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Working in a Japanese Company – the Beginnings

This is a really interesting article. I’ve never been to Japan, but I recognise a lot of these characteristics from dramas I’ve watched, especially Angeo and Real Clothes (some of my earliest introductions to dramas).
Having to get overtime approved first is the same in the UK as it is in the US. It’s good to know in Japan that you’ll get paid, but it must be difficult to always keep proper social plans.
I think I would actually like work parties to be more of UK culture. I’ve worked in a lot of offices where most of the staff has been older than me, so it’s been difficult to find chances to socialise apart from Christmas. Also I believe that networking can be really beneficial to careers so it would help to know my colleagues better. But again the impact on personal social plans must again it must be tricky to put work ahead of social life. I’d also worry about how to socialise with my managers.
Hope things remain good for you at the company, looking forward to reading more about it.


I started my first day of working in a Japanese company on December 1st of 2014 and have just completed my first month of work. I had studied about working in Japanese companies in my MBA program in Kyoto, Japan and in University, but none of that could prepare me for the real deal, especially the cultural differences that come with it. While I can deal with many things, because I have lived in Japan for over 2 years now and have studied abroad here 3 times in university, working is a totally different environment. So today, I will be sharing with you some of my experiences from beginning to work at a Japanese company.

The first big difference that I noticed on my first day of work is the office itself. The office is one room with no cubicles, just two rows of desks lined up next to…

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KISS Shrine Lanterns

A really interesting promotional idea for KISS

Tokyo Five

Udo Music Promoters, the Japanese company in charge of organizing and promoting the upcoming KISS Japan Tour 2015 (My post about it) has put up many billboards and flyers around Japan about the KISS concerts, they’ve also had KISS on Japanese TV programs.
Those are normal for concert promotion.

But sometimes Udo Music will do something unique and unusual to promote a band.
For example, before the 2013 KISS Japan Tour, there were “KISS Spicy Niku-man” dumplings available at convenience stores here. (They were delicious!)

Well, often when shrines in Japan have a festival, there will be rows of 提灯 (Japanese paper lanterns) with the names of companies, organizations and individuals who made monetary contributions to the shrine.

Rows and rows of 提灯 with contributors’ names printed on them at the “Mitama Festival” at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo.

They’re a very common sight in…

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NYE 2014 / New Year’s Day 2015 Playlist

Sure it’s a little late to listen to whilst counting down to midnight, this still sounds just as good to listen to at the start of 2015.

This is a hour’s work of great music with a selection of my favourite party tracks and songs from 2014.