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1. When you think of Japan you think of … Mount Fuji, ofuro (baths), safety, the smell of tatami, shoji, shinkansen, hanabi (fireworks), exceptional food, washi (paper), wind chimes, cicadas, rice fields.

2. What’s your favorite Japanese word or phrase?Otsukaresama” (“Thank you for your hard work”). Whatever time you finish work, it’s a warm and considerate phrase to say to co-workers and staff.

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