Japan is an incredibly beautiful and exciting place to visit. But you need to be aware of the many differences and sensitivities in Japanese culture. The best way to avoid breaches of etiquette is to study up before you leave home. Here are 19 faux pas to avoid in Japan, as picked by Destination Tips.
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1. Don’t Wear Shoes in the House
2. Don’t Forget Bathroom Slippers
3. Don’t Line Up for the Bathroom
4. Don’t Expect Familiar Toilets
If you're lucky to get a high tech toilet, make sure you play with all the buttons to warm you, clean you and dry you. Destination Tips recommends packing your own toilet paper or tissues.
5. Don’t Forget to Shower Before Bathing
6. Don’t Walk and Eat
7. Don’t Put Soy Sauce on Your Rice
8. Don’t Use Chopsticks Incorrectly
Don't wave them around or play with them. Don't spear your food with one chopstick. Don't stick them into your rice. Don't pass anything to another person. Don't cross them or lay them across your bowl. Got that?
9. Don’t Be Shy About Enjoying Your Food
10. Don’t Serve Yourself
11. Don’t Tip
12. Don’t Spread Germs
13. Don’t Point to Your Chest
14. Avoid the Numbers 4 and 9
15. Don’t Talk on Your Phone in Public
16. No Public Displays of Affection
17. Don’t Assume Yes Means Yes
You may not get a firm 'no', either. This is so you can save face if you fail to come to an agreement.
18. Don’t Litter
19. Don’t Use Drugs
The best piece of advice: stay away from all illegal substances when in Japan.