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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 


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January 05, 2024

Ten Japanese words you must know when you engage with Japanese customers 🌸












1. Sumimasen - Excuse me

2. Gomen Nasai - Sorry, my apologies

3. Arigatou Gozaimasu - Thank You (Polite)

4. Doumou - Thank you (casual)

5. Honto ni - Really

6. Mou ikai yukkuri kudasai - Could you please repeat that

7. Wakarimashita - I understand

8. Choudou ii - perfect, just right

9. Hai - yes, ok, I am listening

10. Iie - No

#japanesecustomers #japan #business #language #phrases #polite #essential #words #tips #japanese



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

残暑見舞い申し上げます

(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) 

                                      https://youtu.be/FwP0I7-jEw0


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."
Source:



https://japantoday.com/category/features/food/the-supreme-bean-how-%27konbini%27-coffee-conquered-japan


July 21, 2023

Photo: Japanese Aisunomi Ice Cream made in Hokkaido Custard Vanilla

 




Photo: 
Japanese Aisunomi Ice Cream 
made in Hokkaido (Custard Vanilla)

July 19, 2023

Video: A typical Japanese evening meal


 Video: A typical Japanese evening meal

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


August 02, 2022

New Japanese Movies "Drive My Car""


Trailer: Drive My Car




"Two years after his wife’s death, Yusuke receives an offer to direct a production of Uncle Vanya at a theater festival. As tensions mount amongst the cast and crew, Yusuke is forced to confront painful truths raised from his past with the help of Misaki, a young woman assigned to chauffeur him. #DriveMyCar. Written and Directed by #RyusukeHamaguchi adapted from a short story by #HarukiMurakami. Starring Hidetoshi Nishijima, Toko Miura, and Reika Kirishima"

Source: MadMan Films


It is a fun movie that slowly builds by sharing the quirks of each character. You get a deep dive into Japanese culture communication, hierarchy, men's world, women's world, relationships, work, lifestyle, and use of time.



#new #japanese #films #drivemycar #japan #trailer #release #movie #entertainment




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 13, 2022

Australian exporters get benefits from new trade deal with Japan


 
Japanese consumer advertising tokyo copyrigt peter hanami 2007
   Picture: Japanese consumer advertising Tokyo


"The Japan-Australia Economic agreement will give many Australian producers and exporters a significant competitive advantage. More than 97 per cent of Australia's exports to Japan will receive preferential access or enter duty-free when JAEPA is fully implemented"


Source: The Robb Report
By Andrew Robb
Federal Member for Goldstein
August 23rd 2014, page 8

July 07, 2022

Australia sells $1.5 billion of beef to Japan, largest export market


Beef barbeque restuarant in Japan copyright peter hanami 2004
Picture: Beef barbeque restaurant in Japan 


" (Australian) Beef trade with Japan

Value: $1.5 billion
Tonnes: 279,702
Live cattle: 11,570"




Source: New boom for meat exporters
By Matthew Cranston
Australian Financial Review
Thursday 18th September 2014, page 14

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 03, 2022

Japanese Yebisu Beer

 



#japanesecustomer #yebisu #beer #japanese

June 29, 2022

Yamanashi seen as the most popular rural lifestyle destination in Japan




Rural Japan Field #japanesecustomer



Picture: Rural Japan Field




"A survey conducted by a Tokyo-based NGO has found that Yamanashi is the most popular destination for people who are considering a move to rural areas."



Source:
Small Print: March 12, 2015
Meat mishaps, no-stick natto, political mysogyny, and more ...
By Steve Trautlein, Issue 1094
Metropolis Magazine
http://metropolisjapan.com/small-print-march-12-2015

June 23, 2022

News: 🌸 HR in Japan is helping employees find love with a new AI app

Japanese valentines biscuits #japanesecustomer
                             Photo: Japanese valentines biscuits #japanesecustomer


 
"more than 800 companies have signed up for an AI-powered dating app in the hope of helping their employees find love."

The App is here in English
https://aill-ai.translate.goog/?_x_tr_sl=ja&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en-GB&_x_tr_pto=wapp


Source: ABC News



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