Know Before You Go: Japanese Customs You May Not Know

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Traveling to a new country can always be overwhelming, especially if the country seems very different from your own. Japan is a beautiful culture, but it consists of a complex web of social rules and traditions. Knowing some of these customs, which may be surprising at first, will help any traveler feel more comfortable as they enjoy the beauty of Japan. Here are some customs we think you should know before you travel to Japan:


Avoid the number 4 at all costs.


In Japan, the number "four" is avoided because it sounds very similar to the word for death.Just like how 13 is “unlucky” in Western cultures, 4 is unlucky in Japan. If you’re giving gifts, avoid giving anything in groups of fours because it will be perceived as ominous. Elevator labels will often be missing a fourth floor, and while it may seem strange, this fear of 4 is actually common in many East Asian and Southeast Asian regions.


Slurping noodles means you have enjoyed your meal.


In fact, if you don't eat loudly enough, it can be mistaken as you not enjoying your food, so slurp away!



Hostess gifts are expected.


In Japan, it is an honor to be invited into someone’s home. If you are lucky, be sure to arrive with a gift for your host. If you are given a gift, it is good practice to strongly protest the gift at first, but never refuse the gift in the end.


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