The necessary information will be provided to avoid becoming bewildered because of the difference in customs and culture when eating or making a purchase at the shopping street in Japan.
- About Eating
Please say "Itadakimasu" and "Gochisosama."
All beings and creatures on earth live on the blessings of nature. Everything is kept alive because of the connection to our lives. "Itadakimasu" expresses gratitude to nature.
Both "Chi" and "So" in "Chiso ni Naru (to be treated)" mean "To run." In days of old, people used to run around to scoop cooking ingredients and treat guests. "Gochisosama" expresses the guest's gratitude for the host's work.
When you say "Itadakimasu" and "Gochisosama," strike the pose shown in the photo. And while uttering "Itadakimasu" or "Gochisosama," make a slight bow.
Even if you slurp ramen or soba noodles, it is not considered bad manners
In Japan, the act of slurping noodles, except for pasta, is not considered bad manners, and it is more like the act of expressing that you had a pleasant meal. The taste will be much better from the act of slurping, which is the principal reason for slurping.
If you eat ramen without making a sound, people may misunderstand and think that you don't like it. As Japanese ramen is served piping hot, slurping is also a well thought-out way to prevent one's mouth from getting burned. However, slurping is okay, but burping is considered very rude, so you need to pay attention.
- About Custom
It is rude to pay a tip
In Japan, where there is no custom of tipping, giving a tip may embarrass the other person, even if your intentions are good. If you give a tip inadvertently, you will not only confuse the staff, but also the clerk or wait staff will chase you to return the tip. If you would like to convey your gratitude, politely say "Arigatou" and Japanese people will be pleased.
It is not good to blow your nose in public places
Blowing your nose in public spaces where there are many people is not only bad manners, but is also considered disgusting. When Japanese people need to blow their noses, they quietly sniffle until they find somewhere private. If you have a runny nose in public and cannot help it, it is better to blow your nose as quietly as possible. Blowing your nose with your handkerchief is not accepted in Japan either, so you need to pay attention.
Try not to speak loudly in a shop.
Fair prices are written on the price tags, so please try not to negotiate an extreme discount.
- About Toilet
Put the paper in the toilet bowl and flush
In Japanese toilets, even if you flush the toilet paper, it will not cause clogging. Please do not put used toilet paper in the trash or somewhere close to the toilet bowl; drop the toilet paper in the bowl and flush. However, if you flush paper other than toilet paper, it may cause clogging, so please be careful not to flush the tissue paper you brought.
Everyone uses the toilets. Please be careful and keep them clean.