1. Long lines for ramen
Japan’s restaurant market is extremely competitive. There’s a trendy aspect to it.
If a restaurant gets a few good reviews it will have long lines. The shop next door may be completely empty.
Long lines are most common for B-class gourmet foods like ramen.
The dilemma for the traveller is to join or not to join (the long lines). Locals will tell you that exceptional B-class restaurants are worth the wait.
If you get a cold or flu it’s considered rude not to wear a mask.
3.. Squat toilets
Asian squat toilets are somewhat difficult to use when you’re not accustomed to them.
You’ll use muscles you never knew you had.
It often feels as if everyone in Japan is wearing a uniform. Even salary men wear a uniform of sorts — black suits.
For the tourist, it’s possible to feel very left out.
5. No tipping
You shouldn’t tip in Japan. You may learn to like this. Most Japanese staff will consider a tip demeaning.
You’ll quickly find the lack of tips doesn’t affect the level of service.
6. Reserving a seat with your purse
In Japan people reserve a seat at restaurants and cafes by leaving possessions on the table. This may seem like cheating when you’re not accustomed to it.
However, it’s a well established local custom.
Japan is so safe that people sometimes use their wallet or purse for this purpose.
Here a woman has left her wallet in plain view and gone to restroom.
Japanese restaurants (particularly izakaya and cafés) can be smoky. Some restaurants don’t have non-smoking sections.
However, things have improved a great deal over the past 10 years.
Natto are unpleasant fermented beans that are a popular breakfast food in much of Japan.
Crowded trains can be a big culture shock for some people. However, many visitors find it’s not that bad. It’s important to avoid carrying big bags on a crowded train — this can be a real nightmare.
If your schedule is flexible avoid rush hour. Otherwise, Japan has an excellent baggage delivery system called takkyubin. It’s cheap, fast and reliable.
You know that English teacher you had who was a real stickler for grammar? She/he doesn’t like Japan. 😂
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