To know about Japan

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.

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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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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. 

Inside a ryokan in Japan.

Ryokan Etiquette

Your trip to Japan would not be complete without a stay at a ryokan.

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Sending packages

To send gifts and surprises, or to alleviate a suitcase full of memories, sending packages from Japan is a practical solution and (often) economic.

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Understanding Japan

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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Blood type in Japan

The question "What's your blood type?" inevitably comes up in conversation with the Japanese. Be careful, this question is important!

France to Tokyo

Paris and Tokyo are twinned, but it's like: the Japanese capital does not hide his love for France.

The Ainu were only recognized as an ethnic minority in 1997.

The Ainu of Japan

Indigenous people of northern Japan, the Ainu have long suffered from Japanese expansionism before getting, belatedly, the right to protect and promote their culture.

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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

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.

Takoyaki : petits soufflés de pieuvre cuite, spécialité d'Osaka.

Takoyaki: A Specialty of Osaka

Osaka is known for its many delicious dishes and street foods, the most famous undoubtedly being takoyaki! This is a must-try dish when you visit Japan. 

 

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Books on Japan

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. 

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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.

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?

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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

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!

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

15 Interesting Facts About the Japanese Language

Japanese is a fascinating language for a Westerner, made up of multiple ideograms, many homophones and a grammar far very different from other languages.

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