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Culture and Etiquette

Tatami Mats

Many Japanese homes have rooms with traditional tatami floor covering. Tatami floors are made of tightly woven rice straw called tatami mats. Carpet and rugs are allowed on tatami floors. Shoes should not be worn inside the house, even in rooms with hardwood flooring. It is proper etiquette to wear slippers inside the house except in tatami rooms where slippers should be removed. You can get comfortable by sitting down or lying back on the tatami floor.


A futon is a traditional Japanese sleeping mattress. It is not a portable bed or convertible sofa found in North America. A futon is laid on the floor at night and rolled up and stored in the closet when not in use. A futon can also be laid on the bed. On sunny days, you can hang the futon outside and use a stick to beat the dust off. Electric futon dryers are available at home appliance stores. Read More

Education System

Compulsory education includes six years of elementary school and three years of middle school. Three years of high school education is not compulsory but most people still choose to attend. The institutions for higher education consist of career colleges which offer specialized training, junior colleges which offer two to three year specialized education, and universities. Graduate schools in major universities are highly recognized and many international students choose to study here.

Both public (overseen by nation, prefecture or city) and private schools are offered in Japan. The Japanese school year starts in April and ends in March of the following year.

National Holidays

New Year's Day: January 1st
Coming-of-Age Day: 2nd Monday of January
National Foundation Day: February 11th
Spring Equinox Day: March 20th
Greenery Day: April 29th
Constitution Day: May 3rd
National Holiday: May 4th
Children's Day: May 5th
Marine Day: 3rd Monday of July
Respect-for-the-Senior-Citizens Day: 3rd Monday of September
Fall Equinox Day: September 23rd
Sports Day: 2nd Monday of October
Culture Day: November 3rd
Labor Day: November 23rd
The Emperor's Birthday: December 23rd

Life Utilities

Electrical appliances
Power voltage throughout Japan is 100V. The frequency of electric current is 50Hz in Eastern Japan (e.g., Tokyo) and 60Hz in Western Japan (e.g., Osaka). The switch on the circuit breaker, located in your apartment unit or house, should be turned on once you have moved in. You should also contact your local power company to open an account.

In most apartments, gas is used for the kitchen stove and the water heater. The bathtub has an independent gas water heater used to re-heat the water. Always make sure there is enough water in the bathtub before using the water heater, otherwise this may result in a fire. Each gas appliance (e.g., stove, water heater) requires a specific gas type. Read More

Professional Sport


Sumo is the national sport of Japan and dates back to the Edo Period (1603 - 1867). The wrestlers will face off in a ring, and a winner is declared when one either steps out of the ring or touches the ground with anything but the soles of his feet. Each match will usually last only a few seconds. Professional sumo wrestlers participate in the "Grand Sumo Tournament".

Wrestlers are divided into six different fighting divisions. Wrestlers in the top two of these divisions, "Maku-uchi" and "Jyu-ryo", receive salary. Except for in the top division, "Maku-uchi", each wrestler is ranked by a number indicating where in his division he stands. In the "Maku-uchi" division, the top five rankings are given names and the highest three are called Yokozuna (grand champion wrestler),Ozeki and Sekiwake. Read More