Today I will tell you about Japanese manners you should know when you come to Japan.
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Japanese meal edition
Meals in Japan are basically done with chopsticks.
However, nowadays spoons and the like are widely used, so not all may apply, but when eating in a proper place it is an important manner.
There are various rules for using chopsticks.
In Japan, the following chopsticks are “manner violations”.
Be careful as it is taboo informal situations.
- Wonder which one to take with chopsticks
- Lick chopsticks
- Stick chopsticks into food
- Bring juice and soy sauce to your mouth while dripping
- They pick up the same dish
- If common chopsticks are attached to each dish, use those chopsticks
- Especially elderly Japanese are sensitive to manners. Be careful in such situations.
How to Eat?
Bowl, boiled soup, drink directly with a spoon, without using a spoon
When sipping noodles and soup, make a little noise.
Tableware is other than the large plate eaten while holding the dish by hand.
When carrying rice or side dishes to your mouth, lift the bowl or plate to the front of your chest. It said that it is good to have rice in a correct posture with your back straight, and it said that eating dogs without a dish and head close to tableware is “dog-eating”, and it is not so popular.
It’s also taboo to have your elbows on the table when you eat.
If you have a spoon, you don’t need to have a bowl.
Recently, the word “Nuhara” has been booming in the media. This is an abbreviation of “noodle harassment”. When a foreigner felt unpleasant about the sound and tweeted it on SNS, there was a debate about “you should consider foreigners!”
However, in Japan, it has been customary to soak and eat noodles for a long time.
At the outset, it said that many Japanese people are diligent and have little time to eat, and they have taken root so that they can eat them quickly by sipping hot noodles.
Manners during meals
Don’t forget the greetings of “Itadakimasu ” and “Gochisousamadeshita ”
いただきます I will have food and thank you
ごちそうさまでした Thank you for the food.
It is the Japanese language.
Before your meal, put your hands in front of your chest and bow with a slight bow, and say hello after your meal. This has the meaning of expressing appreciation for the people who cooked the dishes, the people who cooked the ingredients, and ultimately the blessings of nature. I say to the person who cooked the food and the clerk at the store.
Be careful where you sit
In a formal dining setting (especially when sitting with a teacher, boss, or superior), there are two types of seats, upper and lower seats.Sit in a position appropriate to you according to the occasion. Sho (the back is near the floor, etc.). Basically, the lower person sits at the entrance or in front of the seat. The reason is that you can receive it when you receive food or drink.
Do not eat
In Japan, it is more polite not to leave anything left. If you keep the fish bones in one place so that the plates after meals look as clean as possible, you will feel delicate and concerned. It thought that the manners of meals bring up the person’s growth and personality.
When taking a Train or Bus
When you get on a train or bus, there is a manner of getting on in Japan.
Outside The Train manners
Japan is famous for its crowded morning rush hour. The Japanese have built a unique manner so that they can spend no trouble in that situation. First of all, “Ride on board” before getting on the train. Let’s pay attention to the platform of the station! There are signs at the places where you can get on the train, so let’s get there first. When the train arrives, give priority to those who get off, and when there are no people getting off, get on the train in order from the previous one. You should be able to get on the train surprisingly smoothly.
Inside The Train manners
- Do not smoke tobacco
- Don’t talk loudly with friends
- Refrain from calling on mobile
- Put your phone in silent mode
- Give priority seats to elderly people and pregnant women (special seats for that purpose, “Priority seats” are also set up)
- Depending on the time of day, there are women-only vehicles and seats. (If you make a mistake, you may be fined)
- There are some manners that basically do not eat food in the car (except for Shinkansen and some limited express trains)
Etiquette in restaurants
This time it is about manners at restaurants that tourists coming to Japan do not know surprisingly. You may be surprised, but in Japan, it is illegal to bring food and drinks bought at another restaurant at a restaurant you enter. Shop people don’t like drinking bottled water. Let’s put a plastic bottle in the back! Instead, water or tea is often provided free of charge at all restaurants, and free replacements are also available. If you follow the manners, you will be able to receive services more pleasantly. Keep your manners and enjoy your trip!
This is amazing! Escalator manners
In Japan, there are strange manners that even Japanese people cannot explain properly. That is the manner of using the escalator. When you’re on the escalator, leave one side of the escalator open for those in a hurry. Depending on the region, western Japan is left on the left and eastern Japan is on the right. However, be careful in this manner. You probably don’t know what you’re saying. The best way is to imitate the Japanese on the escalator. It is a little difficult manner, but let’s practice without accidents while traveling!
Manners for garbage disposal
Japan is an amazingly clean country for tourists to Japan. In Japan, many people practice sorting trash and throwing it away or taking it home. For example, if you come to a place without a trash can, do not litter and take it back to the place with a trash can. The spirit of recycling well understood, so when you throw away trash in the trash bin, separate it and throw it away. In some areas, fines may be imposed on littering of garbage. I came to sightseeing and was fined! Let’s travel with the observance of manners!
Manners about time
Japan is the most accurate country in the world for trains and buses. It can be said that this is reflected in the Japanese national character and manners. It is thanks to these Japanese nationalities that tourists to Japan can receive comfortable services in Japan. In Japan, canceling an appointment just before being called late or “dotacan” is an act of losing credibility. If you are traveling in Japan and are about to be late for a meeting with the Japanese, be sure to contact us in advance! “Datacan” is forbidden. A little care should make your journey more comfortable.
When entering a ryokan or a Japanese house
Shoes strictly prohibited.
At present, Western-style hotels have become widespread, and it has become common to enter rooms and offices on foot, but in Japan, it is usually manners to take off shoes before entering. Even now, there are many places where you take off your shoes in inns and many places.
The reason is that I like Japan beautifully. In addition, because it rains all year round, if you go up with muddy shoes, your house will get dirty.
Don’t just take it off.
In Japan, it is taboo to leave your shoes off. If you don’t have room to place your heels on the side of the house or at the edge of the entrance, keep the heels on the wall and arrange them neatly. It doesn’t seem very pleasant to take it off and leave it alone.
Overseas, thank you when you give thanks. In Japan, we say thank you very much, and we bow down and thank the other person.
Conclusion Japanese Manners
Thank you for reading the blog so far.
I realized again that there were quite a lot of manners in Japan.
It is true that the world is changing, as Japan is also becoming international.
I rarely see young people who do not follow the manners. However, most of them are elderly people and people who respect Japanese culture, so if you come to Japan, please follow the manners as much as possible.