Throughout the dining table, there are clear rules to obey, good practices to give and receive gifts and even multiple slippers to wear in different rooms of a house. Here Are Some Japanese Customs That Are Shocking To Foreigners.
We’ve built a list of some items to anticipate while traveling to the country to help you work through the intricacies of Japanese customs.
Disrespectful way of blowing your nose in public
Biting your nose in a public place where there is plenty of people is not only disrespectful, it is often considered “disgusting.” The Japanese people who decided to bite their nose coped with it by eating a nose before they found a private place. When a runny nose comes out in front of the Japanese public and nothing else needs to be said, it is best to bite the nose without causing as much trouble as possible. Chewing nose with a handkerchief often won’t be allowed in Japan, so be careful.
“4” is a dangerous number
“13” is known in Western Europe as mysterious numbers, and there are hotels and buildings with no 13th floor. Similarly, Japan’s “4” reminiscent of “death” is considered an ominous number, while “49” is also “pain to death.” 4 Gifts are scary, and you can stop it as much as you can. Additionally, there are traditions not only in Japan but also in China and Korea to stop “4,” called Tetraophobia (4 phobia).
If you eat something while walking “sloppy”
Nobody cares in Western Europe if someone eats something while walking, but in Japan it is considered a sloppy act. Interestingly, many Japanese think eating anything in the train is bad etiquette. There are, however, some “exceptions” in this Japanese way of making and for some reason it’s cool to eat ice cream while walking.
Pushing passengers into crowded trains Occupation “Pusher”
At the station during Japan’s rush hour, “uniform pusher A person who takes a job named “You appear”. Their work basically gets paid by ensuring that no one is caught in the door by pushing passengers into a crowded train.
There are slippers in the bathroom
sometimes slippers are located in the house where you’ve got the habit of taking off your shoes indoors, inside a home, a restaurant that takes off your boots, a temple market, a museum, etc. In fact, after wearing slippers and entering the bathroom, there are “special bathroom slippers” in the toilet so caution must be taken not to enter the toilet as “indoor slipper.”
If you visit anyone’s house, you’ll need a gift
In Japan, when you are invited to the house of somebody, there is a tradition to deliver a gift to the landlord. If you are invited to someone’s home in Japan, you would be able to bring the gift perfectly wrapped in wrapping paper and ribbon. Remember, if you receive a gift never decline. However, it’s called “polite” because at the beginning it’s a practice of casting an allegation once.
Should not pour your own drink
There is a tradition in many countries around the world to pour drinks into empty glasses of strangers and then point to their own cups, but in Japan there is something to “pour drinks on your own cup” You shouldn’t think about it. When the other people’s glass is empty, pour some drinks and maybe someone else will be conscious of your empty glass and pour the tea. Also, you need to wait until someone says “Kan-Pai” before you start drinking!
These are Some Japanese Customs That Are Shocking To Foreigners
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