Japan will maintain the sporting spotlight from Friday when the Rugby World Cup kicks off with Russia and a game between the hosts.
The marriage’s prestige championship has been held in Asia for the very first time, together with the eight versions having been shared between powerhouse hemisphere nations New Zealand, Australia and South Africa as well as countries.
It begins a busy 12 months for sport in Japan, together with Tokyo hosting the 2020 Olympic Games following August and July.
However, before that wearing showpiece, tens of thousands of union fans from all over the globe will converge across a string of places.
Japan always offers a warm welcome but it’s not ever a bad idea to have to understand a number of the nation’s unique customs to show respect to the hosts and add to what is going to be an exciting sporting experience. . .so here’s guide and our Dos.
When meeting someone in Japan, it’s their form of a your head bows. No need to feel awkward follow the lead if you are not certain for how long or just how far you’ve got to bow your mind of the individual who that you are meeting.
DON’T provide to shake hands unless your Japanese person offers their hands to you. The majority of the head is the Japanese greeting.
When proper DO attempt to use chopsticks. Most Japanese will be very excited to see a visitor attempt to get to grips together.
As it is to play along with your chopsticks DO N’T stab your food this is impolite.
DO provide and take business cards. It’s a typical everyday practice to hand over business cards in Japanese society and is a fantastic means of not just but also who you’re
DO place the business card in your pocket. This is seen as incredibly impolite. Either set the card down or put in purse, your wallet or handbag when you’ve exchanged and looked at the card.
DO queue respectfully and properly. Come on, we’re British and should be quite good at this! Seriously though, in places the Japanese are very courteous and queuing at railroad stations for example is a art form. They know the doorway to the train is going to probably be and make a queue in a line that is direct back from there. It’s very organized and works!
DO N’T tip in Japan is your way if you thought of handing over some extra money to taxi drivers or even in pubs. There are events where the service you receive is spectacularly good it is appropriate and not offensive to tip it’s quite normal for bar worker or a cab driver to walk or run once you if they have not returned the specific change.
DO use public transportation in Japan. It’s on time and well organised! In Tokyo for example most stations and trains have signage in English.
DON’T speak on your cell phone on public transportation. It’s viewed as a small impolite. Answer it, In case you’ve got a telephone, but hang! No one has a issue with that.
DO remove your shoes when visiting a few pubs, the restaurant may offer footwear and store your own shoes.
DON’T visit some public places like swimming pools or beaches displaying tattoos. As many Japanese have tattoos, while the generation will not be offended, there is a link in Japan between tattoos and organised crime syndicates, most famously the’Yakuza’. Very best advice if going to a restaurant, pay up any vases as it shows respect.
DO accept any earthquake or tsunami warnings. No need to be alarmed if you find signs and information on things to do in case of an earthquake or tsunami, Japan is at a region of the globe where earthquakes are a daily occurrence. Quakes you won’t notice, but they educate kids on what to do in schools and all office employees in the cities. Expect to see some advice in your hotel or hostel. If you’re concerned speak to the hotel manager or tour guide.
DON’T be alarmed to find folks. Back at the UK it might be slightly more difficult to see somebody sporting a mask in publicbut in Japan more often than not it’s the individual wearing the facial mask who is trying to be polite since there is a fantastic chance that they may have a cold or a snivel and wish to protect you from catching it.
DO carry money in Japan. Surprisingly only 18 per cent of all trades in Japan are using a debit or credit card. It is still considered as a’money society’. If they take cards in Tokyo that is less in order in some of Japan’s larger cities, but best to consult a taxi driver.
DON’T try to buy or drink alcohol if you’re below the age of 20. The Japanese are pleased with their brewing customs and good news for fans is they take pride. Be respectful where you’re drinking in stadiums and at pubs it’s fine, but it’s frowned upon in order to drink on public transportation and also in open public areas.