Most Useful and Most Practical Travel Tips in Japan

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Negative Questions

Negative question is bad way to ask something to Japanese.
Japanese reply “YES” even though their answer is “NO”.

Here is an example:

Don't you smoke? Yes, I don't smoke. <- Typical answer you will get from Japanese.  

This mistake comes from Japanese Language grammar.
It seems to be smart to avoid the negative questions to Japanese.

Mask

As you know COVID-19 is spreading in Japan.
It is told that the manner of wearing mask helps pandemic in Japan.

The number of patients is increasing.
Anyway, everyone wears a mask when they are out.

The following information is needed update.

Why do you see many surgeons wearing a mask on a street in Japan?

wearing mask

Japanese wears mask when they catch a cold.
In order to prevent to spread the virus to others.

Chopsticks

You will see two types of chopsticks at Japanese restaurants.

The top one is sacked with a paper sleeve and the bottom one is bared.off

Normally no different. Generally speaking, bare one is less quality.

How to separate it to Chopsticks?



How to Hold the Chopsticks?

Tuck one chopstick under your thumb.

It will behold with the ring finger, pointer finger, and thumb.

Add the second chopstick;

To hold it like a pencil.

Bend your fingers, pointer, and middle finger, up and down.

Try to set the head of the chopstick to meet at the same spot to be able to tuck food.

Now you can pick any small food with chopsticks.

Normally all foods served are chopped to the right size.

Sometimes you may need to use chopsticks to cut food in case of soft food; Tofu, fish, etc.