🌸Japanese Customer : Culture


Showing posts with label Culture. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Culture. Show all posts

June 07, 2024

"Japanese are "group-centric" their groups exclude everyone, including other Japanese from the in-group" (Nakane, 1972)

"Japanese are "group-centric" 
their groups exclude everyone, 
including other Japanese
from the in-group. 
This means establishing trust 
by consistently reciprocating
 favours (giri-ninjogiri-ninjo)" (Nakane, 1972)

International Marketing Review, Autumn 1986

#japanesecustomer #japan #culture #group #behaviour #rules

June 01, 2024

Japanese Saying #2

Picnic at Fireworks event in summer

Japanese Saying

前 お 見ながら 足元 わせれず

Mae o minagara ashimoto waserezu

"While looking ahead, don't forget your feet"

#japanesecustomer #japan #japanese #saying #culture #phrase #lifestyle #knowledge 

February 07, 2024

Picture: Japanese Green Tea with wooden spoon

 Picture: Japanese Green Tea 

#japanesecustomer #greentea #leaves #health #benefits #natural #japan 

February 02, 2024

New Starbucks cherry blossom drink launch 6th February

A new Starbucks Cherry blossom-themed drink with launch in Japan on Thursday 6 February for 230 yen (US$1.56).

The drink will be called "Sakura Matcha with Sakura Jelly"

and is supposedly aromatic like the smell of actual cherry blossoms and comes in a chilled cup

It is a great-looking cup!

Image by Starbucks

Source: Sora News 24 
Starbucks Japan unveils first sakura drink for cherry blossom season 2024 by Oona McGee 

#japanesecustomer #sakura #cherryblossom #hanami #starbucks #japan #new #drink #launch

January 12, 2024

Audio Book: 🎧 There is no such thing as a an Easy Job by Kikuko Tsumura

Review by JapaneseCustomer.com:

"Kikuko has created an amazing insight from the worker's view of a range of temporary jobs she shares with us. For example: A bus company, a rice cracker company, and a hut in a park perforating tickets for an event. 

What stood out when I listened was the holistic detail provided by the employee at each job, for example: how she got the job from the temporary recruitment agency, how it was sold by the recruiter, why she was put forward, her initial impression, her first day, her bosses and co-workers, what the role entailed, the highs and lows of the role, the psychological impact, the relationships, the silence, how she thought of the job when away from the office, boss relationship and what type of person they were (could they be trusted, etc), co-workers were they real or fake and was the relationship tainted by the nature of her role, the role itself and her relationship with the boss. 

Plus you also get the complexity of the culture in language, body language, rituals, customs, etc. It feels like you are actually in the job. 

You are seeing, hearing, and feeling the whole job. On audiobook, this is magnified by the voice of the narrator which adds a whole new level of depth to the stories and your overall experience of the topic. 

A very insightful and powerful story of temporary work from the worker's holistic view, wow!

 Buy the Audio Book here 

#japanesecustomer #author #audiobook #kikukotsumura #novel #japan #japaneseliterature #english #review🎧


Funfact: What is Genkouyoushi and how do I use it?

Fun Fact: 

Genkouyoushi or in Japanese Kanji 原稿用紙 is a specific type of printed writing paper
It can can be used to write horizontally (yokogaki) or vertically (tategaki)

Correct use of genkō yōshi (400 square sheet shown):

  1. Title on the 1st column, first character in the 4th square.
  2. Author's name on the 2nd column, with 1 square between the family name and the given name, and 1 empty square below.
  3. First sentence of the essay begins on the 3rd column, in the 2nd square. Each new paragraph begins on the 2nd square.
  4. Subheadings have 1 empty column before and after, and begin on the 3rd square of a new column.
  5. Punctuation marks normally occupy their own square, except when they will occur at the top of a column, in which case they share a square with the last character of the previous column.

The paper comes in two variations, 

paper with 

1. 400 squares per page or 

2. 200 squares per page and 20 squares per line. 

It is normal to put one character or punctuation per square.

#japanesecustomer #writing #paper #japan #japanese #language #funfact #picture #news

December 22, 2023

What is Giri- Ninjo in Japanese culture?


Picture: Making sushi rice at home

"Giri-ninjo is viewed as obligation in return for a favour... Giri-ninjo operates in nearly all interpersonal relationships. Because parents lavish amae on children, children must repay their parents by taking care of them in their old age" 

Amae = the unconscious desire found in Japanese cultures to depend on others to do things for them

Source: Deciphering the Japanese cultural code by Rosenbergh L and Thompson, G

#japanesecustomer #japan #japaneseculture #quote #picture #business #relationships #dependence #girininjo

August 15, 2023

Why do Japanese send postcards in Autumn and Summer?

"The middle of July in Japan is called Risshū (立秋), which is

the start of Autumn (usually around the 7th or 8th of August),

during this time many people send friends, customers and 

acquaintances, what is known as a Shochū Mimai (暑中見舞

い) or a Midsummer greeting card.

Postcards which are sent after Risshū are called 

Zansho Mimai (残暑見舞い), which is a late summer greeting.

These can be sent until mid-September.

When writing a postcard during these times it is customary to

include greeting phrases such as

暑中見舞い・Shochū Mimai


(shochū mimai / zansho mimai moushi agemasu)

at the beginning of the letter

Source: Friends of Japan newsletter

#japanesecustomer #postcard #autumn #summer #greetings #communication #relationships #japaneseculture

August 08, 2023

Video: Tokyo Rainy Night Walk in Shinjuku


Video: Tokyo Rainy Night Walk in Shinjuku 

#japanesecustomer #tokyo #rain #night #walk #places #destination #video #4k #japan

August 01, 2023

Bizu are one of the most popular bands in Japan you have never heard of!

Source: You Tube

" B'z (ビーズ, pronounced Bīzu) is a Japanese rock duo consisting of guitarist, composer and producer Takahiro "Tak" Matsumoto and vocalist and lyricist Koshi Inaba, known for their energetic hard rock tracks and pop rock ballads.

They are one of the best-selling music artists in the world and the best-selling in their native Japan, having released 49 consecutive No. 1 singles, 25 No. 1 albums, and 3 No. 1 EPs on the Oricon music charts, and have sold more than 100 million records worldwide."

One of there top selling singles is 

"Even if Love is Selfish, You're the Only One I Won't Hurt" (Japanese) 


Source: Wikipedia

July 28, 2023

Japanese customers love coffee making them worlds 3rd largest consumers


Picture: Japanese pre-made coffee in a bottle - amazing!

"Japan drinks a lot of coffee. You may think it’s a tea-drinking country, but coffee consumption is off the charts. In 2021, Japan consumed 433 million tons of coffee and “only” 100 thousand tons of tea! Japan is the third largest coffee market in the world after the United States and Germany."


December 28, 2022

7,152 Japanese supermarket products are going to rise by up to 18 percent higher between from January 2023

fresh tempura #japanesecustomer

"Prices for a total of 7,152 items are expected to climb from January to April, and be priced 18 percent higher on average from the current level, up from the 14 percent gain from last year to this year, according to Teikoku Databank Ltd data."

Japan Today

December 26th, 2022

July 31, 2022

Toyota leads global car production at 10 million units

Japanese mountain road in Hokkaido copyright peter hanami 2010
Picture: Japanese mountain road in Hokkaido

“Toyota…the Japanese company- held on to pole position in the global car market with sales of 10.23 million cars and trucks in 2014…North America - it’s biggest region, with about 28 per cent of volume sales…sales of 1.1 million in China this year, an annual rise of 6.6 per cent…The company is expecting 3 per cent growth in the US”

Source: Toyota’s car sales reign threatened by Kana Inagaki and Andy Sharman, The Financial Times, Australian Financial Review Newspaper, Friday 23rd January, 2015 page 20.

japan, japanese, customer, consumer, toyota, statistics, trends, insights, manufacturing, business, cars, production, www.japanesecustomer.com, 2015, #japan, #japanese, #customer

July 26, 2022

Japanese etiquette important with credit cards

Japanese customers shopping copyright peter hanami 2009
Picture: Japanese customers shopping

“credit cards must be returned to customers Japanese-style, with two hands and full eye contact”  Uniqlo Training…Japan is the worlds most competitive retail market..To be No 1 in Japan means….customer service”  

Shoichi Miyasaki, CEO, Uniqlo Australia.

Source: Heir Apparel by Georgina Safe, Good Weekend Magazine, The Age newspaper, Saturday January 31st, 2015, page 24.

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July 15, 2022

Predictability an important component of Japanese life

Japanese high speed Train shinkansen copyright peter hanami 2015
Picture: Japanese High Speed Train

“Predictability in social and public life makes Japanese cities the safest on earth” Taggart Murphy

Source: Ours is not to reason why, The Economist, Review of book “Japan and the shackles of the past by Taggart Murphy”, Oxford University Press, The Australian Financial Review Newspaper, Thursday January 15th, 2015, page 35.

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July 14, 2022

“Japan is responsible for its own losses" Yoichi Funabashi

Gion Matsuri Kyoto Japan copyright peter hanami 2015
Picture: Gion Matsuri Kyoto Japan 

“Japan is responsible for its own losses. The country’s delayed adaptation to the international environment and its weaknesses in international competition in terms of industrial bases, workforce, businesses entrepreneurship, and globalization – none of these things were forced on Japan by any external actor” 

Yoichi Funabashi in the book “Examining Japan’s Lost Decades

Source: Graceful decline in need of disruption by Greg Earl, Australian Financial Review, Wednesday, June 24th, 2015, page 41.

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July 09, 2022

"In Japan relationship trust planning and risk avoidance are all very important factors" Mark Shrine

Business meeting in Japan copyright peter hanami 2007

Picture: Business meeting in Japan 

"In Japan, relationship, trust, planning, and risk avoidance are all very important factors "

General Manager Japan & VP Asia, Mark Shrine, Welocalize

Source: Welocalize helping global brands grow and reach audiences worldwide
By Chris Betros
Japan Today
FEB. 15, 2016

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July 06, 2022

.."one feels lighthearted with the thought that spring has come" Natsume Soseki

Japanese cherry blossom copyright peter hanami 2009

Picture: Japanese cherry blossom 

"when one sees the early-flowering cherries bursting unrestrainedly into bloom before anything is out, one feels lighthearted with the thought that spring has come"Natsume Soseki

Source: Ten nights of dreaming, Hearing Things, The Heredity of Taste,
page 85
Author: Natsume Soseki

July 05, 2022

Japanese car makers have developed strong relationships with suppliers in South East Asia

Japanese car brands in Japan Copyright Peter Hanami 2010

Picture: Japanese car brands in Japan 

"Toyota, Honda, Mitsubishi and Nissan started manufacturing in South East Asia decades ago.
Means they have entrenched relationships with suppliers and distributors."

Source: Foreign car makers face speed bumps in SE Asia
By Jeremy Grant, Financial Times, 
Australian Financial Review
Friday 10th October, 2014, page 20

July 01, 2022

Japan is the world's largest app market in terms of cash value according to report

Japanese customers Tokyo #japanesecustomer
Picture: Japanese customers 

"Japan's is the world's largest app-market for iOS and Google-Play combined, bigger than the US market and the Chinese market in terms of cash value. (source: App-Annie). "

Which are the top-grossing apps in Japan?

Source: Eurotechnology News. February 2015