Do people actually tip in Japan?
What is frowned upon in Germany is a good thing in Japan. And vice versa.
Pull up your nose or blow it?
What is frowned upon in Germany is a good thing in Japan. And vice versa. Perhaps one of the most frequent sentences you hear from your parents is: “Now blow your nose! In Japan, they say, “Please put away your handkerchief and pull up your nose.”
When eating together in Germany, the motto is: “Don’t slurp like that! On the other hand, if you don’t slurp your soup in Japan, you quickly get the impression that you don’t like it. Here, slurping in the truest sense of the word is good manners and is taken as a compliment to the kitchen.
Tip – just don’t count it
When paying at the end of your visit to the restaurant, there is another cultural difference to consider: Whoever does not tip in this country is quickly considered a penny-pincher. However, tipping is considered an insult by the Japanese. In Japan, attention, friendliness and good service are taken for granted. In Japanese transportation, but also in public, loud phone calls are not welcome. Signs therefore point out that cell phone rings and calls on the road are undesirable.
If you are in the mood for a Coffee2Go, please remember: For heaven’s sake, don’t count the change, as you are accusing the seller of fraud. Oh yes: And delete the academic quarter from your repertoire: it is just about acceptable to show up in Japan exactly at the agreed time. Better to arrive five to ten minutes early, or even better, half an hour earlier.