Japanese customs

Daily life and customs

Daily life and customs

  • * Take off your shoes at the entranceway to homes. Do not wear slippers on tatami mats.
  • * At the public bath houses and hot springs, wash before entering the bath or bathtub. Do not use towels or soap in the bathtub, because bathwater is not changed after each user.
  • * People are often greeted with a bow, not with a handshake.
  • * In concluding agreements, people use seals instead of signatures.
  • * Writing describing addresses in Kyoto use the word “Agaru” for addresses north of an intersection and “Sagaru” for addresses south.
  • * According to Japanese law, youth below 20 years are prohibited from drinking alcohol or smoking tobacco

Shopping

  • * An 8%~10% consumption tax is included in the prices of goods.
  • * Except a few retail stores, the prices of goods are fixed and not open to negotiation.
  • * There is no tipping custom in Japan.。


National holidays in Japan

  • * All government offices and many businesses are closed from December 29 to January 3.
  • * From the end of April to the first week of May there are several National Holidays and this period is known as “Golden Week.” During this period, most businesses and some shops are closed.
  • * Many businesses and stores are closed during the Obon holiday period (a Buddhist festival) which is mainly lasts from August 13 to 16.


National Holidays in Japan

January
1
New Year’s day (Ganjitsu)
July
Third Monday
Marine Day (Umi-no-hi)
Second Monday
Coming of Age Day (Seijin-no-hi)
August
11
Mountain Day(Yama-no-hi)
February
11
National Foundation Day (Kenkoku-kinenbi)
September
Third Monday
Respect for the Aged Day (Keiro-no-hi)
March
Around 21
Vernal Equinox Day (Shunbun-no-hi)
Around 23
Autumnal Equinox Day (Shunbun-no-hi)
April
29
Showa Day (Showa-no-hi)
October
Second Monday
Sports Day (Taiiku-no-hi)
May
3
Constitution Memorial Day (Kenpo-kinenbi)
November
3
Culture Day (Bunka-no-hi)
4
Greenery Day (Midori-no-hi)
23
Labor Thanksgiving Day (Kinro-kansha-no-hi)
5
Children’s Day (Kodomo-no-hi)
December
23
Emperor’s Birthday (Tenno-tanjobi)