Rules for survival in Japan Continued (part II)

Trip Start Mar 10, 2008
Trip End Jun 06, 2008

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Sunday, March 16, 2008

Rules for Survival in Japan Part II

Tips on culture and need to knows in Japan (Continued)

11. Japanese people tend to have coat hanger racks for you to hang your coats up. I was fine wearing my coat but etiquette is to hang it on the rack. Just make sure not to forget it:)
12. Warning! There are no disposable toilet seat covers that I have seen so far in the public restrooms. Note this is clearly from a guys restroom perspective. I shall do further research on the women's bathroom....and what I mean by that is that I will ask people not go in myself lol.
13. On the menus in Japan they actually have the price as well as the price with tax in parenthesis. EX. 350 yen (366 yen with tax). And don't forget! Don't leave tip! I almost did it today. They will chase after you saying your forgot it. Haha
14. Japanese people have weird spatial issues. When I was going to Tokyo I was practically on top of people in the train * ok well not on top but crushed against them. People don't even flinch or care at all. But, when you go and hug or get really close, they get uncomfortable. They have no bubble when it comes to trains and the city but when it comes to emotional connections or greeting people, it's different. Hm.... Don't quite get it. I can hug people at church but man those trains and buses make me uncomfortable at times. Hm... interesting
15. Final survival guide for the day: Be aware when you take off your shoes to go into a house, kids can easily take them and then throw it into a woods....then lose it....Trust me I speak from experience! Hahah LOL

I just wanted to add this before i went to bed. I wanted to make sure I put it down before I forgot. More survival hints to come! Look forward to the weird things that I notice and put up in Part III of the survival guide:)

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