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  • Japan has given a lot to world, from an ocean full of technology, anime and many more things.

  • The Japanese culture has always remained fascinating to rest of the world.

  • There is only so much to learn and know about their culture.

  • In this video we bring to you 8 Things Which you Shouldn't Do in Japan.

  • And trust us, you would have never expected these!

  • So let's get started.

  • #1.

  • Eating & Drinking while Walking.

  • It's busy Monday morning and you are going to your workplace with a cup of coffee in

  • one hand and fiddling with cellphone from other.

  • Well that is not something you get to see in Japan.

  • Although eating your food stuff while walking isn't illegal, you will definitely invite

  • death stares from people around you.

  • People of Japan are extremely conscious about cleanliness and their surrounding.

  • They generally prefer to buy eatables from the store and eat somewhere there.

  • If someone is getting themselves a drink from the vending machine, they will stand near

  • it and finish drinking.

  • It is part of their culture.

  • Also, will you love it if you accidentally step on someone's dropped food ?

  • #2.

  • Don't play with the chopsticks.

  • Eating from chopsticks can certainly be one of those exotic things to do while in Japan,

  • but there are a variety of things you shouldn't do with chopsticks.

  • First, you should NEVER stick chopsticks upright in the rice bowl.

  • It is actually a funeral ritual where chopsticks are stuck upright in rice to offer the rice

  • to the spirit of the deceased.

  • Secondly, you may not be aware but passing things from chopsticks to chopsticks is complete

  • no-no!

  • It is again a funeral ritual where the bones of the dead are passed in a similar manner.

  • Now who would like to see it happening on a dinning table ?

  • And finally, never ever rub your chopsticks against each other.

  • It may sound like a fun thing to do or may even be helpful in getting rid of splinters,

  • but by doing so in a Japanese restaurant you will be offending the owner because rubbing

  • the chopsticks is like saying "your restaurant is cheap, and so are the chopsticks".

  • #3.

  • Tipping the server.

  • Now this is a reason why you might want to visit a Japanese restaurant often - tipping

  • is not allowed.

  • Customer service is one of the heavily emphasized area of any business in Japan.

  • While tipping is generally not seen as rude, you might unknowingly upset the server because

  • they may think you are trying to assess their service in terms of monetary value.

  • #4.

  • Talking over phone in public transport.

  • Talking over phone while traveling in some form of public transport is often looked down

  • upon in Japan.

  • If you are familiar with the image of crowded Japanese trains, it might even make sense

  • to have such a restriction.

  • It is not uncommon to see labels instructing you to turn off your phone while traveling

  • in public transport.

  • In bullet trains there are designated compartments, in case you really want to answer the incoming

  • call.

  • #5.

  • Blowing your nose in public.

  • We were always told that it is a good habit to blow your nose using handkerchief, but

  • not in Japan where you are not even allowed to blow your nose no matter how runny it is.

  • If you are out in public, you are expected to keep sniffing or find yourself a toilet

  • and then blow your nose.

  • Handkerchief are common but they are just used to wipe off the sweat during summer or

  • to dry hands, because despite having futuristic toilets - Japanese toilets lack any kind of

  • hand drying setup.

  • #6.

  • Being Opinionated.

  • The very reason we are attracted towards Japan is its traditions and culture.

  • In a closely knit society, the only way to remain "cultured" is with harmony.

  • Perhaps this is the reason why being very opinionated is looked down upon in the Japanese

  • culture.

  • If you have a strong opinion about something, people may consider you obnoxious and might

  • even completely avoid you.

  • It is not very common to see people getting into intense debate and arguments, the Japanese

  • philosophy is to avoid conflict at all cost.

  • It can however become annoying when people simply wouldn't express their opinion.

  • #7.

  • Take off your shoes when indoor.

  • It is part of the Japanese tradition, and an important one, to take off your shoes before

  • entering the house.

  • When inside a Japanese home you will notice that there is a small region immediately after

  • the door at slightly lower elevation than rest of the house.

  • It is designed in this way to keep mud and dirt off the house, and it also serves as

  • a indicator that you must remove your shoes there.

  • That region is called "Genkan".

  • For area beyond Genkan, you will be offered a pair of slippers to wear.

  • #8.

  • Tempting to litter in the Absence of Bins.

  • If you are still watching, good job!

  • This is one of the shockers for someone who is in Japan for the first time.

  • Remember how we kept telling you about Japan's obsession with cleanliness?

  • It is quite ironical that despite super clean streets, locating bins on the Japanese streets

  • can become a game of hide and seek.

  • The best way to find a bin is by looking for any convenient store nearby and you would

  • finally be filled with a sense of achievement when you get to throw your trash.

  • Remember, finding a trash bin can be difficult but never give up to the urge of littering!

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  • And thanks for watching!

Japan has given a lot to world, from an ocean full of technology, anime and many more things.

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    Emily posted on 2018/11/12
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