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Taboos in Japan
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Posted 4/29/08
i think the only real unspoken English rule is that if you go to someone's house and they give you food, you must clean the plate or else it's really rude.
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Don't stick your chopsticks straight up in your rice bowl. It looks like incense that's being burned for the dead.

ahahah i rmember i did that once and my grampy yelled at me

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yeah its true about the train thing.. also, you dont eat on the streets... if you buy food, it's pretty much taboo to eat it on the sidewalk or anything... you just dont see it happen. I know there are quite a few others, that are normal here, but i dont live in japan so they arent coming to mind.

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nihat-ay wrote:


komenasai12 wrote:


nihat-ay wrote:

- try to not wipe your nose in public. it´s impolite to do it.
- don´t give a japanese man candys. sweets are only for woman so you rarely see a japanese man sitting in an icecreme café.
- don´t only say ´no´. put your hands in your neck and they will understand^^
- never talk bad about the emperor and don´t point a finger on a picture of the emperor or his relatives
- bring your host a present( it´s alright even if it´s only a pencil^^)
- before you take a bath you must take a shower... no soap into the bath!
- if you go into an openly bathhouse don´t wear a swim suit etc..you must go naked!
- you should take some toiletpaper with you b/c pulic toilet often haven´t got any: in private houses are extra shoes for the toilet...
- be4 you eat you need to wipe your hands with the oshibori(a wet, warm towelette)
- never ´speak with your hands´ if you hold chopsticks....for a japaner it looks frowningly( came from the samurai age)
- never refill your glass on your own...it will look like you´re bibber: if you don´t want to have any more just let a little bit left in your glass

I know alot more but think its enough^^





i think you almost know nothing in japanese culture.... <_<;
some of your considerations are wrong!
and the topic is taboo in japan!
and i think you don't KNOW ALOT from japanese taboos..

by the way sex is not taboo in japan it only became taboo if 17yrs old and below
have sex and reading ero or watching it....18 yrs and up i think is liberated and depends upon the person
i can't confirm if this is a absolute truth but i read it on a japanese article
i'm a japanese addict by the way


I´m sorry if something is wrong. I read this on a lot of sides. Guess someone wrote it and everyone believed it and wrote it too. Sorry again




I wouldn't worry about it... I know most of that stuff to be true, and not just in Japanese culture... I'm not sure what's wrong with the guy who said otherwise. Some of the it I just don't know, but when I visited Japan I was taught what manners to use and I did learn quite a bit of what you stated.

some of them aren't necessarily taboos, but more so just rude.. I don't think it was necessary to point out the difference.
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Never trim nails after dark.
Don't bow with a hat on. That's rude.
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Posted 4/29/08

Hitoli wrote:


BlackRagDoll wrote:

I heard that in Japan, its taboo to talk loudly inside the train. They consider it rude and will look at you strange. I'm just wondering if this is true or false..or maybe only half true? When I watch Jdramas I noticed that mostly they sleep,text message or just stare into nothing but never talk.

If any of you guys have been to Japan or live there or whatever, why not share infos of taboos that you know in Japan? It'd be interesting to know.


Isn't it taboo to talk loudly in a train everywhere? I mean, it is in my country too.


Oooh, and I thought of something.

Two of my friends, a guy and a girl, where hugging each other in public. And some japanese tourists stopped to take pictures of them. We could hear them talk japanase, so.. Is it taboo to hug in public or something?


i know who talks in a train its taboo everywhere
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Posted 4/29/08
when you eat NEVER stick your chopsticks straight in the air
on you food. (food offering to the dead)
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nihat-ay wrote:


komenasai12 wrote:


nihat-ay wrote:

- try to not wipe your nose in public. it´s impolite to do it.
- don´t give a japanese man candys. sweets are only for woman so you rarely see a japanese man sitting in an icecreme café.
- don´t only say ´no´. put your hands in your neck and they will understand^^
- never talk bad about the emperor and don´t point a finger on a picture of the emperor or his relatives
- bring your host a present( it´s alright even if it´s only a pencil^^)
- before you take a bath you must take a shower... no soap into the bath!
- if you go into an openly bathhouse don´t wear a swim suit etc..you must go naked!
- you should take some toiletpaper with you b/c pulic toilet often haven´t got any: in private houses are extra shoes for the toilet...
- be4 you eat you need to wipe your hands with the oshibori(a wet, warm towelette)
- never ´speak with your hands´ if you hold chopsticks....for a japaner it looks frowningly( came from the samurai age)
- never refill your glass on your own...it will look like you´re bibber: if you don´t want to have any more just let a little bit left in your glass

I know alot more but think its enough^^





i think you almost know nothing in japanese culture.... <_<;
some of your considerations are wrong!
and the topic is taboo in japan!
and i think you don't KNOW ALOT from japanese taboos..

by the way sex is not taboo in japan it only became taboo if 17yrs old and below
have sex and reading ero or watching it....18 yrs and up i think is liberated and depends upon the person
i can't confirm if this is a absolute truth but i read it on a japanese article
i'm a japanese addict by the way


I´m sorry if something is wrong. I read this on a lot of sides. Guess someone wrote it and everyone believed it and wrote it too. Sorry again



thats okay the one that i'am protesting is this
bring your host a present( it´s alright even if it´s only a pencil^^)
don´t only say ´no´. put your hands in your neck and they will understand^^
this are not necessary
peace by the way
Posted 12/31/10 , edited 12/31/10
Wow it's so different from here. I mean some of the customs.
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I heard that when you bow you have to look down. My japanese teacher said lots of westerners look at the person's eyes when they bow and thats disrespectin
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Don't point at people with your chopsticks. RUDE! Actually, don't point, period!
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Yeah they just think it's impolite.
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I read this in a book, so i'm not very sure about it, but when you go to school in Japan, you have to take off your shoes and wear slippers while indoors. If you don't, it is considered very rude.

Also, this isn't really a taboo, but with families, people try to avoid getting into fists fights and such in school. Because apparently doing so brings dishonor to your family and youself. Which I can see why. xP
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I heard that when you bow you have to look down. My japanese teacher said lots of westerners look at the person's eyes when they bow and thats disrespectin


Bowing is an Asian thing where one shows humility. In a lot of Western countries NOT looking in the eyes is considered rude. When you look someone in the eyes it means you're giving your full attention to someone. Avoiding eye contact is a sign of insincerity. It's just a difference in mentality of cultures. Japanese want to show humility and modesty, Westerners want to show equality and respect.
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Don't betray/question the shogun (he's the pimp)... seppuku is the only way to redemption (this of course was old Japan) "P
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This is just an observation from when I was there, but it seems like it's pretty taboo to litter, including cigarette butts. The streets there are super clean. HOWEVER, I did notice that occasionally you'd find a random spot on the ground with a pile of cigarette butts. It's like one douchebag put out a smoke there, so someone else saw it and did the same since there's already one there, and then another person and then another person. I was definitely glad I brought a pocket ashtray with me even though I had no idea it would actually be like that.
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