Expat Exchange
Free MembershipSign In
Nakameguro in Tokyo

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

Answer this Question

Cigna Global Health
Cigna Global Health
Cigna Global Health
Cigna Global Health

We asked people in Japan 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!...

"It is important to be mindful of cultural differences when visiting Japan. It is important to be respectful of the Japanese culture and to avoid making any offensive gestures or comments. It is also important to be aware of the Japanese customs and etiquette, such as bowing when greeting someone, taking off your shoes when entering a home or temple, and not pointing with your chopsticks. Additionally, it is important to be aware of the Japanese language and to avoid speaking loudly in public. Finally, it is important to be respectful of the Japanese culture and to avoid taking pictures of people without their permission," explained one expat living in Japan.

Allianz CareAllianz Care
Get Quote

Allianz Care's plans ensure that you have access to quality healthcare whenever you need it. Our flexible solutions allow you to tailor your cover to meet your needs and budget. You can submit your claims digitally and our helpline is available 24/7 to help you anytime.

Allianz CareAllianz Care

Allianz Care's plans ensure that you have access to quality healthcare whenever you need it. Our flexible solutions allow you to tailor your cover to meet your needs and budget. You can submit your claims digitally and our helpline is available 24/7 to help you anytime.
Get Quote

"Yes, verbalizing my anger and frustration against lawyers and judges who told me you are not married what are you still doing in japan go home!!," said another expat in Tokyo, Japan.

Please login to continue reading this article.

Not a member? Join Today (it's free).

Other Questions:

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

If you live in Japan, newcomers to Japan would love to hear your answer to this question.

If your answer relates to a specific city or town in Japan, please include the name of the city/town below:


About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

Nakameguro in Tokyo

Allianz Care
Allianz Care

Flexible solutions allow you to tailor your cover to meet your needs and budget. Use Promocode: LIFE10 and get 10% off your international health insurance for life!
Get Quote

Allianz CareAllianz Care

Flexible solutions allow you to tailor your cover to meet your needs and budget. Use Promocode: LIFE10 and get 10% off your international health insurance for life!
Get Quote

Contribute to Japan Network Contribute
Help others in Japan by answering questions about the challenges and adventures of living in Japan.

Cigna Global Health
Cigna Global Health

Copyright 1997-2024 Burlingame Interactive, Inc.

Privacy Policy Legal