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Is it OK to Fly a Drone in Tokyo?

This article was originally published in August 2019 on Tadaima Japan (Kokoro’s ancestor website). So, you have a drone, or you are thinking of buying one, and you are wondering where you can fly it in Tokyo or other places in Japan without getting into trouble? I have interviewed a drone owner and the manager…

Greetings Used Before and After Meals: “Itadakimasu” and “Gochisosama”

Before eating meals, Japanese people join their hands in front of their chests and say, “itadakimasu.” After finishing, they perform the same gesture and say, “gochisosama.” These greetings are part of a day-to-day manner. Japanese people hold their hands this way to show respect and to put their thoughts and feelings into form. They use the…