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Japanese style would be to make eye contact bow, and then exchange a business card. This won't be expected from a westerner. Also you might dress up a little better than you would back home.


I live in Japan and every day commute with trains and metro. And can assure you that nobody will think you are rude by offering the seat. From my personal experience: I have a rule to always give up my seat to Disabled/injured people Pregnant women (in Japan they wear a badge like this ...


That is most likely true in most situations. However, the general idea is to give up your seat to someone else that may need it more than you such has pregnant women and older people. Also, there are certain sections in the train that are reserved for those people. If the train is too crowded then you may face a situation where those people cannot get to ...


As in any country, try to use the native language even if it's broken. It gives a good impression as it shows your interest in their culture making you an above-average tourist. I would recommend Pismleur to get your broken Japanese ;)


From my experience the best way for a tourist is to wave a hand and say "Hello". Many Japanese are interested in practicing their english so it may be a good and easy way to start a conversation with a stranger. For "westernized" Japanese, business or being introduced to a Japanese by a friend (including women) a handshake is ok and no more.


I give my seat pretty often in Tokyo. I can tell that it is never rude. On the contrary they are very grateful, so much that usually I prefer to keep a distance afterwards. Also sometimes they won't accept it to avoid bothering you, so I insists and say that I will get off soon anyway.


Lots of good thoughts here. To which, I would add, anyone who seems to need it more than you do. I've given up seats to people holding infants, pregnant women, the elderly, people with canes or braces / casts on body parts, people traveling with small children, and so on. And I always consider myself the 'winner' in the transaction since it just feels good. ...


No, I do it regularly. There are even spaces on trains and busses that are marked for the elderly, pregnant, disabled, etc. where the able-bodied may sit but are to give up their seat if anyone in greater need of it shows up. It is not uncommon that the person you are giving the seat up to may initially refuse your kindness because it is polite to be slow ...


I live in Japan (Tokyo) and no one gives up their bus or train seats unless the standing person is clearly incapable of standing for long (old, injured, pregnant). Then they are fairly good about it. What's really entertaining is watching two elderly people with canes / walkers etc. arguing about which one of them need the seat more. And it's the "good" ...


Nowadays, overtly “giving up one’s seat” risks abuse almost everywhere. So, don’t do so, and not just in Japan. Instead just get up and walk away, if you can, otherwise just stand up. There is no need for “really this is my seat but I am prepared to let you have it”.


First time I've heard of this, and I think it's nonsense. There is a strong social convention that people should give up their seats (not just the designated priority seats) for elders, very young kids, the disabled/injured and pregnant. Nobody will be offended or think you rude for doing that. They might call you out if you don't. The recipient most likely ...


Less formally, mikos are simply employees of the shrine (it's a very popular baito option with college girls, since the pay is relatively good, the job is not tiring, and you get to wear a nice costume), when there is not a festival they perform various tasks around the shrine like cleaning or attending the souvenir shop. Just go to your local shrine, ...


Your best bet would be to visit shrines during a festival such as Setsubun or New Year's day. These will usually include some public ceremonies, rituals or performances in which the Miko participate (Kagura dance is mentioned in your Wikipedia excerpt), and these are public events with many people attending and taking photos.


Per the official site, trains run three times a day, every day of the year (毎日運転). However, there are a few periods when some runs of the special train with wood paneling and panorama windows etc are replaced by an 'ordinary' express: Nr. 1/2/5/6 replaced: Sep 9-11, Nov 17-21, Jan 13-Feb 13 Nr. 3/4 replaced: Oct 6-10, Dec 16-18 Do note that while all ...


I found out that I can set the date when I exchange. More info here: http://www.japan-rail-pass.com/common-questions/can-i-choose-the-days-of-use

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