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  • Hey guys, it's Mikan, and today I'm going to be basically doing a few chores

  • I'm gonna get my hair roots redone, you know the straightening? After that, depending on if Hirokazu is done with his stuff-

  • We're gonna be meeting up and I'm gonna be getting some things for my meetup, which is this week.

  • This is probably gonna be uploaded after the meetup. But like that's where we're at right now..

  • So I thought I would take you along but then also kind of talk about some things that you should and should not do in Japan.

  • Just because I get a lot of people who ask me for advice.. like a lot of people want some tips and I guess

  • like traveling, it's kind of scary so I can understand like wanting to hear from someone who lives in Japan; what tips I have

  • So today's going to be kind of a do's and don'ts in Japan though i'm not gonna be saying like

  • Do this, don't do this. I'm kind of just going to be talking about things

  • you should and shouldn't do, while I take you out on my day. So let's go!

  • Let's start with train etiquette.

  • One thing I don't often see people speak about is backpacks.

  • And this is a mistake I often see people make.

  • When you get on a busy train, make sure that you take your backpack off your back and put it on your front-

  • Like this:

  • This is because the busy trains are VERY, very busy

  • So if your bag is behind you, if you end up hitting someone, you don't know.

  • The best way to tell if the train is busy enough for you to put your backpack on your front-

  • Is to look around and notice that other people are doing it.

  • One thing about Japan, is that the train is a quiet place..

  • So be really careful when you're with your friends, that you don't speak too loudly and-

  • Definitely, definitely DO NOT talk on the phone. It is seen as very, very rude here.

  • Another thing is, and this is a really big pet peeve of mine, is if you see a pregnant person-

  • an old person, someone who has injured their leg, or something..

  • STAND FOR THEM

  • Let them take your seat.

  • I don't know why it's so like.. I see so many people, not just foreigners by the way-

  • Japanese people as well, who just don't stand for old people!

  • Like they'll like pretend to be asleep and it's like so rude! It really bothers me if you've got two functional legs:

  • Stand for those who are struggling

  • Of course, there are priority seats, but they're not always available

  • Like if a really really old lady's standing in front of you, STAND UP

  • My next tip is to not tip anyone EVER.

  • There's just not a tipping culture in Japan

  • It's just not something that happens here

  • Just pay but you're asked to pay and that's it.

  • While I'm looking my absolute best..

  • I thought I would give you my next tip:

  • Which is to wear masks

  • If you're sick

  • Now this is something that took me a really long time to get used to.

  • Just because we don't really have masks and stuff in the UK

  • So

  • I thought were kind of uncomfortable wearing them

  • But honestly think of it this way when you're in Japan

  • You'll packed all around people all of the time and if you sneeze and cover it with your hand

  • It's you're still gonna get the sneeze all over people. They sell them for super cheap

  • Literally anywhere you can find them so easily so there's no reason not to get them. I'm here today as usual with Natalie

  • Hey boys done an amazing job with my hair

  • I cut my own friendship, which is really annoying because once it gets too long

  • I get really irritated because it gets in my eyes and then I boys do a really bad job cutting it and that I missed

  • those nuts to me like

  • She also styled it a little bit at the end here curled it a better feels so good

  • But like it's all straight and it's all one color

  • Yeah

  • Look who came to join me

  • Okay, let's get to my next point

  • My next tip is to try to learn just a little bit of Japanese before you come Japanese people really

  • Appreciate when foreign people speak any Japanese at all

  • like you say one word and people like oh

  • Like amazed even though it feels really embarrassing even just saying like I think though as I'm asked the US and things like that people

  • Totally like appreciate that. Yeah, ya know

  • so Japanese people really care about

  • someone's

  • How does it like?

  • Behavior and stuff if you just like stretch to my son stuff people gonna people to really appreciate it

  • Like yeah, it's gonna look really good on you. Yeah, it's like yeah, it makes people very nice in

  • Yeah in Japan

  • especially like if I say like oscillation was when I passed someone I mean the holiday pass salute when you when you

  • Pass someone. Yeah, I think so mass might be difficult for well people who don't know any Japanese. Oh, yeah sumimasen. It's funny

  • Yeah, nothing is fine, too. Yeah. Yeah like that

  • But if you if you want to go for a bit higher level than sedation mass is better. Yeah. Yeah

  • So one thing you have to know about Japanese people is they're really really punctual

  • So make sure you're always on time and by on time, I mean be like 10 minutes early

  • It's essentially something that I struggle with. I've really had to get used to being on time all the time

  • Japanese people are particularly strict about time. So take care about that

  • Okay, so while we're in Harajuku I want to talk about how does yuku modeling agents who come up to foreigners all the time don't

  • trust them

  • It's usually the kind of like modeling

  • agency where like they charge you like a ridiculous amount for like lessons and then you never actually become a lot of anything even like

  • Totally down if you give in someone's business card look it up online

  • Make sure it's a reputable

  • agency because they come up to you all the time and you know at first I used to be like

  • Flattered I used to be like oh

  • But I've come to realize they look for like foreigners or generally people who look like they would want to be one models

  • Yeah, and then they like go for them because they think they can stand up careful. They usually walking around against the street

  • so you'd better be careful if it was like it's hot like if they're like

  • Really? Yeah

  • So scary. Yeah, that's a scam to look out for

  • We're on the hunt for Simona's mr. Secondhand Fozzie these kinds of things

  • Do you see anything you like?

  • I don't know I can't decide

  • I like the black one, huh? Yeah, I mean - but I want to throw a ball. Okay, just let sees that he likes

  • Well, no. No, you should try them both on yeah

  • See what I want to get is a holiday this kind of cardigan looking things

  • Just kind of to wear on day to day life, but I'm not so sure about the patterns. I'm seeing here

  • So I probably won't buy it today. Okay

  • So while he look at this trying goes on I want to bring up my next point which is to downplay compliments

  • Now this is a pretty big difference to the UK

  • I would say because in the UK if someone says like oh, you look so pretty then you'll be like, oh, thank you

  • That's so nice. You look pretty too but in Japan, that would be seen as very like

  • Big-headed this is actually something that I find quite difficult just because when someone compliments me

  • I just want the moment to meet over. I wanted to be like, okay, thanks, and you know, it's all done

  • You should be like I've got the lines that I've like I don't have those I'm months that you have to be humble at all

  • Times otherwise people will think you are a really big headed person

  • You think I think luckily my size oh

  • Yeah, because like, you know I come with

  • The same time I go well with food and actually like the

  • Comfortable

  • So usually this kind of jacket costs like 30,000 yen, but we found it for 10,000 it's very there. Yeah

  • Another tip is that when you make payments in Japan, you usually don't hand over the cash directly

  • But instead you put it in one of these little trays so give a lookout

  • So, my next tip is just a small one and that is to make sure that you separate your rubbish

  • Don't just throw things anywhere in England's most bins up or like anything but in Japan they have a specific purpose

  • So watch out so the next one is another simple one, which is just to do my shoes inside in Japan

  • You just don't wear shoes inside. You're usually given some slippers to wear inside instead. So keep that in mind

  • Actually, I don't like wearing slippers but you know, cause his mom gets mad at me when I don't mess with this

  • We found you know, I love you know, check out the roof so pretty

  • There's some crystals over there. So we're gonna

  • Have a bite to eat I

  • Got this little making tea style thing as a snack. I always loved anything mac and cheese

  • So comforting

  • Okay, so as my last point, I'm just going to zoom through some table etiquette

  • I'm sure you've heard most of these but just in case I'm just gonna go through them

  • First one is to make sure that you never ever pass food from chopstick to chopstick like this the second one

  • Is that you never ever put your chopsticks in rice like this? Those are both things that they do at funerals

  • So it has like a funeral image

  • You should never point your chopsticks at anyone and you should have like separate chopsticks for serving food

  • Like if you're sharing like a dish

  • Then you should have like separate ones that you're not eating with to share their food with

  • So that you're not putting like this bit and everything, you know

  • Another thing is that if you have a bowl of rice, it's totally okay to pick it up in general small bowls

  • But it's totally cool to just pick things up. Do you have rice?

  • Do you have to finish it down to the very last grain of rice?

  • Japanese people have a very big appreciation for like the people who made their food and like whether food came from

  • So they feel it's really disrespectful to like the farmer and everyone who made the rice for to like not finish it before you eat

  • Used to say keep a vacuum ass and when you finish eating you say gotta sauce some of this stuff

  • you should also say got sauce on and estar to the waitress and the

  • sheriff and

  • basically anyone who has anything to do with the food that you just say who it is totally cool to slap your noodles even though

  • that some things that I'm still trying to get used to and at the end when you have to pay you don't pay at the

  • Table you take it up to a cashier to paint that that's pretty much all of the base

  • I feel like that's pretty much the whole video now

  • I don't think there's really anything left to say, so, please let me know in the comments if you like

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