Things you should absolutely not do when traveling to Japan
Before traveling to Japan, you should consider some cultural differences to avoid offendinglocal sensibilities. Here is the list of things that you should rather not to do to Japanese.
Wear shoes at home
We should start with the most basic thing. If you take just a second to observe, people always take their shoes off before entering a home in Japan. They will put theirs on a small area right inside the entrance called a Genkan, leave them neatly before entering the house. Sometimes you must also take off shoes at those public places such as the restaurants, pagodas and temples.
Here is the Genkan
Leave a tip
Do not be surprised if the waiter chasing you to return the bonuses, gave for them. For Japan, tipping is an indirect way to express that you are not satisfied with their service. Therefore, it's best to pay the correct amount, written in the bill and do not forget to get back the change.
Eating in public places
Unlike Western countries when eating on the subway or the street is a normal thing to do, Japanese doesn't do the same. They only allow themselves eating in public places, when there is outdoor events are taken place, such as cultural festivals, music performances.
Not to eat on the street
Not only Japan, littering on the streets is restricted to many countries and cities around the world. Although you may find very limited trash can in the city, you should better carry your trash with you until you find a place to throw it out.
Hug people you have just met
For the Japanese, the hug will bring uncomfortable feeling, especially to strangers. So to say hello to them, go ahead with a bent or a handshake.
A bent expresses your politeness
Talk on your phone in trains
It would be very rude if you talk on your phone in either train or subway.
Paying for a meal if you're invited
If the Japanese invite you to come and eat with, prepare to pay only for your own. Because they have a habit of sharing the bill equally for everyone involved. And you will offend them if insisted on paying for the whole meal.
Kind of restaurants in Japan
Soak in the onsen before showering
If you want to take a part in Japanese Onsen public bath, remember to take a shower before soaking yourself in Onsen bathtub with others.
Keep the volume of your conversation at a sufficient level. Once in the house, try to do the same thing to not bother anyone.
Be panic when seeing medical masks
In Japan, people wear masks to prevent the spread of flu to others. In addition, there is also a stylish way to express their own fashion, or simply do not want to let others see their face.
People often wear a mask
Forget the rules
Say thanks to the others for help. Please show respect for the cooks by eating up your whole disk ...
Use your bank card everywhere
Not everywhere in Japan accept paying by card. It is better that you have cash with you.
Play with chopsticks
Playing chopsticks are shown a lack of respect to Japanese. There are rules when using chopsticks in Japan: do not use chopsticks to cut through the food, do not suck the chopsticks and remember to use the chopsticks always in pairs.
Not to play with food