29 Things You Should Never Do In Japan

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Don’t Be Shy In Slurping When You Eat


When eating Japanese food, don’t hold yourself back from enjoying the food by being embarrassed about slurping, which is considered rude in other countries such as the U.S. In Japan, making unnecessary noises are also rude but slurping food like soup or noodles are perfectly acceptable. Foods with noodles, like ramen, soba, or udon are usually served really hot and are meant to be eaten as such so they can be best appreciated. Because it’s hot, you would have to consume the food together with some air which will create that slurping sound. Soba especially are meant to be slurped noisily when eaten, which is considered the elegant or stylish way to go about it.