19 THINGS YOU CAN’T DO IN JAPAN (part 2)
8. DO NOT BE ABUSED WITH STICKS
Before heading to Japan, learn how to use chopsticks (o-hashi). It is not that difficult. It’s enough to practice a little to impress the locals with their ability to deal with Japanese cutlery. Here are a few etiquette rules regarding chopsticks. Do not swing sticks over the dish, do not use them for pampering, for example, as drum sticks, do not point them at people. Always use two sticks; do not pierce food with one stick. Never put them directly in a bowl of rice and do not pass food to another person with the help of chopsticks – this will be considered a manifestation of a lack of education. Also, you can not use sticks in order to pull the dish to yourself. Do not lick or bite the tips of the sticks. Do not cross them in the shape of an “X”, do not put them on a plate. After stopping your meal, simply place the chopsticks in front of you on the left. Continue reading
WINTER IN KYOTO
Do not let the winter cold ruin your mood! In winter, walks in Kyoto are filled with special magic. In addition, if you come to the old capital of Japan for Christmas or New Year, you will not have a single excuse to sit all day at the hotel.
To make your vacation easy and enjoyable, we have compiled a list of recommendations on what to do and where to go in Kyoto in the winter. Starting from hot springs (onsen) and ending with the New Year’s festival in a traditional Shinto temple. A trip to winter Kyoto will be remembered as an amazing acquaintance with unique Japanese culture. Continue reading
SKIING AND HOT SOURCES
Connoisseurs of ski resorts can easily call the advantages of Japanese pistes. First of all, it is fluffy and dry snow; then – relatively inexpensive prices. But many agree that most of all they miss the hot springs – onsen, which help to relax after skiing.
The jacuzzi and saunas familiar to us have nothing to do with the therapeutic and healing properties of natural onsen, the water in which is supplied from a hot spring rich in useful elements and minerals. Many open onsen allow you to bask and bask in the bath, while admiring the snow-capped mountains. Undoubtedly, this magical spectacle will bring peace and tranquility to your soul. Continue reading