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Here's a few: 1) NEVER tip your waiter. Like EVER, it's considered super disrespectful here 2) Don't use your phone on the metro, by that I mean like don't talk on the phone or play music aloud. Also if you need to talk to someone, be quiet. Silence is important on the metro. Be mindful of the people around you3) Make sure you're sitting in a correct seat on the metro, some are reserved for old people, pregnant people, injured people and females4) When you eat out and you're eating rice, never stick your chopsticks in your bowl up right, it's disrespectful5) Don't walk as you are eating or drinking, you won't be viewed very nicely6) Don't go around shouting or talking too loudly. Again, be mindful of others7) If you have tattoos, cover them up, you'll be immediately associated with the Yakuza (infamous Japanese gang) And you also won't be able to go to Onsens because having tattoos are not permitted8) Take off your shoes when you enter a house, temple, shrine or an onsen or wherever you enter and you see spare houseshoes on the floor. It's considered dirty and disrespectful if you walk in with shoes9) Don't blow your nose in public, it's considered rude, find a private space to do so10) PDA is not a thing here, it's not seen as a good thing11) Try avoid getting into arguments and quarrels12) DO NOT LITTER!!! Don't even try13) Always say Thank you, even if it's not in Japanese. 14) Don't bite your fingernails in public. Just don't. 15) Always accept things with two hands16) Don't talk politics in publicAnd that's about all the main things you need to know :)
Will a man with a shaved head be associated with the Yakuza?
No.. you won’t...
That's something at least.
I don't know. I don't really know much about Japan. I'm curious though.
@Levin I mean being curious is good haha
And are you Japanese or měiguórén?
@Levin I'm just Japanese and Korean
Okay, so you have no English in you?
Would you like some? ;)Okay, ignore that ironically bad joke.
It was funny. Kind of. Maybe not.
JimRSmith and NerdInDenial have summed up the main points I wanted to make, both with their own knowledge and with Google. I would advise doing some research on the basic customs and culture, for example how to address people correctly with -san and -kun (correct suffixes) and such, and basic respect as shown in Japanese culture.Also, if you have tattoos, keep them covered up in public as tattoos are generally frowned upon in Japan (the only people who usually have tattoos are Yakuza). Food will be different to what you'd get at a 'Japanese' restaurant in the West, so bear that in mind when going to eat anywhere. And while you may be able to get away with English in the big cities, I wouldn't expect people in more rural areas or small towns to necessarily know English (they may know some if taught at school but don't forget, it's a foreign language) so you can't go wrong with learning at least the basics of the Japanese language and maybe some of the more common kanji.
Tips for an Enjoyable First Visit to Japan ↗
I'm assuming you are flying into Tokyo. There are two airports in Tokyo: Haneda and Narita. Haneda is the more convenient one. If you are going to use the train, be sure to use the blue, red or green lines. Avoid the black line as it stops at every designated station. Change is a thing and often small bills are in coins. It's best to get your money exchanged at the airport, but you can withdrawal money at 7-11's. Some places that you go accept only Yen, no credit cards. I recommend using the bigger toilets as they have a great bidet system. There are toilets where you have to squat to use it. People are quite friendly. The hotels are a bit smaller. Most importantly, if it's not in the contract, they will not do it.
No but I've wanted to go and maybe live there personally
Thanks for the shout out.
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