29 Things You Should Never Do In Japan

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Don’t Point When In Japan

Source: https://itsyourjapan.com

Those who are new to Japan and uninitiated in its rich culture or traditions are quite prone to causing offense as even simple gestures that you are accustomed to doing where you are from can be seen as offensive or rude. One of these is don’t use your finger or your hand to point at someone or something. Although pointing at someone is also considered rude in other cultures, pointing at things or places might not be something that can be easily avoided by tourists or visitors. The best way to go about it is to use your hand to gently wave to what you are trying to show or indicate, and if you are trying to refer to yourself, touch your nose with your forefinger instead of pointing to yourself.