Japan is known for its unique culture and heritage, which has been preserved by the Japanese people since ancient times. The age-old Japanese traditions and customs which give a unique character to the lifestyle of the Japanese people have to be experienced to be truly appreciated.
Some of the unique aspects of Japanese life are mentioned here as an introduction to the traditions of Japan. The natural beauty of the Cherry blossom season is celebrated by the Japanese in their art and music, and even in the designs of their traditional clothing, the Kimono. The Japanese people celebrate many festivals, most of which are of the Buddhist and Shinto religions.
Different temples or shrines across Japan have their own specific Matsuri or festive holiday. Some festivals that began long ago are also celebrated today in a modern form. These include Aomori Nebuta Festival, the Hadaka Matsuri Festival and the Cherry Blossom Festivals, which are an integral part of Japanese culture.
Japanese Business Culture Facts
Take enough (500 or more) professionally prepared meishi (business card). Make your meishi Japanese standard size (91mm x 55mm), so they fit into Japanese business cards holders. For Japanese people (as else where in Asia-Pacific) exchanging meishi is like shaking hands.
For Japanese people its awkward not to exchange meishi when you first meet – few Japanese people will think this is funny. Most Japanese students have business cards. Employees of companies which are under a time limited business prohibition by one of the Ministries are prohibited from using business cards.