What are taboos in Japanese culture?

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Sosuke Kimura Sosuke Kimura, Living in Japan

Answered over 2 years ago

Respect the atmosphere and watch carefully what they are doing in that particular situation. 
There is a term in Japanese "read the air" and if you cannot do that, it is considered to be very rude. So, copy what people are doing, and how people are acting.
Mari Takahashi

Commented over 2 years ago

yea, "read the air" is very important in Japanese culture


Commented over 1 year ago

Could you please describe a typical situation as an example to better understand "reading the air". Thank you in advance!

Sosuke Kimura

Commented over 1 year ago

For example, in quiet surroundings and quiet public places (trains, shrines, fine restaurants, etc.), you should be also quiet like them. "Read The Air" is to recognize surroundings and the attitude that are asked for and take appropriate attitudes.

Takaaki Mori Takaaki Mori, Living in Japan

Answered over 2 years ago

What I see pretty often and making people around uncomfortable is talking loudly on the train. Especially if it is rush hours, Japanese locals are on the way to their work and often they are not in very good mood... by the crowded train, it's morning... etc. So be extra careful to keep your voice down. 
Sosuke Kimura Sosuke Kimura, Living in Japan

Answered over 2 years ago

Here are some of my advice,
1. Take off your shoes shere needed, including fitting rooma.
2. Don't speaki loud in the public.
3. Don't use your phone in the train to speak with someone.
4. Don't eat & drink something you brought at any restaurants including fast foods.
5. Don't give tips
6. Don't stab your chopsticks to food.
7. Don't pass the food from chopsticks to chopsticks
Folami Small Folami Small, Visited Japan Twice

Answered over 1 year ago

Please take care not to push past ANYONE in a public area (this comes especially handy if you, as a visitor, are in a shopping situation in a space with narrow aisles). 

The polite thing to do, in such an instance, is to politely wait, or to gently say 'Watakushi wo yurushi te kudasai.' meaning 'Excuse Me Please'.

Being aware of everyone's personal space, I've personally found, goes a long way.