6 Ethics in Japan that You Need to Know

  • Holiday in Japan is getting closer. You can’t wait for the happy days to come. Tickets are on the hand and everything already packed. But before you got super excited day by day I would like to remind you that Japan is a country that have a lot of ethics to follow. As a visitor, you need to know what the common ethics in Japan that you may find so you are not feeling guilty or lost when seeing other people do something that seems unfamiliar for you. And of course, this helps you also to be more appreciated to other countries culture including Japan.

    These are some ethics that you need to know and important for you before you land in Japan:

    1. Japanese people like to greet anyone including foreigner

    Please spend time to understand simple words in Japanese for greeting. A Japanese people like to greet you such as: ohayou gozaimasu (good morning), konnichiwa (hello or good afternoon), also some words like arigatou gozaimasu (thank you) and sumimasen (excuse me) are needed to bear in mind. So someday if somebody in Japan greets you, you know how to reply. Don’t forget also to little bit bow your body when greet someone.

    2. Not standing in front of cashier before your turn to pay

    At convenience stores in some countries, people usually directly go to the cashier or wait close to the cashier when they are done shopping and want to pay. However, in Japan, unless there is no queue, you have to fall in line (you will see there is a foot sign) before the cashier calls you.

    3. You will have Japanese slippers when you visit somebody’s house or public place


    In japan, you have to take out your shoes and change it with Japanese slippers when you visited somebody house, or other places like office and temples, and other public buildings.

    4. When at the restaurant

    At the restaurant, you will have a towel or wet tissue provided to clean your hands before eating. In japan it is considered impolite to burp. Depend on where you eat, some places require you to return your tray, plate and glass after you put the rest of your food in to garbage when you finished eating. So be watchful and see what people around you doing.

    5. When you visit shrine or temple


    Keep respect to the worshipping places and don’t make a noise. Before entering the building, normally people wash their hands and mouth in the purification fountain. Also take out your shoes when you enter the building.

    6. Don’t be fussy when ask something

    Japanese normally are helpful people and they will do their best when you need them. But please ask something that not end up with giving them pressure. If they seems don’t understand don’t force them and better to say thank you and find another person. It is important, moreover if you cant speak Japanese.