Just ask!

Although I enjoy introducing topics related to every day life with the email subscription to this blog, I am open to hear your personal requests as well. Feel free to contact me with any questions or thoughts you might have related to Japan, its historical roots, how to have a successful business approach for Japan or any unfamiliar cultural aspects.
For the quickest response from my side, you can find me in Twitter under


or then as well in LinkedIN (jp.linkedin.com/in/sibylleito).
Looking forward to hearing from you! 宜しくお願い申し上げます!

16 thoughts on “Just ask!

  1. Thanks for your interesting data, that’s really helpful to me. Due to my job is associated with developing dietary supplements in Taiwan and I have to know the supplement trend to analysis. But now, I met a questions and need your kindly help, where are the reference that you got coming from? Like the post called popular dietary supplements in Japan” or “what are the popular health foods for 2014 in Japan.” Please share me your suggestions if you don’t mind.

    Thank you

    • Dear Chris,

      as mentioned in both articles on the dietary supplements articles I gained the knowledge from the yearly Tokyo Health Industry exhibition (http://www.this.ne.jp/index.php). Most likely you have already attended this exhibition when the provided Japanese magazines and newspapers give you some statistical data and lots of further information.

      Good luck with your research and see you again next March in Tokyo,


  2. Hi,

    I came across your blog since I’ve started learning Japanese and I think you would be interested in the Japanese language program we’re launching at lexikeet.com. I want to ask what you would think of trying it out with a free account as a reviewer for your blog. We think we’d be a great fit for you and your readers who are learning Japanese with our vocabulary and handwriting features. If you’re interested let me know and take care!

    • Dear Andrew,

      thank you very much for your comment. I would be very much interested the review the program, but I would expect the program to be more than just a beginners tool. I am definitely looking forward to check then how you teach technical scientific Japanese or then business Keigo. If I would review it from a beginners perspective it would not be fair to the followers of this blog, because I want to truly focus on the business side of Japan. I believe for beginners of Japanese language there are other well known bloggers in the field.

      Feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn.

      Looking forward to hearing from you,

      Sibylle Ito

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    • Dear Herve,

      thanks for your comment. Note that I don’t think it is in my interest to promote this blog on your website. I am not selling anything on this website, nor promoting certain websites. Your information is helpful, but I do not think it applies to this blog.

      With best regards,

      Sibylle Ito

  4. こんにちは!私は本当に日本が大好きです。Rukovozhuウェルネスクラブ。私は日本と日本製の製品rolzuyutsyaを愛する多くの人を持っています。我々の製品を注文すると、彼らは日本から直接送信されます。ビジネスのための日本語Portnerを探して!心から、マリーナ、ロシア

    • Dear Marina,


      Looking forward to hearing from you again,

      Sibylle Ito

  5. Hi there,

    I’m trying to get in touch with the person in charge for sibylleito.wordpress.com. The content on this site is quite impressive and I see your site as a relevant and reliable website to collaborate with. I’d love to give more details about this. Are you the right person to contact for this site?
    Looking forward in hearing from you soon.

    Best regards,

    • Dear Joyce,

      thank you so much for trying to get in contact with me. Notice you can always reach me on

      – Twitter: sibylleito
      – LinkedIN: Sibylle Ito

      Looking forward to hearing from you on what kind of collaboration you were thinking about.

      Best regards,


  6. I’m going to give it a try.
    Do you or know someone else who knows why Japanese/Korean TV drama series isn’t shown more internationally.
    I know that some channel(s) in California and Hawaii that air dramas.
    What I’m wondering. Why doesn’t TV stations buy the rights to, let’s say air a show twice. Which are don’t constantly with American and UK TV shows.
    Compare this with expensive DVD boxes with the drama series (all of them not having English subtitles, or poorly translated) you have to buy over the internet, add shipping costs.
    I believe this is one of the reasons why fans of Asian dramas themselves make English subtitles and release.

    • Dear Keiko,

      I appreciate that you are so brave and ask a question. At this moment I cannot give you a complete answer.
      What I have noticed especially last year that Korean and some Japanese TV dramas have become rather popular on Asian TV stations. I can only assume that with time, you can find an expansion into US and Europe as well.
      At the same time your raised concern of the appropriate translation will most likely continue. Although I admire proper translation from Japanese into English, because it is a true challenge, but many times when I experience the opposite, I am disappointed about the sloppy results. Don’t forget still many dictonaries commonly used in Japan contain a rather high degree of inaccurate translation, so it should not be surprising that translation can be a challenge.
      Although I cannot give you an extensive enough answer, I promise you I will get back to you as soon as I have more findings. In case anyone there in the Internet universe has some comments or recommendation to this topic, feel free to voice your point.

      Hope to get back to you soon with more,


  7. Hello,

    I was wondering if you accept guest post for your blog. If you do, I would like to submit a few. I’m a recent college graduate, with an English major, looking to build out my portfolio. I can write on a wide variety of topics and am sure you would be happy with the quality. Please email me back if you are interested. Thank you for your time.

    – Kathleen Hubert

    • Dear Kathleen,

      thank you very much for your inquiry. If you are interested to present your viewpoint or knowledge in regard to Japanese culture or doing business in Japan, feel free to comment on this blog or provide me with your free articles to be posted as guest blog.

      Looking forward to hearing again from you.

      With best regards,


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