is one of the most popular places for people
to visit considering its combination of culture and technology. It is one of
the richest countries not only in terms of their economy, but also of their
culture and heritage. When you think about modern technology, you usually think
of Japan since they are ahead in various industries. If you are planning to
visit the country soon, you need to understand that it is still pretty
conservative. Therefore, you need to be cautious of your actions to avoid
conflicts. These are some
etiquette tips to remember.
Never leave a
Tipping might be
common in many countries, but not in Japan. It is considered rude if you leave
a tip. In their culture, being respectful and grateful while dining is already
the best way to reward the people working in the restaurant. Tips
Do not blow your nose in public
It might be
common for you to blow your nose if you could no longer hold it. However, when
you are in Japan, you need to try your best to hold it until you get home. You
can cover your nose with a handkerchief if you have a runny nose. Save the
blowing for when you arrive home.
Slurp your noodles
It might seem
rude for some cultures to chew your food loudly, but in Japan, you need to be
loud when eating noodles by slurping. It shows that you love the food served in
front of you. It is a perfect way to compliment the chef.
payment on a small try
In most Japanese
stores, posh or not, you will see a small colorful tray when you are about to
pay. It is where you place your payment instead of handing it directly to the
seller. It is a polite way to pay. It is also okay if you use lots of coins to
pay some purchases since Japanese coins could go as high as 500 yen.
Always bow as
a sign of courtesy
countries, you give a handshake to show respect. In Japan, you give a low bow.
Whether you are saying hi to someone or saying goodbye, it is a polite
practice. You also let the older person finish bowing first before you do.
Take a shower
before using public bath
Public bath or
onsen is common in Japan. You usually dip your body naked while you are in
these places. However, you need to ensure that you are totally clean before
doing it or else you are contaminating the water. Most people also do not mind
seeing each other naked in public baths. Avoid being too conscious once you
decide to go there.
instances, Japan’s ways are quite weird and uncommon. However, these are
long-held beliefs and traditions that most Japanese practice. Since you are the
visitor, you need to adjust and respect their ways. It is also going to enrich
your knowledge if you decide to study their practices well.
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