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What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in Shimoda?

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We asked people in Shimoda if they could share any humorous cultural blunders they commited. For new expats, keep in mind that these incidents are an inevitable part of expat life. Learning to laugh about them is the key!...

"When visiting Shimoda, it's important to respect the local customs and traditions to avoid any cultural faux pas. Firstly, never wear shoes inside homes, temples, and certain traditional restaurants. There will usually be a place to store your shoes at the entrance. When eating, never stick your chopsticks vertically into your rice as this is a ritual performed at funerals. Also, avoid passing food from chopstick to chopstick as this is another funeral rite. In Japan, it's considered rude to blow your nose in public, so try to avoid doing this. When visiting temples or shrines, follow the local customs for prayer and don't take pictures where it's prohibited. Avoid pointing with your finger, instead use your whole hand to gesture. It's also considered impolite to talk loudly in public places, especially on public transportation. Tipping is not customary in Japan and can sometimes be seen as insulting, so avoid leaving extra money at restaurants or for taxi drivers. Lastly, remember to bow when greeting people as it's a common form of respect in Japanese culture," said a member in Shimoda, Japan.

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