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Smiley mania

08/27/2009

Smiley mania

In Japan, mobile phone communication is mostly based on emails. I guess it's cultural: email can indeed be seen as a less intrusive medium than the telephone, making it the ideal candidate in a country where manners are vital. As for me, I have adapted myself and become used to spending more time writing emails than actually talking on the phone. But emails wouldn't be emails...without smileys...

Category: Everyday life

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Anti-tobacco policy

09/28/2008

Anti-tobacco policy

Culturally speaking, Japan is by most aspects the opposite of France and this also goes for the anti-tobacco policy. In France, smoking is forbidden in inside areas but allowed outside, whereas Japan does it almost the opposite way...

Category: Everyday life

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New entry procedures

04/29/2008

After a 10-day business trip to France (or to be more accurate, 4 days of work and 6 of vacations), I came back to Japan a week ago and had to go through the new entry procedures in place since november 2007...

Category: Everyday life

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Toilet story

02/07/2008

Toilet story

Today, let me write about a very important topic: toilets. Sure, it's all very well to write about Mount Fuji, the millenary Ise temples or the symbolism in sumo fights, but we all have basic needs, right?...

Category: Everyday life

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Inkan - 印鑑

07/15/2007

Inkan - 印鑑

In Japan, one uses an inkan to sign contracts and official documents, instead of a handwritten signature...

Category: Everyday life

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Addressing system

07/06/2007

Addressing system

In Japan, it's really easy to get confused the first time you're looking for an address on a map and believe me, understanding Japanese doesn't help...

Category: Everyday life

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