12 Things NOT to do in Japan


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  • Jo Montanee
    Jo Montanee 3 years ago +23079

    "No tips in Japan" is my most respected culture of Japan. I tipped the Imperial Hotel's bell boy once and he said shyly, "No, no. No tipping in Japan." When I asked him why he said proudly in a slow English, *"it is my honor to service".*

    • pauldh62
      pauldh62 Month ago

      Truly wonderful, no awkwardness, no employers able to factor it in as part of the wage/salary. I am uncomfortable with service of a more personal kind - no raised eyebrows please - dentists, doctors are a necessary torture and they're the boss anyway; barbers, hairdressers - who am I to tell them their craft? Yet I know what I want. House servants, God! My partner is Kenyan and her mother has personal staff. With me, well, if I don't answer their greeting in Luo, we're off on the wrong foot for the sojourn. Childminders? I am a jealous father who clumsily upsets routines. I am a client who cannot be served. Give me Japan, simple rules to live by, a meal out I can eat with a clear conscience and no pocket fumbling for the right kind of professional recognition.

    • David Lafleche
      David Lafleche 2 months ago

      @Leo Buscaglia It would be even better if the cost of living were lowered.

    • David Lafleche
      David Lafleche 4 months ago

      @barry mcfuzz You have no right to expect a living wage for a dead-end job. Learn a skill that's worth more.

  • もぐもぐ
    もぐもぐ Year ago +1848

    I’m Japanese.
    There used to be trash cans in the city in Japan.
    In 1995, there was a terrorist attack that shook Japan.
    It is difficult to notice even if there are dangerous objects such as bombs in the trash can.
    The trash can has been removed for the safety of society.

    • M K
      M K 3 days ago

      @もぐもぐ Sounds like a bad excuse

    • じゅんじゅん
      じゅんじゅん Month ago

      im japanese but ive never heard it...
      In the first place, the word "terrorist" itself is rare in Japan i think

    • Zigzag Lychee
      Zigzag Lychee Month ago

      Same thing happened in parts of London

    • pauldh62
      pauldh62 Month ago +1

      We did the same in the UK when the Provisional IRA were active.

    • M H M
      M H M Month ago

      Thank you for the explanation. I was not aware. But in a city as densely populated as Tokyo I can see what tremendous harm can be done. Luckily for me I was told about the lack of garbage bins, so wasn’t surprised and was prepared to take my trash with me when I visited Japan.

  • Ken Ken
    Ken Ken Year ago +2018

    “When you enter a different country, you are your country’s ambassador.” -my middle school teacher

    • Mr.G LIVE
      Mr.G LIVE 6 days ago

      tell that to america's "great" cities...

    • adam lorden
      adam lorden Month ago

      "when you enter a country you always fart" - Valagi Joshep

    • Yasukiwi
      Yasukiwi 4 months ago

      Yip. The first place I lived in was my hometown's sister-city, and it was a smallish town by Japanese standards at 35K population and very few foreign residents. I was very aware that anything I did wrong would be known by the whole town within 24hrs. And my country would be jiudged by the locals on my behaviour (which is very stupid but it's how people judge other countries all over the world - by actions of individuals they meet or hear about)

    • Gabriel Carlo Bato
      Gabriel Carlo Bato 5 months ago +1

      Thank you for this amazing comment through Our Lord Jesus Christ in His Holy Name Amen.

    • Steve Davenport
      Steve Davenport 6 months ago

      I felt like my country's official spokesperson

  • Charles Veitch
    Charles Veitch 11 months ago +884

    "I felt like I was part of the argument, like some unpleasant 4D experience"
    LOL man, LOL.
    Great channel btw

    • Ali Jomaa
      Ali Jomaa 4 months ago

      Were u on drugs watching it....hahha

    • Trippy
      Trippy 6 months ago

      @Steve Davenport yup in public

    • Steve Davenport
      Steve Davenport 6 months ago +1

      I do find it odd that people find it necessary to speak loudly into their phones.

    • Soul Angela
      Soul Angela 9 months ago +4

      @Kishore Naveen Humor is different for a lot of people, to them it clearly WAS just that funny haha

    • Kishore Naveen
      Kishore Naveen 9 months ago

      Its not THAT funny.. o_O

  • Val Marsiglia
    Val Marsiglia 10 months ago +179

    OMG, that whole "maybe" thing! I taught English at a Berlitz school in San Francisco, which had contracts with several Japanese companies to teach their execs English, so most of my students were Japanese. It was very tricky to teach them negation/contradiction because they consider it rude to directly contradict a teacher. So for example, you'd show them a red pen and ask "Is the pen black?" with the expectation that they'd say "No, the pen is not black. The pen is red." But every time they'd answer with something like "Maybe the pen is red."

    • adam lorden
      adam lorden Month ago +1

      should ask them "are you japanese?" hmmmmmm maybe I am???!?!?!

    • Jinsi JH K
      Jinsi JH K 9 months ago +6

      It's not 'maybe'. It doesn't translate so they just use 'maybe'. What they are actually trying to say is 'We know it is red, don't play us like that'

    • テレサTeresaTeng
      テレサTeresaTeng 10 months ago +10

      I think it's a Japanese answer even if I'm Japanese
      Japanese people are worried that they will be uncomfortable when they say negative words to them.

    • Jay Low
      Jay Low 10 months ago +21

      The response that always tickled me in such circumstances was the deeply earnest: 'Hmmm... difficult to say'. Reminds me, for a month or two out there (when still a youth) colleagues had an experiment of trying to get a local to say a plain simple no, not possible, or similar. You'd try to conversationally completely box them in to just that one answer, but could never do it. As you say it could be surreal.

  • めぞん
    めぞん Year ago +1802

    I am Japanese. We know you are a foreigner, so you don't have to worry about not knowing Japanese manners, and most people will treat you generously. However, there are probably people who are strict with foreigners, but they are rare, so you don't have to worry about them. We are just happy to see foreigners enjoying Japan.

    • Ste Co
      Ste Co Month ago

      I’ve only been to Japan once but the people were so helpful and friendly. It was an absolute pleasure

    • Do Tech
      Do Tech Month ago

      @blackhawks81H Problem is many of their customs are quite strange to an American and they just avoid you and say nothing. How are you supposed to know if/what you’re doing wrong?

    • Nukesploder
      Nukesploder Month ago

      @Blake Plays gaming if you're being serious with this comment, this utterance has nothing to do with racism. It is directed at and questioning the moral and social norms of japanese society and criticizing them of being illogical/not grounded in human nature.
      If you're being a troll, good bait.

    • Blake Plays gaming
      Blake Plays gaming Month ago

      @Nukesploder that’s racist

  • Stephanie Stuart
    Stephanie Stuart Year ago +204

    I love this. I wish I could get a crash course in etiquette everywhere! When I traveled to France I had a situation, like the shoe story, that permanently scarred me for life. I was having dinner with a local family and after the meal, they offered a shot of home-made alcohol. It was a specialty in the region and it was an honor to be offered it. I immediately took the shot and swung it back like any American would drinking bottom-shelf vodka at a rager (except I was careful not to slam the shot glass down on the table). To my horror, everyone was looking at me like a monster while they gently sipped at their drink. Stunned, I then asked what the norm was and explained my obnoxiously strange behavior to them. In a way, they felt complimented to know that Americans throw-back their alcohol because to them it meant that our alcohol just simply isn't worth drinking, while the refined French culture had perfected the distillation process to the point of enjoyability. Anyways, etiquette, it's very nice to know ahead of time to avoid the humiliation of looking like an alcoholic.

    • Fred Gervin M.P.
      Fred Gervin M.P. 3 months ago


    • richard hesse
      richard hesse 9 months ago +1

      My wife taught me four things to say in French. When asking a question, first say "pardon me". Always say "thank you". Know how order more coffee, followed by SVP. Please, I am ready for the check. You must ask for the check.
      The French are a courteous people and expect courtesy. When eating, never rush. You own the table. I have only been rushed once in months of travel in France and that was in a very busy tourist area where people needed to eat. Later in the day, it not have been a problem

    • Hayden Cassidy
      Hayden Cassidy 11 months ago +2

      @Nice. nice

    • Nice.
      Nice. Year ago +6

      This is equally as relatable, I was travelling around Europe before returning to my home in England and had stopped off at Venice, and apparently they love taking care of and ensuring the protection of children or 'bambinos' as they call them [Not really an 'etiquette' but anyway] I was around 15 and out of nowhere two seemingly peaced elderly women appeared like a Villain in a film and were essentially praising me like a God, alongside my brothers. In all honesty I had gathered a fair commending of self-entitlement but overall It was an unexpected embarrassment. So yes, it is always useful to know a country's etiquette ahead of time.

  • Les Mortimers
    Les Mortimers Year ago +150

    I lived in Japan for a little bit and absolutely loved the strict order. A lot of people may find it oppressive but for me, a person that is very socially and generally anxious, it was so comforting and nice to always know what the rules were and to have people around be very quiet, careful and respectful.

    • pauldh62
      pauldh62 Month ago +2

      In fact westerners have many social rules that are not explicit. Fall foul of them and you very quickly learn that you don't fit in. One learns that one doesn't fit in, but one doesn't necessarily understand what rules one has broken. Japan's rules are daunting to us, simply because we don't know them. They are designed, actually, to make everyone's life easier, to create harmony and require just a dash of self discipline. Once acquainted with them they make perfect sense.

    • Cotton 49
      Cotton 49 Month ago

      Why only a little bit

    • Jared Pearson
      Jared Pearson 3 months ago +3

      i understand how it could be comforting to have less stimulus.

    • Nukesploder
      Nukesploder 4 months ago


  • mattbenz99 [Canadian Gambit]

    The shoes thing is common in a lot of places, not just in Japan. We even do it in large parts of Canada, which always baffles America. I remember in elementary school, we needed to have 2 different pairs of shoes, one for indoors and one for outdoors. Even to this day, I never go into someone's house without taking my shoes off in the entrance.

    • JackobMan
      JackobMan Month ago

      @Idollize It's also hot which often means tile or stone floors. It's a similar situation in South Africa and similar.

    • pauldh62
      pauldh62 Month ago

      In Kenya it is the cutom also, but this is not unheard of in european households. When visiting people I have to weigh up which will cause the greater offence - taking my shoes off, exposing my feet to the world or, more to the point, exposing the world to my feet.

    • Octavia 62728
      Octavia 62728 3 months ago +1

      It's not just Americans, in Mexico, no one I know takes off their shoes when going inside their house. I think it's gross, but that's just the way it is.

    • Pigeon-chan
      Pigeon-chan 4 months ago +2

      @Gustas Borusas No American wears shoes in their own house. You will never see people walk on carpet, sit on couch or bed with outside shoes.
      The only difference is in USA when people have parties sometimes the host allows shoes on for guests. It's super rare though.

  • Val Marsiglia
    Val Marsiglia 10 months ago +82

    Regarding wearing shoes indoors, I've read that in Japanese homes, there's a separate set of slippers to wear in the bathroom, which makes so much sense. That's one practice I've adopted. I have my regular house slippers, then a set of rubber slippers for the bathroom.

    • Val Marsiglia
      Val Marsiglia 9 months ago +3

      @Hafsah Qureshi Interesting, thanks!

    • Hafsah Qureshi
      Hafsah Qureshi 9 months ago +4

      The same thing is don’t in pakistan, I actually thought it happens everywhere till now

  • むらぶ P。
    むらぶ P。 2 years ago +5248

    I am Japanese. We are very glad that everyone is coming from other countries. Don't be afraid of the rules, please come when the virus subsides. As there are many rules in Japan, but most people are kind.( *´꒳`*)
    I'm busy and I'm late for my reply, sorry 🙇‍♀️

    • •MINMIN• ғɪx ᴏɴ
      •MINMIN• ғɪx ᴏɴ Month ago

      Thats cool... Cause I will be in Japan in May or June😅

    • ye men
      ye men 2 months ago +1

      You just made the politest comment i have ever seen

    • Yanoshi
      Yanoshi Year ago

      I will visit Japan next year (somewhere in July- August) whenever the virus will end, may I ask if there are any special events or such at those months?

    • Luqman M
      Luqman M Year ago

      I swear I will random person

    • HellxGodLike Gaming T.V
      HellxGodLike Gaming T.V Year ago

      Oh I thought that u are inviting us to bring virus with us....

  • すけ吉
    すけ吉 Year ago +82


  • Temijin Kahn
    Temijin Kahn 11 months ago +27

    I spent several years in Japan while in the US military. Terrific country, culture and people. Try and get out of the cities and see the countryside as it is beautiful. I had many very positive interactions with the people. Even though I struggled with the language, I could see they truly appreciated that I was trying to speak to them in their language. If you have a chance to travel to Japan, you will not be disappointed. My time in Japan is one of the high points of my life.

  • SUNSET & BUSTED / 夕日とぼうず

    I read your remarks in a Japanese news article.
    【“The changing part of Japan” as seen by me as a foreign TheXvidr”by Real Sound】
    I read it very interestingly and favorably from a targeted perspective.
    Readers' reactions also seem to be generally positive.
    Many Japanese, including myself, seem to agree with the "problem of older men staying as leaders."
    Both I and my son are interested in foreign countries.
    Thank you for your valuable opinion.
    I'm sorry for my not good English. I'm glad you read the comments until the end.

    • Julian G
      Julian G 5 months ago +4

      Your English is amazing

  • I like Tacos 109
    I like Tacos 109 Year ago +545

    Imagine an employee was rude and then you give them a tip to piss them off

  • MrAstrojensen
    MrAstrojensen Year ago +3169

    Seriously, not littering on the streets should be the norm everywhere.

    • 1953lili
      1953lili Month ago +1

      Sadly, it is not!

    • Julia Wikaryasz
      Julia Wikaryasz 5 months ago

      How can I like this comment more then once?

    • CptRQ
      CptRQ 9 months ago

      @ShadowkillZ here in the states people will look for like 5 seconds and then just throw it on the ground

    • what's in the name
      what's in the name 9 months ago

      **Dump nuclear waste in ocean **

  • RGI The Anime Figure Guy

    I can add one to this from personal experience, never send food back when you eat out unless you have someone with you who can explain to the staff why. I am allergic to Mayonnaise and one dish i ordered was saturated with it, I sent my food back as I knew it would make me ill should I eat it but as there was no one who could understand English in the place and I couldn't speak much Japanese I got the dagger looks of death when i asked for them to take it back. So yeah be wary of this if you have any food allergy's!

    • 3 AM
      3 AM 8 days ago

      Do you mean you are allergic to eggs?

    • Ishidalover
      Ishidalover Month ago

      Definitely good advice. I have a nearly lethal shellfish allergy, going to eat in Japan would be very scary if I couldn't communicate it somehow! 😰 Thank goodness for translators/google devices

    • Yasukiwi
      Yasukiwi 4 months ago

      On a similar note, it seemed rude or irksome to ask for food or drink to be served in a certain way. It's rude to burden or make something complicated for other people basically. Hence when I asked my Japanese girlfriend once to order my Coke with just a bit of ice (rather than the large amount they always put in at places in Japan) she was extremely hesitant to ask for that.

    • Yasukiwi
      Yasukiwi 4 months ago

      @anonamatron Also the word for allergy in Japanese is a transliteration from English so is very similar. Same with mayonnaise. So saying Mayonanaise or mayo allergy - they probably would've understood what the problem was.

    • anonamatron
      anonamatron Year ago +6

      Google translate should get the job done in a pinch there. Last time I was in Japan lots of shops had little translator devices to talk to us English speaking people too.

  • kanishk sharma
    kanishk sharma 10 months ago +402

    If there's one thing i like about Japanese culture, it's their hygiene.

    • adam lorden
      adam lorden Month ago

      u sure, they dont wash their hands after peeing

    • トミー Tommy Dii-star
      トミー Tommy Dii-star 6 months ago +6

      @Nunya Bizwacks あなたは同じことがどんな人々のセットについても言えることを知っています

    • Random Deltarune Fan
      Random Deltarune Fan 6 months ago

      Don't forget, westerners have far better teeth hygienics

  • LouisCapet1715
    LouisCapet1715 Year ago +210

    I see there are quite a few Japanese TheXvidrs who have been making reaction shots to this video. Perhaps you can do a reaction to the reactions?

    • Dzlyesful
      Dzlyesful 9 months ago +2

      Actually he did make a reaction video to other youtubers' reaction to his video! CONGRATS!

    • Blex
      Blex Year ago +30

      **Cut** 4 Weeks later i watch i video of Chris reacting to Japenese reacting to Chris reacting to Japan and this was probably the comment that let him finally pull the trigger and just do it 😂

  • Pound Puppy
    Pound Puppy 9 months ago +18

    I worked for a Japanese company for 15 years before I went to Japan so I wasn't completely ignorant, but it is different. Hotel rooms are VERY small. You can buy anything you want from a vending machine on the street corner, from articles of clothing like shirts and ties, to cigarettes, to bottles of scotch. And I never felt unsafe walking around alone late at night. For one thing, the Japanese police do not mess around. Before going there I was warned to do EXACTLY what an officer said to do...something we need in the US.

    • Yasukiwi
      Yasukiwi 4 months ago +1

      and yet dealing with the local bousozoku bikie gangs they were pathetically weak.

  • 匿名希望
    匿名希望 Year ago +392

    I am Japanese. The trash can is usually at the station, but I bring the trash home. Because if you throw it away, it will be difficult for people to clean the station. Well, if it gets messy, I'll throw it away (´∀`) It's translated by Google Translate, so there may be something wrong.

    • LMyBeloved
      LMyBeloved 5 months ago

      No your message I read perfectly fine!

    • Razuri Zeev
      Razuri Zeev 7 months ago +3

      Yeah less trash can is actually good because people will less likely to buy a disposable items... Like food wrappers etc.
      And actually improve cleanliness and being a responsible human beings.

    • anonamatron
      anonamatron 10 months ago

      @SUPerNaTUralEntiTY Easy fix there. Punish people caught littering with a day of picking up trash.

    • SUPerNaTUralEntiTY
      SUPerNaTUralEntiTY 10 months ago

      @anonamatron You joking, some roads in India are just half used (the other half is covered by trash). I find it very disturbing that people don't feel the need to maintain surroundings clean.

    • sistool sistool
      sistool sistool 11 months ago

      i just read this after 3months from Iran. tbh 50% of our rule are like same.

  • AnimeVampireFanGirl
    AnimeVampireFanGirl 5 months ago +5

    I tried learning Japanese by reading a Language book and even had a day of learning Japanese and so far only remembered one sentence in Japanese with some bits here and there. It's been while since I used chopsticks but it's always been interesting to use them.
    Even though I may never be able to go to Japan, I still wanted to learn the language and culture.

  • Dharmesh Barai
    Dharmesh Barai Year ago +393

    "japan is all about respect"
    -famous last words

    • Mr. Weebs
      Mr. Weebs 7 months ago

      *forest flashback*

    • Doreen Lane
      Doreen Lane 7 months ago +1

      I don't see that if they treat foreigners badly

    • Frays77
      Frays77 9 months ago +2

      Me who just watched the Japan forcing people to be normal video:

    • Peter Downey
      Peter Downey 9 months ago +1

      @DrFudgecookie Logan Paul.

  • A girl and her dogs channel

    I love how tidie the streets are. Love the limited contact thing. Being respectful of others is a big one too. Not to inconvenience others

  • cindellednic
    cindellednic 3 years ago +1465

    My first time in Tokyo I didn't notice that the pedestrian crossing had a light as well, so I was like "Oh, crossing" and just went to cross. A dad-aged guy behind me literally pulled me back by my collar just as a car went racing past.

    • 3 AM
      3 AM 8 days ago

      I remember Japan was the first place I ever saw the little man countdown type of crossing signal.

    • Psycho Blind Boy
      Psycho Blind Boy 2 years ago +1

      Truck kun didnt get you

    • Mariam Ben
      Mariam Ben 2 years ago +1

      Thank God he saved you in time! 0_0

    • jaz n
      jaz n 2 years ago

      @john pierce bruh

    • Amirah Zarli
      Amirah Zarli 2 years ago +3

      Damn, he saved you from being isekai-ed

  • icehir
    icehir 3 months ago +5

    Hi, I always enjoy watching your contents and pay so much respect to you walking us through what Japan is about. But there is a single part that I found wrong in this video. I’m not intent on offending anyone or making you lose your credibility by saying this. From my perspective, as a Japanese guy, the first thing you introduce as something you shouldn’t do in japan is not right. We don’t have any negative impression on eating foods while walking, and actually we do eat foods while walking so casually. We even have a lot of events or festivals where you can see shops sell various kinds of foods and drinks on a street, and enjoy eating it while wandering around. I understand that it is difficult to tell what is acceptable and unacceptable to do in another country. But since you have so many followers and are so influential, I’d appreciate it if you could take a little more surveys before you post your videos and take responsibility for what you say.

  • Frankie in Japan
    Frankie in Japan 6 months ago +6

    I noticed the business card thing. My mother in law opened her 7th shop, and it's in Eki Marchè Umeda Station in Osaka. Frequently, other business owners come along, and them and Mom would delicately pass each other their business cards with 2 hands while giving many deep bows. Afterwards they really spend time reading the card and discussing the meaning. Very respectful imo.

  • Battosai87
    Battosai87 Year ago +3

    Can totally relate to the bath house story. In a sento I forgot to take off the toilet slippers after leaving the toilet. When I realized it I returned as fast as possible to the toilet. When I came back out the sento manager was already waiting outside and looked at me with a very disappointed expression. I embarrassedly wispered "it was a misstake" in japanese. A splitsecond later the manager was already on his knees whiping the floor I walked on with his towl. This happened 8 years ago and I still feel a shiver going down my spine if I recall this situation.

    • Emily Apricot
      Emily Apricot 5 months ago

      Reminds me of a librarian’s reaction when you talk too loud.

  • Baranoeda
    Baranoeda Year ago +11

    I cannot believe how someone does a reaction video to this and tries to say that anything of it is wrong. All is spot on. Actually checked George Japans reaction video and it was good and funny. He agrees with you 80% of the time, man!

  • みんじゃす
    みんじゃす 2 years ago +2099

    Don't worry too much about manners, feel free to come to Japan!
    I would be happy if foreigners could enjoy our country.
    You are always welcome!

    • pauldh62
      pauldh62 Month ago

      Thank you, I am very relieved. I am very interested in Japan and would like to go fishing in your country. Your country's rules, when examined are actually quite sensible. It is just that they are formalised more. Once this is understood I think it makes life easier. I can be quite opinionated and this can really make someone unpopular, but no-one will tell you in the west because freedom of speech is valued, but there is a balance, socially speaking. An erudite opinionated person in the UK will thus have a quality in their character that others will pretend to love, but in fact despise. We're not that different. When I visit, I promise I will be on my best behaviour.

    • Susoiia
      Susoiia Year ago

      @Tristee they aren’t exactly racist just very vocal and don’t know what’s wrong to say. My Japanese friend was telling me this earlier. But it also depends on where in Japan you are. In Okinawa they kinda don’t like Americans I don’t know why tbh

    • CH Kiranmai
      CH Kiranmai Year ago +1

      @Nakano Yuko last year, Japan had record immigration of 3 million people. Guess what? It didn't provoke xenophobia. The older Japanese workers were a little reluctant but they quickly got used to it. The Japanese are actually quite understanding. It's just that they are new to foreigners. They don't usually want to start the conversation but if you take the lead and start the conversation, you'll understand how considerate they are towards foreigners. It's just that they are shy and feel a bit scared from a foreigner's presence. If you try and attempt to make a conversation( preferably in Japanese), they'll quickly understand and appreciate your efforts and they'll be really nice with you. Trust me. If a person is trying to avoid you cause you are a foreigner in Japan, try to start a conversation. They'll immediately respond , have a healthy,friendly conversation.

    • Nakano Yuko
      Nakano Yuko Year ago

      @CH Kiranmai you realize they are like one of the worlds closest thing to a full on ethnostate right? theyre quite xenophobic in comparision to the rest of the world

    • CH Kiranmai
      CH Kiranmai Year ago

      @Nakano Yuko Japan is the most racist? Naahh.. i don't think so.

  • Thiago da Silva Moraes
    Thiago da Silva Moraes 3 months ago +5

    The best part of this video is clearly that he does EVERY SINGLE THING he tell us not to do

  • beandonuts
    beandonuts Month ago

    We visited Japan for 2 weeks. I was always nervous about breaking rules. One thing I found interesting was their strict rules and relentless perfection except when it came to walk down the street. For the life of me I couldn't figure out if I should walk on the right or left cause there seemed to be no consistency at all.

  • StringStorm
    StringStorm 7 months ago +2

    It makes sense for everyone to be nice, to be polite, to maintain that air of harmony, to keep your opinion to yourself when you live in such a compact country like Japan.

  • Simply Tina
    Simply Tina Year ago

    Thanks for sharing this. It helped me understand Japanese culture & also, I was able to use some of the DON’Ts here in my vlog about Japanese Etiquette. I put the link of your video in my description as one of my references. Have a lovely day! Stay safe always! 😉

  • no name
    no name 2 years ago +6470

    I actually like it when foreign people shakes my hands or hugs me. I think it’s a lovely gesture.

    • Niamh Wilding
      Niamh Wilding 8 months ago

      Corona: cha cha real smoov

    • Peter Downey
      Peter Downey 10 months ago

      Hugs are probably safer than handshakes as far as COVID-19 is concerned. Even before COVID-19, many hospitals discouraged or banned handshakes on hygiene/infection control grounds.

    • HighRider91
      HighRider91 Year ago +1

      What are the rules of smoking?

    • jbiliHacker
      jbiliHacker Year ago

      nice you are a japanese , NOICE NOICE

  • Daniel Burgess
    Daniel Burgess Year ago +38

    It feels like Japan is perfectly designed so that the socially awkward things that I and many other people do regularly are considered common practice and polite.
    For example I can’t bring myself to talk on the phone or blow my nose when on public transport. Also things like averting eye contact and staring at the floor when meeting someone new is just the regular way of greeting someone.

    • adam lorden
      adam lorden Month ago

      you probably need some help then

  • Pieter Whocares
    Pieter Whocares 10 months ago +1

    This is the first time im seeing your channel, and after two Videos, this one and why not to go to japan, I only want to go there more.
    The culture, the difference in people, the way of life is something that intriges me so much! But where to start is where I always walk against :(
    Thanks for the nice content!

  • Pippa Boyd
    Pippa Boyd 9 months ago +10

    I found you on curiosity stream doing a documentary about cats in japan, I am finally going to japan next year after years and years of wanting to go, I am watching your videos to get me nice and prepped and ready, so thank you for all your amazing content. There seem to be so many rules which make logical sense in Japan.

    • Pippa Boyd
      Pippa Boyd 9 months ago

      @Rupert Singleton o yes no doubt, but I’m not in Japan very long so have to see the major cities really. Be like going to the uk and not visiting London for a few days

    • Rupert Singleton
      Rupert Singleton 9 months ago

      Careful, most of his content is either incorrect or very misleading from the truth. I live in an ancient farmhouse in Kyushu and grow rice ... real Japan. .... my house cost just a few thousand dollars. Please avoid Tokyo at all costs if you are coming!!.

  • ftpinter
    ftpinter 9 months ago +1

    Really interesting! There are a couple of "donts" which are very similar in the German speaking part of Switzerland : don't cross the street at red light, don't use the phone in trains, don't hug people, don't litter, be punctual... and do not drop the bread crumb into the cheese fondue 😁

  • magazine
    magazine 2 years ago +7794

    Japan: has hardly any trash bins but streets are really clean
    New York City: has so many trash cans but streets are basically trash cans too

    • うまぴょい🥕
      うまぴょい🥕 4 months ago


    • The Opinionated charles
      The Opinionated charles 5 months ago

      @Kadyn Bilberry I don't think that's just an American problem it's a problem for any big city like in the UK, the closest city to me is Newcastle-upon-Tyne and the streets are littered with peoples trash and dirt

    • Berserk Berserk
      Berserk Berserk 9 months ago

      in new york, trash on the ground is not trash... it's modern art

    • 【Kokoro Kitten】
      【Kokoro Kitten】 11 months ago

      @Kadyn Bilberry lmaooo

  • Jesus Diaz
    Jesus Diaz 6 months ago +1

    Before knew anything or wanted to learn Japanese, I happen to do most of this stuff on my own so I think im going to enjoy living in Japan in the future.

  • Silmarien Ingoldo
    Silmarien Ingoldo Year ago +2

    The shoe thing is interesting. I'm from Greece and here it depends on the occasion, duration and relationship whether you should take your shoes off. We take them off when we visit good friends or relatives and plan to stay in their house for some time. But if you pay someone a short or semi-formal visit then it's actually in bad taste to take them off. If you have to take them off, upper-middle class people might offer you one-use slippers but others give you slippers that they keep for visitors. I refuse to wear them and use my own because I'm disgusted to wear slippers that others have worn.

  • Frederic Proix
    Frederic Proix 4 months ago

    I like your videos. Great job and mindset on Japan culture.👍 I went to Japan once, just before pandemic. Maybe I can add a "DON'T".
    Something which is not adviced : staying immobile in the path of walking people in crowdy place like train station. Japanese appreciate walking as a flow with no obstacle. If you need to watch your smartphone or if you're lost, it's better to stand aside. In France, it's usual to have someone in front of you halting suddenly or people waiting in the middle of narrow path. Even at an escalator arrival ! So uncivic.
    About crossing street at red light, I confirm. I wanted to cross on a very small street, no car, during night. My japanese friend held me back !

  • Generic Goon
    Generic Goon 10 months ago +5

    Never even had the thought about japan, this randomly got recommended to me but you are stating things which I definitely wouldn't like other people doing in the public like showing affection. Convincing

  • まさみ
    まさみ 2 years ago +7380

    as a Japanese living in America, when my friends walk into the house with shoes on, im like “WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’RE DOING?”

    • Ishidalover
      Ishidalover Month ago

      I live in a hot and muddy place, so even though it isn't required here, people take off their shoes automatically and I'm very thankful for it. My floors are happy, too! 😅

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      Johnny Knoxville Month ago


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    • eli naytowhow
      eli naytowhow 6 months ago

      Bruh I’m Canadian and I would never wear shoes in the house it would feel illegal to me 😭

    • prince apoopoo
      prince apoopoo 8 months ago

      I'm American and the only reason why I don't take off my shoes when I enter other's homes is because I am self conscious of being called out because we don't have that kind of shoes off culture. 😭

  • Jess
    Jess 4 months ago +1

    I lived in japan for a few months, many years ago. The night before leaving, I had to do a quick combini run and grab some things. I felt very rushed, so I committed the sin of eating and walking and was actually yelled at 😂 by a bunch of dudes who i think were supposed to be tough, loitering about nearby. (I remember it clearly - one dude yelled out "おかしい!")

  • anonamatron
    anonamatron Year ago

    My biggest problem in Tokyo was figuring out which side of the sidewalk to walk on.
    They drive on the left so I'd assume you walk on the left. That's how it was in Hong Kong... but in Japan I'd constantly have people coming at me head-on when I walked on the left... so I'd switch to the right, and have the same problem. In some places there were markings on the ground... but usually it was a guessing game.
    Once you find a safe part of the sidewalk to walk on though, some crazy person will whiz right past you on a bike, weaving in and out of people.
    For such an orderly place, I found the sidewalks to be more chaotic than anywhere.

  • BrightonFresco
    BrightonFresco Year ago +1

    I have already broken a few of these don'ts in Japan. And I even watched this video before going to Japan
    - Giving tips (i forgot)
    - Eating while walking (i forgot and I was hungry)
    - crossing the street while its rad (my friend was in a hurry to go somewhere)

  • Andrew Higgins
    Andrew Higgins 11 months ago +4

    I think I would do well in Japan. I was raised by parents who taught me manners and to have respect for people and the world around me.

  • Rebelle Game
    Rebelle Game 4 years ago +6708

    Love how dramatic the "Donts" are xD

  • LittleMrs
    LittleMrs 8 months ago +5

    The Japanese’s standards for (obvious) foreigners is different from… other Asians.
    I’m an Asian American, and I have tattoos from my time in the military-tattoos are very common among US military members. My now-husband is a tall Caucasian service member who was stationed in Japan at the time. While I was visiting him in Japan, we decided to try an onsen. Our experiences were very different. Even though he has as many tattoos as me, he was assisted by Japanese, helping him figure out the onsen… while I was just glared at.

  • Icevy
    Icevy Year ago +763

    "Huging in japan creates awkward atmosphere"
    Every anime:

    • Onett Aviator
      Onett Aviator 6 months ago

      @big_smoke cic That's a NEET. Not Employed, Educated or in Training.

    • Razuri Zeev
      Razuri Zeev 7 months ago +1

      Weeb is derived from the word wannabe or want to be.
      A want to be person love the things he/she want to be.
      So if you love a thing then you know what things you love. You are likely to be respectful.
      There's a different between a douchebag and a weeb.
      Actually Japanese don't mind weebs because weebs love Japan so Japanese actually like them.
      Personally I don't use word otaku if you're not a Japanese.

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    • shachihoko
      shachihoko 9 months ago +2

      I’m Japanese. I think he should have added “Japanese don’t hug ‘on a daily basis’ “ or something. We actually do hugs. Surely many people avoid too much physical contact (compared to westerners maybe) but if you’re close friends, people do that casually. And of course there are extraverted people in Japan too 😅
      Anyway it’s not “only in Anime” thing, I just wanted to say that.

    • Salma
      Salma 9 months ago +1

      @橙 yea that's a really bad thing, but the person you're trying to insult most likely calls themselves that so it's not much of an insult to them

  • Y M
    Y M Year ago

    I studied abroad in Japan and before we left we had to have a 2 hour class on what not to do lol.
    That being said, I definitely broke the pda rule, but in my defense I was at the “couples river” near downtown Kyoto with another foreign student so they probably were like; stupid foreigners lol.
    I also did A LOT of eating on the go, but that wasn’t on the don’t list.

  • x3MiiNTY
    x3MiiNTY Year ago

    Elevator etiquette really boggled me in Japan. My partner and I moved out of the way when someone came in thinking we were polite by giving them adequate space. He looked visibly confused and proceeded to press his floor. Boy were we lost haha. Looking back, when we entered preoccupied elevators, the guy at the buttons wouldn’t move and we had to awkwardly sneak our hands past him to press our floor. How embarrassing

  • Carlo Lestani
    Carlo Lestani Year ago +1

    For the most part I’m agree (I lived in Japan for three years), but just before Covid19 Japanese people shake hands, kissed and hugged as westerners did (now everybody all over the world avoid because hygienic rules).
    Furthermore I’ve seen thousands of times Japanese pedestrians cross the roads when red light was on (in the meanwhile this Italian man was waiting for the green one...)

  • bag3lmonst3r
    bag3lmonst3r Year ago +6

    "While we spend energy and imagination on new ways of cleaning the floors of our houses, the Japanese solve the problem by not dirtying them in the first place." -Bernard Rudofsky, "Kimono Mind: An Informed Guide to Japan", 1965

  • jean-claude schwartz

    I've been to Japan for two weeks and I love it there. I Wanna go there again someday. In America, tipping is obligatory and I consider it extremely ridiculous. I'm that there is no tipping in Japan or in South Korea (I haven't been there)

  • Val Marsiglia
    Val Marsiglia 10 months ago +6

    I am completely with the Japanese on not using phones on public transport. Westerners really can be incredibly inconsiderate of others when it comes to that kind of stuff.

    • HouseMDaddict
      HouseMDaddict 5 months ago

      The amount of people that have their phones on speaker and are yelling into the phone, is so freaking annoying. No one wants to hear your conversation. Go away. There's a reason why so many people wear headphones while shopping or on transport in western countries. People don't know how to just talk normal volume or leave to take a call. All of my friends know to go outside or another room to take a call when we're hanging out.

    • HouseMDaddict
      HouseMDaddict 5 months ago

      The amount of people that have their phones on speaker and are YELLING into the phone, is so freaking annoying. No one wants to hear your conversation. Go away. There's a reason why so many people wear headphones while shopping or on transport in western countries. People don't know how to just talk normal volume or leave to take a call. All of my friends know to go outside or another room to take a call when we're hanging out.

    • HouseMDaddict
      HouseMDaddict 5 months ago

      The amount of people that have their phones on speaker and are YELLING into the phone, is so freaking annoying. No one wants to hear your conversation. Go away. There's a reason why so many people wear headphones while shopping or on transport in western countries. People don't know how to just talk normal volume or leave to take a call. Like come on. All of my friends know to go outside or another room to take a call when we're hanging out.

    • HouseMDaddict
      HouseMDaddict 5 months ago +1

      The amount of people that have their phones on speaker and are YELLING into the phone, is so freaking annoying. No one wants to hear your conversation. Go away. There's a reason why so many people wear headphones while shopping or on transport in western countries. People don't know how to just talk normal volume or leave to take a call. Like come on. All of my friends know to go outside or another room to take a call when we're hanging out.

    • HouseMDaddict
      HouseMDaddict 5 months ago

      The amount of people that have their phones on speaker and are YELLING into the phone, is so freaking annoying. No one wants to hear your conversation. Go away. There's a reason why so many people wear headphones while shopping or on transport in western countries. People don't know how to just talk normal volume or leave to take a call. Like come on. All of my friends know to go outside or another room to take a call when we're hanging out.

  • no name
    no name Year ago +2686

    All of the Japanese comments:
    You don’t have to be too strict about the rules. Please don’t be afraid. Some of things he’s pointed out, we don’t really care about it.

    • _Red_Panda_
      _Red_Panda_ 11 months ago

      No name : you're just everywhere man all over the youtube.. not a happy chappy... oops bunny bunny oops bunny... Boink.. As we used to say in our comprehensive school.

    • diagraph01
      diagraph01 11 months ago +1

      @Heath Smyth Calls by voice are considered to be a nuisance in Japan, certainly. However, if you just use apps, there's no problem. It's a premise that you listen to the sound and/or music with earphones, or just mute it, though.
      Many of train companies has "priority seats" (for person who elderly, expecting mother, temporally injuries, illness and disabled), and it was recommended to turn off cell phones near them. This was due to the consideration that it might have an adverse effect on devices such as pacemakers. This recommend has been relaxed a bit now.
      (FYI) Also, I assume you are referring to the picture at 4:14, but this is not a Japanese train. Based on the ad's text and the sling of hand strap, I'm guessing it's somewhere in Korea.

    • ꧁Mo0nlight_ V̶ids and more!꧂
      ꧁Mo0nlight_ V̶ids and more!꧂ 11 months ago +1

      @diagraph01 thank you!

    • diagraph01
      diagraph01 11 months ago

      @꧁Mo0nlight_ V̶ids and more!꧂ I think showing tattoos in Japan attracts a lot of interest or curiosity from people. At the same time, it can be a source of minor trouble.
      In Japan, tattoos are considered to be a symbol of anti-social groups, shameful yakuza. The average Japanese person doesn't get a tattoo because we (or I) don't want to be seen as being like them. Also, this is the exact reason why tattoos are banned in approx 56% of facility with hot springs and/or pools.
      (To be clear, getting tattoo or showing it to the public is not prohibited by law in Japan)

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  • Peter Clarke
    Peter Clarke 11 months ago +2

    If all of this is true, I think I need to move to Japan. Other than being opinionated and being a bit touchy-feely in public, I think I'd fit in quite nicely :)
    I particularly like the "take your rubbish home with you- you bought it, you own it, even if you don't want it anymore, you barbarian!" mentality.
    And the tipping thing... I've never liked tipping. Not because I'm tight, but because I believe people should be paid a fair wage for their labour. When I lived in the states, tipping seemed like a compulsory part of the process, which for me just seemed to completely defeat the purpose. Just pay your staff properly.

    • Zelda Smith
      Zelda Smith 8 months ago

      Amen. The "service" industry is the worst.

  • I’m a Llama
    I’m a Llama Year ago +33

    Currently studying Japanese, and I'm hoping to work there. So this channel is a god-send to me. Much thanks

  • The Peginator
    The Peginator 11 months ago +14

    I’m working on the Olympics very soon and we’ve all been instructed we have to wear long trousers and long sleeves at all times - even during build periods before any activities commence.
    Is this a Japanese cultural thing? I.e short sleeves / short trousers are seen as too casual for work proposes?
    It seems pretty mad to be enforcing long sleeves and trousers in July/August when temperatures regularly exceed 30 degrees… personally I would argue that’s a health and safety risk! Especially if your job is very physical.

    • Racer Girl
      Racer Girl 10 months ago +2

      Make sure what you wear is cotton, not polyester. Cottons like linen are the coolest fabrics in the heat. Make sure its 100% cotton.

    • Millennial Monitor
      Millennial Monitor 11 months ago +2

      The whole "business model" of the Olympics is a joke.

  • Wolf
    Wolf 5 months ago

    10:30 Having recently been to the UK i can safely say, the lights suck. First day in London, i saw everyone cross on red, and thought it's a London thing. Next days in York, same thing. I was standing at the light like an idiot, waiting for it to turn. Then i adapted to the situation.
    The only time i ever saw people cross on red like that was in Sweden, where there was literally no traffic for miles.

  • DubDanTV
    DubDanTV 2 years ago +4408

    10:01 In America, there are bins everywhere and people still don't use them.

    • Sivananthan Uthyakumar
      Sivananthan Uthyakumar Year ago

      I live in London but it's the same there

    • Windy 25
      Windy 25 Year ago

      Oof, don't get me started on post-soviet countries, people littering all over place, even at nearby bins.

    • AnotherRandomGuy
      AnotherRandomGuy Year ago

      in spain it happens the same, but only in big cities. It might sound stupid, but in recycling bins (such as paper ones or glass ones) people just leave the rubbish outside, instead of trying to get it in. I always try to get it in even if its not mine

    • Emma A
      Emma A Year ago +1

      And people say America is the “land of the free” when it’s actually “land of the Mean orange man that doesn’t know how to make anything better”

    • diane9247
      diane9247 Year ago

      I see them being used, but they are then overflowing and the garbage people don't empty them often enough (this must be a law, or something), so then everyone just throws their garbage on the ground next to the garbage can! Absolutely senseless!

  • Sireth
    Sireth Year ago +432

    "Don't be overly-opinionated."
    It'd be so nice if we had that custom here in the US.

    • Yasukiwi
      Yasukiwi 4 months ago

      Yeah, it's all about balance. It can be just as irritating at the other end of the spectrum where you never can tell if people are actually giving their real opinion or view, and in Japan it is most of the time the "tatemae" expression - ie telling you what they think you want to hear, rather than the "honne" or real thoughts or opinion.
      Infact in Japan I realised after a few years that it's often what wasn't said in the conversation that was the real truth, so in the opposite way to the US, Japan also disappointed me with the lack of honesty and debate in conversation because people are so scared of confrontation. it also means that many problems never get sorted in Japan because people would rather ignore the problem than confront it. They just hope it will naturally sort itself out. Sometimes that works and is a great advert for the patience Japanese have. Sometimes not...

    • Neightrix Prime
      Neightrix Prime 5 months ago

      Simply having an opinion isn't necessarily the problem. It's that most people stick to their bubbles and never put their ideas under any scrutiny.

    • HouseMDaddict
      HouseMDaddict 5 months ago

      @Gurious Ceorge there are outspoken people/self important people in every generation. There's a reason why "old man yells at cloud" is a meme. Gen z has grown up with cellphones on their hands and a lot of them think every second of their lives needs to be recorded in a TikTok. You've got a ton of millennials (26/7-40 years old) who don't even have cellphones or social media and hate texting (preferring to call). There are some wildly opinionated gen Xers too. All depends on how those specific people grew up.

    • TK1532
      TK1532 11 months ago

      Japan not overly-opinionated? In what alternate dimension?

  • Lowestoft van man
    Lowestoft van man 3 months ago +1

    Makes me want to move there even more

  • eechauch
    eechauch Year ago

    I guess it shouldn’t be surprising me that much, since Japan took quite a lot of inspiration from Germany, but pretty much all of these apply to Germany aswell. It really doesn’t feel like most of these are worth mentioning. Maybe not the business cards, chopsticks and eating while walking, but the rest is just normal.
    I kind of get why foreigners might be a bit irritated by waiting unnecessarily at traffic lights, but that’s just part of a general attitude of, if you don’t like something, change it and don’t just ignore it. And since changing that rule isn’t practical, we abide by it, since we would want other people to follow it as well.
    One thing I really don’t understand, is why there is any discussion if you should take your shoes off. I’ve never understood why shoes in the house is a thing anywhere. Taking off your shoes before entering somebody’s house just makes sense. Who wants the outside dirt in their living room or on their couch? And having shoes off is more comfortable anyways. Having shoes off in public buildings seems a bit excessive, but in private it should be a no-brainer.

  • planescaped
    planescaped 6 months ago +7

    "If you're the sort of person to have a debate or argument on things, people will find you obnoxious and dislikeable and probably just avoid you"
    As it should be. My kind of people!

  • Flowery & DeRozes
    Flowery & DeRozes 3 years ago +15292

    I'd like to see the Japanese SWAT team carefully removing their shoes and moving into slippers before infiltrating.

  • David Walker
    David Walker 11 months ago +1

    Is there an exception to the Japanese shoe rule for the disabled? Is a wheelchair bound person required to remove their shoes? Obviously, one wouldn't want to track mud or dirt indoors with their wheelchair wheels, but how much effort is required? What about individuals that require the use of a walker? They're capable of walking, but it's potentially more difficult for them to remove their shoes due to limited mobility. Do any such cases warrant exceptions?

  • *もも
    *もも Year ago +49


  • Janis Macolley
    Janis Macolley 5 months ago +1

    The Japanese are so gracious and forgiving! I loved my time there!!

  • FieryPhoenix586
    FieryPhoenix586 10 months ago

    I briefly lived in Japan when my father was in the Air Force. I remember #4, but am guilty of eating something on the street.
    Another thing I remember is chewing gum and wearing a hat when meeting someone for the first time is deemed as rude.

  • olga
    olga 6 months ago +7


  • GamingWithHowardLive
    GamingWithHowardLive 11 months ago

    I litterally just recently found your channel and omg I love it I love your content it's very educational lots of history and so much humour it really reminds me of top gear but your chanel by far is so much better I really enjoy it I'm watching lots of your older videos and making my way up to your recent videos but yea just wanted to say your videos are 100 percent awsome

  • Univqrsal
    Univqrsal 7 months ago +2

    As a Japanese I agree with every aspect of this video.
    Great vid lad

  • George Eager
    George Eager 9 months ago +1

    No tipping in Malaysia either. I must admit that in five years here I never once thought "Oh I wish I could tip this server." I don't think Malaysians feel it is an honor to serve me, which is understandable. No bins here either. I've never seen a public rubbish bin outdoors in Malaysia. I find somebody's residential trash, and use that.

  • xIIL3GENDx
    xIIL3GENDx 4 years ago +432

    As someone who also lives in Japan I feel like I need to say that a lot of these are spot on. I agree wholeheartedly. However, there are some things that depend on the area you're in or depend on certain situations. I live outside of Tokyo and in my neighborhood people don't give much of a care about crossing the street whenever an opportunity presents itself. Some will even wander through stopped traffic to get to the other side quickly. Maybe there's something in the water but I was also taught to obey the traffic signs and not cross until an appropriate time, but when I watched Japanese citizens of all ages openly crossing in front of a koban, I was shocked.
    The other one that came to mind was a conversation I had with an older Japanese friend of mine. He is a doctor in Osaka and we discussed tipping over Christmas dinner. He had been kind enough to take me to a very fancy French restaurant and mentioned to me that while tipping isn't really a thing in Japan, its not always out of the question. He said that the owner of the restaurant knew him and he had been coming to the restaurant for over 20 years. He told me that on special occasions (such as a holiday) he would tip the owner a bit extra because he was a friend and genuinely appreciated the excellent service. I know that's a bit different than when regular tipping is, but I just thought I should mention it.
    I don't want to take away from the video because I think its very informative and helpful. People should be aware of whats respectful when they visit a foreign country and I appreciate this video immensely. It presents the do's and don'ts of Japan in an entertaining yet educational manner. I just wanted to add my two cents. Keep up the good work!

    • xIIL3GENDx
      xIIL3GENDx 4 years ago

      In English we'd call it a police box. Think of it like a smaller police station where officers report to throughout the day.

    • Heather Jones
      Heather Jones 4 years ago

      xIIL3GENDx what’s a koban

    • Ellen Tee
      Ellen Tee 4 years ago

      I found that in Tokyo people do cross the road on red but outside of Tokyo people didn't, we got to Tokyo last in our first trip and I found that really odd. In Fukuoka we waited for ages in a clear street to cross!

    • Diznebabe
      Diznebabe 4 years ago

      Target ad it takes 2

    • Android User
      Android User 4 years ago

      xIIL3GENDx everyone cares

  • ep
    ep Year ago +1

    I'll have to keep the road crossing tip in mind. In Aus we cross whenever, and when I visited Vietnam it was "every man for himself, cross at your own risk, good luck"

  • Mgrzx3
    Mgrzx3 Year ago +4

    I've been sort of binge watching Abroad In Japan for a month, or 3 ? Love this stuff, I'm learning things I'll never use. Perfect. Arigato

  • TheSpaceBetweenOurHouses

    The more I learn about the Japanese rules of etiquette, the more I want to go. I like structure lol.

    • Rig
      Rig 10 months ago

      Seems odd for Jane.

  • Ron Auger
    Ron Auger Year ago +1

    Just recently learned - don't yawn during business meetings, even video meetings with no camera and they can just hear you yawn. Fortunately I had a Japanese colleague/friend tell me that one. It comes off rude, like you are disinterested. But it is difficult when you're in the US and staying up all night to be on Japan web meetings.

  • Nate
    Nate 3 years ago +701

    You can use your phone on trains just not for talking. Messaging, using net, playing games or music (with headphones), or reading is perfectly fine. More accurately the rule is don't make noise on the train. Conversation is fine but keep it low and just be considerate of others around you.

    • Albert Sammut
      Albert Sammut 2 years ago

      @DaveKP Exactly my friend and God help you if that person doesnt use any deodorant😊😊

    • DaveKP
      DaveKP 2 years ago +1

      @Albert Sammut So you can get rammed into a train compartment with your nose planted in someones armpit but god help you if you talk?

    • SirCamiro
      SirCamiro 2 years ago

      what about reading yaoi o.O

    • Anahi Is beast
      Anahi Is beast 2 years ago

      Enolp idk how u would want that quiet kills me

  • Canundrum Sixnine
    Canundrum Sixnine 11 months ago +2

    Here in California, when I was younger, I would jaywalk frequently, or cross against the light. Until the Sunday I crossed an empty road, and half way across a car sped out of a parking lot and made a turn inches in front of me. I fell back on the curb and injured my leg. I've never stepped off the curb against the light since, and sometimes I'm even a little hesitant to cross with the light, because California Drivers are @$$40!3s

  • Jack Mehoff
    Jack Mehoff 4 months ago +1

    This is not only for Japan. The most general rule to follow when traveling anywhere, respect local customs and cultures. You will have a better time and also be received much better. Imagine you are a guest at someone’s home.


    😊wow I love the part about not littering, not being late not using your phones in public transport and bathing before entering PUBLIC BATHS. These are good mannerisms that should applied in the whole world. I LOVE JAPAN

  • Millennial Monitor
    Millennial Monitor 11 months ago +6

    Getting a free pass overseas: In a rural town in New South Wales I ended up driving on the wrong side of the road during a turn. Guys on the corner hollared at me "What are you doing mate!?!" Then when they realized I was from the States they were soo apologetic: "That's alright mate ..."

  • ShireWark
    ShireWark Year ago +534

    I think Chris has covered the main ones! Here's a few bonus tips for any extra diligent students :)
    *13.* _Driving Part 1_
    If you've hired a car or a motorbike in Japan and you're going to be doing some driving; your eyes are not fooling you, the speed limit sign really did say 50kph but an 85 year old man just zoomed past you in a tiny truck going 80kph!!! Speed limits are often broken in Japan by locals who know the areas back-to-front, and often know where all the fixed speed cameras are. Most Japanese cars these days also come equipped with a "Navi" which is a typical in-car navigation system that includes warnings of well known speed cameras, or police-patrol spots. This results in some pretty "elastic" speed limits... However, don't even DARE take advantage of this if you're a foreigner on an international driving permit... as more than 90% of offenses alleged in Japanese courts end up in prosecution !!! (not worth the risk).
    *14.* _Driving Part 2_
    Be sure to bring some extra patience if you're going through cities and dense residential areas! Traffic Lights are not as well coordinated as other countries, so you might get quite triggered for hitting red light after red light after red light. Stay calm, and keep on driving.
    *15.* _Far Queue_
    Don't cut queues! Lines can grow very long at Train Stations at peak hour. Cutting queues might be fair game in other parts of the world, but in Japan you'll enjoy death stares for the rest of the trip!
    *16.* _Escalating confusion_
    Depending on which region of Japan you're in, you should either keep to the left, or keep right (to let others in more of a hurry, pass) when going up escalators, climbing stairs etc. Generally most of Japan sticks to the left e.g. in the greater Tokyo area (also known as the Kantō region), but if you're in Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe or Nara for example (Kansai region), you might notice people sticking to the right. As for most things in Japanese society, don't question it.. just blend in ;)
    *17.* _Time is money_
    If you're about to pay for something by cash and it's busy (e.g. the supermarket), do your best to prepare the correct change for the cashier before you get there! In Japan, everyone comes prepared.It's not only a practice of courtesy, but often feels like it's treated as a measurement of intelligence too. Advice for travellers is simply to use your Suica/Pasmo (public transport card) as much as possible. Most convenience stores and many supermarkets have tap & pay machines for these cards.
    *18.* _Bow Wow Wow Yippie Yo Yippie Yay_
    Receiving bows from someone for the first time can be a nerve-racking and puzzling experience for a foreigner on their first trip. Pro Tip! Don't freak out and start bobbing your head back and forth like you're in a moshpit, as this might also trigger the Japanese person to feel obliged to keep bowing longer to match yours, creating a wonderfully awkward situation! Instead, if you receive a bow from someone my advice is simply to show courtesy. Smile and say "thankyou" if you haven't already acuqired some basic travel Japanese. Or if you're feeling courageous, you can bow back! Bowing etiquette is more complicated if you're a local, so advice for travellers who want to try to bow back would be to keep it simple. Don't worry about how high/low it is, putting arms at your side, or keeping/avoiding eye contact etc. Just commit to bowing in a way that feels natural, and the effort will be noticed and appreciated.
    Japan's a stunningly beautiful place and is still rich in culture to this day. I don't know anyone who's returned from a Japan holiday without having creatied wonderful long-lasting memories.
    All the best for your future travels !! ^_^/ Let's hope the world can defeat this COVID thing soon.

    • Marla Sayang
      Marla Sayang Year ago +1

      Thanks! 🤗

    • Deanne Balas
      Deanne Balas Year ago

      Hello! Do you live in Japan? If so, I'd love the opportunity to chat with you. I'm hoping to move to Japan and am looking for people who've experienced it to talk to.

    • DB
      DB Year ago

      Got it

    • ShireWark
      ShireWark Year ago

      @Zodiac Glad I could help, have a great time.

    • Zodiac
      Zodiac Year ago +1

      Thanks! I’m not sure I’m going to be driving anywhere, as I am underaged. But this helped a lot, so thanks

  • Vesperam ⚜️ ベスペラム⛲️

    Thank you for so many videos in HD/4K, can't wait for people to react to them in 480p

  • Moca's Moca
    Moca's Moca 4 months ago

    My mom really wants to spend a month in a country to know what life is in that country and I suggested we do Japan since we stayed there for 2 weeks last 2019 literally 2 months b4 covid 🤬. And thanks to this video I have gained a little more knowledge about life in Japan bc I knew some stuff about Japanese culture.

  • candiholley72
    candiholley72 6 months ago

    Your delivery & presentations are hilarious!! 😂 Great tips as well! 👍

  • Winnie Tan
    Winnie Tan Year ago +2

    this is only in tokyo, osaka are not so strict especially crossing the road and eating on the road is totally fine. all osaka people do that . osaka people think that tokyo are being too restrict they should learn to relax.

  • beefcheek
    beefcheek Year ago +1445

    That fact that he had the balls to go out in public Japan and actually do these things

  • Elizabeth Harvey
    Elizabeth Harvey 3 months ago +15

    5:55 Son unos de los Topgirls.Uno
    15:55 Sun: ''Hotter''
    15:55 Hopi: ''Sweeter''
    15:55 Joonie: ''Cooler''
    15:55 Yoongi: ''Butter''
    15:55 Son unos de los mejores conciertos ,
    , no puede ir pero de tan solo verlos desde pantalla, se que estuvo sorprendente...

  • Alidesu
    Alidesu 7 months ago

    hilarious and SO accurate 😂 thanks for that!

  • Izamiyabi
    Izamiyabi Year ago +2

    I'm just rewatching the video and suddenly was shocked to see Chris not wearing a mask outside and thinking about the consequences. Corona clearly affected my mind, oh my god

  • Kristofer Prepelica
    Kristofer Prepelica 10 months ago +2

    Notable are the customs/etiquette around serving drinks (i.e., avoid pouring your own drink, serve the most senior person first, etc.)

    • A YouTube Commenter
      A YouTube Commenter 5 months ago

      So if you pour drinks, you hand the bottle over to someone to pour yours or pour your own too?

  • N F
    N F 2 years ago +202

    I'm Japanese and I think most things he says in this video are true, except the first one. Eating and drinking while walking isn't really considered bad.
    About tipping, workers wouldn't feel they are assessed their performance or anything. But just tipping is not our culture so they don't know what to do with the money. They are just doing their job and get paid by their employer. Receiving tip is similar to receiving money from some stranger on the street, like "I didn't do anything to deserve this!"
    Anyways, I like this video so much!! Especially the last tip is my favorite and the most important :)

    • babybird871
      babybird871 2 years ago

      They make about 8 to 10 dollars and hour...

    • Kat
      Kat 2 years ago +1

      I'm very relieved to hear that because I'm a perpetually hungry and restless person. It would be terrible to need to stop somewhere every time I want to eat a snack etc.

    • Peepo's Embarassment
      Peepo's Embarassment 2 years ago +2

      Each state in the US has it's own minimum wage. Whether or not that is enough to live on, whether or not that is a fair wage to pay someone for that particular job, is all debatable. From my experience, waiters/waitresses make bank because of tips. My sister works in a casino as a waitress and she makes over 300 dollars a day because of tips. (I think she makes like 13 dollars an hour, and works about 8 to 10 hours a day, so she makes about 200% of her daily wages in tips. As a bonus, while technically the IRS wants to tax your tips, it's pretty easy to hide half of your tips (if not all))

    • Valathia
      Valathia 2 years ago +6

      ​@Khellendross Not to insert myself in the conversation. Tipping is a very American thing, as you said, to correct extremely low wages of waiters/waitresses, specially with this "unspoken" fix tax rule. This however is because wages are somehow not regulated in the US for the most part, or not as much as in other countries from what I can see.
      In most countries, i'm from Portugal, there is a standard Minimum wage for everything. No one can be paid bellow that point. So say a waiter may receive minimum wage, but same goes for someone who works at a random clothes shop, at a kiosk, or a supermarket.
      So, people just don't tip. Because A LOT of people receive minimum age despite the type of job they do. Actually, there are waiters who are very well paid, well above minimum, if they work at a higher-end restaurant.
      Sometimes people do tip, but it's merely symbolic! It's usually spare change, keep the change, or 1 euro. Nothing too crazy.
      The ones who usually tip are foreigners.
      If I went to the US I would definitely have to take in consideration I would have to pay 20% extra when I go out to dine. Here, we pay the numbers that are on the menu.

    • Khellendross
      Khellendross 2 years ago +2

      @N F Your English is better than my japanese, I'd say you are doing fine!
      In regards to tipping in the US, it is generally to offset the low pay in some jobs only (waiters etc). I for example work as a computer repair technician and deal with customers all day long. And some of them are awful and treat you like trash. BUT the difference is I am paid a wage that is enough (barely) to live on. It seems to me that in most countries tipping is just not done but I wouldn't say the tipping has much to do with the level of respect and so I think your read on the situation is quite accurate. My general sense of japanese culture is that because outward conflict is less common and people are more respectful, that people in customer service jobs in japan are probably happier and treated more respectfully.
      I think there is a common take that japanese culture is repressed, but I think there is nothing shameful about being respectful of others and having societal rules that are adhered to. Hope to some day get over to Japan. For me, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand are at the top of my bucket list.

  • No Neck
    No Neck Year ago +1

    seeing this video, i now realize how proper and respectful japan is

  • DarkNovaGaming
    DarkNovaGaming Year ago

    12:20 "what have I missed out on, let me know in the comments section below" Me watching this video three years ago. Planning a trip to Japan in a year and already freaking out trying to learn a decent amount of Japanese and etiquette.