manners

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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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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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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Yamato delivery man kicked and yelled at by older colleague in Japan【Video】

Japan is known for its amazing delivery services, but behind the scenes there’s a lot of stress in keeping up the high standard. 

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Many people are siding with the perpetrator, saying they’ve been annoyed with hair on public transport too. 

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Disturbing video shows man hitting woman for crossing her legs on Japanese train【Video】

Manners on board are important in Japan, but we never expected to see this.

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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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Tatami etiquette: Why you should never step on the threshold of a washitsu Japanese room

It’s a peculiar rule that even Japanese people don’t always understand.

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