Welcome to the first part of this guidebook: culture.

To truly enjoy Japan, you need to understand the local culture. Visitors to Japan often cite some kind of culture shock in their first few days: everything is different. Customs are different, people behave just a bit different, and what is it Japan not having street names? Why does nobody speak English? This section of the Friendly Guide to Japan aims to ease that culture shock by preparing you for what’s to come.

Politeness Cleanliness Gender inequality Attitude towards foreigners (gaijin) Religion Japanese work culture Yakuza Japanese food and drink Books and literature Manga and anime Media The Japanese Language Going out Activities

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