philandrew22 wrote:how about the dangers, pre-cautions and other things tourists and other foreigners in Japan should know about? thanks.
About danger, as far as I know, Japan is one of the safest places in the world
(no firearms, etc). You can safely walk at any time of the day or the night without being
bothered, nobody will ever ask you for money, food or whatever. Compared to France
where about 40 000 cars are set on fire every year, this doesn't happen here other than
by accident. If one car ever burns, it will be at TV on any news report on that day.
As for things tourists should know, I think Japanese people are aware that foreigners
are foreigners, and therefore there are a lot of things they will not know. Most of them
will not get offended.
But just in case:
- Don't do things that are considered bad manners in your country, there is high chance it
also applies here;
- Don't stick your chopsticks straight in a rice bowl;
- Don't pour sauce on your rice;
- Don't go out of the toilets with the toilet slippers;
- Don't deep-kiss your boy/girlfriend in public; (well, it applies also in other countries)
- Don't talk too loud in the train or in public places;
- Don't use your cellular phone in the train; (well, some japanese do…)
- Don't eat while you are walking;
- Don't enter someone's house with your shoes;
- Don't use soap in your bath (wash your body and shower it before entering the bathtub);
Probably many more.