Travel Japan – If you plan to go to Japan soon or you are already there, you should know that the luxury destinations in Japan is highly codified. Many rules of conduct are followed and sometimes foreigners, mostly ignorantly, do not apply them.
- Avoid giving tip
If giving advice is more or less the norm in Europe and even more in the United States, this is not the case in Japan. Also if the service was excellent, do not leave your money because, at best, it will be a gesture that we will not understand. But most often, it is seen as a scornful and arrogant act.
- Not completing the dish
The Japanese do not spoil anything when cooking and try to use all the ingredients at their disposal without throwing anything away. So, they are waiting for us to do the same when we eat the dishes they serve us.
And it’s right in restaurants but also when you are invited to Japanese friends. So try not to leave anything on your plate, leave to eat slowly and order as you go.
- Eating or drinking in the streets
There is no law, but it is indeed awful to eat or drink on the road, especially to walk. This is also the case in the subway where the Japanese avoid eating there for the sake of cleanliness. To eat a sandwich, it is advisable to stop on a bench for example and eat well in peace, without risk of dirtying or embarrassing someone.
- Crossing pedestrian when the light is red
Pedestrian lights should be respected all over the world, but in Japan this rule is followed religiously. And “gaijin” (foreigners) are often seen as troublemakers because they are used to crossing the street at any time. So try to avoid doing this to prevent dirt and accusing looks.
- No Physical Contact
In Japan, we most often avoid physical contact and we say hello without touching. Forgetting the tightening of hands even if it is still tolerated in the workplace for example. On the other hand, kissing girls, you remember because it will scare them more than anything else. Same for the slaps on the shoulder.
- Entering house or temple with shoes
In most Japan holiday destinations and inside temples, it is customary to take off your shoes to show respect for the place. Do not do it is indeed seen as a drama! In a Japanese house, the family will give you slippers to walk inside the house. If you want to go to the washroom, there are some kinds of sandals to wear instead of slippers inside the toilet.
- Not Queueing
It may seem natural, but lining up in Japan is really important to respect. If you are not queuing then it might be comfortable for many.
- Pointing a finger
Even if it is to designate someone without evil intentions, it is insulting to look someone in Japan. It is usually an accusatory gesture to avoid entirely.
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