Dining etiquette in Japan: An illustrated guide

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Dining etiquette in Japan: An illustrated guide

While not burping at the table might seem like the obvious polite thing to do, did you know that cancelling a dinner reservation is frowned upon? Or that you should wear slippers to the bathroom? This handy illustrated guide to dining etiquette in Japan will help you avoid any faux pas.

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1. Don’t stick your chopsticks up in your rice – that’s only for funerals.

2. You’ll be given a hot, damp towel at the start of your meal.

Wipe your hands first, then your face if you like.

Dining etiquette in Japan: An illustrated guide

3. Japanese tea and drinking water are free of charge – drink up!

4. Order the chef’s omakase set menu – best price and the best taste.

5. Don’t cancel your reservation at short notice – a big cultural no-no!

6. It’s dining etiquette to let them know your dietary requirements

in advance, no-one likes surprises.

Dining etiquette in Japan: An illustrated guide

7. Pour beer for your friends – “Kampai!” .

8. Use the provided slippers in the restaurant restroom.

Don’t forget to take them off when you return to your table!

9. Be on time for your reservation – punctuality rules in Japan.

10. Give your noodles a loud slurp!

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