Life in Japan seems challenging, but also it is wondrous and enjoyable. These following are ten facts about the Japanese lifestyle that you should know before moving in or traveling to this country.
Bowing isn’t as easy as you think
You do know that the Japanese bow at almost any occasion from greetings to apologizes. It is truly difficult for abroad to do it in a naturally graceful way. These below are three main types of bowing:
Shaku leaning about 15-degrees in a casual context and as a welcome. Kirei – 30-degree bow to express a higher level of respect to your boss or other people who seem more powerful than you on a social scale.
Saikeirei 45-degree bow reserved for main events like meeting the emperor or say when you’ve screwed up big (like destroying someone's car).
Always carry an umbrella in summer
The rainy season (tsuyu or baiyu) happens between early June and late July in almost everywhere in Japan and a month earlier at Okinawa. While it does not rain straight for two months in a row, the weather becomes unexpected. You can leave the house while the sun shines bright but it will pour heavily at the movement when you plan to leave the shop. If you do not want to waste ¥100 every time it rains, take an umbrella with you all the time.
Additionally, do not forget to let your dripping umbrella outside before getting into any store or other venues. There are special boxes set aside where you can put it in. Don't be afraid of it getting stolen, unless you have a very unique umbrella, it might be accidentally taken by someone else. Surprisingly, you can find it the following day in the same box as that someone paid it back for you.
There’s no need to double-check anything
The probability that you will be received the wrong amount of change from the cashier is very low. There will be no chance the item you bought would be either fake or lack any accessories that were sold with it. Japan do not tolerance of scamming or cheating, you may take high fines and legal consequences for trading fake goods.
Also, bargaining does not exist in Japan. All the prices are unchanged even at street markets. Do not ask for cutting down the price unless it’s already listed on the product.
Laundry is usually done every day
Commonly, the Japanese family washes clothes every day. By 7 am you can see an array of crispy clean clothes arranging outside. Usually, it is supposed that wearing any clothing again without cleaning it first is inappropriate. That’s a significant point to remember if you intend to live with a Japanese person.