7 Common Behaviors That Might Embarrass You Abroad


1. Tipping in Japan

In many cultures, tips are a form of appreciation for the quality of the service provided. In others, such as in the United States, they are almost a mandatory requirement and waiters depend on them to get a decent overall wage. Whatever the case, tips are always welcome. Except in Japan.

The Japanese culture considers that tips can be rude and even degrading. It’s like the client is assuming that the waiter needs that charitable gesture to get a reasonable salary. Some restaurants even mention at the end of the bill that their staff is paid an above-average wage, so there is no need for the client to tip.