manners

Ramen romance — Five things to remember if you don’t want to blow your noodle date

Avoid these faux pas and keep your date hot like ramen broth.

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Here’s the reason why your expensive ikura sushi often comes with some cheap cucumber slices

It might seem like the restaurant is just out to make an extra buck, but those veggies could be keeping you from making an old-school sushi faux pas.

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Be kind to blind pedestrians by choosing where you step when walking through the snow in Japan

Unexpected request changes attitudes about sidewalk manners and being considerate of vision-impaired residents.

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Japanese schoolgirls engage in “Air Chair Battle” in railway commercial promoting manners【Vid】

Just when you thought Japanese commercials couldn’t get any weirder.

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 strangest ways to be polite in Japan 【Weird Top Five】

Slurp, sniff, but whatever you do, DON’T pour your own drink!

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Japanese train company slammed for ad branding women “undignified” for applying makeup on board

The new ad campaign addresses a variety of behaviours that should be avoided while travelling on trains, but so far, this is the only act that they’re calling indecent.

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To ask or not to ask: The etiquette and law of using convenience store restrooms in Japan

While the widespread presence of public toilets in convenience stores is great, it is also fraught with ambiguous customs and could, technically, even lead to criminal charges.

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Jack-‘o-lantern trash bags being handed out to fight litter during Tokyo Halloween parties

Celebration’s image tarnished in recent years as partiers leave huge amounts of trash on the streets.

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Diabolically clever Kyoto style of writing “No bike parking” has Japanese Internet impressed

The famous hospitality of Japan’s old capital is being put to intimidating use to combat inconsiderateness outside this building.

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“25 Potential Culture Shocks from around the World” infographic offers tidbits of travel wisdom

What could be hard about taking a pee in Poland? Where are you likely to see camel racing with robotic jockeys? Answers to these and more below!

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Chinese manners-vigilante throws away shoes of sleeping passenger at airport

One man in China was mad as hell at uncivilized behavior in airports and divided opinions in the country by not taking it anymore.

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What’s the point? Young Japanese professionals list five business manners they find unnecessary

With rules regarding everything from tea to elevators, some new employees think it’s all too much.

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Should healthy young men sit in Japanese trains’ priority seats for the elderly and pregnant?

The obvious answer would seem to be “No,” but our Japanese-language reporter has a unique alternate perspective.

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You know you’re in Japan when…【List】

“You know you’ve been in Japan too long when you start bowing on the telephone” is an old classic. But how about those things that, even if you haven’t been here long, still make you stop and think, yup, this is definitely Japan!

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Even Japanese people sometimes think bowing can be needlessly complicated, video shows 【Video】

If you’re starting a new job, you might want to stretch out your back before showing up at the office for your first day.

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Does the experience of living in Japan make you a better person? The good, bad and ugly

We asked expats living in Japan if they thought that simply living here has made them a better person. Find out the results: the good, the bad and the ugly!

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Culture clash: 10 insider tips for visiting Japan

The Japanese are known for their politeness, so it’s only natural that visitors to Japan want to know what to do, or not do, to avoid appearing rude. Check out this list of little behaviors that you won’t find in your guidebook.

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Ninja will murder you if you use your smartphone while walking, Japanese safety video warns

Because ninja always strike when you least expect them too.

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You party, we tidy — Volunteers, kids hit Shibuya streets to clean up after Halloween hijinks

Remember when everyone’s minds were blown by images of Japanese fans tidying up their section after the World Cup? Well what might seem amazing to some is totally atarimae (obvious and expected) to the typical Japanese mindset. As your mother may have told you as a kid; you make the mess, you tidy it up! And the day after the massive Halloween party at the famous Shibuya crossing last weekend, volunteers were out in droves this year again with plastic bags and gloves to make the streets all sparkly again.

But just how many of them actually even contributed to the mess to begin with? According to reports on Twitter, not too many—and boy, are they angry…

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Thai university trials “mobile phone lane” in effort to increase student safety

I’m sure you’ve all been there: you’re walking behind someone who’s engrossed by their smartphone, constantly jabbing at its screen while strolling along, when suddenly they stop dead right in front of you and you have to take evasive maneuvers to avoid crashing into them.

You’d think that, as a country known for its impeccable manners, Japan would be immune to such inconsiderate behavior, but smartphone zombies are just as common here as anywhere else in the world. It really is a global epidemic.

One university in Thailand is taking steps to remedy the problem, however, introducing the first ever “mobile phone lane” for pedestrians who can’t seem to take their eyes off their cellphones while walking to and across campus.

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