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What you should do when you ride a train in Japan

Riding a train in Japan is a fun experience but there are many rules you should keep in mind, for your own sake and other people’s sake.

1. Always stand in the right position. If you look at the floor of the platform you’ll see that there are numbers or signs asking you to stand there to wait for the trains. The numbers are written where when the train arrives, the compartment doors will open right there. You can get into the train right away instead of standing somewhere far away and run towards it when the train arrives.

Bowing in Japan, is it really necessary?

Bowing has become a symbol of Japanese people worldwide. When you watch Japanese TV dramas or movies, you might wonder why Japanese people bow that much. But when you live in Japan, you might not see that as often as you think.

How crowded are trains in Japan?

You might have heard about how scary it could be to ride a train during rush hour in Japan, but you won’t know what it feel like it until you experience it.

Most trains in Japan are very crowded, but some trains are so full of people that you  will not be able to breathe. Trains of JR Saikyo line and Tokyo Metro’s Marunouchi line are the most terrible ones in my opinion. Saikyo line is the main line to get from Saitama province to the center of Tokyo. Subway line Marunouchi line connects stations in main areas like Shinjuku, Shibuya and Ikebukuro. There’s no wonder why so many people use these two lines to commute every day.

Japanese learning tip: Finding your motivation

“I want to speak Japanese fluently”, that’s the goal of many Japanese leaners. Yet, not many of them could actually reach that goal because they gave up half-way through. Giving up is a very common thing when you learn Japanese, because it’s just too hard. But if it’s so hard, how come so many people could master it? What is it they have that you don’t? Let’s not talk about how they have talent while you don’t here, and focus on something that no matter how talented you are, you won’t be able to master Japanese if you don’t have it: motivation.

Bookoff – a manga paradise in Japan

If you are a huge manga fan in Japan, you must know Bookoff. It’s a huge company that has thousands of stores in Japan. They buy old manga volumes from people at ¥10 and sell them to others at ¥105. Manga’s original price is ¥350-400.