To know about Japan

Prepare for your trip and learn everything there is to know about Japan before the big departure!

Prepare for your trip thanks to the "Before You Go", "Travelling to Japan" and "A Bit of Vocabulary" sections. Set off on a culinary adventure with "Get Your Chopsticks Out" or deepen your knowledge of Japan with the film "Understanding Japan". You can also look through sections about history and classical literature.

 

Before you travel

Boîte aux lettres japonaise

Japan Post

Traveling or residing in Japan, some practical tips to make your visit to one of 24 000 offices across the country easy.

Des billets de 10 000 yens (76€)

What is the cost of living in Japan?

Tokyo has long been at the top of the ranking of the most expensive cities in the world, but what is the real cost of daily living in Japan?

Un câble électrique japonais 100 volts

Electrical outlets and electricity in Japan

Plugs, voltages, adapters: all you need to purchase and use electrical and electronic equipment in Japan.

Cherry blossoms in spring

Cherry blossom season: When To Go?

The ever-popular blossoming of cherry blossoms, sakura, is a national event in Japan.

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koyo

Kôyô, travel in Japan during fall

The beauty of the colors with which the trees are adorned in autumn is ephemeral, the Japanese have made it a feast of the contemplation of time passing: the momijigari, the kôyô hunt, the blushing

Village Gokayama

5 Japanese Villages to Visit

The image of Japan for many is often futuristic, crowded Tokyo city.

Tea ceremony

Attending a tea ceremony in Japan

The tea ceremony is a real traditional art in Japan, during which you get to try matcha green tea accompanied by a traditional sweet.

5 Reasons to Travel to Japan in Winter

From December to March, Japan doesn't hibernate: between the many festivals and the clear, bright days, winter is a great time to visit. 

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Understanding Japan

Un maneki-neko et son sourire on ne peut plus accueillant !

The Maneki Neko, Japanese lucky cat

With a stoic or laughing air, a malicious cat invites you, with a sign of the paw, to enter such a shop or a restaurant.

Ama: les plongeuses artisanales japonaises

Ama: Japanese artisan divers

 

Tetsuda Atomu, also known as Astro Boy, marked a revolution in the world of animation and manga.

Manga

Originating from Japan, manga is an umbrella term for comics and graphic novels, and there many different types to discover from romance to fantasy.

Hachiman-gu Tsurugaoku

The differences between temples and shrines

Shinto altars in Buddhist temples, Buddhist statues in Shinto shrines, the places of worship of the two great religions in Japan are sometimes mixed.

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Japanese History

Edo Period map, 1840

The Edo period (1603-1868)

This period saw 250 years of peace thanks to a strong political regime, an unprecedented urban development, a flourishing culture and arts of exceptional refinement; this is the Edo period (1603-18

Samurai parade during a festival

Samurai: In the Footsteps of Japanese Warriors

The samurai are an ancient caste of Japanese warriors, known worldwide for their recognizable katanas and armor.

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The Jomon period (13,000 BC to 400 BC)

Prehistory is divided into two sub-periods in Japan. The Paleolithic, which begins almost 40,000 years ago BC, and the so-called Jomon period, which begins almost 13,000 years before our era.

Yayoi era storage jar

The Yayoi period (400 BC to 300 AD)

The Yayoi period (400 BC to 300 AD) is a pivotal period in the history of Japan during which Japan starts cultivating rice and the first sedentary communities appear.

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Japanese Food and Drink

Tempura

 

Deliciously light and crisp, this famous Japanese way of frying was first made popular in Japan by Portuguese travelers.

 

Street food in Osaka

Osaka abounds with culinary specialties. The third largest city in Japan has an overwhelming appetite that makes it a true street food capital, ideal for cheap meals!

Japanese noodles

Like rice, noodles are a staple of the Japanese diet. They are often served in soup, fried, or eaten cold with a dipping sauce.

Une table de petit déjeuner

Breakfast in Japan: between tradition and new trends

Whether taken with the family or alone, on the go or at a restaurant, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

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Books on Japan

Golden Kamui

The different kinds of manga

Manga covers a very large number of genres and is intended for almost every audiences in Japan. From adventure manga for teens to darker and more violent tales, there is something for everyone.

5 Japanese Authors to Know

Japan is a land of literature, from its origins with Genji Monogatari. There is nothing better than to visit Japan and to take away with you some of its famous writers. 

Shelves full of manga, the Mandarake is a paradise for lovers of manga in Tokyo.

Easy-to-read manga for Japanese beginners

Have you been studying Japanese at evening classes? Have you installed apps to test your hiragana and kanji on your commute? Do you have a notebook with lines of words written fiercely?

Or Eve to Adam

Tokyo Fiancée

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Japanese Movies

My Neighbor Totoro

Travel in the footsteps of My Neighbor Totoro

Many places in Japan have been an inspiration to Hayao Miyazaki's movie "My Neighbor Totoro". From Mei and Satsuki's house, the two heroes of the film, to the forest of Sayama Hills.

Studio Ghibli

Studio Ghibli

Studio Ghibli is a Japanese animation film studio.

Poster of Spirited Away master Hayao Miyazaki.

Spirited Away

Poster from the movie Silence by Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese's Silence

Adapted from the novel by Shusaku Endo of the same name, the film Silence, directed by Martin Scorsese, returns to a little known period in the history of Japan: the Jesuit missionaries of the seve

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Japanese Language

How to say thank you in Japanese

The famous Arigatô gozaimasu is not the only way to say thank you in Japanese. Let's take a look at some expressions that can express your gratitude in Japanese.

Le hiragana "a" dérive du kanji 安 (an) qui signifie "paix"

Hiragana and Katakana : How to learn Japanese

Taught to Japan students in their first year of school from the age of six, hiragana and katakana are the essential prerequisites for learning the Japanese language.

The Japanese language does not know Mr., Mrs. or Miss

Personal suffixes in Japanese

The Japanese language does not know Mr., Mrs. or Miss. Instead, it has suffixes that come after people's first or last names.

Japanese numbers

Counting in Japanese

To know how to count in Japanese, it is not enough to learn Japanese numbers. In reality, it all depends on what you are counting!

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