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    Ask about all the culture of the Land of the Rising Sun. Things like do's and not to do's in Japan!

    i heard that students have to change their shoes when entering school, can someone explain that?
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    it's very simple, really. They're just shoes meant for indoor school usage. Outdoor shoes track dirt, plus it's customary to take off your shoes when you go inside of a Japanese home. I guess they go with the school uniform as well (uniforms being mandatory in pretty much every Japanese high school, so far as I know).

    Oh yeah, speaking from personal experience, it'd seem that a lot of Japanese are pretty well-adjusted to helping out foreigners (at least foreigners who speak English). Whether you actually speak their language or not, some are all too eager to help out while speaking your language.

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    why it's forbidden to answer one's cellphone in a train?

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    Quote Originally Posted by make_it_worse View Post
    Ask All Culture about the Land of the Rising Sun.Things like do's and not to do's in Japan!

    i heard that students have to change their shoes when entering school, can someone explain that?
    It's already been pretty much explained, but they have shoes for indoor wear and outdoor wear and it's not only for school. Even if you go to some places of business, you have to take off your shoes and wear the slippers provided for you. It's a way to separate the clean from the unclean, which is also why they have a toilet room and a washroom as opposed to having the toilet in the same room as the shower/tub.

    As for the school uniform comment, I think it's more so the school itself. For example, you can recognize what school a child goes to through the child's uniform and backpack. Uniforms are mandatory in all junior high and high schools.
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    why it's forbidden to answer one's cellphone in a train?
    I saw many people using their mobile phones while on the trains...but mostly e-mailing or surfing the net or listening to music or snapping pictures. I don't think it's actually forbidden at all, but I do recall seeing signs about not really using your phones along with other products (DS for one or PSP). I think they want you to be considerate about it and not to disturb those around you. It's like how they have this rule over there of how you're not supposed to ride your bike while holding your umbrella, but I never saw anyone obey that rule whenever it was raining, and they were open and everything.

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    why it's forbidden to answer one's cellphone in a train?
    It's not really forbidden, it's just good etiquette and manners you know? There are plenty of people who've been playing there DS's, iPads, and or been on there cell phones on trains. It's good manners that's it. Just like I keep hearing how your not suppose to walk down the street while eating, but yet many people still do it regardless. :/ Japanese people tend to try to keep things clean and garbage in the trash can, there are a lot of people who still choose to not follow the rules either way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by make_it_worse View Post
    why it's forbidden to answer one's cellphone in a train?
    It's not. Just answer it with low voice. Last time I visited Tokyo with my father, there was this businessman scolding his employee on the phone. And you can see the annoyed stares and glares of other people to him. I guess it applies anywhere, not just in Japan. Even here in Paris, people get really annoyed by people talking loud on their phones.
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    why they have super short skirts?

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    why they have super short skirts?
    That's kind of an odd question, don't you think? Why does anyone wear anything? Fashion and style. It's no different from how back in the 70s here how the style was to wear mini skirts and micro minis. That aside, that question could be applied and asked for anyplace, not just Japan.

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    Well here's a question, Is there anything that I really shouldn't do in public in Japan that would be normal in America? Planing on going to visit with my husband and I don't want to offend anybody.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TsukiEspeon View Post
    Well here's a question, Is there anything that I really shouldn't do in public in Japan that would be normal in America? Planing on going to visit with my husband and I don't want to offend anybody.
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    But, how to refuse something that they give you, because if they give you something, it means that they like you. Just please tell me how to refuse "politely" something (like onsen), though onsen thrills me..
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    Quote Originally Posted by TsukiEspeon View Post
    Well here's a question, Is there anything that I really shouldn't do in public in Japan that would be normal in America? Planing on going to visit with my husband and I don't want to offend anybody.
    Public displays of affection isn't all that common over there, and of course, as it was already mentioned, always remove your shoes whenever you are in a place (not just people's homes) that have slippers provided for you.

    If you go to an onsen, always make sure you wash yourself thoroughly and once going into the hot spring water, never let your courtesy towel fall into the water. You can maybe fold it up and put it on your head or leave it on the side, but never let it touch the actual water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by make_it_worse View Post
    why they have super short skirts?
    That's kinda a weird question. It's just typical fashion, not anything different from any country. I think your getting Anime kinda mixed up with actual living in Japan.

    Quote Originally Posted by TsukiEspeon View Post
    Well here's a question, Is there anything that I really shouldn't do in public in Japan that would be normal in America? Planing on going to visit with my husband and I don't want to offend anybody.
    If you do plan to visit a Onsen make sure you cover up your tattoo(s) if you have any. Try not to cause a ruckus or anything no screaming. Remember basics like thank you and please, and if you do plan to wear like say a Japanese outfit like a Yukata or Kimono please make sure you wear it correctly. Also in Japan, this may only apply to some. But, try not to make eye contact for too long. It's considered aggressive and rude by some in some situations to make direct eye contact with someone for too long.
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    but, how to refuse politely a thing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by make_it_worse View Post
    but, how to refuse politely a thing?
    Not too certain, as I never fully figured that out myself. The way to politely refuse a drink is to just keep your drink filled, that way, no one will top it off for you. It's very polite and common courtesy to pour drinks for those you are dining or drinking with.

    Hm, or maybe if someone does try to offer you something and you want to refuse, maybe you could just say, "Daijoubu desu." and wave your hand. It worked for me when refusing some things, like when the conbini ladies wanted to give me a big bag of daikon. I said thank you and that it was okay, but that I didn't know how to prepare them.

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    ah, Can you tell me the percentage of those who uses bike?

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