10 travel etiquette tips you need to know when coming to Japan
It is very important to get to know the basic manners of Japanese culture, especially when it is the first time you visit this country, and also to avoid falling into awkward situations. Here are 10 Japanese etiquette do and don't that you need to know before taking a trip to the land of cherry blossoms.
1. Take off your shoes at the door
This is the basic manner that exists not only in Japan but also in many parts of the world. As soon as entering a Japanese house, take off your shoes and put them on the shelves at the entrance are expected. In addition, the head of the shoes should also be put to head the door. The Japanese always use their own sandals in the house, like the bathroom area, toilet. Do not confuse these two types of sandals!
2. Take attention before eating
The Japanese use "Itadakimasu" as an invitation on the dinner table. Occasionally, a small bowl of rice or udon noodles will be served together with the food that you require. Please lift your bowl when eating, do not bend over the table. If you see the waiter bring to the table hot towel (Oshibori), remember this towel is used to wipe your hands only, absolutely not for your face.
3. Eat sushi in the right way
Do you know how to eat this special dish?. When you eat nigiri sushi, just lift up and put the slice of fresh fish in soy sauce, add wasabi on the rice before placing the fish slices into the old position. Let the slice of fish touches the tongue. If possible, eat sushi by hand without using chopsticks will definitely give a fantastic feeling.
4. Give a tip
All services in Japan, from taxi to services in the restaurant, do not receive the tip. Leave a tip to be seen as an insult to the natives. Many restaurant owners even chasing the customer a long way, just to pay the extra money that they left after paying bills.
5. Modern Toilets
If you ever learn more about Japan, you will know that the toilet area of the Japanese is very interesting. Just try to use the toilet which you can adjust the temperature when sitting or the toilet can make the sound lessen sensitive noises ... Do not be surprised if you hear the birds singing, or 2-3 scrolls of paper found in the bathroom so that you can feel more comfortable to use the toilet.
6. Drink sake alcohol
The glasses used to drink sake alcohol are usually placed in the wooden square tray (called masu) at restaurants. Do not be surprised when the waiter pouring alcohol over the glass, which filled the masu. This is one of the most interesting culture traits of the Japanese just to show their hospitality. You should drink all the alcohol in the glass, then pour sake in masu and continue to drink up 100 percent.
7. Make noise when eating noodles
Do you know eating etiquette in Japan?. It is very different from many other cultures in the world. Make noise while eating is often considered rude, but in Japan, it does not. Eating noodles like soba, udon, ramen ... and make noise when eating is considered as a compliment to the chef, and that demonstrate that you enjoy the dish so much.
8. Receive surplus cash at the checkout counter
When you pay cash at the grocery store or restaurant, the cashier will put extra money into a small saucer. Before that, they will count the surplus amount in front of you, please pay attention. If you do not see clear, ask them to recount that, do not do this on your own. Counting the extra money after receiving is regarded as a rude behavior.
After receiving the money, the cashier will say thank you in a very long sentence. Be patient and wait for them to finish, smile and bent 15 degrees angle to say goodbye. If possible, try to say the word "Arigatou" (Thank you) like a native to show your politeness.
9. Wear medical mask
You can see a lot of the natives wearing medical masks. They may have been coughing (or cold), and do not want to spread the disease to others. Because public transportation is the main transport in Japan, you should also equip a box of surgical masks if feeling unwell, avoid coughing without a mask.
Every city in Japan has different regulations about which side you should stand when to take the escalator, to give way to those who are in a hurry. If traveling in Osaka, you have to stand on the right side, but in Tokyo, stand on the opposite side.
Let come to Japan to discover the unique traits in Japanese culture. There are so many things to learn and to know about the world around us. Every culture has its own interesting things for you to explore, and that's the difference create the diversity in the culture. Pack your bags right away to not miss any chance to discover Japan.