WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW RUSSIAN TOURIST ABOUT ETIQUETTE IN JAPAN
Japan is not Europe. Even if you have gone far and wide across all European countries, it is likely that in the East you will encounter something that could not have been thought of in the West.
While the travel agency issues a visa to Japan for your independent travel, try not only to make a list of attractions, but also to learn more about what can and cannot be done in this country.
Gestures are more important than words
The Japanese do not look into the eyes of other people. It’s normal for them to look away during a conversation. But your open look, even on the street, can be perceived as a kind of challenge, a manifestation of aggression.
Sign language for Japanese is more important than words. In dealing with local residents do not violate their personal space, keep a distance. Avoid familiarity: do not hug the other person or pat him on the shoulder.
In relations with Europeans, advanced Japanese can use handshakes, but still they are more accustomed to bowing. Sometimes they bow even while talking on the phone.
In everyday life, barely noticeable bows are used, the back bend is about 15 degrees. Longer bows are addressed to respected persons, business partners – a back bend of about 30 degrees. If the meeting occurs with a very significant person, the Japanese are ready to bow down at 45 degrees.
Apologies always and everywhere
You can’t go visiting with empty hands. Gifts are given as a sign of respect, for holidays, in honor of what event, the main thing – they must correspond to the occasion. The gift must be packaged and can not immediately get it if it is presented to you.
It is accepted to “apologize” for the fact that you are giving something to someone, they say, your humble gift, even if it is very expensive, is nothing compared to your respect for this person. Guest must “apologize” for disturbing the hosts. The hosts to whom you came will also “apologize” for a modest welcome, whatever that may be.
A flagrant violation of Japanese etiquette – enter the house shod. Some Japanese even slip away before entering the office. If you are visiting, then before entering the bathroom or toilet you should always wear slippers, which are usually right there.
Refusal to help
In transport, on the street one cannot loudly call a person, even a well-known person, to push another passenger who is pushing you. Phone calls at bus stops and in transport are considered to be bad form. You can write sms.
Men are not allowed to get into wagons for women, some of which are on some trains in the evening. Concede seats to grandmothers and people with disabilities is not necessary. For them, there are special seats, which, by the way, cannot be occupied by other people.
In Japan, it is not customary to ask for help or accept it, except in the most extreme cases. Accept someone’s support is only when it was offered several times.
Tips not taken
Many Japanese restaurants serve a wet hot towel. Before lunch, visitors wipe their hands and face with this towel. It is assumed first to eat rice, then soup, then try other dishes.
During a feast with alcohol you should not drink to the bottom, otherwise you will immediately be poured to the brim again. If you pour drinks, then your glass should be filled last. You cannot leave the table, silently, be sure to thank the owners of the house or the cooks of the restaurant.
At the table, the Japanese can smack, so they express the pleasure of eating. Tipping the waiters is not accepted.
Business card as a gift
At a business meeting it is better to appear before being late. Tardiness will be perceived as disrespect. Business partners will say a clear yes, if everything suits them, and they will say that they will think if something does not suit them, but no, they will never say it.
It is very important to immediately exchange business cards, handing and accepting a card with the name of another person, as an expensive gift. The business card should be beautifully decorated.
If you are attentive, you will rather quickly understand how to behave in Japan, what is courtesy in Japanese. You probably want to visit this interesting country more than once.