Each country has its own rules.
In the land of the rising sun known as Japan, there are many unusual things that people in European countries seem at least strange. No one would argue with the fact that the Japanese are eccentric people who constantly invents and introduces the all new wild fashion trends. Of course, as in any country, the inhabitants of Japan have their national peculiarities and restrictions of the latter of which we wish to tell you in our article.
Do not remove the shoes
In Japan it is customary to divide the space — a house separately, street separately, the temple separately, etc. Before entering you will have to wait a little nut, and a place where you need to take off their shoes and leave shoes. The house in shoes come only at the funeral (incense and harness only at the funeral too). Don’t forget to take your shoes off when you go to visit! Street shoes must be removed before entering Buddhist temples, in the interior. There are special Slippers for toilets and baths. Even just put in the room running shoes in which you walked down the street (the Japanese would say: “Soles which touch the street”) — is a violation of decency. Follow the icons please take your shoes off. To walk on the wood floors of the temples barefoot, by the way, very nice.
To publicly blow your nose
Blow your nose at someone only if you want to inflict a terrible insult or give to understand that and do it per person not think. Quietly this custom combined with a noisy slurping when eating noodles is not normally placed in the head of foreigners.
This is a nice moment. Yes, tipping in Japan is not allowed almost anywhere, ever — in cafes, restaurants, bars, taxis add a coin to the invoice not accepted and may even offend. In the cafe, by the way, the account does not earn — you need to go to the counter and pay there, to the table for the money run will not. But over the bill nothing will.
There are the trains
The trains actually eat many, many sleep and many girls wear makeup, especially in the morning before work. But others are just not too happy. Another thing Shinkansen (high speed train): there are tables here, as in airplanes, and rows of seats, like on airplanes. You look back to the neighbor and not in your face. In ordinary trains local importance often the seats are arranged as in the subway, benches facing each other. And if you decide in this train, to eat a cutlet with rice, and before you sits a man and looks at you — the image of rude foreigners will be added a couple of touches. Can be patient to the station.
To help the others at work
Non-obvious item for us, but in Japan it is not necessary to perform someone else’s work. The work here makes a person a productive member of society, and if you put the letters instead of the mailman or cleaned up the trash is cleaner, it can be perceived not as help but as a fact that you are trying to take his rightful place. People can seriously be upset.
To leave food uneaten
Food made to eat up. Especially rice, which used to be expensive and affordable only to the rich classes. Yes, the portions are often too large, the Japanese cuisine is very tasty to eat your lunch is usually a special problem. Toss cooked meals — a sign of disrespect to the entire chain of production. The food in General in Japan are very carefully, starting from the cultivation of vegetables and to the serving dishes on the table. And Yes, delicious.
Throw away trash without sorting
It is known that in Japan recycles more than 90% of garbage. Plastic bottles are made from plastic bottles, not burnable debris fill of the island, the paper is processed several times. The entire garbage collection, separate in principle. Even street bins separately: for bottles, for plastic, for food residue. Urns are not just anywhere — the bottle can be disposed next to the vending machine for drinks, plastic, paper — close to shops. Household trash is collected and taken out on certain days: for example, glass once a month. Foreigners not versed in this system and throw what you got, what the Japanese, of course, annoying. A large portion of waste containers labelled in English, by the way, with the icons is to understand that which you can throw, pretty simple.
To wear black tie to the wedding
And the last is not obvious. It would seem, a trifle for the article, but these are the stories we have heard several times. It turns out that in Japan it is not customary to wear black tie to the wedding — just for the funeral. For the wedding wear white or striped. If a foreigner to get a wedding ceremony, he said, will come in black tie. The chance to get to the wedding during the short tourist trips, however small. But if you go — tie something not black. And can be fun to your health!