In order to better understand the nuances of the Japanese language, you need a good understanding of Japan’s culture, from the traditional to the modern.

Many of Japan’s traditions date back centuries ago and are still being practiced today, such as the wearing of the kimono, the tea ceremony, and the many spectacular festivals scattered throughout the year. Even the most modern anime and manga themes and designs are based on ancient concepts that have evolved over time.

To enrich your fluency in Japanese living, visit Japan’s museums, shrines, and temples, and attend traditional theatres. To maintain good relationships during your stay, learn as much as you can about Japanese behavior and manners, and practice proper etiquette as the Japanese define it.