12 Things NOT to do in Japan

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mar i : 1) Don't film a dead body

F 8 : I'd like to see the Japanese SWAT team carefully removing their shoes and moving into slippers before infiltrating.

PREPFORIT : I WISH ALL these DONTS were In The USA and Canada too ! Only Pigs Litter.

silvia h : imagine how uncomfortable Japanese feel in the uk where many people are screaming on their mobiles, eat on streets and litter everywhere...

J. Varni : I like how over half of these are essentially just ways of reminding Westerners about basic manners.

Barnacules Nerdgasm : Don't be named "Logan Paul"

thequestess : DON'T wear your house slippers into the bathroom. This is right up there with wearing your street shoes in the house. Yes, if you live with a host family, you will be wearing the same bathroom slippers that everyone else is, and THAT might seem gross. But not wearing the slippers, or going barefoot in the toilet room, is super gross to them. DON'T make the "come here" motion by curling up all your fingers and moving your forefinger between straight out and curled up. (It's very offensive, related to death) Instead, turn your hand palm down, fingers out straight, and move all of your fingers down and back. Don't give gifts in groups of 4 (the word for 4 can also mean death). Instead, give 3 or 5. Like instead of 4 shot glasses from your country, give 5. As such, you won't find sets of 4 for sale in Japan. Don't make the OK symbol, with your thumb and forefinger in an O shape and your other fingers straight up. It means "money" in Japan. Don't stand on the left side of the escalator. If you're on the left, you have to walk. If you want to stand and ride, stand to the right side (even if you're with a friend, just get in front of, or behind them). Don't lick you fingers before you turn a page. (I did this once with the sign-in log at the university library, and I got so many disgusted looks!) If you can't get the page to separate from the others, just figure out another way to do it. Don't be loud and obnoxious. Kind of goes with not talking on the train (except really quietly to your neighbor), and not expressing a strong opinion. Basically, you want to be pretty quiet, polite, and never blunt, anywhere you go. Don't accept a gift on the first attempt. First say something like, "oh no, no, no, that's ok." Don't accept it on the second attempt. Do accept it on the third attempt (even if you don't want it). Unless it's an award ceremony, then take it right away, haha. In either case, receive it with both hands, bow, and say thank you. If it's a non-material gift, like someone bought your lunch, then bow and thank them. When offering a gift, offer it with both hands, and expect it not to be taken until the third instisting. Don't say no. Just like that "maybe my cat is dead" guy. Except you can probably say that you don't have a cat. But if someone asks you your opinion, or asks if you want to do something, you shouldn't say no. Instead you suck air through your teeth and then say, "maybe" in a way that sounds like you really don't want to do whatever it is. Don't quietly eat your ramen or udon. Slurp it loudly! Don't slurp your soup. Drink it quietly. Don't have a personal space bubble. Pack yerself into that train or elevator like a sardine. You will be pressed right up against your neighbors. (Although, if the car isn't full, maybe don't just press yourself up against some random stranger!) Don't forget your hand towel, or you're going to have wet hands after you use the public bathroom. Don't say you're hungry by patting your belly (it means you're pregnant). Do say you're hungry by clasping your hands together and swiping them out in front of your belly, up an down, making the shape of a big fat belly (you know, like how you say you're pregnant in America). Don't pass on the right, when encountering oncoming people on the sidewalk. Japan drives on the left, so they go to the left when two oncoming paths intersect. (It was tough for me, because as an American, my automatic reaction is to move to the right. I almost got run over by a bike once!) There is also driving and parking etiquette, but I was only a passenger so I only noticed a few things. (Turn off your lights when stopped at a red light. Always back in to parking spaces.) DO wear a surgical mask if you're sick. If you're female: DO shave your arm hair and leg hair off. They'll give you a pass if you're a foreigner, but all the Japanese ladies shave off ALL of their visible body hair, which they view as gross to leave on - don't ask me about the hidden hair, lol. (Okay, it's OK to keep your eyebrows, but some of them shave those off too! But so do some of us westerners....) If you're female: Don't pee when anyone can hear it. They usually have noise-makers in the bathroom that you press before you pee. If they don't have a noisemaker, flush the toilet and pee while it flushes. (I know, right?!) And yes, flush it again when you're done. That would be way worse than being heard peeing! If you're cooking where Japanese can see you (dinner party?), DO cover your hair with a bandana while working with food. Also, I really liked this book: The Japanese Mind: Understanding Contemporary Japanese Culture https://www.amazon.com/Japanese-Mind-Understanding-Contemporary-Culture-ebook/dp/B0055TH4GO Which covered a lot of the things mentioned in this video, plus more. I had plenty of time to read it on my flight over ;) Which is what I did too, just like this guy, hahaha.

Anthony JS : I love the "DON'T" freeze, zoom and severe sound effect, hahaha

Clark Tanaka : Greetings from Japan!! Trash cans were banned (greatly decreased) after the terrorist act in Ichigaya Subway with Sarin Gas. That’s why the bins all have see through windows to see there are nothing harmful in there. And like you mentioned, there is an etiquette of bringing back your own trash home for disposal.

MrBlafhert : You forgot one major thingie. On exchanging businesscards (or anything else personal, gifts and money) use BOTH hands, goes for giving and taking.

Dogen : You forgot murder

Dr. Spectre : People dont realize that asian societies are based on the notion of shame. European societies are based on the notion of guilt.

Arab Priest : I really wanna go to Japan :(

Kill Pleasure : 2) Don't buy a fish and put it on a taxi

西戸明 : It is not rude to blow your nose in public in japan. I guess japanese people rarely blow their noses just because they don't want to attract attention to themselves due to the sounds. Thank you for your video introducing japan.

pipebomb404 : Please just please don't pull a Logan Paul

Nick 1917 : don't drop nuclear bombs

EminemVEVO 0 : Don't watch uncensored porn

Ayumi : I came back to this video after all this time and hes right, dont tip us, a guy tried to give me $10.00 US ( i think thats right ) in a tip, i rejected and he got super angry and was insistence ( no offence but was a foreigner ) i took his money he was then magically happy and left while i felt horrible and he almost made me cry because he was yelling at me thinking im being rude when i didn't intention to *Thank you very much but please dont* have a fun trip

Lani Teshima : Great tips. Regarding the exchange of business cards--you missed some key elements. It's good you mention that one should be prepared by taking business cards with them on a business trip to Japan, but just as important is the need to get DOUBLE-SIDED business cards, with English on one side, and JAPANESE on the other. There are companies that specialize in printing bilingual cards. Also, while the business card *is* "an extension" of the person, you didn't mention the CORE reason for the exchange of business cards: It quickly, without exchanging words, allows both parties to assess the *importance* of the other person. Next time you exchange a business card, pay attention. The business card exchange is a an amazing and graceful ballet. The two sides make slight head nods with a very slight bow as they exchange cards. They then both look at the other person's business card. It's not just the name; they are quickly scanning for the JOB TITLE. They have to quickly determine that person's rank based on title, and then in the next moment, they both bow to each other, but the person who is lower rank now knows they have to BOW LOWER. If your card says you're the regional sales rep, but the person you exchanged cards with, is a vice president of his company's sales division, you better bow lower or it will mean you don't know your place in society! The one about not putting the chopsticks in the rice... people will audibly GASP when they see that, it's considered such a faux pas.

13Kr4zYAzN13 : 1) Don't do what Logan Paul did. In fact, don't act like Logan Paul. You know what, just don't be Logan Paul. Just don't.

Alx L. : 1) Don't open your eyes.

Michael Mello : Is it weird that I already knew all of this from watching so much anime?

Cambodian Exploits : After spending some time in China and right now Cambodia, I’ve decided to move back to Japan. For me, nothing compares to Japan. I subscribed to your channel.

Jed Lawson : Japanese culture is to be applauded, Japan refused more than 99 percent of islamic refugee applications in 2017 and they haven't had a single islamic terrorist incident in the entire country. They really look after their citizens like no other nation.

thepersonwhohasnovideos : don't record dead bodies, but also don't disrespect their culture and be an ass in general

thechannelitrollwith : My recent trip was Tokyo (met Trami, cool gal), Hiroshima, then Osaka (Kong-Rey didn’t wanna meet us there). Anyway, I road on every type of transportation imaginable. The quietness on the train was pretty spot on in Tokyo and Hiroshima. Then BAM. As soon as I got on my first train in Osaka I was met with a wall of sound . The locals were all having loud conversations in groups of 5-10+. Everyone was replying and reacting and everything. The subsequent train rides there weren’t quite as loud, but there was definitely a lot more talking and general noise in the local trains there, particularly on Keihan Railway ones. Just thought it was interesting. Didn’t seem like a general western/southern thing because Hiroshima wasn’t like that. But moving back up to Kansai, even in Kyoto (of course there were a lot more foreigners there), there was a whole different vibe.

Bruce Artero : 13) Don’t film a dead body.

ATXK : Japan sounds terrible, not gonna lie. Mostly because of the pressure to conform and all of the side-effects of that. All that other shit sounds like no big deal.

Fatou Mendy : Randomly came across this video... realized That Japan and I aren’t meant to be...lol

Lee Lanzini : I think Paul Logan broke each one of these rules when he went to Japan.

JITH IN : When I saw the thumbnail I thought it was *Elon* *Musk* 😐

Valivali94 : As much as i want to visit this country, they seem a bit too cold and distant in everyday life to stay there for longer.

LEAH LAGRATTATATATATA : Show this to Logan Paul

Sethasss : nr8 ... so sjw are a no no in japan ... what a great country !!!

LoliOnii-chan Senpai : Don't go to suicide forest

ld2102011 : Too many uptight "rules" to follow...I found Japan to be very controlling and suppressive, sorry. It was eerily odd while in a very busy train station, the only noise I heard was the whooshing of people whizzing past me, just footsteps. No conversations, no communication, no laughter, no joy, no personality. Stifling. Would never go back. It seemed to me that they are not very joyful people. Yes, polite maybe, but not happy, a very suppressed country. I'm all for respect, however I do think they could lighten up a bit.

Butt Ass : 1)Watch hentai in the subway

Plunger King : Are you allowed to breathe in Japan? Or would that upset them as well?

xFactions7 : Not crossing the street when no traffic is near is also quite common in Germany although there are some people who do it. I remember one time I was on a traffic island in the middle of a big intersection two a clock in the morning and me and a young woman were just standing there waiting for the light to turn green while we heard not a single sound of a car. When I lived in England it was one of the more noticeable differences.

J0uke : sent to Logan Paul

Tristan the purple Guy : The land of introverts! Japan 🇯🇵 XD jippi

Atharva Langote : At 8:55 she is Grandma of mitsuha of Kimi no na wa movie isn't she?

Madelayne V : This video was hilarious and I thoroughly enjoyed it! You seem like a fun human; and I am now binge watching your other videos! So jealous of you as well!

Wang Lianghong : For part 6: Japan is extremely eco-friendly so they discourage the use of napkins. Part 10: You definitely realised that you get frustrated throwing trash from takeaway's and that's exactly the whole point - they want to disincentivise take-away food to reduce plastic usage. But in any case very educational - thank you

Patrick Star : That little old woman became so animated she turned into an anime

Rain Juice : Sounds like my type of place.

Tgif Raiwalui : Japan is the best

The Anime Box : Most of these are common sense though. great video anyways.

FurinKazan : 1.Dont go to Japan .problem solved.Ty.NEEEEXT