When visiting a foreign place, it's a good idea to be in tune with the do's and dont's in an effort to respect the country you are in and the people! Here are some etiquette tips for your next visit to Japan!
a • DON'T WALK AND EAT
Ok, this is generally frowned upon in most places around the world and one of these places is Japan. Find a nice restaurant or public seating area to enjoy your meal.
b • TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES
If you forget everything, remember this.. when entering someone's house, take of your shoes!
c • SIT DECENTLY
This is required for both genders at formal occasions. Sit up straight and keep your legs together.
d • CHOPSTICK HANDLING
Never leave your chopsticks facing straight up in your rice bowl! Keep them layed up flat or by the side.
e • DON'T FILL UP YOUR OWN GLASS
Japanese etiquette calls for you to have someone else fill up your glass and you return the favour.
f • GIVE UP YOUR SEAT
This is just generally the right thing to do too! Do not use the reserved seats and always give up your seat to the elderly and disabled.
g • HAND OUT YOUR BUSINESS CARDS
It's adviced to present your business card or meishi to a new acquaintance at the beginning of a conversation or at meetings.
h • NO TIPS
Restaurants build in any additional fees into your bill so there is no need to leave a tip. This is also the case for other services and product purchases.