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  • Those are NOT crosswalks where pedestrians have right of way!!!

  • A drivers license!!

  • You don't have to apologise for using big paper bills.

  • When you go shopping you don't have the German packing haste!

  • Bring your bags! meaning....

  • Otherwise it will be harder, or more expensive!

  • The Horror... sometimes....

  • Wear your home slippers.

  • Hey guys it's me CathyCat! If you don't understand German,

  • there are subtitles down below, so click on the little gear to switch on English subtitles.

  • For everyone else, let's start this in German.

  • Guys this time I will tell you some small common mistakes that Germans do in Japan

  • Try and remember those, so everything will go smoothly for your Japan visit.

  • Here are 8 things, little mistakes, that Germans often end up doing in Japan.

  • Number 8

  • Those are not "Zebrastreifen" (pedestrian right of way crossings)

  • In Germany when we have those white stripes on the street

  • which are called Zeebra stripes. There, pedestrians generally have right of way.

  • Now that's not the same in Japan.

  • These stripes are only there to indicate,

  • that that is a crossing for pedestrians.

  • Similar to the stripes we have left and right to indicate where the crossing is.

  • If you get that wrong....

  • like I did......

  • that could be really dangerous.

  • The first time I came to Japan,

  • I was almost hit by a car...

  • Because I thought those stripes indicated that pedestrians had right of way...

  • Wonderful!

  • I walked across the street while all my Japanese friends screamed

  • NOOOO CATHY NOOOOOOO

  • They just about managed to stop me from walking into that car....

  • Because the CAR did not STOP at all.

  • The driver didn't look out as much either.

  • That was a pretty dangerous situation there.

  • So those Zebra crossings don't exist like that in the same way.

  • In Japan there are specific pedestrian crossings,

  • where cars should stop. You can't always tell which they are.

  • The stripes on the street, that look to Germans like Zebra crossings...

  • are only an indication that that is where pedestrians could cross

  • You have to be JUST as careful crossing as when you're crossing somewhere else.

  • Look right left right or left right left

  • So be careful. They are not prioritizing pedestrians there!

  • Number 7

  • Having a drivers license from Germany can get you further than you might know. Many seem to think

  • that, because people drive on the left in Japan,

  • and because Germans drive on the right side....

  • and that is why the German drivers license is invalid here.

  • Ah uh!

  • Wrong thought! You can use your German driver's license here in Japan, and drive here.

  • However you have to let it get TRANSLATED officially.

  • Together with the official translation, and a normal German driver's license

  • you can drive here on the streets of Japan. I know right!!!!!!

  • It might sound very challenging and intimidating but

  • it is legal here in Japan.

  • Not all countries have it that easy.

  • Germans got an advantage there.

  • However this only works within one year with that translation.

  • If you decide to stay longer than one year, you will have to apply for a Japanese driver's licence.

  • Number 6. You don't have to apologise for paying with big cash notes.

  • I know in Germany, when you get a 50 Euro note and you pay with that at a magazine stand...

  • Or even a 100 Euro bill....

  • if you try to pay with that in Germany....

  • Then we Germans tend to apologise to the Cashier saying "I am sorry, that's the only cash I have..."

  • In Japan this is generally not a problem.

  • Maybe that's a leftover from the Bubble Economy of Japan

  • When many Japanese people used to carry a lot of money on them

  • So generally paying with large bills is commonly not a problem.

  • It might still be on a small flea market

  • it might be different. But in common stores

  • you can pay with large Yen bills.

  • You don't have to apologise for that!

  • Remember this Germans.

  • Number 5

  • When you go shopping you don't have the packing - stress

  • In Germany we commonly have a race to pack everything up as quickly as possible

  • at the cashier, cause we have to.

  • Because of the next person behind us. It's really like that, right guys?

  • In Japan we don't have to run that race.

  • Generally, there are either packing stations behind the casiers,

  • after paying or...

  • Or sometimes the cashier packs it up for you in Japan.

  • That means you really don't have to be worried about it.

  • And you don't have to stress or hurry.

  • I find that really nice and I admit I like that a lot.

  • You don't get the pressure to pack everything up as fast and run off.

  • I like it.

  • But with our Number 4 we stay on the topic of packing!

  • Number 4 is....

  • Bring... your... BAGS!!!

  • This means... In Germany we are used to shop with eco friendly cloth bags

  • and in Japan it is not quite the same. Meaning...

  • In almost every store, for almost everything,

  • you instantly BOOM get a PLASTIC BAG.

  • You will get so many.

  • I have once gotten a tiny plastic bag for some chewing gum.

  • So please bring your eco bags with you.

  • Otherwise you will find yourself....

  • with about 10 bags at the end of the day.

  • 10 plastic bags and some of them are tiny, medium

  • all kinds of plastic bags... that you don't generally want.

  • Bring your eco friendly bags AND tell the cashier as fast as possible!

  • We were just on the topic of packing.

  • They cashiers are so fast at packing, you can't even react that fast!!!

  • You look at your wallet, you look up and suddently

  • everything is in plastic bags!

  • They are SO FAST!

  • Meaning...

  • seriously tell them early, or show your eco bag to the cashier.

  • Some super markets are currently not giving out bags straight away

  • but that is not common yet.

  • Some, when you say you have a cloth bag...

  • will take off 2yen off your bill or give you extra points on a points card.

  • But generally, especially in convenience stoes...

  • You get a bag without asking in jiffy.

  • So seriously...

  • Bring your bag and mention it fast

  • otherwise you'll end up with your bag and another plastic bag still.

  • The worst thing that once happened was.....

  • He packed it into a bag I said "Stop! No!"

  • "Please let's not waste plastic, I brought my own" he said "Is that so?"

  • And then he pulled the chewing gum out of the bag...

  • And threw the plastic bag right into the garbage....

  • And I thought... "Nooo I didn't mean things to come to this!!!"

  • Number 3

  • In German you might get used to nice bread and cereal

  • In Germany we love our breakfast and sometimes our tables are bending

  • with all the stuff we put on it.

  • In Japan the breakfast is different, a totally different type

  • which is great too.

  • It will be hard for you to get bread and cereal

  • and other "normal" things here in Japan. That includes types of dairy

  • like specific types like clotted cheese and similar.

  • It's hard to find things like that here.

  • Very hard.

  • Please don't come here expecting to find bread and muesli cereal.

  • And you will have to really look for it if you want it.

  • Generally, those Germans who live in Japan for several years...

  • Bring their own bread back from home, once they visited Germany.

  • Or they bake it themselves. Because after some time you tend to miss it.

  • Please don't expect common German breakfast items to be here, that will be difficult

  • or expensive or hard to get.

  • Number 2////

  • The horror!!!! Sometimes...............

  • Germans make the vital mistake........

  • to go to the shelf that says "sausages"

  • And you might think they are sausages, though they are wrapped in funny plastic....

  • and they have anime characters printed on the plastic........

  • but then.....

  • when you try eating them.....

  • and you expected.....

  • you wished...

  • it could have been a normal sausage....

  • but then the truth shows....

  • that some of their sausages here.... are made with FISH.

  • LOL

  • To be honest I am a sausage snob.

  • I am very hard to please.

  • But the fish sausages...

  • I tried it several times and every time thought "NO!!!"

  • No nonononono the horror the horror!!!!

  • So fellow Germans....

  • that every sausage here is a normal sausage. It could be a fish

  • a fish sausage in disguise!

  • The horrrooorrrrr

  • Number 1

  • Germany and Japan have one thing in common!

  • That's the custom of taking shoes off in people's homes and wearing slippers.

  • Yes and you might think, that it's exactly the same...

  • It's unfortunately not.

  • In Japan it's more strict. If you forgot something in the house in Germany

  • you might be tempted to tiptoe back in with outdoor shoes

  • Boo boo you can't pull that stunt off.

  • And then within the house there are different types of slippers to use.

  • Normal slippers

  • Guest slippers

  • Toilet slippers.

  • And then maybe slippers who are only worn on the balcony or terrace.

  • And you can't interchange them.

  • The balcony shoes are only for the balcony.

  • The toilet shoes are only for the toilet.

  • And then the normal slippers for the rest.

  • Walking with your toilet slippers is a faux pas...

  • You might make everyone laugh if you do that.

  • And accidentally wearing the balcony shoes inside the house could....

  • be a bit of problem because ... the outside of the house is generally seen as dirty

  • They are a bit stricter than in Germany.

  • And then also...

  • all those types of shoes have to be taken off if you have tatami straw mats.

  • On those you should only be wearing socks or go barefeet onto them.

  • That's a custom.

  • It's easy to get this wrong but now you're informed right.

  • So those were our 8....

  • things and mistakes that Germans in Japan often do.

  • I hope you enjoyed this video.

  • We are making videos in English, Japanese and German!

  • Would be lovely to see you around this channel for me and you enjoyed this

  • For me it's always a challenge to speak German again....

  • I always feel like my German sounds funny.

  • I think I might have made it somehow this time.

  • In case you can think of common errors and mistakes

  • that people do in Japan

  • Let us know in the comments down below. Even if you are not from Germany then let me know

  • what kind of mistakes people from your country often tend to do in Japan.

  • I am looking forward to your comments.

  • I wish you a lovely day and I see you for more on Ask Japanese. Bye!

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