The Japanese do not force tourists to follow their rules; however, you will make an impression in the eyes of the natives if you know the following top 10 Japanese customs.
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Bowing To Express Respect
The Japanese consider bowing as the art and students have to learn about this respectful behavior when they start going to school. For visitors, 15-degree bow or 30-degree bow is a problem. The smaller degree of the bow is, the higher position or age of the opposite person is. If the opposite person is your friends, a 30-degree bow is enough. However, the opposite person is a company official, you need to have a 70-degree bow.
If you go to a dinner party, you should wait for the host to complete the speech. Then drink and say “Kampai” with them instead of “cheer”. If the waiter gives you a small wet cloth in the Japanese restaurants, you should use it to wash your hands before eating, then carefully fold them and set it aside on the table. Don’t use it as a napkin or wiping your face. Before eating, you should say “Itadakimasu” whether that meal has 7 dishes or 1 dish when you eat in the supermarket.
There is no tipping in any situation in Japan — cabs, restaurants, personal care. Tipping someone is actually a little insulting because the services you’ve asked for are covered by the price given. Thus, you do not pay more.
Depending on the restaurant you decide upon for that evening, you may be required to use chopsticks. If you aren’t too adept with chopsticks, try to learn before going to Japan. If you’re dining with the Japanese, don’t be surprised if you receive a high appreciation of your ability to eat like a Japanese.
Before Crossing Thresholds
Take off your shoes at the entrance of all homes, and most restaurants and hotels. Normally, a rack will be provided to store your shoes. Moreover, a pair of guest slippers will be sitting nearby for you to use.
Sterilized face masks are used popularity in Japan by officials and road users to protect them from germs. However, in some situation, they use masks as a way to let other people not recognize them.
In the winter, when the temperature is falling down, it is quite cold in Japan. When you wear a jacket, socks, sweater, handkerchief, shawl, hat but you still feel cold, in this situation, the medical mask is a good choice for you keep warm.
When In Rome, Do As The Romans Do
When it comes to identifying the dangers children face nowadays, the majority agreed on the number one threat: individualism.
In addition, Japanese society is focused on the group or organization, Western cultures are focused on the individual. This means that the Japanese agree with a life as worker bees. Getting attention by a presentation of individuality is a mistake in Japanese society and no one likes this.
Public bathhouses are alive and well in Japan, while they disappeared in other places. Sento (neighborhood bathhouses) can be found from the largest area in Shinjuku to a small town on the island of Shikoku. Onsen, (hot springs) are very popular in weekend excursion resorts. Unlike in western cultures, you only use the Japanese bath after you have washed, and you can soak in extra-hot water for 10, 20, 30 minutes.
Your Default Language Should Be English
Japanese will assume that you are a native English speaker until you prove otherwise. Even a short time, you also see that a group of students shouting “Hello! Hello! Hello!” as they assess your foreign features or a random person asks you “Where are you from?” Although you may speak fluently Japanese, with Japanese your default language is English.
Every Japanese person often warns you to be safe in your travels, to take care of my belongings. The fear of crime in Japan is very high, especially among Japanese citizens because serial murders happened. However, Japan’s crime rate is the lowest in the world. You can see businessmen who have missed the last train sleeping outside on a park bench with his luggage, or a group of 5-year-old boys walking by themselves for over a kilometer to go to school and they are not afraid of kidnapping.