Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles 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! Are you surprised ? Subscribe to our channel to see more such videos. And thanks for watching!