• 10 things you shouldn't do in Japan

    10 things you shouldn't do in Japan

    No matter what time you spend in Japan or what you think you know about the country. There are always things that one does without paying attention, whether by laziness or a simple oversight.

     1) Wear his Kimono / Yukata with the right side folded on the left side.

     If you bend your Kimono or Yukata in this way, it means that you are indeed dead. Always be careful to bend the left edge on the right side otherwise it would mean that you embalm a body.

    Whether you're following a tutorial on YouTube to learn how to put a Kimono or an online guide on how to wear one, there is a good chance that the author will not be aware that the left side should be on the top when wearing a Kimono.

    2) Speak too loudly in the subway.

    This seems obvious and one can find this rule of manners in any travel guide: Do not speak too loudly in the subway. It is a peaceful place where only discussions in a low voice are tolerated; unless you take the last metro, in this case, you could fall on people "slightly" drunk and borrowed from the fight.

    However, some people (especially foreigners because they are not used to it), despite their effort to speak less loud, still have the voice that carries. In this case, it remains only to "whisper". You have to take on yourself and pay attention constantly.

    3) Do not take out your trash bins properly.

    No matter what time you spend in Japan or what you think you know about the country. There are always things that one does without paying attention, whether by laziness or a simple oversight.

     4) Wear his Kimono / Yukata with the right side folded on the left side.

     If you bend your Kimono or Yukata in this way, it means that you are indeed dead. Always be careful to bend the left edge on the right side otherwise it would mean that you embalm a body.

    Whether you're following a tutorial on YouTube to learn how to put a Kimono or an online guide on how to wear one, there is a good chance that the author will not be aware that the left side should be on the top when wearing a Kimono.

    2) Speak too loudly in the subway.

    This seems obvious and one can find this rule of manners in any travel guide: Do not speak too loudly in the subway. It is a peaceful place where only discussions in a low voice are tolerated; unless you take the last metro, in this case, you could fall on people "slightly" drunk and borrowed from the fight.

    However, some people (especially foreigners because they are not used to it), despite their effort to speak less loud, still have the voice that carries. In this case, it remains only to "whisper". You have to take on yourself and pay attention constantly.

    3) Do not take out your trash bins properly.

    This most often concerns recycling. The phrase "A place for everything and everything in its place" you know? Sometimes we hesitate because we do not know if this or that is flammable or not. There may also be no trash for plastic.

    But sometimes it's just laziness. Make sure not to be in this last category. Always try to put your garbage in the right place.

    4) Form a circle with your thumb and forefinger to say "Ok! ".

    In Japan, this movement is associated with "money". You should think twice before telling someone that you are doing so because you could make an agreement without realizing it. So stop at the secret deals, go back to the good old oral language.

    5) Do not use a book cover in the subway.

    This usually works only with paperbacks or mangas because they are the ones that are most often the right size for book covers. This is not really courtesy but rather common sense, however, you can find pretty blankets for your books! This will serve not only to brighten your reading (yes yes brighten it) and also allow you to hide from others the title of one of your readings that could be oh so unconventional.

    6) Do not bring drinks from outside in a bar or restaurant.

    Tipping is something that does not exist in Japan because it is quite normal to expect a restaurant that offers excellent service and a delicious meal without waiting for an extra payment.

    In the same vein, do not bring back food or drinks from outside, it might suggest that you do not hold a high esteem for their food or drink.

    7) Do not walk / stand on the right side of a stair / escalator.

    Do not be afraid to behave like people who stay standing where you have to walk and walk where you have to stay up!

    As a general rule, in escalators in the Kanto area, you have to stay standing on the left side and if you want to climb while walking, you have to do it on the right side.

    On the other hand, in Kansai, the opposite is practiced. If you are afraid of forgetting or no longer find yourself, just look at how others are doing and everything will be fine.

    8) Misuse your chopsticks.

    Many people know the golden rule: do not plant chopsticks in your rice! It is technically incorrect to leave chopsticks on your plate or bowl when not in use, chopsticks are provided for this!

    9) Do not give priority.

    If you are very tired and there is a priority place ("yuusenseki" in Japanese) free, you can sit there. But once the train begins to fill up and people who need these places with priority characters come in, you have to give them back.

    There is no excuse for this as you can see if a person is old enough to need it. Plus, in Japan, you can even know if a woman is pregnant with the chain on her bag, so you'll know you have to give her the seat.

     10) Leave your laundry lying out too long.

    You should know that it is common practice to lay out your laundry outside, on the balcony so that it dries. But if you ever leave it outside for too long, it may seem careless to say dirty.


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