Things to keep in mind when living in Japan

Things to keep in mind when living in Japan Japan

Don’t Throw Trash on the Streets

Japan is a country where garbage is not left on the side of the road, despite the fact that there are few garbage cans.
Take back the garbage you put out.

Obey traffic rules

In Japan, it is a matter of course not to cross the street at a red light, but in other countries, ignoring traffic signals when no cars are passing is commonplace.
Is this a difference in manners or a culturally ingrained self-judgment?
Anyway, in Japan, you must stop at a red light and wait until the light turns green, even if no cars are passing.

It is illegal to carry a knife or gun with a blade of 5.5 cm or more in length. Of course, carrying a metal imitation sword, etc. for cosplay or other purposes is not justifiable and is prohibited. It is also illegal to use or possess illegal drugs such as cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana.

Always carry your VISA

It is important to know this information in order to adapt to the society, or when you hire a foreigner for the first time, we hope to promote mutual understanding by sharing the differences in customs.

Do not make noise in public places

Do not talk on cell phones or make any noise on trains or buses.
In other countries, talking on the phone on the train seems to be a very common sight, but in Japan it is against manners. Furthermore, it is important to turn off your cell phone near priority seats.
If you talk on the phone, you should do so after getting off the train, or in the case of the Shinkansen, you should get off the car where the seats are located and make your call on an empty deck.
Eating is also not considered a good idea. You can enjoy eating a boxed lunch at the station on a long-distance trip such as the Shinkansen, but it is better to avoid it on a relatively short-distance trip such as commuting to work or school.
It is a strange feeling that it is acceptable for long-distance travel but not for short-distance travel, but perhaps it is just Japanese etiquette.

Take off your shoes at home

When you are invited to a friend’s house, you should take off your shoes at the entrance before entering the house.

Line up in a row

When waiting for a train on the platform, people in Japan quietly wait in queue. When the train arrives, you must board the train in order without leaving the line.
By the way, when riding the escalator, ride on the left. The right side of the escalator is an aisle for people who are in a hurry (however, in Kansai, the left and right sides are reversed).

Tipping is not necessary

In Japan, you do not have to give tips, but the employees will serve you well.
Service is considered to be included in the price you pay.
If you do give a tip, the employees are not in the habit of accepting it, which can be confusing.

Do not stab your food with chopsticks

Chopsticks are for pinching. Stabbing food with chopsticks is considered bad manners.
In particular, sticking chopsticks into rice served in a bowl is considered an offering to the Buddha.
Also, do not pass things from one chopstick to another.
You may want to use a fork or something similar without forcing it, or you may want to teach them the joy of using chopsticks.