
→Rikaichan for Firefox
→Floating Dictionary for Mac
- Current Affairs dictionary
- Imiwa? (a dictionary for the iPhone)
- Tagaini Jisho (downloadable for Windows, Mac and Linux)
- Nihongodict (also an app. for iPhone and Android phones)
- Jisho (I use this for spelling kanji for if I can’t read it)
- Yamasa (I use this for learning to write)
- A Guide to Remembering Japanese Characters
- Handwritten kanji search
- Associative Kanji Learning (stroke orders)
- WaniKani (reviewed and explained here)
- Hukumusume Fairytales
- 竹取（Bamboo-Cutting） (vertical writing)
- 吉田秀幸の日記（Hideyuki Yoshida’s Diary） (recipes)
- Chokochoko’s reading texts to help with JLPT
- TED Talks (with Japanese subtitles and transcripts)
- Learning through Films [Japanese subtitles/scripts]
- Blue Sky Library (public domain books, explained here)
Improving your speaking:
- Japanese pronunciation guide
- Interactive Hiragana Pronounciation table
- Topics for Language Exchanges.
- Bubbly (a Twitter-like app where you can record yourself)
- Audioboo (similar to Bubbly, but also a website)
- My Language Exchange [to find a language partner]
- Japan-Guide [for getting Japanese penpals]
- 原稿用紙の使い方 (How to write an essay with Japanese writing paper)
- Shiritori (Japanese word-chain game)
- iTalki [similar to Lang-8]
- 手書きブログ (Blogging by hand)
- Afternoon Hirusagari
- Jet Daisuke
- Analog TV Forever (collections of adverts)
- Real Japanese Studio
Japanese sign language.
- Japanese subtitles for anime
- KeyHole TV (to stream Japanese TV and radio)
- 風雲LIVE日本語（Feng Yun LIVE Japanese） (to stream TV)
- Holy crap Japanese
- Nihongo ga Suki
- Jumpstart Japanese
- Japanese Idioms
- Nadine Nihongo
- That Japan Addict
- A Little Help with Japanese
- Japanese through Fandom
- F-Yeah Native Japanese
- J-Vocab of the Day
- PuniPuni Japan
- ぶらりめし [Japanese only]
- Peaceful Chef [Japanese only]
- Japanese Revision (my blog for intermediates)
Those studying in Japan.
- Japanicking in Yamanashi (at Yamanashi University)
- Samxuel (at Kyushu Sangyo)
- Katy in Japan Town (at NUFS)
- Chocotastie (at Seinan Gakuin)
- Kim in Sapporo (at Hokkaido University)
- Sunriseosunset / My Japan Travels (Yokohama National University)
- The Japanese Page
- Tae Kim’s Guide to Learning Japanese
- Erin’s Challenge (with listening and reading practice)
- Maggie Sensei
- All Japanese All The Time
- Japanese Level Up
- Lots of threads with a variety of resources for Japanese learning
- JLPT Resources
- Anki (flashcards for your computer, phone and online)
→Yomichan (plug-in for Anki)
- Quizlet (flashcards)
- DJT and Okra’s pastebins (lots of resources and textbooks for download, etc)
- Japanese.Livejournal (including tips on using IME)
- Human Japanese (for PC and phones, excl. Linux)
There are plenty of great things to do in Tokyo but here are a list of the top 5:
1) Visit Tokyo
There are plenty of awesome cities to visit in Japan, you need to visit the infamous Tokyo. Not only is it the biggest and most famous place in Japan, it was also where many popular films such as the recent film Wolverine was filmed.
2) Eat Japanese food
You don’t go to a famous steak house and order a salad so why on earth would you go to Japan and try some good old authentic Japanese food.
I promise you, when you compare the Japanese food of Japan and America, nothing will ever be the same.
3) Visit some temples
Japan itself isn’t a huge country but it still manages to pack in over 80000 different temples. Be sure to visit at least one and get a taste of Japanese culture.
4) Sing karaoke
Karaoke is super popular in Japan so be sure to hit up a karaoke bar or two during your time in Japan.
5) Drink some quality sake
Sake is the alcohol of choice in Japan. So if you love drinking, this is the alcohol you need to have. Maybe even hang out with some locals and get a little crazy.