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JAPANESE ETTIQUETTE


If you've ever considered a trip to the land of the rising sun you've probably done some research on proper Japanese etiquette. Many daily customs are significantyly different from those of the western world. Hopefully this compiled list of proper manners will be all you'll ever need to survive your stay in Japan. Check out these etiquette resources and never again bring shame and dishonor to your family.

Bowing

Bowing (お辞儀 o-jigi?), is probably the feature of Japanese etiquette that is best known outside of Japan (the o お is honorific but cannot be omitted for this world). Bowing is considered extremely important in Japan.

Greetings

Greetings are considered to be extreme importance in Japanese culture. The most common greetings are ohayo gozaimasu (おはよ うございます?) or "good morning", used until about 11am but may be used at any time of day if it is the first occasion that day. The two people have met: konnichiwa (こんにちは?) which is roughly equivalent to "good day" or "good afternoon" and is used until late afternoon; and konbawa (こんばんは?) or "good evening".

Eating and drinking

Meals in Japan traditionally begin with the phrase itadakimasu (いただきす?) literally, "I humbly receive". The phrase is similar to "bon appetit", or saying grace to give thanks before a meal. It is said to express gratitude for all who played a role in preparing, cultivating, ranching or hunting the food.

Sushi etiquettes dictates that when eating nigiri-zushi, one should dip the sushi topping-side down into the soy sauce to prevent the rice from soaking up too much sauce; leaving stray grains of rice floating in the sauce is considered uncouth, but can be hard to avoud for those who have difficulty with chopsticks. in sushi-only restaurant, it is acceptable to use fingers instead chopsticks to eat nigiri-zushi.

Making payment

It is common for Japanese businesses to set out a small tray near a cash register so that costumers can place their money on the tray rather that handing it to the cashier.

Toilet

Squat toilet: The traditional Japanese-style (和式, washiki) toilet is a squat toilet-also known as the 'Asian Toilet,' as squat toilets of somewhat similar design are common all over Asia.

Western-style: A flush toilet which has a pedestial for siting is known in Japan as a Western-style (洋式 yōshiki) toilet. Western-style toilets, including high tech toilets, are now more common in Japanese homes than the traditional squat toilets. Japanese modern toilet have some unique feature. The toilet have a few choice of water spray feature. You can also pick a choice of water temperature, seat temperature, and water pressure. The toilet also have a water sounds feature to cover some noises.

Visiting someone's house

Wooden step into a Japanese hotel, is where one should take off one's shoes and wear the house slippers provided it. It is considered an honor to be invited to someone's home in Japan. Many Japanese regard their homes as being too humble to entertain guests. Shoes are not worn inside and often replaced with slippers called uwabaki. Just wearing socks is also acceptable in informal situations. Socks, however are not generally removed - bare feet are acceptable when visiting close friend, but not otherwise. There are also seperate slippers used when using bathroom, for reasons of hygiene.

Ride a train

For riding a train in Japan, you need transportion card. You can use Japan Railway Pass, SUICA, or PASMO. The payment system is simple, you just tap the card on the train gate. You can get unlimited ride for a week for Japan Railway Pass, but for SUICA and PASMO you go based on the fare, so you have to top do the top up once your card balance is 0.

In Japan, you are suppose to waiting on queue before entering the train and be quite inside the train. Talking louly are not allowed and please avoiding answer your phone call on the train. Priority seat are for elderly, pregnant woman, woman with the kids, and the disable person. Do not eat or drink inside the train. Do not littering inside of train. Do not sitting on the ground or placing your luggage or bags scattered on the ground, putting on makeup or other grooming, sitting with your legs spread wide apart, reading newspaper without folding it to make it take up less space, crossing your legs, or listening to your music loudy so that other passengers can hear it leaking from your headphones.