Japanese Customs and Etiquette Explained

September 16, 2017 // by Marcia Myers

Are you planning a Japan vacations or extended stay in Japan and want to know the best Japanese customs? The vast majority of individuals who want to visit Japan want to ensure that they do not offend anyone during their stay, alljapantours.com. However, learning the vast amount of Japanese customs and traditions can be quite difficult and hard to understand. Thankfully, there are some very easy ways to understand and learn these customs. We are going to look at three simple ways to research three techniques that will allow you to flow into the Japanese culture with absolute ease.

One of the best places to learn the basics of any topic is through the use of Wikipedia. Wikipedia has a wealth of general knowledge that will allow you to begin the research process. As you begin your search on Wikipedia you will find a page devoted to various etiquette and culture, this would be a great starting point. From here, I would see that many customs have changed over the years. In addition, there are certain customs that pertain to only certain people and areas of Japan. This knowledge alone would mean that I would need to better understand where I would be staying in Japan as well as the type of people I would be associating with. From this point, I would gather that I am going to need more information and would focus my efforts on Google.

As we all know, Google offers us the opportunity to find out a wealth of knowledge, with a simple search bar. In this case, I would simply enter Japanese customs into the search bar and be rewarded with a wealth of information. Immediately I see a list of an essential customs. This includes not blowing your nose in public, never saying the number four due to it sounding like the death in Japanese, as well as never tipping anyone. These simple customs need to be known or you can easily insult an entire culture and find yourself in a rather awkward position. As we have discussed, you need to be sure you understand the right customs for the people or area you are going to be visiting. We can still do that, however, we will need to use Google to our ultimate advantage.

Many people do not know that there are multiple search parameters that can be used with Google to help narrow down the results in the Google pages. Perhaps the easiest for our needs is the use of quotation marks. In this case, we may want to search for “Japanese culture for students”, if we are moving to Japan with a child. This is going to allow us to focus our efforts on all customs and etiquette that would need to be known to act appropriately for students in the classroom or university.

Now you have three ways in which you can research the basic etiquette and customs that can be found throughout Japan.