Customs

Japan escalator

Tokyo vs Osaka escalator etiquette

Many first time visitors to Japan may notice an etiquette the Japanese people observe when traveling on an escalator. As with many busy cities around the world, Japan’s subways and shopping centres are full of escalators and everyone in Japan who rides one automatically heads to one side to stand and the other side to walk down the escalator. If you don’t follow the etiquette be prepared for some stern looks from other escalator users.


Geisha

Geisha

Geishas are traditional female Japanese entertainers who perform in the crafts of classical music, dance or other Japanese arts. Geisha’s are sometimes wrongly confused with…


Japanese Superstitions

Japanese Superstitions

Japanese people are often extremely superstitious, and many of their beliefs date back centuries and are deeply rooted in their culture. Some are similar to…


meeting people

Meeting People

Japan is a highly formal society with extremely polite people, greeting someone for the first time can often be like a formal ritual with a…


Japanese Restaurant

Eating

It pays to be hungry in Japan, you should eat every scrap, it is considered bad manners to leave even a grain of rice. Here…


Japanese Bar

Drinking

The Japanese love a drink, beer, whiskey and sake are just a few of the favourites. But like most countries, the Japanese have a few…


hotel slippers

Slippers

When entering a Japanese house you should always take off your shoes at the entrance and change into some slippers (or surippa), the host will…


bowing

Bowing

One of the first things you will notice when meeting a Japanese person is the bow, it is an extremely important custom in Japan. When…


Smoking

Smoking is still a popular pastime for many Japanese, although in recent years, the habit has fallen considerably. Cigarettes can be purchased extremely easily and…


Only in Japan

Lots of safety signs feature characters like this guy.