etiquette

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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The Japanese language has a special honorific suffix just for talking to athletes

Soccer star wants more fans to mind their manners and remember to use it.

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Is it OK to put other food on top of your white rice when eating in Japan?

Rice is part of almost every traditional Japanese meal, but should the rest of the meal be part of the rice?

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Five important manners to remember when buying something at a Japanese convenience store

Frustrated clerk lists what shoppers should do in the land of stellar customer service.

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Five reasons there’s no tipping at restaurants in Japan

Guidebooks love to say it’s because Japanese people think tipping is rude, but that’s not even close to the whole story.

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KFC Japan creates new fried chicken eating gloves to keep grease off your hands and smartphone

Second-generation fried food eating aid is available now, makes signature dish glove-licking good!

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Pop quiz: Test yourself in 5 situations of Japanese manners and customs

Do you have what it takes to rub shoulders properly in Japan? Not literally though, that would be rude.

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Six ways to avoid looking like an “idiot” when shopping at Japanese convenience stores

Help keep Japan’s convenience stores convenient by learning and following these six Japanese etiquette points.

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Study finds Japan to be the country that most prefers aisle seats on airplanes

Age, politeness, and alcohol all appear to be key factors in seat choice.

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Japanese Twitter rolls eyes at book teaching “manners 90 percent of Japanese people don’t know”

Foreign student’s biting comeback at book’s lofty title wins support online.

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10 types of people Japanese women hate sitting next to on public transportation【Video】

Porn, drool, and body odor all identified as major problems.

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An often-forgotten part of Japanese train etiquette that we should all keep in mind

Twitter manga reminds us that if you’re standing in this part of the train, you might be making the ride unpleasant for your fellow passengers.

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Japanese worker’s job threatened for drinking non-alcoholic beer during break

Office employee poses question to the Internet: Is it wrong to drink a non-alcoholic beer during a break?

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Online backlash suggests smokers are becoming less tolerated in Japan

Japan’s nonsmokers hit back against “smoking etiquette”, suggesting the best etiquette would be to quit once and for all.

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“25 Potential Culture Shocks from around the World” infographic offers tidbits of travel wisdom

What could be hard about taking a pee in Poland? Where are you likely to see camel racing with robotic jockeys? Answers to these and more below!

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Let’s learn how to properly sit in a chair in Japan from the pros

We’ve been doing it wrong this whole time, and probably so have you!

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Chinese manners-vigilante throws away shoes of sleeping passenger at airport

One man in China was mad as hell at uncivilized behavior in airports and divided opinions in the country by not taking it anymore.

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