Interesting Facts about Japan

– At a meeting, a bow is preferred, rather than a handshake.
– At the entrance to private houses take off their shoes.
– At home, they eat food with kami “hashi” sticks.
– There are toilets “sitting” and “squatting”.
– The bed is placed on the “tatami” and removed in the morning.
– You can drink tea or eat soba noodles with a sipping sound.
– When “sake” is offered, raise your glass from the table. For your part, also offer and fill the glass of the interlocutor.
– When an earthquake is felt, turn off gas, electricity, etc., open doors or windows and assess the situation. If necessary, crawl under a table or other reliable structures.

– The Japanese treat the client with great respect.
– Business cards are exchanged from hand to hand. The card is served so that it is easy to read what is written on it; you should also give yours.

According to computergees, the official language in Japan is Japanese. In places where there are many visitors – airports, seaports, first-class hotels, they understand English. Russian is almost unknown in Japan. Written Japanese language consists of semantic hieroglyphs and sound syllabary hiragana and katakana alphabets. The names of stations and stops are given in Japanese spelling, as well as in Latin transcription.

The Japanese currency is the yen. Coin denomination – 1, 5, 10, 50, 100, 500 yen, banknotes – 1000, 5000 and 10000 yen. The most commonly used coins are 10, 50 and 100 yen and a banknote of 1000 yen. Usually, when paying for a purchase in stores, Japanese yen is used – you must have them. You can exchange dollars for yen at banks at airports and the city, in places frequented by foreigners – large department stores, hotels, shopping streets and audio, video and photo equipment stores. In some places you can pay in dollars.

Credit cards
Credit cards American Express, Visa International, Master Card, etc. are accepted for payment in almost all hotels, department stores, restaurants, etc.

Tipping Tipping
is not customary in Japan. Some hotels and restaurants charge a service surcharge of 10-20%.

Time zone
All of Japan belongs to the same time zone. The difference with Moscow is (+6) hour, with Khabarovsk (-1) hour in winter or +5 hours and -2 hours in summer. Accordingly, when it is 9 am in Moscow, in Tokyo it is 3 pm in winter or 2 pm in summer.

The public power supply network has a voltage of 100 V. The frequency in Tokyo and Eastern Japan is 50 Hz, in Western Japan, including Nagoya, Osaka, Kyoto – 60 Hz.

Japan is in the monsoon zone, and the annual period is clearly divided into 4 seasons. June and July are the rainy season and typhoons come in September. Summer in Tokyo is hot, the temperature stays around 30*C. In winter, the weather is clear, the temperature varies in the range of 3-10 * C, snow rarely falls.

Tourist seasons
The most recommended seasons are spring and autumn. At this time, it is not cold and not hot, the weather is pleasant. In early April, sakura blossoms, other plants bloom beautifully, and new greenery appears. In autumn, deciduous trees, especially maples and wild grapes, turn red and yellow. During periods of national holidays, such as the New Year (late December-early January), the so-called. “golden week” (from April 29 to May 5), a Buddhist holiday of remembrance of the dead “bon” (August 13-16), millions of Japanese go on trips, at this time it is extremely difficult to book places on transport and in hotels.

National holidays
January – 1, 15; February – 11, March – (21); April – 29; May – 3.4, 5; July – 20; September – 15, (23); October – 10; November – 3, 23; december – 23.
() – the specific date may vary by 1-2 days from year to year

Food and drink
Usually the main food of the Japanese is rice. In big cities there are European, Chinese restaurants, restaurants of Asian countries, and, of course, Russian cuisine is presented. Japanese dishes such as raw sashimi and sushi fish, batter-fried fish and tempura vegetables, fried beef and sukiyaki vegetables, yakitori chicken on skewers, etc. are widely known in the world. drinks – Japanese “sake” and “shochu”, beer, whiskey, wine of Japanese and foreign production. Japan is provided with good water everywhere. Tap water is drinkable.

Most cities have western and Japanese style hotels (ryokan) in sufficient quantity and good quality. International class hotels offer different types of services for residents. Many of these hotels are connected to airports by special Limousin buses. You can speak English with the staff. Double rooms (double or twin) cost 20,000-50,000 yen per night plus a 10-20% service surcharge. Regular class hotels also provide basic services. Accommodation in them costs 15,000-30,000 yen per day.

Business class hotels are mainly used by Japanese businessmen. They are conveniently located near the railway. stations. The size of the rooms is smaller than in ordinary hotels, there is no room service. Accommodation – 7000-10000 yen per night.

Japanese-style ryokan inns offer a taste of the Japanese way of life. The floors in the rooms are covered with tatami straw mats, they sleep not on the bed, but on the floor on the wadded futon bed. Dinner and breakfast are included in accommodations of 10,000 – 60,000 yen per night. In places of tourist attractions, there are cheaper European-style guesthouses and Japanese-style minshuku, which also include dinner and breakfast.

Interesting Facts about Japan