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#274429 - 07/24/06 12:39 PM Vacation in japan.
TKDBB Offline
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Registered: 07/24/06
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Hi, I'm going to Japan on Saturday. Is there anything I should know before leaving such as how to act, eating, etc.?

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#274430 - 07/24/06 01:04 PM Re: Vacation in japan. [Re: TKDBB]
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Where are you going?
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#274431 - 07/24/06 02:47 PM Re: Vacation in japan. [Re: TKDBB]
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Don't blow your nose at the table (...I hate that...).

Oh yeah, where are you going?

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#274432 - 07/24/06 03:23 PM Re: Vacation in japan. [Re: aoishi]
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Don't stick the waribashi up your nose and do walrus impersonations before at least 11PM.
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#274433 - 07/24/06 03:32 PM Re: Vacation in japan. [Re: TKDBB]
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just be yourself and they'll forgive you for being a foreigner.

some tips though, pretty much same as the west:
* don't jaywalk.
* do ask for a fork if your chopstick skills will force you to eat with your fingers.
* do burp as loud as possible after eating while rubbing and exposing your stomach (kidding. dont do that.)
* stay to the left side on a busy sidewalk.
* don't litter.

different from west:
* don't tip.
* don't try to hug someone unless both of you are drunk.
* don't walk on tatame with shoes on.
* don't try to navigate the subway/bus system without help....you'll end up lost.

have fun.

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#274434 - 07/24/06 05:09 PM Re: Vacation in japan. [Re: Ed_Morris]
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I'm going to Yokohama but I'll be spending two days in Kyoto and 1 day in Tokyo.

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#274435 - 07/24/06 09:03 PM Re: Vacation in japan. [Re: TKDBB]
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I'd recommend several more days in Kyoto if you could. You really should hit Nara as well.
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#274436 - 07/24/06 10:07 PM Re: Vacation in japan. [Re: kusojiji]
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Don't talk to strangers unless you're trying to pick up a girlfriend. If you're trying to do that well, you're on your own. Look up nanpa.

It's ok to slurp ramen. But don't spill it all over yourself.

Don't pour soy sauce into a bowl of rice. However normal you think it is, it's not!

Don't pass food with the end of chopsticks you just ate with, that's gross. Use the back end.

Try to use Japanese when you can. You'll be popular just for trying.

Get a JR rail pass. You can pick one up for between 20 and 60 bucks USD. Here's the page in English. Make sure you have the right visa, they aren't kidding about the temporary visitor thing. http://www.japanrailpass.net/eng/en003.html

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#274437 - 07/24/06 10:18 PM Re: Vacation in japan. [Re: paradoxbox]
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Quote:

Don't talk to strangers unless you're trying to pick up a girlfriend.




You don't need to be worried about talking to strangers. In fact, it's not unusual for strangers to stop and help out gaijin looking particularly lost in train stations and such. In fact, the time you should NOT be randomly talking to strangers is if you are looking for a girlfriend. Nothing cheesier and more unwelcome than that. The kind of girlfriend you'll get that way is the same kind you'd get in the US by bothering random women.

Be a normal human being. Be polite. Listen more than you speak. Some things are kind of obvious.
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#274438 - 07/28/06 08:26 PM Re: Vacation in japan. [Re: kusojiji]
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Well whatever, it worked for me

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