etiquette

Fusedon: the mysterious Japanese subculture of flipping your bowl to say “thanks”

It’s gross and annoying, and yet some people won’t stop doing it for some reason.

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Four things our new-mother reporter felt riding the Tokyo subway with her baby

Our reporter worried she and her baby would be harassed on the trains, but what she experienced was quite unexpected.

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Do you need to apologize when using a credit card in Japan?

Online commenters have a strong reaction to textbook’s advice, but there might be another angle to consider.

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Japanese manners videos show how to be a “really cool” traveller in Japan 【Videos】

Japan Tourism Agency uses ninja, sumo and geisha to demonstrate what to do and what not to do in Japan.

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Japanese apartment renter gets told he “sucks at rapping,” asked by management to shut up

Diss is backed up by landlord in an example of Japanese renting etiquette.

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Izakaya etiquette: Stacking your plates after eating doesn’t help waitstaff in Japan

Japanese restaurant worker says there’s a better system that diners should use.

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10 tips to remember for your first trip to izakaya, Japan’s awesome traditional pubs【Video】

Suntory’s for-foreigners video has plenty of great info, and we’ve got a few things to add.

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Japan votes on the rudest behaviors seen on trains and at stations this year

This year’s ranking includes Kanto vs. Kansai regional variations in addition to the overall list.

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Is it OK to bite through your ramen noodles while slurping them in Japan? Internet debates

Slurping is the norm in a Japanese noodle house, but is it OK to bite off your ramen if it’s more than you can chew?

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Super-polite bowing shoebill in Japan wins hearts with its incidental grasp of Japanese etiquette

Video shows Futaba-chan’s polished manners.

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Japanese man expects woman to serve him at drinking party, gets helping of delicious sass instead

“This is the first time I’ve met a woman who doesn’t dish up for other people.”

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Pregnant woman takes teen boys to task for calling their friend “lame” for offering her his seat

Pays thoughtful youth a compliment while demonstrating how sometimes “kindness flies like a boomerang.”

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15 rude things not to do on trains in Japan【Survey】

In a country famous for its manners and famous for its trains, of course there are plenty of train manners to keep in mind.

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Japanese manners: Majority say “Loud laughing during a movie is rude” in survey

Survey finds a big, and surprising, gap between what young and old people think is acceptable behavior.

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Love Live otaku takes up two seats on bus for himself, four for his anime plushie crushes

Love Liver stretches his anime idols out for a relaxing ride, but online critics aren’t a fan of his manners.

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Tokyo governor criticized for “unbelievable” rudeness of putting hands in pockets during ceremony

With midwinter-level cold and rain at the outdoor Tokyo Marathon awards ceremony, Yuriko Koike wanted to warm her hands, but started a firestorm.

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An illustrated guide to the proper way to give and receive business cards in Japan

If you want to look suave and polite, these are the four steps.

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New train ad in Japan advocates for leaving texts a while without a response, sparks debate

These new train safety ads tell travelers that any friends who’d drop you for a late response aren’t friends at all.

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Should you dip your egg sushi in soy sauce before you eat it? Survey asks Japanese diners

Pretty much everyone agrees that soy sauce for fish is a must, but what about the most popular kind of non-seafood sushi?

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The must-have item to avoid being a jerk at Tokyo’s biggest Halloween street party

Bring a bag, and no, not to put candy in.

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