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Other than anime what do people generally know of Japan and some of their customs? For me i heard its a bad omen to put your chop sticks standing vertically in your food or something like that. Or that foreigners aren't allowed in some of the "special" place in Japan. what do you know?
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Other than anime what do people generally know of Japan and some of their customs? For me i heard its a bad omen to put your chop sticks standing vertically in your food or something like that. Or that foreigners aren't allowed in some of the "special" place in Japan. what do you know?


It is an old religious custom to offer rice or food to the dead with chopsticks stuck into it, so it has a bad stigma. Certain clubs and bars don't allow foreigners in because they are racist.
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geisha, sushi, hello kitty, anime, manga

just kidding


well apparently, it's insulting to offer tips to people in Japan... is this true? I read it off dailymail.co.uk, I don't trust that website.
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It's warming in Japan right now then it is in the US.

I heard showing the bottom of your feet is disrespectful in Japan.
Anata "You" is a taboo word.
Cousin Marriage is legal.
Some bathing spots and pools won't accept people with tattoos because tattoos represent gangs.
Japanese make great cars but for some reason have a fascination for foreign cars which makes no sense because American cars suck.
Japan tried creating a new writing system to stray away from Chinese Kanji like South Korea did.
The Emperor's birthday is a holiday... lucky bastard...
Each period of Japan is named after the emperor. Showa Period, Edo Period, Etc.
Otaku can be used as a replacement for you but because of what teens use it for now and days it's hard to use it.
Chopsticks standing vertically is disrespectful.
Slurping noodles is prober.
Leaving tips is unacceptable.
Eating all your food is disrespectful to the chef. Leaving some food shows that it is good and that you didn't feel you needed to eat it all to praise the chef. (Not sure if this is true or not. The internet lies)
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Also I heard that people being drunk in public is pretty acceptable. Like when salaryman get shittered during the day haha.
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Watching them freak out when they see a armed person is pretty funny.
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I know that Tsuruhashi area off of the Senichimae subway line has the greatest BBQ ever! My favorite steak place is about 2 blocks on the right as you get out at Imazato station. I go to Ebisucho to get my blurays. Denkitown is awesome. My barber is an old family friend, close to Shin Imazato1- 3 Chome. Otherwise it's like living in Seattle except hotter (Osaka)
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The chopsticks thing applies to a lot of Asian cultures. That's how incense looks like at an altar. So don't do that with chopsticks.

Some are old traditions that probably no longer really apply. Or they don't apply in all regions. For instance, not eating all your food. Some consider it very offensive when you don't finish the food, as you're basically telling them it was not good enough and you're wasting it.

Tipping is an insult, since they see it as a flagrant and boastful display of wealth and pity. Only beggars and lazy scum accept money without earning it.

Do not order colorful cocktails at a bar unless you're gay or you're a woman.

When your coworkers ask you to go drink with them, you're supposed to agree and go with them.

Don't clip your toenails at night.

When walking on the steps at a temple, never use the middle of the stairs since it's a path reserved for the gods.

Don't shake your leg idly. You will lose your wealth.

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Well the things I know about Japan are most likely common knowledge. Therefore I'll just kind of lurk this thread and learn some new things about Japanese culture instead of contributing what I know.

If anything this thread made me realize that I haven't spoken to a friend of mine, who is studying in Japan, in awhile. I should really see how she has been.
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geisha, sushi, hello kitty, anime, manga

just kidding


well apparently, it's insulting to offer tips to people in Japan... is this true? I read it off dailymail.co.uk, I don't trust that website.


Yes, it's true. My cousin lived there for a couple of years since he was in the military. He said that if you leave tip at a restaurant, it would mean that their food and service wasn't good enough or something like that.

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Japan has 4 main islands.


Okay.
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Japan seems to be considerably more polite than its western counterparts, and also has the societal concept of "face / losing face"

The Japanese language is character based and also has a spoken language (of course!) - there're three writing systems, higarana, katakana, and kanji, as well as the spoken language.

Their language is a lot more complex and formal than our own.

Japanese is one of the most difficult languages to learn as a westerner because it has no relation to Latin whatsoever, even if japanese does borrow modern terms from the west sometimes, for example スピード / supidoo = speed (I'm rather novice though at Japanese stuff).

On the flip side, English is one of the hardest languages for the Japanese to learn because ours is latin based and theirs is not. However, it is customary that english is taught through secondary school. Doesn't mean that Japanese people are good at speaking English, though.

When in a Japanese house, it is a custom to take off your shoes.

The Japanese do not get along with the South Koreans and the Chinese, however, there are both Chinese and Korean people in Japan, though most of them are Zanichi Koreans. The majority of these people are under Japanese surnames, possibly to avoid persecution? idk?

Businesses that prefer not to have gajiin customers do exist and apparently will indicate as such on the outside of their business that they do not accept patronage from gajiin.

Xenophobia is a lot more common than people think - however, since the Japanese are seemingly a "polite" people, most assume they're not xenophobes. But see the above.

Also, at one time, it was considerably shameful to be a "hafu", or half Japanese person, even if they're speckled throughout the entertainment industry there today (BENI, Tsuchiya Anna, Yasuda Rei, Sawajiri Erika, Becky, Angela Aki, and a few members of the 48 groups)

Japan does a lot of plastic surgery. Though arguably they have less procedures than both South Korea & China. East Asia is still a plastic surgery hotspot though.

Japanese people do not always have heating / air conditioning systems (I'm not sure if this is entirely true but it would explain the widespread usage of kotatsus and fans during winter and summer respectively)

Japan is not as technologically advanced as people would expect, flip phones are still apparently common and many businesses still use corded phones and fax machines.

The term "otaku" is, I believe, considered derogatory there.

Japanese portions are smaller. In the city especially, walking is common. Ergo, Japan has a slimmer population than the west does with one of the lowest obesity rates, next to South Korea I believe they were in the bottom 10 on the world's most obese country list.

The food in Japanese fast food eateries differs from its American counterpart, though this applies to almost any fast food eatery in any part of the world, most of the time.

The Japanese pop industry is dominated by girlgroups whose fans are mostly teen to middle aged men, mostly single; such as AKB48, SKE48, all those 48 family derivatives, Morning Musume, etc. These fans are called "wotas".
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When you're sick, you have to wear a mask in public areas so people are aware.

When entering a home, you must take off your shoes. It sometimes applies to certain restaurants.
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They also have tribal peoples still.
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This is a stereotype, but they seem to have a penchant for tea?
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