Category archive: Lifestyle

Understanding Japanese etiquette

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Photo credit – Ta Ching Chen via unsplash.com

The Japanese people display grace and courtesy towards others. They are helpful and respectful and this is ingrained in their culture. As an outsider, this can sometimes present challenges – as it has for us recently.

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Friday food treat: Soba noodles

 

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There are many kinds of noodles available in Japan. One such variety is soba noodles. These are made of buckwheat flour and resemble spaghetti in terms of thickness. Soba noodles are used in various hot and cold dishes. 

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The secret to better productivity

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Photo credit – Glenn Carstens-Peters via unsplash.com

Productivity in a time of information overload can be challenging. It is easy to succumb to the temptations of overindulging in information. The truth is that multi-tasking is not the answer. So, what is?

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How to have a hanami party in Japan and obey the rules!

Hanami parties in the grounds of Yasaka-jinja shrine

Hanami parties in the grounds of Yasaka-jinja shrine, Kyoto

April is cherry blossom time in Japan. Even though we are a little late for the peak of the season, it is a time when it seems that all of Japan is out enjoying the spectacle of the blooms. They do this by having “hanami” parties – food and drinks under a cherry tree. Of course, such an event would not be complete with its own etiquette and manners.

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Friday food treat: Japanese beer

Beer tasting at Sapporo Beer Museum

Beer tasting at Sapporo Beer Museum

Sapporo is the home of one of Japan’s iconic beers. Sapporo beer is easily identified by the star on its label. The star has featured in its label since 1869. Not only is Sapporo a popular beer, it has played an important part in the economy of Hokkaido.

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Secrets to longevity

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Photo credit – Lotte Meijer via unsplash.com

Research shows that longevity is correlated 10% with genetic factors and 90% with lifestyle ones. What is that you have to do to live a longer life? 

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Essential daily nutrients for a healthier, more sociable and more resilient lifestyle

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Photo credit – Hernan Sanchez via unsplash.com

Did you know that a hug can be one way you can get essential daily nutrients that nourish well-being? Essential daily nutrients don’t always refer to food. In this post, read about some daily habits that can result in better physical and mental health.

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Friday food treat: Japanese Whisky

Japanese whiskey tasting

Japanese whisky tasting

The Japanese enjoy whiskey. In fact there is a whisky distillery in Hokkaido that has won several international awards. So, it would be remiss of us not to taste their wares!

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Five self-education hacks that won’t cost you a fortune

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Attending training and conferences are expensive activities. If you are a sole trader or someone who pays for their own self-development, these may present an expense that you choose not to take on. There are ways around this.

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