Despite the abundance of common stereotypes, the Japanese are quite friendly and hospitable people. At the same time, they are quite pedantic; they do not forgive liberties in behavior even to themselves. What can we say about foreigners? To look worthy in the eyes of any Japanese, you should follow some rules:
1. In Japan, it is not accepted to eat while walking. This is considered uncultured and unhygienic. It is better to eat in the areas designated for this, or at least in a relaxed manner.
2. Loud telephone conversations in public transport or places with large crowds are considered disrespectful. When leaving the house, the phone should be switched to silent mode. When you need to urgently answer a call, it is recommended to speak as quietly as possible.
4. It is allowed to eat in public transport, but very carefully, without sprinkling the floor with crumbs from sandwiches and without covering the seats with spots of sauce. After the meal, you should take the garbage (paper bags, wrappings, leftover food) with you.
5. Payment for services in Japan is strictly regulated. So therefore, when you visit a restaurant it is enough to pay for the order. Tipping is considered inappropriate and in some cases, can be perceived as an insult.
7. Many people are well acquainted with the Japanese tradition of taking off their shoes before entering a room. This rule applies not only to residential buildings, but also to traditional Japanese restaurants, temples, dressing rooms and other places.
8. Anyone who decides to visit a Japanese public bath should bear in mind that this will be an extraordinary experience. Despite the fact that the very essence of going to the bath is bathing the body, you need to wash yourself thoroughly before that for hygienic reasons.
9. In Japan, it is forbidden to photograph people without their permission. This rule also applies to goods on the shelves of stores and museum exhibits. Before you decide to take a picture, you should ask the staff about the appropriateness of photographing.
10. After lunch in a fast food restaurant, you need to carefully clean the tray of leftovers and utensils before leaving it or returning it.
12. Smoking is strictly prohibited in most places in Japan. Therefore, before lighting a cigarette, it is always important to ask whether it is possible to smoke there.
13. When you enter a restaurant, you should be in no hurry to take up a free seat but rather wait for the administrator who will show a place where you can occupy. If the lobby is equipped with vending machines, you need to take a ticket and wait on the queue until it reaches your turn.
14. There are two ways to wear a Yukata (bathrobe): right and wrong. To put on a robe correctly, it is necessary to place the left flap on top of the right. The right flap is placed on top of the left only when dressing the deceased.
15. When using the escalator, you should stand on the left side in Tokyo, and on the right side in Osaka.