manners

Akihabara card shop asks visitors to stop getting liquored up inside the store

Sir, this is a place for Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh, not beer and shochu.

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Sustainable Otaku Goals: A framework to help you avoid fan burnout

And also to avoid becoming the reason for someone else’s burnout.

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Japan’s most annoying train behaviours: Passengers reveal the things that irk them most

Stay on everyone’s good side with these pointers on Japanese train etiquette.

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How do you say ‘Google it, you trash’ in British English? Answer surprises many in Japan

People in Kyoto and England have more in common than previously thought. 

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Cats bowing in apology is Japan’s latest weird gacha capsule toy collection

Felines walk us through the finer details of saying sorry in Japan.

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Train etiquette poster features legendary Japanese folklore hero in an unusual plot twist

As the old saying goes, yesterday’s enemy may be today’s friend.

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Do you really need to wear toilet slippers when using the bathroom at home? Japan’s netizens vote

And a housecleaning expert weighs in!

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Japan is so polite even its hanko stamps bow to show respect

Unique aspect of traditional business etiquette surprises even Japanese people.

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Japanese manners coach’s tips for elegantly eating sandwiches has people baffled

Have we all been eating our sandwiches wrong all this time?

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Should you turn your bowl upside down after eating at a Japanese restaurant?

Japan’s etiquette police weigh in on an unusual trend spotted amongst diners.

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Should you add wasabi to your soy sauce at a sushi restaurant?

Japanese sushi chefs weighs in on customers who practice “wasabi joyu”.

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Foreign citizen arrested in Japan for throwing his bento trash in a mailbox

U.K. citizen claims he thought it was a trashcan.

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Is there any point to holding your chopsticks the “correct” way? Let’s find out【Experiment】

After years of using her own style, our Japanese-born reporter finally does what her parents were trying to get her to do all along.

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How should you respond when a Japanese person gives you a compliment?

You may have heard there’s only one proper phrase to use, but that’s not true.

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Finally, a tool to save us from the pain of sitting Japanese-style【Photos】

Pattato Seiza aims to take the discomfort out of a part of Japanese etiquette that many Japanese people hate: seiza.

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Japan’s public broadcaster renames “correct way” to hold chopsticks, gets nods of approval

Those who struggle with the orthodox grip are happy for a bit of validation.

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The polite way to eat onigiri rice balls sparks debate online

Even the humble onigiri isn’t safe from the complexities of Japanese etiquette.

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Two incredibly important phrases to remember when shopping in Japan

Japan is known for its excellent customer service, but being an excellent customer is important too.

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Japanese store stops talking to customers because of coronavirus, some hope change is permanent

Is silence golden, or is chitchat a necessary part of running a store?

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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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