Before travelling to Japan it is important to remember that the way of life is very different from what we’ve come to expect in the western world.
The Japanese live by three rules of social etiquette: Honne and Tatemae (having a private face at home and a public face that conforms to social accepted behaviours and norms), Omotenashi (providing top-notch service and hospitality) and Omoiyari (having thoughtful actions).
The team at www.englandrugbytravel.com/rwc2019 have compiled a list of tips that all rugby fans travelling to Rugby World CupTM Japan should be aware of to ensure a fun and memorable experience without causing any offense or finding themselves in a spot of bother.
As well as the below tips. You can find more handy facts, information and translations over on ‘Are You Japan Ready’ – https://japanready.englandrugbytravel.com/
1. Cash is best
It’s best to use cash in Japan as many people experience difficulties using their debit and credit cards in Japan, whether at ATM’s, banks or to make payments If you do run out of money and can’t find a cashpoint, head to any 7/11 where you’ll find that most of the cashpoints inside accept most international cards and don’t struggle without cards issued outside Japan as much as everywhere else.
2. There are no street names
Before GPS technology and world map smartphone apps, finding an address in Japan was like a challenge from the Crystal Maze. It will be difficult at first and you’ll likely get lost more than once, but you will get the hang of it eventually. Finding your way around might be easier if you work on moving from landmark to landmark, but a great tip is don’t be afraid to ask for help.
3. Restaurant etiquette
Such is the way with different cultures that the normal practice may be very different to what we are used to here in the UK. For example, some restaurants will request that you take your shoes off upon entering (they offer slippers if you want to make a quick trip to the restrooms). It’s worth knowing the table etiquette too, such as you shouldn’t raise your food above your mouth, shouldn’t rest your chopsticks on the top of your bowl and don’t even think about biting your food in half and placing the half-eaten food back onto your plate.