15 Examples Of Japanese Manners And Etiquette That You Will Not Find Anywhere Else
Every country has its own customs and traditions and Japan is no different. It is a vast country that is filled with incredible culture, amazing food, futuristic tech and traditions that have been passed down from generations.
There are some traditions that are well known and even featured in tour guides while some are only known to the people and are things that tourists should know about. Here are a few things about Japanese culture and etiquettes that are not featured in guide books and things you should know about before you visit the country.
This is an unwritten rule in Japan that many Japanese people follow. If they enter a vacant lift at the ground floor they become the lift’s skipper if more people enter the lift after them. They will stand near the control board and hold the doors open till everyone gets off and they themselves get off last.
Japanese people take their alcohol a lot seriously and they have respected timings for that. In Japan a professor can out-drink his students who will then have to carry him home. They can be very polite and respectful during the day and vomiting on their business suits at a karaoke bar at night.
3Sitting is an art
‘Seiza’ is the art of sitting by folding one’s legs underneath one’s thighs and this is how the Japanese people sit. They feel it to be the most comfortable sitting position and can sit like this for hours. Unfortunately, most tourists cannot sit like this and they feel their legs going numb within a few minutes while others feel it very uncomfortable.
4Respecting the customer
The most incredible aspect of Japanese culture is the amount of respect they give to others. One great way of seeing this is when a customer or business partner is about to leave the staff follows them to the door and keep bowing till the doors are closed as a sign of respect. In Japan, a customer or business partner is treated like a God with the utmost respect.
5Talking to the cashier
This is something tourists will notice. In most countries, you greet the cashier and even make some small talk while they bill your products and when everything is done you thank them before leaving. But, in Japan, the people do not thank their cashiers as they believe why should you thank someone for doing their job for which they are being paid?