12 Things NOT to do in Japan

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

bish im not a weeb ok gtfo : 1) Don't film a dead body

Loek Lodewijck : #1 don’t at like logan paul

SmogAbstract : Don’t ask where the subtitles are

Lewis Beedham : You forgot the rule of don't film a hanging body

Kachi Ki : I was actually watching the Emoji movie to help me fall asleep on my plane ride to Tokyo

Psyché Roadtrip : Don't say Weeb.

pizza head : Japan is what would happen if my anxiety were to physically manifest itself into a country

humbughumbughumbug : Remember to do these touristy things! 1: film suicides near Mt Fuji. The police LOVE that. 2: make fun of their products by throwing Pokemon balls at the elderly. 3: make fun of their main protein source (fish) by running around and shaking their most expensive fish in their face, and leave them on random cars. 4: Cough into elderly people's faces. They LOOOOOVE that stuff. 5: be very flippant about their religion and mock their religion every way you can think of.

squeezemyparticiple : "You don't wanna stuff somebody's physical extension down your back pocket."

mugensamurai : Another thing to not do around Japan. Randomly yell DuRIFFITOOoo!

John Smith : seems weird to me how not taking off your shoes when u enter ur home isnt a thing everywhere , i grew up in the west and my mom would never let me in the house with shoes.. she would go ape shit. people actually walk in the house with street shoes?

Julia Minoda : Don't be thirsty for water. I've never found water in Japan.

Komaz : #1 dont be american #2 dont go to japan

Shatrex : Your voice reminds me of Johnny depp and you look like Elon musk.. Wtfff😂

Yoshihiro Tokashi : I'm half Japanese, so I just want to say something. I agree with everything you said, but before anyone asks why we are like this it's because most of us are germephobes. We like to keep everything clean.

maybememory1 : I am usually the most polite, manners-conscious person in the room at any given time. Japan sounds like the place I need to be.

Volinus : Meanwhile in a certain country, even they have bins in every corner many people still litter intentionally...(yeah even in their own home...) Japan is kinda like "endgame" country, you have to plan next moves, optimize every action, think about how to keep the surrounding as clean as possible to minimize the hassle of cleaning, you aren't allowed to take things for granted most of the time. It's not one for all or all for one, it's all for all.

D Jaquith : If someone uses a fork on my incinerated bones .. I'd haunt them silly. 🍴☠️ .. 👻

xIIL3GENDx : 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!

Yoon : There's no "filming a dead body in a suicide forest, edit just a little of it and uploaded it to the internet so millions can see","throwing a pokeball at random people not only in the street but also in their work place","buying seafood and scaring people with it and throwing it at a taxi when you're bored","strip naked in public","throwing coins at the temple as if you're Michael Jordan" etc etc

Dora Santos : According to what I read, many thrash bins were removed because of a wave of terrorist attacks many years ago, because the bombs were being planted on thrash bins. So they were removed for safety. If someone could confirm that would be great :)

Anime Is Trash : #1: Don't go to Japan.

Wendy Yang LDS : *Logan Paul's tutorial of living*

Crunchboks : 1) Don't Record a Dead Body for Views

CuteFluff : Can you share a meal with a partner at a place that serves quick food? My husband and I went to a small place in Kyoto that served lunch but I wasn't hungry enough to get my own meal so I asked hubby if I could share the meal with him. When the lady server brought the little lunch to us to share, she looked at us with a disapproval and was hasty for us to pay the meal. She was the only "rude" Japanese person we came across, which makes me think we shouldn't have shared the meal together.

MaxiMoose : Dont film dead bodies

disproportionate progression : The cat dude must have been Japan's Schrodinger

DadCan InJapan : One more thing about slippers which is VERY important. There are separate slippers for using the toilet when visiting people's houses and ryokans, etc. Change your slippers when entering and exiting the toilet. NEVER use the indoor slippers when using the toilet.

Nathan Jolly : Great video. I wouldn't worry very much about the little things, but I feel like I understand the basics from anime, and I think that's a big don't — assuming anime represents real life. Which I don't, but anime does provide the basics. Respect personal space, bow, be sincere and contrite, walk only on the left (or is it the right?), take your shoes off when changing from the public (street) to the private (home, business, restaurant, etc.); there's a certain Japanese spirit to all these things that makes a lot of things make sense. I've known how to use chopsticks since I was a kid and use them exclusively at Asian restaurants, and even own several pairs. I have a couple nice pairs, but I don't prefer to use them as they're so smooth, they don't grip the food. The cheap ones are good for gripping food. I have about a dozen pairs of reusable wooden chopsticks that are a nice middle ground. I've been complimented by staff for having nice chopsticks, they're easy to clean, and they grip the food almost as well as the disposable kind. I think it's a bit creepy that chopsticks (and rice) are used in funeral rites. I knew about the tipping but not about business cards. Is there any reason a foreign visitor would need to know this, though? Other than trivia; I certainly appreciated learning the how and the why, but as a regular Joe who would want to visit, would I need to have a business card? Would I be in a position to accept someone else's? The latter concerns me more. I'd be more interested to know how far English gets you in Japan, and how easy it is to learn enough of the language to get by. I can say konnichiwa, I can say sayonara, and I can say baka or baka na no (idiot, and "you are an idiot" or "are you an idiot" depending on context/punctuation). There's also the "k'ss" sound (like kiss without the I) that is like "dammit" or "curse my luck." Most of this I got from anime. So it's probably very casual speech. Not formal. Like the scene in _Kimi no Na wa._ where Mitsuha, in Taki's body, starts her story of why she's late to school using the formal address for "I," and they immediately called her (him) out. And then she used the semi-formal address, and they were puzzled by that. I forget what they are. She then used boku, the really informal one, and they were like, "okay, proceed." This joke translated very poorly in the English version (it became "a girl, a gal, a guy," as if she called herself a girl, confusing anyone who didn't understand the original joke. And that's another worry — I'd be worried about screwing up honorifics — -san or -kun, for example. I'm incredibly fascinated by the language and the various applications about it, but lack the patience to actually learn it. I wish I picked up this interest when I was much younger.

Jerrold Ong : From your points: 1) Whoops... I did that when I was in Osaka when I had some Taiyaki O.O 2) Yes, I never did these... As I kid, I was also taught never stick your chopsticks like that on rice, but the reason was different. I was taught that it was inviting the dead to feast alongside me... which might end up them following me for the rest of my life. ... yea... my relatives are mean :( 3) a funny story when I went there for the first time some years ago. Some members of my tour group and I went to a nearby ramen shop. After we had our fill and prepared to leave, one of the members (I think he was American...?) left a pretty sizable tip (well, I remember seeing bills but I don't recall how much it was). Once we exited, the server ran out and called to that guy. The waiter promptly returned the bills, saying something along the lines of "you forgot these". There was a short conflict of the guy still wanting to give the tip but the server refusing. In the end, the guy kept it. Agreed that tipping isn't rude, but it can lead to awkward situations like this. I have heard many other examples of similar incidents through my friends who have either done the same error, or witnessed someone do it. 4) Glad to see they don't talk on commutes too. It tends to get really annoying 5) We also practice that where we are. I think this is more of a universal idea. Generally, I read the person's business card immediately once I am handed one, and often ask questions related to the information written. I find it a good method to get to know the person further and establish better rapport with them 6 - 8) Hmm.. didn't know these... especially the handshake part. Thanks for the info! 9) Oh wow... hey you're right about the elevation clue. I did notice all the places I went to where we were required to remove our shoes DID have elevated floors at the entrance :) 10) Yup! Happened to me in Kyoto. Bought some Takoyaki, went to our tour destination, went down bringing the styrofoam thinking I would find a trash bin at our destination, only to find none and I had to carry the damn thing during our stay -_-* 11) Where I live, I try my best to follow this practice... and generally, I get weird looks from most pedestrians here who generally play chicken against oncoming traffic. In Japan, I belonged haha XD Although there is one part of Dotonbori in Osaka where this is NOT strictly followed... so drivers there should take a bit of heed when passing by. Sadly, I haven't been to Japan long enough to add to your list (been there 2 times, total of about a month's worth of days)... but let's see if I can after my next few visits In the meantime, I will be hanging out your channel if you dont mind. It seems you have a lot more interesting things to talk about ^_^

Michael Follis : Not sure if anyone said it, but the "don't walk and eat" and "no trash cans" problems can be solved at the same time. When you buy your food from a convenience store or vending machine, they have trash cans there. So snack away at 7-11 and they'll take your trash too.

Amy Carter : its to close to north korea lol

MightyMighty Molly : The guy singing at the end of the video was adorable!

Secret Diary of a Foodie : This video was in my recommended and tbh I expected it to annoy me. I find a lot of 'Do not do these things in [insert foreign country]' videos by westerners go overboard and take things wayyy too seriously or overexaggerate. This was surprisingly simple, clear, and factual without being overdramatic (dramatic music funny tho). Good job. New sub👍🏻

iWintar : All of these annoy me and I hate being a hypocrite so if I ever visit Japan I think I'll be good.

tuff_lover : 34 VIEWS BEFORE 2 MIL! q u a l i t y EDIT: DID THE YT JUST TOOK AWAY THE VIEWS?! EDIT #2: VIEWS ARE BACK, 22 VIEWS LEFT! EDIT #3: 11 VIEWS! 2 MIL!!!!

Chedd Rock : Dear Logan Paul:

にっぴぃー : I am Japanese, but I sometimes do the few things, is it because I am a rude?

TheRucksackman : 2 quick ways to offend japanese people (from all I heard so far): 1. Do anything 2. Anything at all

thedavecorp : Late? Be EARLY.

DadCan InJapan : Came here from the Japan Times article. Nice video. However, when I first came to Japan 30 years ago, I was shocked by how much litter there was strewn around the countryside and nature trails. I saw people just dropping candy wrappers, etc. That was what shocked me the most. Luckily things have changed since then.

Jeremy Kight : Logan paul

ToruKun1 : "DON'T underestimate the importance of business cards" Basically everyone in Japan is Patrick Bateman when it comes to business cards 😂

francisco nikotian : so i can put an octopus and a fish on top of a taxi, thanx!

HRPV HRPV : You forgot not to film a dead body...

MGP PANDA : Sherlock bones - 10/10 ign I got liked by abroad in Japan im-*paws*-ible

vishu sharma : the reason they dont cross on red light because when you start breaking one rule you start breaking all rules

Ash Djin : lots of common sense rules of conduct, almost all make sense and should be familiar to anyone, they show respect to those around you.

Loggus66 : I went to lunch and was sitting down to eat some tteokbokki, when a waitress set down six chopsticks right in front of me. It occurred to me that perhaps these were meant for three people, but it was more amusing to imagine that I was supposed to use all six. I did not know any way to do that, so I realized that if I could come up with a way, it would be a hack. I started thinking. After a few seconds I had an idea. First I used my left hand to put three chopsticks into my right hand. That was not so hard, though I had to figure out where to put them so that I could control them individually. Then I used my right hand to put the other three chopsticks into my left hand. That was hard, since I had to keep the three chopsticks already in my right hand from falling out. After a couple of tries I got it done. Then I had to figure out how to use the six chopsticks. That was harder. I did not manage well with the left hand, but I succeeded in manipulating all three in the right hand. After a couple of minutes of practice and adjustment, I managed to pick up a piece of food using three sticks converging on it from three different directions, and put it in my mouth. It didn't become easy—for practical purposes, using two chopsticks is completely superior. But precisely because using three in one hand is hard and ordinarily never thought of, it has "hack value", as my lunch companions immediately recognized. Playfully doing something difficult, whether useful or not, that is hacking.