manners

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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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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Tokyo restaurant that charges rude customers more sees dramatic increase in number of rude orders

Intended penalty for bad manners backfires, prompts pub to make drastic change to its beer pricing policy.

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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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Frustrated foreigner living in Japan calls Japanese punctuality a half-truth

Sometimes Japanese people stick to a schedule, and sometimes they don’t, he says.

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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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A reminder of why you shouldn’t be quick to judge who’s sitting in Japans’ priority train seats

Pregnant woman’s “battle” for a seat has a twist ending.

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Kyoto code cracked? Japanese bartender translates Kyotoites’ compliments into hidden insults

Buddhist monk who also tends bar says to take complements from Kyoto with a grain of salt.

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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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Now even countries that aren’t playing against Japan are cleaning their stadiums at the World Cup

Movement started by Japanese soccer fans spreads beyond Japanese team’s opponents and group, could be changing the face of sports fandom.

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Japanese soccer fans’ awesome manners are spreading to another country at World Cup

Following victory by Japan, Colombian fans take part in a Japanese tradition.

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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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