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1) no tipping
2) take slip on shoes. most homes no shoes allowed. you might hit some restaurants with tatami mats also.
3) if/when buying clothes, try them on! don't simply go by what size it reads.
4) in the past, tattoos were mostly associated with yakuza (mafia). becoming more westernized, i'm sure
plenty of youngsters are getting em but still...if visiting, i wouldn't suggest flaunting them. cover em up if
you can. at least out of respect for those who may not care to see them. remember you are the guest.
if you're thinking about hitting an onsen, you might want to cover em up.
now i may be completely wrong on this so of course feel free to correct me if so.


shinki7, good topic.
i'll post more as i think of em.
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ありがと ございます おにいsnowさん と しんきさん!
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5) when you visit someone's house, the shoes must face away from the door after you take them off
6) ladies aren't allowed to sit cross legged

those are the weird ones
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um ok can someone please explain number 6
im a guy so i dont really care
but still that is just weird that girls cant fold there legs
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grim_reaper13 wrote:

um ok can someone please explain number 6
im a guy so i dont really care
but still that is just weird that girls cant fold there legs




nevermind. i was thinkin somethin else.
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grim_reaper13 wrote:

um ok can someone please explain number 6
im a guy so i dont really care
but still that is just weird that girls cant fold there legs


grim,
it's just proper etiquette. it doesn't look very feminine for a lady to sit like that.
now i'm sure plenty do, especially around family, friends, etc.
and all the little girls in preschool and what not... for story telling time!


it's not much different here. think of how a lady has her legs crossed when
sitting in a chair. BUT that's not to say she can't cross her legs like a guy.

it just depends on your surroundings, who you're with, whether they or you care.


wait im confused now can they or cant they fold their legs when sitting on a chair
now forgive me if i dont know japanese etiquette
but western etiquette makes it proper to sit with legs together or crossed
maybe it is because of my school i dont know
again forgive me
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