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開智国際日本語学校(Kaichi International School of Japanese)
Nov. 8, 2021
[English/Japanese] In this issue, I would like to introduce you to some of the things that you should not do in Japan. There are things that you may have done without knowing it, but that even foreigners are not allowed to do. How many of Japan's unique cultures do you know? Gift Giving Etiquette There are two numbers that are frowned upon in Japan: 4 and 9. 4 is pronounced "shi" and 9 is pronounced "ku" in Japanese. "Shi" means "death" and "9" means "suffering", so anything with "ku" and "shi" in it is frowned upon in many situations. For example, "comb" is not allowed to be sent as a gift because it has a bad meaning. In addition to this, there are a few other gifts that should not be sent. For example, a plant in a pot should not be sent to a person in the hospital. A plant in a pot has roots. This is because it can be taken to mean that the plant will have roots in the hospital, meaning that the illness will last longer. If you want to give flowers to someone who is in the hospital, use cut flowers instead of potted plants. However, even cut flowers such as chrysanthemums, which are used for funerals, are considered rude, so be careful. Also, do not send a handkerchief as a wedding gift. Why is this? Because handkerchiefs are associated with tears. Other items that can be broken, such as china and mirrors, are also considered bad luck. Similarly, for housewarming gifts, lighters and ashtrays should not be sent because they remind people of fire. These are just a few examples. If you are going to give a gift to a Japanese person, you need to find out beforehand if it would be a rude gift. Dining Manners Your country also has various manners for eating. I have heard manners such as never using your left hand when eating curry from Nepalese students at our school. So, what kind of manners do we have in Japan for eating? In Japan, we use chopsticks when we eat. Chopsticks are difficult to use, but their manners are also complicated. For example, the worst thing you can do is to use two chopsticks to hold your food. The reason why this is not allowed is because it is the same act as placing the bones of a deceased person in an urn at a Buddhist funeral. (*Not talking about chopsticks, but putting the right collar of the kimono on top of the left collar is the same as wearing the kimono of the deceased, so you have to be careful. ) There are many other manners of chopsticks that should not be practiced, such as "stabbing chopsticks" and "yose-chopsticks". In addition to chopsticks, it is also bad manners to eat rice without holding the bowl, or to put your elbows on the table. However, if you think about it too much, it will be difficult to eat a good meal. I recommend that you learn at least the minimum manners for eating, and then gradually get used to them. Superstitions How many superstitions do you know about in Japan? The first one is the "north pillow". The first one is "north pillow", which means that you should not sleep with your pillow in the north, because it is related to Buddhism and there is a theory that putting your pillow in the north means death. Second, don't cut your nails at night. There is a superstition that if you cut your nails at night, you will die before your parents do. One reason is that nails are the place where a person's "soul" is located, so they must be taken care of. Another reason is that in the days when there was little light, cutting nails at night would cause injury. The third is "don't whistle at night." In Japan, there is a saying that whistling attracts spiritual things. This spirituality includes not only good things, but also bad things, so there is a theory that it is dangerous to whistle at night, when spirituality is more active. The three I've mentioned so far are all things you shouldn't do, but I'll end with a superstition that has a good meaning. The last superstition that has a good meaning is "If a pillar of tea stands, good luck will come. A pillar of tea means that the stems of the tea in the teacup stand up like a pillar when the tea is made. For Japanese people, a "pillar" has a powerful impression as something that supports a house. (A recent popular manga often features a "pillar [Hahira]”) For this reason, the tea pillar is known as a good omen. Incidentally, I have heard from Mongolian students that there is a superstition that if a pillar of tea stands, relatives will come to your house. In different countries, superstitions have completely different meanings, don't they? I hope you now have a better understanding of manners. In the next article, I will introduce manners at leisure facilities. This time, I will introduce "what not to do in Japan". Even if you don't know it, there are things that you can't forgive because you're a foreigner. How many unique cultures do you know of Japan? Gift etiquette There are figures that are hated in Japan. 4 and 9. 4 is pronounced as Japanese, "shi" and 9 as "ku". Since "shi" means "death" and "9" means "suffering", things with "ku" and "shi" in the words are disliked in various situations. For example, "comb" is a gift that has a bad meaning, so it is not allowed to be sent. There are a few other gifts you shouldn't send. For example, plants in pots should not be sent to people who are in the hospital. The plant in the pot has roots. This is because it is taken as the meaning of being rooted in a hospital, that is, the meaning of prolonged illness. If you want to give flowers to someone who is in the hospital, cut flowers instead of potted plants. However, be careful not to use cut flowers such as "chrysanthemums" used for funerals, as they will be rude. Also, if it is a wedding gift, do not send a handkerchief. Why? Because handkerchiefs are associated with tears. In addition, crackable objects such as pottery and mirrors are also considered unlucky. In the case of housewarming, lighters and ashtrays should not be sent because they are reminiscent of fire. These are just a few. If you are going to give something to Japan someone, you need to research it in advance to see if it will be a rude gift. Dining etiquette Your country also has various dining etiquette. I have heard from Nepalese students at our school that they never use their left hand when eating curry. So, what kind of dining etiquette is there in Japan? In Japan, chopsticks are used when eating. Chopsticks are difficult to use, but their manners are also complicated. For example, the last thing you should do is hold one food with chopsticks for two people. The reason why this should not be done is because it is the same act as placing the bones of a deceased person in an urn at a Buddhist funeral. (* I'm not talking about chopsticks, but you have to be careful if the collar of the kimono is in front of the right, because it will be the same as the kimono worn by the deceased.) In addition to this, there are many other acts that should not be done, such as "embroidery chopsticks" to embroider food and "chopsticks" to pull plates together. It is also bad manners to eat rice without holding a bowl in addition to chopsticks, or to elbow yourself on the table. However, if you think about it too much, it will be difficult to eat delicious rice. We recommend that you learn the minimum manners of your meals and gradually get used to them. superstition How many superstitions do you know about Japan? Here are some of them. The first is the "North Pillow". There is a theory that you should not sleep with a pillow in the north, which is related to Buddhism, and that placing a pillow in the north means "death". The second is "do not cut your nails at night." There is a superstition that if you cut your nails at night, you will die faster than your parents. There is a theory about this, but there is a teaching that nails must be cherished because they are the place where the person's "soul" is, and there are reasons that in an era when there was little light, cutting nails at night would injure you. The third is "Do not whistle at night." There is a Japan tradition that whistling attracts spiritual things. There is a theory that this spiritual thing contains not only good things, but also bad things, so whistling is dangerous at night when spiritual things are active. The three things I've introduced so far are all things you shouldn't do, but here are some good and meaningful superstitions at the end. It is "good luck comes when the tea pillar stands". A tea pillar is a tea stalk that stands like a pillar in a teacup when tea is brewed. For Japan people, "pillars" have a powerful impression as they support the house. (Recently, popular manga often have "pillars.") Therefore, tea pillars are known as auspicious. By the way, I have heard from Mongolian students that there is a superstition that "relatives come to the house when the tea pillar is erected." Different countries have completely different meanings of superstition. Do you understand manners? Next time, we will introduce manners at leisure facilities.
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開智国際日本語学校(Kaichi International School of Japanese)
Sep. 14, 2021
[English/Japanese] Continuing from last week, I would like to introduce the rules of Japanese companies. (1) Is everyone wearing the same clothes? Job hunting When international students are looking for a job, the first thing they do is to buy a recruiting suit. This is because the suits that foreign students bring from their home countries are all shiny and cannot be used for job hunting. When looking for a job in Japan, a black suit with a white shirt is the standard. In addition to this, students who dye their hair should make it the same color as their natural hair, and students with beards should shave their beards. Accessories should be removed and shoes should be low heeled. Women should wear light makeup and wear their hair in a bun. If you do all of these things, all job hunters will look like the same person. Job hunters use the same appearance to show off their individuality. Some students from foreign countries think that their appearance is also their personality and refuse to shave their beards. Depending on the type of business, you may not have to wear a recruiting suit, but most companies will first look at your appearance to see if you can follow Japanese rules. You should polish your Japanese language skills so that you can appeal your personality in your speech. (2) Japanese companies are still old-fashioned. For a long time, Japanese people have had a negative image of working too much, working too much overtime, increasing salary with age, male dominated society, and difficulty in taking vacations. In modern times, this is gradually improving, but there are still many companies that have this tendency. For example, let's say you have plans to go on a trip on your day off. You tell the people at work about it. Do you know what you should do the next time you go to the office? Usually, Japanese people buy as many souvenirs as the number of employees in the company (the number of employees in the department). Also, when you give out souvenirs, you give them out to the people with the highest positions first. Furthermore, if the trip was not on a holiday, but on a paid holiday, you would say to the other employees, "I apologize for the inconvenience." It is very difficult to understand the unique culture within a company from the beginning. First of all, you should look at the Japanese people around you and observe what they are doing. Also, many Japanese companies have a system where senior employees teach newcomers their jobs when they join the company. As a newcomer, you may want to ask your senior employees a lot of questions. (3) On and off I once heard this story from an international student. "I was invited to a drinking party at my part-time job. I don't drink alcohol, so I refused, but they kept inviting me, so I went. I was able to have a good time at the party. Some of us became good friends. The next day at my part-time job, I was talked to in a fun way as I had been at the drinking party, but I was given a cold attitude. Did I do something wrong?" Why do you think this happened to her? Japanese people don't chat much during work, but after work, they sometimes communicate over drinks. This is called "Nominication". It is a word coined from the Japanese words "nomu (drink)" and "communication. At drinking parties, people drink happily regardless of age or position. However, this is only for drinking parties. Also, when we meet at work, we switch to work mode. It is considered bad to go to the office in the same atmosphere of a drinking party. Try to think of it as a clear distinction between on and off, not a sudden coldness. This is only a small part of what I have covered in this blog. The unique culture of the company is something that even Japanese people have to get used to. Let's learn them little by little. Don't forget to keep a "memo" in your pocket when you learn. This is also a part of Japanese culture. Continuing from last week, I will introduce the rules of Japan company. (1) Are we all wearing the same clothes? Job hunting When international students are looking for a job, they start by buying a recruit suit. This is because all the suits brought by international students from their countries are shiny and cannot be used for job hunting. When you get a job in Japan, you basically wear a white shirt and a black suit. In addition to this, students who dye their hair should have the same color as their natural hair, and students with beards will shave their beards. Remove accessories and wear shoes with low heels. Women also lighten their makeup and tie their hair together. If you put all of this in place, job hunting students will all look the same person. Job hunting students show off their individuality with similar appearances. Some international students refuse to shave because they think that their appearance is their personality. Depending on the industry, you may not be required to wear a recruiting suit, but most companies will first determine whether you can follow the rules of Japan based on your appearance. Hone your Japanese skills so that you can show off your personality in your speeches. (2) A company with a Japan that is still old Traditionally Japan people have had negative images such as "working too much," "working a lot of overtime," "salary increases with age," "male society," and "difficulty taking vacations." In modern times, improvements are being made little by little, but there are still many companies that have this trend. For example, let's say you plan to go on a holiday trip. I told the people at the company about it. Do you know what to do the next time you go to work? Usually, Japan people buy as many souvenirs as there are employees in the company (the number of employees in the department). Also, when handing out souvenirs, they are distributed in order of position. In addition, if you went on a trip not on a holiday and used paid leave, we will hand out souvenirs with the words "We apologize for the inconvenience." It is very difficult to understand the unique culture of a company from the beginning. First of all, look at the Japan people around you and observe what they are doing. In addition, Japan companies often have a system in which senior employees teach newcomers about work when they join the company. If you are a newcomer, you may want to ask various questions from senior employees. (3) On and Off I have heard this story from international students. "I was invited to a drinking party at my part-time job, and I refused because I couldn't drink, but I was invited many times, so I went. We had a good time at the drinking party. Some people have become good friends. The next day, when I was happily talked to like I had at a drinking party at my part-time job, I was treated coldly. Did I do something wrong?" Why do you think this happened? Japan people don't chat much at work, but they sometimes communicate over drinks after work. This is called "nomination." It is a coined word that combines the words "drink" and "communication" in Japanese. At drinking parties, people enjoy drinking regardless of age or position. However, this is only for drinking parties. Also, when you meet at work, it switches to work mode. It is considered bad to go to the office in the atmosphere of a drinking party. It's not that you've suddenly become cold, but rather that there is a clear separation between on and off. This is just a small part of what I have put on my blog. The unique culture of a company is full of things that you can't understand unless you are a Japan person. Let's remember it little by little. Don't forget to keep a note in your pocket when memorizing. This is also a culture of Japan.
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開智国際日本語学校(Kaichi International School of Japanese)
Sep. 7, 2021
[English/Japanese] Things that Surprised International Students When They Came to Japan - Part-time Jobs About 80% of international students have part-time jobs in Japan. In this article, we will introduce some of the culture shocks that international students face when they start working part-time. How much part-time work is possible for international students? To begin with, the "College Student" status of residence does not allow for part-time work. Therefore, most international students apply for a "Permission to Engage in Activity other than that Permitted under the Status of Residence Previously Granted" at the airport on the day they arrive in Japan. Even if you are granted permission, there are various rules regarding part-time work for international students. International students are only allowed to work 28 hours a week. However, during long vacations such as summer vacation, you can work 40 hours a week with a certificate from your school. There are also some jobs that you are not allowed to work, such as nightclubs and pachinko. If you violate these rules, you will not be able to live as a foreign student, so if you work overtime, please make sure that you have not exceeded the number of hours. Also, some students take part-time jobs with high hourly wages late at night and fall asleep in class. Study is the most important thing for international students. Don't get an unreasonable part-time job! Most international students work in restaurants, factories, or convenience stores. Recently, sorting packages for online shopping at a warehouse is a popular job. If you want to find a job in Japan, experience in the hospitality industry can be a career. When choosing a part-time job, be sure to think about and consider many things. What kind of people are in demand? Japanese companies are looking for people who are cooperative and polite. Compared to other countries, Japan has a national character that values teamwork, and it is the same for part-time jobs. Listen to your boss's instructions and work together with your colleagues to get the job done. There are cases where international students are scolded for working alone without consulting anyone. Do you know that there is a word used at work called "ho-ren-sou (spinach)"? "Ho" means "report," "ren" means "contact," and "so" means "consultation. Let's always keep these three words in mind when we work. Also, In Japan, there is a saying, "The customer is God," which means that you should treat your customers as if they are God and be polite and courteous to them. If you can master customer service, you will have a big advantage when you find a job in Japan. You don't need to be good at Japanese to convey your feelings. Unique greetings at part-time jobs I was once asked by an international student, "Do Japanese people say 'Ohayo gozaimasu' even at night? I was once asked by an international student. In restaurants, "Ohayo gozaimasu" is often used as a greeting to start work. The greeting is the same even if the workday starts at 6:00 p.m., for example. This unique culture makes even Japanese people feel uncomfortable when they first start working part-time. There is no clear reason as to why people greet each other in such a way. Be careful, this is a greeting only between store workers and not used for customer Be strict with time! The most common problems that foreign students have at their part-time jobs are related to tardiness and absenteeism. If you are going to be late, be sure to call before the designated time. The same goes for taking time off from your part-time job. Also, if you are at work and it is prayer time, you are not allowed to give priority to prayer. If you have to pray, please try not to work during that time. Also, if you are going to quit your part-time job, please consult with your manager one month in advance. It is not a good idea to quit suddenly. If you quit your part-time job abruptly, people from the same country or the same school as you may not be able to work there anymore. Please be careful. There are students who suddenly become fluent in Japanese when they start working part-time. I have also received reports that they have made Japanese friends and are enjoying their study abroad experience. Of course, the most important thing for international students is to study, but part-time jobs allow you to learn things that you cannot learn at school. Please manage your part-time job carefully and enjoy your life as an international student. At our school, we can help you find a part-time job. What surprised international students when they came to Japan ~Part-time job~ About 80% of privately financed international students work part-time in Japan. In this article, we will introduce the culture shock that international students face when they start working part-time. How long can international students work part-time? In the first place, the status of residence of "College Student" does not allow part-time work. Therefore, most international students apply for "permission to engage in activities outside the status of qualification" at the airport on the day they enter the country. Even if you get permission, there are various rules for part-time work for international students. International students should only work 28 hours a week. However, in the case of long vacations, such as summer vacation, you can get a certificate from the school and work 40 hours a week. There are also jobs that you should not work in, such as nightclubs and pachinko. If you violate these requirements, you will not be able to live your study abroad life, so if you work overtime, make sure that you do not exceed the number of hours. In addition, there are people who work part-time jobs late at night with high hourly wages and end up dozing off during class. Studying is the most important thing for international students. Don't work part-time! Most international students work in restaurants, factories, convenience stores, etc. Recently, the job of sorting packages for online shopping at a warehouse is popular. If you want to get a job in Japan, experience in the hospitality industry can be a career. When you work part-time, be careful about various things when you make a choice. What kind of human resources are in demand? Companies in Japan need collaborative and courteous people. Japan has a national character that values teamwork compared to other countries, and the same is true for part-time jobs. Listen to your boss's instructions and work together with your colleagues. Some international students work alone without consulting anyone and are scolded. Did you know that one of the words used at work is "spinach"? "Ho" is "report", "goodwill" is "contact", and "so" is "consultation". Always keep these three words in mind when working. Also, in Japan, there is a saying, "The customer is God." It means that you must think of your customers as gods and serve them politely and politely. If you master customer service, you will have a great advantage when you get a job in Japan. Even if you're not good at Japanese, you can still get the feeling. Serve customers with sincerity. Unique greetings of part-time workers An international student once asked me, "Do Japan people say 'good morning' even at night?" In restaurants, etc., "good morning" is often used as a greeting at the start of work. For example, if work starts at 6 p.m., the greeting is the same. This culture feels strange when even Japan people start working part-time. There is no clear reason why we say such a greeting. Please note that this is a conversation between clerks and is not used for customers. Be strict with time! The troubles that international students often cause at part-time jobs are often related to "tardiness" and "absenteeism". If you're going to be late, be sure to contact us before the scheduled time. This is the same when you take a break from your part-time job. Also, if it is time to pray while you are at work, you are not allowed to prioritize prayer. If you have prayers, please do not include part-time work at that time. Also, if you want to quit your part-time job, consult with the store manager one month in advance. It's not good to quit suddenly. People from the same country or school as you may not be able to work part-time there. Be careful. There are students who suddenly become better at Japanese when they start working part-time. I have also received reports that I have made friends with Japan and that my study abroad life has become more enjoyable. Of course, the most important thing for international students is studying, but part-time work allows you to learn what you can't learn at school. Let's manage it carefully by yourself and enjoy your study abroad life. * At our school, you can consult when looking for a part-time job.
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開智国際日本語学校(Kaichi International School of Japanese)
Sep. 1, 2021
[English/Japanese] Continuing from the previous article, I would like to introduce the public transportation system in Japan. Are trains and buses quiet in Japan? I often hear from international students that they are surprised at how quiet buses are in Japan. In Japan, it is against etiquette to talk loudly or make phone calls on the train or bus. Therefore, when you see people on the train, most of them are operating their phones or reading books. Also, you may see women dozing off because it is not only quiet but also safe. However, there is one sight that surprises foreigners, even among Japanese people who are said to have good manners. That is, there are women who wear makeup on the train. I've heard many people say that they stared at the dexterity of these women as they applied their makeup on the train. It would be interesting to look around and see what they are doing when you get on the train or bus. The hellish commuter rush Compared to people in other countries, the Japanese are a nation of people who keep their distance from each other. However, on the train during commuting, you will see scenes that make this hard to believe. In Tokyo, from about 7:30 to 9:00 in the morning, the train occupancy rate is about 180%. The boarding rate is the ratio of the number of people actually on board to the capacity. When the ratio is 100%, all the seats are occupied; when it is 180%, the train is so crowded that people standing in the train have a hard time just keeping both feet on the ground. In this crowded train, fights often break out. Everyone is irritated and it is a dangerous train. I have heard that some foreign tourists ride the train on purpose to experience this commuter rush. This is not something that I would ever recommend doing, so please do not do this. Do you ride the bus from the front? Do you ride from the back? Did you know that the way to get on a train is the same for all trains, but the way to get on a bus is different depending on the bus? Basically, buses have a front door and a back door. Some ride from the front, while others ride from the back. Also, some buses have a flat rate and you pay at the beginning, while others have different rates based on the number of bus stops you pass. The system differs from bus to bus, so when you get on a bus, ask the bus driver how to get on, or watch other people before you get on the bus. By the way, when you want to get off, listen to the announcement saying the name of the bus stop and press the button. This is the same for all buses, so don't worry. Forgotten items will be returned. What should you do if you have forgotten your luggage on the train? If you notice that you forget something right away, tell the station staff right away the train you were on and where you were sitting. If you are lucky, you may be able to get it from a station staff member at another station. If you notice it after a while, go to the Lost and Found Center. Lost-and-found centers are located at major stations, as well as the last and first stations. Tell the station staff what you lost and when you lost it there. Lost and found items taken to the Lost and Found Center may be given to the police station after a certain period of time. If you have forgotten something on the train, you can almost always find it if you take care of it as soon as possible. I hope you were able to learn about trains and buses in Japan. Our school has a dormitory on the upper floor of the building. Since you don't have to take the commuter train and you don't have to pay for the train, you can concentrate on your studies from morning. Please come and visit the dormitory. This time, as in the previous article, we will introduce public transportation in Japan. Are Japan trains and buses quiet? I often hear from international students that the Japan bus was very quiet and surprising. In Japan, it is bad manners to talk loudly or make phone calls on trains and buses. Therefore, when you see people on the train, most of them are operating their smartphones or reading books. In addition, not only is it quiet, but it is also safe, so I sometimes see women dozing off. However, even Japan people who are said to have good manners have a scene that surprises foreigners. That is, there are women wearing makeup on the train. I often hear stories of women who put on makeup well even in a shaking car, and their dexterity was stared at. It might be interesting to look around when you get on a train or bus and observe what you're doing. Hellish commute rush Japan people are a country that keeps a distance from people compared to people from other countries. But on the train when commuting to work, you can see this incredible sight. In Tokyo, trains from about 7:30 to 9:00 in the morning have a ridership rate of about 180%. Occupancy rate is the ratio of the number of people actually riding to capacity. If the occupancy rate is 100%, it means that all seats are occupied. In 180% of cases, people standing on the train are very crowded, even with their feet on the ground. On this crowded train, fights often occur. Everyone is irritated and it is a dangerous train. I have heard that some foreign tourists ride on purpose to experience this commuting rush. This is not something that can be recommended, so please do it. Do you take the bus from the front? Riding from behind? The way to ride the train is the same for all trains, but did you know that the way to ride the bus differs depending on the bus? Buses basically have a front door and a back door. Some types ride from the front, while others ride from the back. There is also a flat fare, with some buses paying for it first, while others have different fares depending on the number of bus stops you pass by. Different buses have different systems, so when you get on the bus, ask the bus driver how to get on the bus, or watch other people and get on the bus. By the way, when you want to get off, listen to the announcement saying the name of the bus stop and press the button. Rest assured that this is the same for all buses. Lost items come back What should I do if I forget my luggage on the train? If you notice something you forgot right away, tell the station staff immediately what train you were on and where you were sitting. If you're lucky, you can get it from a station staff at another station. If you notice it after a while, go to the lost and found center on the train. Lost and found centers are located at large stations, terminus stations, and first stations. So, tell the station staff when and what you dropped. Lost items brought to the Lost Property Center may be handed over to the police station after a certain period of time. If you forget something on the train, you can find it in most cases if you deal with it early. Were you able to learn about Japan trains and buses? Our school has a dormitory on the upper floor of the school building. You don't have to take the commuter train and you don't have to pay for the train, so you can concentrate on your studies from the morning. Please come and visit the dormitory.
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開智国際日本語学校(Kaichi International School of Japanese)
Aug. 24, 2021
[English/Japanese] There are many foreign tourists who come to Japan and take the train from the airport. However, Japanese trains have unique rules and systems that can be very complicated for those who are not used to them. In this article, I would like to introduce you to the Japanese train system. Complicated and difficult to understand! Subway route map Have you ever seen a train route map in Tokyo? (See the picture.) It looks like a maze and has a very complicated shape. I've heard that foreign tourists panic when they see this map. Especially the subway is more complicated. However, if you learn the colors of the subway symbols, it may seem a little easier. The Tokyo subway system is color-coded. If you get lost in a station, you can easily reach your destination by walking towards the colored markings. Please be aware of this and take a look. Being late is strictly prohibited One of the most common surprises I hear from international students when they get on the train is that the train arrives on time. If you are even one minute late, you may see a "delay" notice on the electronic bulletin board. Also, when you board a delayed train, you will hear the conductor announce, "We apologize for the delay in the train. " When student heard this announcement, she once asked me why I was apologizing when the train was only delayed for one minute. If there is a delay, you will be notified immediately on the Internet. It might be a good idea to check before you get on the train. Don't make the mistake of riding in the women-only car During the morning commute, the rear car of the train is sometimes reserved for women. The term "women-only car" does not mean that only women can ride in it. Boys of elementary school age or younger, disabled people and their caregivers are also allowed to ride. I have heard of a man who made a last-minute rush to get on a train just as it was about to depart, and was embarrassed when he mistakenly got on the women-only car. When you get on a train, make sure you have enough time to spare. Different melodies at each station When you get on or off the train, you will hear music. Did you know that the music is different for each station? For example, Ueno Station, which is famous for its cherry blossoms, plays the melody of the song "Sakura," while Takadanobaba Station plays the theme song from the anime "Astro Boy" by the famous cartoonist Osamu Tezuka. Incidentally, Hachioji Station, where our school is located, plays a children's song called "Yuuyake Koyake". Please listen to it when you get on the train. There are many other things that international students are surprised to hear on the train. I will continue to introduce them in the next article. Many people come to Japan and take the train from the airport. However, Japan trains have unique rules and systems, which can be very complicated for those who are not used to them. This time, I will introduce such a Japan train. Complex and difficult! Subway Map Have you ever seen a train map in Tokyo? It looks like a maze and has a very complex shape. I have heard that foreign tourists who see this route map are the first to panic. Especially the subway is more complicated. However, it may seem a little easier if you remember the color of the subway mark. Each subway in Tokyo is color-coded. If you get lost in the station, you can walk towards the landmarks of that color to make it easier to reach your destination. Please be aware of it. Late arrivals are strictly prohibited The most common story that international students hear about being surprised on the train is that the train comes on time. If you are even 1 minute late, you may see a "delay" notification on the electronic bulletin board. Also, when you get on a delayed train, the conductor announces, "I'm sorry that the train is late." When I heard this announcement, a student asked me, "Why apologize when you're only one minute late?" Information about delays is constantly circulating on the Internet. You may want to check it out before you get on the train. Don't make a mistake and ride Women-only car During the morning commute, the rear car of the train may be a women-only car. Even though it is a "women-only car", it does not mean that only women can ride it, but it is also available to boys of elementary school age and younger, people with physical disabilities, and their caregivers. I have heard stories of men who rushed in at the last minute when the train was leaving and accidentally got into the women-only car, which made him feel embarrassed. When you get on the train, be sure to allow plenty of time. Different melodies for each station Music plays when you get off the train and get on it. Did you know that the music is different for each station? For example, Ueno Station, famous for its cherry blossoms, plays the melody of a song called "Sakura", and Takadanobaba Station plays the theme song of the anime "Astro Boy" by famous manga artist Osamu Tezuka. By the way, in Hachioji, where our school is located, a nursery rhyme called "Yuyake Koyake" is played. Please ask when you get on the train. There are many other things that surprise international students on the train. We will continue to introduce it next time.
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開智国際日本語学校(Kaichi International School of Japanese)
Aug. 18, 2021
[English/Japanese] The Tokyo Olympics is over and the Paralympics will soon begin. At the closing ceremony of the Olympics, it was impressive to see the athletes from different countries communicating with each other. In this article, I would like to introduce the unique way Japanese people communicate. Japanese people who don't ”hug ” but suddenly touch their bodies: a tap on the shoulder I often hear from international students that they were surprised by a sudden tap on the shoulder by a Japanese person. Japanese people don't hug, and they tend to be more distant from others than other countries. However, we often tap people on the shoulder when we talk to them. When talking to people, however, we often tap them on the shoulder, or pat small children on the head to express our feelings of "cute" or "good". This act can also be done to a lover. In some countries, it is absolutely forbidden to pat a child's head. Nodding your head is an expression of affection for Japanese people. If you feel uncomfortable about it, make sure to let the person know about it. Aizuchi At Japanese language schools, we often give guidance to students who don't make a lot of aizuchi during class. Do you know what an aizuchi is? Aizuchi is a method of communication in which you shake your head to indicate that you are listening to what someone is saying, and that you are listening carefully. This is why Japanese people tend to use a lot of aizuchi in their conversations. In some countries, people bend their heads to the side to say "yes" when making an aizuchi. However, this action means "I don't understand" to Japanese people. Learning Japanese grammar and kanji is very important, but if you don't learn communication like aizuchi together, it can lead to misunderstandings, so be careful. What is the meaning of a tongue lashing? Tongue-lashing are a problem that occurs as often in the classroom as aizuchi. In Japan, tongue lashing is used to express sarcasm or frustration with others. Tongue-lashing that can be heard by others are considered bad manners and can cause problems even among Japanese people. Depending on the country of the foreign student, tongue lashing may have no particular meaning, or it may be directed only at oneself. eachers at Japanese language schools are used to this kind of situation, so they give light warnings to their students, but if you use your tongue at your part-time job, you may be fired. When you come to Japan, be careful not to use tongue lashing. While studying abroad, your small gestures can often lead to misunderstandings. If you are misunderstood, polish your Japanese skills so that you can explain yourself properly. At our school, we teach not only Japanese language but also manners in our classes. We will support you so that you can live your life as an international student with peace of mind, so please consider enrolling in our school. The Tokyo Olympics are over and the Paralympic Games are about to begin. At the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games, it was impressive to see athletes from each country communicating across countries. In this article Japan we will introduce the unique way of communicating with people. A Japan person who does not hug but suddenly touches his body The act of tapping on the shoulder I often hear from international students that they were surprised when they were suddenly tapped on the shoulder by a Japan. Japan people don't hug, and compared to other countries, there is a national character that keeps a distance from others. However, we often tap on the shoulder when talking to people. They may also pat their heads to convey to small children how cute they are or if they are a good girl. This act can also be done to a lover. Depending on the country of the student, stroking the child's head is something that you should never do. Patting the head is an expression of affection for Japan person. If you feel uncomfortable, tell the other person about it. Aizuchi Japanese schools, we often instruct students who do not strike during class. Does Aizuchi know anything? Aizuchi is a method of communication in which you shake your head when you are listening to someone to express that you are listening to what you are saying. That'Japan the more people are in conversation. In some countries, when hitting aizuchi, the head is bent to the side in the sense of "yes". However, this act ends up meaning "I don't know" for Japan people. It is very important to learn Japanese grammar and kanji, but be aware that if you do not learn communication like Aizuchi together, it may cause misunderstandings. What is the meaning of tongue lashing? One of the most common problems in the classroom as Aizuchi is tongue lashing. In Japan, tongue lashing is used to express disgust or dissatisfaction with the other person. Tongue lashing that people hear is considered a violation of manners and can cause trouble even between Japan people. Depending on the country of the international student, tongue lashing may not be particularly meaningful, or may only be directed at you. Teachers at Japanese schools are used to this situation, so they pay light attention to students, but if they do tongue lashing at their part-time jobs, they can be fired. When you come to Japan, be careful not to stick your tongue out. While studying abroad, your small gestures often lead to misunderstandings. If you are misunderstood, improve your Japanese skills so that you can explain it properly. At our school, we not only study Japanese, but also teach manners during class. We support you so that you can live your study abroad life with peace of mind, so please consider enrolling.
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開智国際日本語学校(Kaichi International School of Japanese)
Jul. 19, 2021
[English/Japanese] Things that Surprised Foreign Students When They Came to Japan: Shops (2) This time, I would like to introduce you to some of the "stores" in the city. Bookstores are full of manga, contents that even adults can enjoy What kind of books are available in bookstores in your country? When a foreigner enters a Japanese bookstore, he or she is surprised to see how many manga are available. Manga is one of Japan's most famous subcultures in the world, and I often hear that people are surprised to find that even adults read manga. The famous Doraemon and Dragon Ball are works for children, but there are also many works for adults. For example, there are stories about businessmen succeeding in their jobs or lawyers playing an active role in court. There are also children who study by reading historical and scientific cartoons. Students at the University of Tokyo, which is famous for its high academic achievement, are also encouraged to study manga. It may be a little difficult for those who have just started studying Japanese, but please pick up a manga. You may find your world expanding. Shocking ticket prices! Movie theaters I often hear stories of international students who wanted to go see a movie, went to the movie theater, and then gave up on seeing it. Why is that? It's because the ticket price is too high. In most student countries, it costs less than 1000 yen to see a movie. In Japan, however, an adult ticket costs as much as 1,800 yen to see a movie. That's why people give up watching movies. It varies a little from theater to theater, but if you choose a day when women are cheap or a service day, you can see a movie for about 1,000 yen. Check out the cheap days before you go. Seven Wonders of the Restaurant The salt piled up like Mt. Fuji at the entrance of a restaurant... the flying forks and fake food in the showcase... the small towels served when you sit down... the food that comes to you even though you didn't ask for it... To a foreigner, there are many strange things about Japanese restaurants. ・The salt piled up like Mt. Fuji at the entrance is to pray for business prosperity. ・The flying forks and fake food in the showcase are called "food samples". These are models of food made of wax or synthetic resin. They are very popular among foreign tourists, and many people buy small key chains and other items as souvenirs. ・A small towel is called an "oshibori". A small towel called "oshibori" is used to wipe your hands before eating. ・A dish that you didn't order but which is already ordered... This dish is called "otoshi" and is brought to your table when you enter a restaurant that serves alcohol, such as an izakaya (Japanese style pub), even if you didn't order it. The price is about 300 to 500 yen. Have you learned a little about Japanese restaurants? Our school's library has not only a wide variety of books for reading, but also a wide variety of manga, which can be checked out. Let's use manga to understand Japanese culture and go out on the town! What surprised international students when they came to Japan ~Shop edition (2)~ This time, we will introduce the "shops" in the city. Bookstores are full of comics, content that adults can also enjoy What kind of books are available in bookstores in your country? When foreigners enter Japan bookstores, they are surprised by the number of manga. Manga is famous around the world as a subculture of Japan, but I often hear that even adults are surprised to read manga. The famous Doraemon and Dragon Ball are for children, but there are also many works for adults. For example, a story about a salaryman succeeding in his job or a lawyer playing an active role in a court case. There are also children who study by reading historical and science comics. Students at the University of Tokyo, which is famous for their high academic ability, are also studying manga. It may be a little difficult for those who have just studied Japanese, but please try it. Your world may expand. I was surprised by the ticket price! movie theater I often hear stories of international students who wanted to go to the cinema and gave up watching it. Why is that? That's because tickets are expensive. In most student countries, it costs less than 1000 yen to watch a movie. However, when watching movies in Japan, the adult fee is as much as 1800 yen. That's why I give up watching movies. It varies slightly depending on the movie theater, but there are days when women can see it for about 1000 yen if they choose a cheap day or a service day. Let's check out the cheap days before going. Seven wonders of restaurants Salt served like Mt. Fuji at the entrance of the restaurant ... Showcase flying forks and fake dishes... A small towel is served when you sit down... Dishes that are brought to you even though you didn't order them ... There are many strange things in Japan restaurants for foreigners. ・ Salt served like Mt. Fuji at the entrance → prayers for prosperous business. Showcase flying forks and fake dishes → called "food samples". Models of dishes made of wax or synthetic resin. It is very popular with foreign tourists, and many people buy small key chains as souvenirs. ・A small towel → called an "oshibori". It is used when wiping hands before eating. ・ Dishes that are ordered even though you did not order them: It is a dish called "otsushi" and is mainly served in izakaya and other restaurants that serve alcohol, and when you enter the store, it is brought to the table even if you have not ordered it. The price is about 300~500 yen. Do you know a little about Japan store? Our library has not only extensive reading books but also a wide variety of manga, which can be borrowed. Let's understand the culture of Japan with manga and go out into the city!
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開智国際日本語学校(Kaichi International School of Japanese)
Jul. 12, 2021
[English/Japanese] Things that Surprised International Students When They Came to Japan: Shops (1) For two consecutive weeks, I have been telling you about the city, but this time I would like to introduce you to the "stores" in the city. All stores in Japan are famous for their courteous service, and the customers themselves are known to form beautiful lines when waiting in line at the cash register. Here I would like to share with you what kind of problems international students encounter when they come to Japan for the first time and shop, based on the stories of our students. Convenience stores are a bit expensive but convenient. Is this juice? Or is it alcohol? There are about 7,800 convenience stores in Tokyo. In other words, the city is full of convenience stores. Most of them open 24 hours a day, so international students often say things like, "It's convenient because they are open even when I come home from my part-time job late at night.” and "I don't feel scared when I walk alone late at night because the stores are well-lit. ” Also, when international students enter a convenience store for the first time, they are surprised at the large number of products. I often hear that they are impressed by the variety of drinks. However, there are many stories of people who bought what they thought was a beautifully packaged juice, only to find out that it was alcohol. Because of this kind of trouble, the Chinese character for "liquor" is not usually taught at the beginner level, but at our school, it is taught immediately after entering the country. Please be careful, everyone. Do you buy too much? 100-yen stores Did you know that there are stores where all items are sold for 100 yen (excluding tax)? Although not as common as convenience stores, there are nearly 800 of these 100-yen stores in Tokyo. These 100-yen stores, commonly known as "100-yen stores," offer daily necessities (dishes, cleaning supplies, etc.) and even food. Therefore, when students start living in Japan and need daily necessities, they go to these 100-yen stores to buy them. Not only are they inexpensive, but they also come in a variety of designs, and once they have been to a 100 yen store, many of them end up going back again and again to buy things they don't need. I often hear stories of students, especially those who have just arrived in Japan, who have spent a lot of money at 100 yen stores. This is the time when you need money until you start your part-time job. Be careful when shopping. A room full of stuffed animals! Be careful not to get too carried away at the game center. Just like 100-yen stores, game arcades are a place where people tend to spend a lot of money. Some study abroad students get addicted to "crane games" and spend a lot of money on them. And before they know it, their room is covered with stuffed animals from the crane game. Because of this, students often throw away their stuffed animals as trash when they move out, crying because they have too much luggage. Students often feel lonely when studying abroad, and many of them find comfort in their stuffed animals. Try not to have too many stuffed animals, and enjoy them! Did you get to know about Japanese stores? We will continue to introduce stores in the next article. By the way, our school has a convenience store and a 100 yen store just a few meters away from the school (student dormitory). Even if you have just arrived in Japan, you can get everything you need quickly. You can learn how to shop with your teacher at first, so you can start your new life with peace of mind. What surprised international students when they came to Japan ~Shop edition (1)~ For two weeks in a row, we have been telling you about the state of the city, but this time we will introduce the "shops" in the city. All Japan shops are polite in their customer service, and customers themselves are famous for forming a beautiful line when they line up at the cash register. Here, we will tell you what kind of trouble international students cause when they come to Japan for the first time and shop, based on the stories of our students. A little expensive but convenient convenience store Is this juice? Alcohol? There are about 7,800 convenience stores in Tokyo. In other words, the city is full of convenience stores. Since most convenience stores are open 24 hours a day, international students have commented, "It's convenient because it's open even when you come home from a part-time job late at night." or "It's not scary because it's bright even if you walk alone at night." I often hear that. Also, when international students enter a convenience store for the first time, they are very surprised by the number of products. Among them, I often hear that they were impressed by the number of drinks. However, there are many stories that when I bought it thinking it was a juice in a beautiful package, it was alcohol. Because of these troubles, the kanji "sake" is not usually learned at the beginner level, but at our school, we try to teach it immediately after entering the country. Please be careful. Do you buy too much? Shops with 100 yen uniform Did you know that there are stores where you can buy all products for 100 yen (+ consumption tax)? Although not as much as convenience stores, there are nearly 800 shops in Tokyo that offer 100 yen uniforms. This 100-yen shop, commonly known as the "100 yen shop", has daily necessities (tableware, cleaning tools, etc.) and food. Therefore, when students start living in Japan and need daily necessities, they go to this 100-yen shop to buy them. Not only is it cheap, but there are also various designs, and once you go to a 100 yen shop, many people go there many times and buy things they don't need. In particular, I often hear stories of students who have just entered the country and splurged money at 100-yen shops. This is when you need money until your part-time job starts. Let's shop carefully. Before you know it, a room full of stuffed animals! Be careful not to get too stuck in the arcade. Just like a 100-yen shop, it's a "game center" where you end up spending money. Among them, there are international students who are so addicted to the "crane game" that they spend a lot of money. In addition, before you know it, the whole room is full of stuffed crane games. Because of this, students often throw away stuffed animals when they move as garbage that makes them cry because they have too much luggage. Studying abroad often feels lonely, and many students are healed by stuffed animals. Let's enjoy the stuffed animals so as not to add too much. Did you get to know about Japan's shop? We plan to continue to introduce the store next time. By the way, our school has a convenience store and a 100 yen shop a few meters from the school (student dormitory). Even if you have just entered the country, you can prepare what you need immediately. You can start your new life with peace of mind because you can shop with your teacher at first.
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開智国際日本語学校(Kaichi International School of Japanese)
Jul. 5, 2021
[English/Japanese] What international students were surprised to learn when they first came to Japan. The City (2) Continuing from the previous article, I would like to introduce the "city" this time as well. Free pocket tissues? In Japan, pocket tissues are distributed in front of train stations every day. It is said that many foreigners are surprised when they see this scene. The reason why they are so surprised is because these pocket tissues are all free. If you look closely at the pocket tissues you receive, you will see advertisements for companies. Thanks to this advertisement, you can get them for free. Sometimes, they give out small snacks or cosmetic samples. Pocket tissues are handy to keep in your bag, so be brave and accept them. Feeling like a king? Many foreign tourists are impressed by the automatic opening of the doors when they get into a cab. Also, Japanese cab drivers are famous for their excellent customer service. However, cabs are more expensive than in other countries, so consult with your wallet before using a cab. Do you ride your bicycle on the sidewalk? On the roadway? Roads in Japan are known to be narrow. Light cars, which are easy to drive on such narrow roads, look like toy cars to foreigners. In addition, bicycles are sometimes ridden on both the roadway and sidewalk, making it difficult for them to understand the rules for bicycles. International students often get stopped by the police and pay fines because they do not understand the bicycle rules. As a general rule, bicycles are to be ridden on the road. (There are some exceptions where bicycles can be ridden on the sidewalk. Be sure to check the traffic rules carefully before you ride. Have you learned about Japanese cities? At our school, we hold a traffic rules seminar every six months. In order to live safely in Japan, let's make sure to learn the traffic rules. What surprised international students when they came to Japan ~ The state of the city (2) ~ This time, we will continue to introduce the state of the city. Free tissues! In Japan, pocket tissues are handed out in front of the station on a daily basis. It seems that many foreigners are surprised to see this scene. The reason why you are surprised is that all of these pocket tissues are free. If you look closely at the pocket tissue you received, you will see an advertisement for the company. Thanks to this ad, you can get it for free. Sometimes, small sweets, cosmetic samples, etc. are also handed out. Pocket tissues can be useful if you keep them in your bag, so be brave enough to take them. Feeling like a king? There are many foreign tourists who are impressed by the automatic opening of the door when taking a taxi. Japan taxi drivers are also famous for their excellent customer service. However, taxi fares are higher than in other countries, so consult with your wallet before using a taxi for transportation. Are bicycles on sidewalks? Roadway? The roads of Japan are notoriously narrow anyway. It is said that the "mini automobile" that is easy to drive even on narrow roads looks like a toy car to foreigners. In addition, bicycles may be running on both the roadway and the sidewalk, and the rules for bicycles can be confusing. International students often don't know the rules of cycling and are stopped by the police and pay fines. By the way, as a rule, bicycles should be ridden on the roadway. (Sidewalks may be allowed as exceptions.) Be sure to check the traffic rules carefully before driving. How was it? Our school holds a lecture on traffic rules once every six months. Learn the rules well to live safely in Japan.
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開智国際日本語学校(Kaichi International School of Japanese)
Jun. 29, 2021
[English/Japanese] Things that Surprised International Students When They Came to Japan: The City (1) I wrote in my previous blog that there is no trash on the streets in Japan, but there are many other things that are unique to Japan. This time, I would like to introduce some of them. A city full of vending machines Japan is famous for its large number of vending machines. Not only in number, but also in variety. For example, there are vending machines at train stations that sell books, bananas, and other items. I have also heard many stories of people being surprised when a vending machine says "Hello" to them as they walk by. These days, some vending machines have digital images to help you choose a drink, and some even allow you to sign up for a subscription. It is a little more expensive than buying at a store, but it is very convenient, so try to use it. How to ride an escalator Of course, you have escalators in your country, but in Japan, there is an unspoken rule about escalators. In Tokyo, ride on the left side of the escalator, and in Osaka, ride on the right side. This is not an official rule or manner, but for some reason it is the way it is. Of course, there are manners. For example, you may see people walking up the escalator, but this is very bad manners and dangerous, so don't do it! WiFi spots are scarce! Compared to a few years ago, the number of free WiFi spots has been increasing, but compared to other developed countries, there are still very few WiFi spots in Japan. Of course you can use it in convenience stores and fast food restaurants, but be aware that it is often not available in small stores. It is recommended that you check out WiFi spots ahead of time when sightseeing. You too can become a collector. Manholes are art. In many parts of Japan, there are manholes that are designed in the image of the local area. Manhole designs have become so popular that some towns have made them into "manhole cards" and handed them out. Recently, manholes with various anime characters, including Pokemon, have appeared, and some places have become famous as tourist spots. When you are sightseeing in Japan, you are likely to look at the stores and scenery, but please take a look down there as well. (The photo is a manhole in Hachioji. Please come and see it.) What do you think? I plan to tell you more about the city in my next article. Look forward to it! What surprised international students when they came to Japan ~ The state of the city (1) ~ I wrote in my last blog that there is no trash in the Japan city, but there are many other things that are unique to Japan in the city. Here are some of them. A city full of vending machines Japan is famous for having a lot of vending machines. It's not just the number that is large, but also the variety. For example, vending machines selling books and bananas are installed at stations. I also often hear that I was surprised when a vending machine said "hello" while walking. Recently, some of them can choose drinks with digital images, and some allow you to sign up for a subscription. It's a little more expensive than buying it at the store, but it's very convenient, so please use it. Escalator Implicit Rules Of course, there are escalators in your country, but there are unspoken rules for escalators in Japan. That is, when riding in Tokyo, you should be on the left side, and in Osaka, you should be on the right side. This is not a formal rule or etiquette, but for some reason it is like this. Of course, there are manners. For example, you may see people walking up in the direction where everyone else is not standing, but this is very bad manners and dangerous, so let's not do it. Few WiFi spots! Compared to a few years ago, the number of free WiFi spots has increased, but compared to other developed countries, there are still few WiFi spots in Japan. Of course, you can use it at convenience stores and fast food restaurants, but be aware that it is often not possible to use it in small stores. When sightseeing, it is recommended to check WiFi spots first. Be a collector too Manholes are art Japan there are manholes designed in the image of the land. Manhole designs are very popular, and in the city they sometimes hand them out as "manhole cards". Recently, manholes with various anime characters such as Pokémon have appeared, and some places have become famous as tourist spots. While sightseeing in Japan, you will often see shops and scenery, but please take a look below. (*The photo is a manhole in Hachioji.) Please come and see it! ) How was it? We will tell you about the state of the city next time. Please look forward to!
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開智国際日本語学校(Kaichi International School of Japanese)
Jun. 22, 2021
[English/Japanese] Things that Surprised International Students When They Came to Japan: Trash Japanese cities are famous around the world for their cleanliness and lack of litter on the streets. Why is that? In Japan, there are many rules regarding garbage. In addition, foreign students often get into trouble with residents because of this. In this article, I will introduce the rules regarding garbage. No trash cans! Japanese who take their trash home One of the most annoying things for foreign tourists when they come to Japan is that there are no trash cans. Where should you throw away the tissue you blew your nose with, or the candy wrapper you put in your mouth when you got hungry? When Japanese people have small trash, they put it in a pocket in their bag and throw it away when they get home. Also, many people with small children carry plastic bags for garbage in their bags. Some shopping malls and convenience stores have trash cans that anyone can throw away. When sightseeing, it might be a good idea to check the places where garbage can be thrown away with you. How many kinds of garbage should I separate? How to separate garbage When you first start living in Japan, one of the first things that confuses you is how to separate garbage. Let's take a look at the garbage separation in Hachioji City, Tokyo. Combustible trash, non-combustible trash, toxic trash, plastic containers and wrapping, magazines, paper packs, newspapers, cardboard, empty bottles, empty cans, plastic bottles, used cloth, oversize trash.... International students who have just arrived in Japan are surprised by the many types of garbage separation. Also, there are rules for each type of garbage. For example, PET bottles should not be thrown away as they are. The cap and label must be disposed of as plastic waste, while the bottle must be washed and crushed to become plastic bottle garbage. Furthermore, garbage should not be thrown away every day, but on the designated day of the week at the designated place. Depending on where you live, you may also have a set time to throw it away. And the rules change depending on the local government. For example, in Hachioji City, you have to buy the designated garbage bags at the supermarket. What do you think? There are so many rules for garbage disposal, aren't there? In fact, garbage separation is so complicated that even Japanese people make mistakes. Many foreign students who don't understand the rules of trash separation and throw away their trash randomly get into fights with other residents and have to move out. To prevent this from happening, first get a garbage calendar from the city hall and dispose of your garbage according to it. If you are not sure, you can ask a Japanese person. I'm sure he or she will be kind enough to help international students who are making an effort to sort out their garbage. Were you able to learn about the rules of garbage? By the way, our school requires us to live in the school dormitory for six months. And during that time, the school will teach you about garbage. If you don't know how to throw away or separate garbage, you can ask the teacher in charge by e-mail. By learning about garbage for six months, you will be able to stay trouble-free even after you graduate from school. If you are able to separate garbage naturally, you will be able to live well as an international student. What surprised international students when they came to Japan ~Garbage edition~ The city of Japan is famous in the world for its cleanliness and for the fact that there is no trash on the streets. Why? There are many rules regarding garbage in Japan. In addition, this causes problems for international students frequently. This time, I will introduce the rules regarding garbage. No trash cans! Japan people taking garbage home One of the problems that foreign tourists have when they come to Japan is that there are no trash cans. Where do you throw away the tissues you blew your nose and the candy wrappers you put in your mouth when you're hungry? If a small piece of garbage comes out, Japan people put it in their pocket in their bag and throw it away when they go home. Also, if you have small children, many people have plastic bags for garbage in their bags. Shopping malls and convenience stores sometimes have trash cans that anyone can throw away. When sightseeing, it may be a good idea to check the places where garbage can be thrown away together. How many types should I divide? How to separate garbage The first thing that confuses you when you start living in Japan is garbage sorting. Let's take a look at the segregation of Hachioji City, Tokyo. Combustible garbage, non-combustible garbage, hazardous garbage, containers and packaging plastics, magazines, paper cartons, newspapers, cardboard, empty bottles, empty cans, PET bottles, old cloth, bulky garbage... International students who have just arrived in Japan are surprised by the variety of sensible types. There are also rules for each fraction. For example, plastic bottles should not be thrown away as they are. Caps and labels become plastic garbage, and bottles are washed and crushed to become plastic bottle garbage. In addition, garbage should not be thrown away every day, it should be thrown in a designated place on a set day of the week. Also, depending on where you live, there may be a fixed time to throw it away. And the rules change depending on the local government. For example, in Hachioji City, designated garbage bags must be bought at supermarkets. How is it? There are too many rules for throwing away garbage, right? In fact, garbage separation is so complicated that even Japan people can make a mistake. There are many cases where international students who do not know the rules for separating garbage and throw it away appropriately get into a fight with other residents and have to move. To prevent this from happening, first get a trash calendar at the city hall and throw away the garbage according to it. And if you don't understand Japan you can ask people. I think they will teach you politely to international students who are trying to separate garbage. Did you find out about the garbage rules? By the way, our school has to live in the school dormitory for half a year. And in the meantime, we will conduct garbage instruction at school. If you don't know how to dispose of or sort garbage, you can ask your teacher by email. By learning about garbage for half a year, you can spend your time without trouble even after graduating from school. If you can sort garbage naturally, your study abroad life will go well.
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開智国際日本語学校(Kaichi International School of Japanese)
Jun. 15, 2021
[English/Japanese] Things that Surprised International Students When They First Came to Japan: Public Safety Japan is known as one of the safest countries in the world. Even if you drop your wallet, you can often get it back,Of course, it depends on the location, but it is safe to walk alone at night. In addition, there is a unique culture born from this safety, which often causes problems for international students. In this article, I would like to introduce some of them. Handkerchiefs on the table Japanese people who secure their seats with luggage In Japan, when you go to a food court, you may find a handkerchief on the table, or sometimes a bag. And no one sits at the table. Even when the place is crowded, no one sits at the table. Why is this? Japanese people sometimes put down their belongings when they reserve a seat for themselves. I once heard a student say, "I was surprised to see people leave their bags with valuables in them.” Handkerchiefs, for example, may not be noticed that they are placed there, so if you sit down by mistake, you may get into trouble. Make sure you check before you sit down. Children walking alone to school: Be careful to talk to them A student wrote an essay about how she was surprised to see a small child walking alone with a big bag on his back. Many elementary school children in Japan walk to school alone. Some of them are as young as six years old and ride the train to school by themselves. Some of the international students like children and will ask a child who is walking alone, "Are you okay by yourself?" or "You are so cute!“ However, if you do this, you may be reported to the police, so if you see a child walking alone, just watch him or her gently. Can I have these vegetables?:Unattended Vegetable Sales In the fields of Japan, there are sometimes small huts where no one is around and vegetables are sold. When you want to pay, you put money in a box inside the hut. The international students who saw the hut for the first time were impressed by the fact that the money box was placed outside. Many students use the unmanned market because they can get fresh vegetables at a lower price than at the supermarket. In addition, some students mistakenly take vegetables that are thrown away in the fields or nuts from trees in the park, thinking that they are allowed to take them, and end up being caught by the police. All plants grown outside have their owners, so please do not take them. Twice in one day!:International Students and Police check Japanese police officer often stops and asks questions to people he or she thinks are suspicious on the street. Thanks to these questions, crimes can often be prevented. International students are often questioned , especially male students, sometimes twice a day. During the questioning, you will be asked if you are carrying your residence card, which school you go to, and so on. Even if you are going to the local convenience store, be sure to take your residence card with you when you go out. What did you think? Even in Japan, which is considered to be a safe country, there is of course the danger of being involved in crime. Please do not feel overly secure, and be careful while you are studying abroad. By the way, when you enter our school, we try to get to know you by going to the police station in your neighborhood, participating in local events and volunteering, etc. Building a good relationship with your neighbors is necessary for a smooth life as an international student. When you come to Japan, be sure to greet the people you see every day with a cheerful greeting. What surprised international students when they came to Japan ~Security~ Japan is known as one of the safest countries in the world. Even if you drop your wallet, it often comes back, and of course it depends on the location, but it is safe to walk alone at night. In addition, there is a unique culture born from this safety, which can often cause problems for international students. Here are a few: Handkerchief on the table: Japan people securing a seat with luggage In Japan, when you go to the food court, there are handkerchiefs on the table and sometimes bags. And no one is sitting at that table. Even if there are many people, none of the customers will try to sit in the seat. Why is that? A Japan person may put down their luggage when securing their seat. I once heard from a student that he was surprised to see someone leave a bag containing valuables as it is. You may not notice that there are handkerchiefs etc., so you may get into trouble if you sit down by mistake. Check before you sit down. Children who go to school alone: Be careful not to talk to them! Once, a student wrote an essay in which he was surprised to see a small child walking alone with a large load on his back. Many elementary school students in Japan go to school alone. In some cases, children as young as 6 years old take the train alone to school. Some international students like children and will ask a child walking alone with good intentions, such as "Is it okay to be alone?" or "You're cute," but the police may be notified, so even if there is a child walking alone, just watch over them quietly. Can I get this vegetable? : Unmanned sale of vegetables In the fields of Japan sometimes there are small huts where vegetables are sold. When you pay, put money in a box located inside the shed. When the international students saw the hut for the first time, they were impressed by the money box outside. Many students use unmanned sales points because they are cheaper than buying them at the supermarket and you can get fresh vegetables. In addition, some students may mistakenly think that they can get vegetables discarded in the field or nuts from trees in the park, and the police may catch them. All the plants that are grown outside have their owners, so please don't take them. As much as twice a day! International Students and Job Questions A job question is when a police officer stops someone on the street who he thinks is suspicious and asks them a question. This job question often helps prevent crime before it happens. International students are often asked about their duties, especially male students, which can be taken twice a day. In the job question, you will be asked if you are carrying a residence card and where the school is. Even when you go to a convenience store in your neighborhood, be sure to bring your residence card with you. How was it? Even Japan are considered safe, of course there is a risk of getting involved in crime. Please be careful not to feel too safe while studying abroad. By the way, at our school, when you enter the school, you go to greet the neighborhood police box and participate in local events and volunteer activities so that the people of the city can remember your face. Building good relationships with your neighbors is necessary for a smooth study abroad life. When you come to Japan, greet the people you see every day cheerfully.
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開智国際日本語学校(Kaichi International School of Japanese)
Jun. 8, 2021
[English/Japanese] Things that Surprised Foreign Students When They First Arrived in Japan - Toilets Have you ever heard the story that the first thing that surprises foreigners when they arrive at a Japanese airport is the toilet? It is said that many people are confused when they first encounter a toilet lid that opens automatically or a warm toilet seat. In this article, I would like to introduce some stories about toilets. Which button should I press? How to use a high-function toilet. The most common question I get from international students is how to use a high-function toilet. There are so many buttons on a high-function toilet, and they don't know which button to press, so they get stuck in the toilet. It's especially hard to find the most important button, the water flush button. Some toilets have easy-to-understand buttons that say "flowing FLASH" in English, while others have only the Chinese characters for "large" and "small" written on them. The "large" button is for flushing more water, and the "small" button is for flushing less. There is also a button for people who are sick to call the clerk. In women's restrooms, there is even a button to mute the sound in the toilet. Before locking the door, make sure you know where the "flush" button is, and if you are not sure, ask a Japanese person nearby. Where do you throw away toilet paper? Let's keep good manners. The most common problem at Japanese language schools is how to dispose of used toilet paper. Many students do not know that it is okay to flush toilet paper down the toilet in Japan. In some countries, you can throw it in a trash can inside or outside the toilet. If you do this in Japan, it will be a breach of etiquette. Please be careful. Also, the use of toilets differs depending on the religion. In our school, we once had a quarrel between a student who used water and a student who used paper in the bathroom because they became roommates. If you are planning to live with students of other religions, please talk to them carefully. Where do you wipe your hands? Japanese with a handkerchief In your country, what do you use to wipe your hands after washing them in the bathroom? In Japan, there are many stores that do not have towels or paper to wipe your hands. This is because Japanese people usually carry a handkerchief with them. In Japan, from the time you are a small child, it is a rule to bring a tissue and a handkerchief to school. For this reason, department stores sell handkerchiefs of various designs, and even 100 yen stores sell them, so why not carry them with you? Have you changed your common sense about toilets? Most toilets in Japan are free of charge, so please feel free to use them. Incidentally, our school has created posters in various languages with students on how to use the restroom. In addition, you can consult with us about roommates before and after you move into the dormitory. Hopefully we'll have more restrooms that are easy to use for people from all countries! What surprised international students when they came to Japan ~Toilet~ Have you ever heard that the first thing that surprises foreigners when they arrive at the airport in Japan is the toilet? It seems that many people are confused when they encounter the toilet lid that opens automatically and the warm toilet seat for the first time. This time, I will introduce a story about toilets. Which button should I press? How to use a high-performance toilet. The most common question we receive from international students is about how to use high-performance toilets. High-performance toilets have a lot of buttons, and they don't know which button to press, so they get in trouble in the toilet. It's especially hard not to find the button that flushes the most important water. Depending on the toilet, there are easy-to-understand buttons that are written in English as "flush FLASH", and there are also places where only the kanji characters "large" and "small" are written. By the way, "large" is when you want to flow more water, and "small" is when you want to flow less. Sometimes I see toilets with a button for people who get sick to call the clerk. There is also a button in the women's restroom to turn off the sound of using the toilet. Before locking the key, check the "Flush" button first, and if you don't know, ask a nearby Japan. Where to throw away toilet paper? Keep good manners. Japanese the biggest problem at school is how to throw away used toilet paper. Many students do not know that it is okay to flush toilet paper in the toilet of the Japan. In some countries, you may throw it in the trash can inside or outside the toilet. If you do this in Japan, it will be a violation of manners. Please be careful. In addition, the use of the toilet depends on the religion. In the past, a student who used water in the toilet and a student who used paper became roommates and got into a fight. If you plan to live with students of other religions, talk to them often. Where to wipe your hands? Japan man with a handkerchief In your country, what do you wipe your hands on after washing them in the bathroom? In Japan, there are many shops that do not have towels or paper to wipe hands. That's because Japan people usually carry handkerchiefs with them. In Japan, it is customary to bring tissues and handkerchiefs as school items from the time you are a small child. Therefore, department stores sell handkerchiefs of various designs. They are also sold at stores for 100 yen, so please take them with you. Has your toilet common sense changed? Most of the toilets in Japan are free, so please feel free to use them. By the way, at our school, we have created posters in various languages with students about how to use the toilet and put them up. You can also consult with them about your roommate before and after moving into the dormitory. It would be great if there were more toilets that are easy for people from any country to use!
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