Japan will be in the match spotlight from Friday when the Rugby World Cup kicks off with Russia and a game involving the hosts.
Rugby union’s prestige tournament is being held for the first time in Asia, with the eight editions having been shared between powerhouse southern hemisphere nations New Zealand, Australia and South Africa as well as nations around Europe.
With Tokyo hosting the 2020 Olympic Games following August and July it begins a busy 12 months for game in Japan.
However, throughout a collection of exciting and new venues, tens of thousands of union fans from all over the world will converge on Japan before that wearing showpiece.
Japan always offers a warm welcome but it is not ever a bad idea to have to understand some of the nation’s unique customs to demonstrate regard to the hosts and add to what will be a thrilling sporting experience. . .so here is Don’ts guide and our Dos.
When meeting with someone it is their conventional kind of a your head bows. You don’t have to feel awkward follow the lead of the person who you are fulfilling if you are not sure for how long or how much you have to bow your head.
Till your person offers you their hand DO N’T offer to shake hands. The bowing of the mind is the traditional Japanese greeting.
If appropriate, DO try and use chopsticks. Japanese will be very happy to see a visitor attempt to get to grips together.
Because it is to play with your chopsticks DO N’T stab your meals however this is impolite.
DO offer and take business cards. It’s a typical practice to hand business cards in society over and is a method of not just understanding your title, but who you’re
DON’T instantly set the business card in your pocket. This is seen as incredibly rude. Either place down the card or place in handbag, purse or your wallet only after you’ve exchanged and looked in the card.
DO queue respectfully and correctly. Come on, wemust be very great at this and’re British! For example is an art form though, in areas the Japanese are extremely considerate and queuing at railroad stations. They know the doorway to the train will soon be and make a queue at a line back from there. Itworks really well and ‘s very organised!
DO N’T tip in Japan is the normal way if you were thinking of handing over some extra cash to taxi drivers or in bars, restaurants. There are occasions where is indeed good it’s not and appropriate offensive to tip, however if they have not returned the specific shift, it’s quite normal for pub employee or a cab driver to walk or run after you.
DO use public transportation in Japan. It’s on time and well organized! In Tokyo such as trains and stations have signage in English.
DON’T talk on your mobile phone on public transport. It is viewed as a little impolite. Answer it, When you’ve got a telephone, but hang up fast! No one has a issue with that.
DO remove your shoes when visiting several pubs, the restaurant may offer footwear and save your shoes.
DON’T visit some areas like swimming pools or beaches displaying tattoos. As many Japanese have tattoos, while the generation won’t be offended, there’s a historic link in Japan between tattoos and organised crime syndicates the’Yakuza’. As it shows respect, best information if going to a restaurant, then pay up any big vases.
DO take any intrusion or tsunami warnings. You don’t have to be alarmed if you see hints and information about things to do in case of tsunami or an earthquake, Japan is at a region of the globe where earthquakes are a daily occurrence. You will not notice, but they educate children about things to do in schools as well as all office workers in the cities. Expect to find some information in your hotel or hostel. Just talk to the hotel manager or tour guide, if you are concerned.
DON’T be alerted to find folks wearing face masks. Back in the UK it may be slightly more difficult to see someone wearing a mask in public, but in Japan more frequently than not it’s the individual wearing the facial mask who’s attempting to be polite since there’s a fantastic chance that they might have a cold or just a snivel and would like to guard you from catching it.
DO carry cash in Japan. Surprisingly only 18 percent of all transactions in Japan are using a debit or credit card. It is still considered as a’cash society’. Should they take cards in Tokyo this is less in a few of Japan’s larger cities, but better to check with a cab driver first.
DON’T attempt to buy or drink alcohol if you’re under the age of 20. The Japanese are incredibly proud of the brewing traditions and decent news for fans is that they take enormous pride at the beer they create. Be respectful in which you are currently drinking in stadiums and at bars it’s nice, but it is frowned upon in order to drink on public transportation and in open areas.