Japan By Yaseen and HaNi

Correct manners are very important for the Japanese. If u go to Japan you need to know the basic and familiar rules.

Indoor Manners

When you enter a japanese house there is a small area, called a Genkan which is right in front of the door. Even though the Genkan is inside a house it is considered outside and is an area where people take off their shoes and put on shoes that are offered by the hosts the house. It is a good manner if you point your shoes to the door when you take them off.

Taking A Bath

Japan has many differences even in their home they also have differences when taking a bath. In Japan the main point of taking a bath is not to clean yourself but to relax at the end of the day. A Japanese bathroom is usually split into two one room for you to undress your clothes and has a sink the other room has a bathtub and a shower. When bathing in a Japanese style you should rinse your body out of the bathtub using a sink and then soak your body In the bathtub and relax for a couple of minutes in nice hot water.

Visiting Historical buildings

When visiting historical buildings such as temples, you should wear shoes that are easy to take off and put back on such as slippers because you may be forced to take it off and on again. Additionally you should make sure that your socks don't have any holes and are neat.

Eating and Drinking in Japan

There are many manners and situations in Japan when you eat and drink. In Japan not finishing your food or meal is not disrespectful or rude, but is a sign to the host that you want to be served with a different meal. When you finish your meal especially the rice it is also a sign to the host that you are satisfied and do not want to harp enough more. In some foods like soba or ramen noodles it is appropriate to slurp but some food like westerns pasta should not be slurped.

Rules of Using Chopsticks When Eating

(1) Do not spear food with your chopsticks. (2) Do not point with your chopsticks. (3) Do not wave your chopsticks around in the air or play with them. (4) Do not move plates or bowls around with your chopsticks.

Soup

When you drink your soup it is recommended to lift it to your mouth so you don't spill it. Miso Soup is not drunk from a soup but from the bowl itself, but larger soups might come with a spoon. Hot soup is usually blown once lifted from the table so it can cool down.

Bowing

Bowing is the most well known etiquette outside of Japan. Bowing is very important in Japan and children learn how to bow in a young age. Bows should be done with your back straight and your hands at your side and your eyes down. The deeper and longer you bow to a person the more the person feels stronger and more respected.

Technology

Japan is very well known when it comes to research, technology, machinery, and medical research. Japan has the world’s third largest budget for development and research at $130 billion USD. Japan also has won the most Nobel Prizes in all of Asia.

Automated Rotary Parking

One cool thing I found was that Japan's the first Automated Rotary Parking Systems in the world. Japan’s parking invention allows many cars to be parked in a small area that could fit four to five cars. This can help drivers save time when looking for a parking and save fuel.

Railway Transport

The most important passenger transportation in Japan is Railway transport. This helps the Government because it is an efficient way for citizens to travel for a country that doesn’t have a lot of fossil fuels and the country mostly relies on imports.

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