Main Language: Japanese Climate: Japan has four seasons which are categorized by cold winters and hot summers (up to 40 degrees Celsius).Life Expectancy: 83 years Dialling Code: 81 Emergency Numbers: 119 (fire & ambulance) 110 (police) Currency: Yen Symbols: ¥ ISO 4217 Code: JPY Central Bank: Bank of Japan Currency Sub-Units: Sen = 1/100 of a Yen / Rin = 1/1,000 of a Yen Denominations: Notes – 1,000 yen, 2,000 yen (very rare), 5,000 yen and 10,000 yen denominations.Shinto is as old as the Japanese culture, while Buddhism was imported from the mainland in the 6th century.Since then, the two religions have been co-existing relatively harmoniously and have even complemented each other to a certain degree.They may visit a shrine or temple at New Year and participate at local festivals (matsuri), most of which have a religious background.Japanese business etiquette is not so different to that in the UK – politeness and good manners are hugely important.There are typically 2 types of clothing which the Japanese wear.While the traditional ethnic garments of Japan like kimonos are still in use, they are mainly worn for ceremonies and special events like funerals and festivals.
Gift giving is a common part of Japanese culture and various types of gifts are given on different occasions.
The border is not the door itself, but the entrance area which is called “genkan”, and shoes should be always pointed towards the door rather than into the building.
When dining out, many restaurants have a mixture of both Western style tables and chairs as well as low traditional tables, where it’s usual to sit on a pillow (this type of dining is referred to as “zashiki”).
This is part of what makes it such a fascinating country to visit.
If you are looking for something different you are sure to find it in Japan!