While places like Barnes & Noble may invite customers to sit and try out a novel, most places would probably frown on customers reading their stock for free. In Japan, that’s exactly what people do. Continue reading
If a restaurant served you something you didn’t order and charged you for it, would you pay? In Japan, you don’t always have a choice. Continue reading
Westerners are no strangers to the concept of souvenirs. We bring back little presents, knickknacks, or snacks to our close friends and relatives when we go somewhere far away, and generally expect the same.
In Japan, this concept is far more significant and (as expected) much more comprehensive. Continue reading
In the West, when someone’s telling us a story or an account of something, it’s considered polite to periodically make a small sound or remark to show we’re paying attention. Continue reading
When people go out to dinner with friends in Western countries, the usual practice at the end is to split the check so each person pays for what he or she ordered. This has always seemed sensible to me, and modern restaurant cashier systems have this function built in.
Japan, however, looks at the whole thing differently. Continue reading