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7 Cultural Differences That Make Visiting Japan That Much Cooler For Americans

Published On 04/27/2019 Published On 04/27/2019
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Japanese hospitality is so deeply embedded in the culture there’s actually a name for it: omotenashi. | Jason Hoffman/Ted McGrath/Thrillist
“Excessive conversation and nervous chatter make the Japanese uncomfortable.”
In Japan, when a train says “Departs at 1:04 PM,” you better make damn sure you’re on that train by 1:03.
Omotenashi is one of the subtle-yet-perceptible cultural phenomena that makes traveling to Japan that much better. | Jason Hoffman/Ted McGrath/Thrillist
It’s not unlikely you’ll see a girl dressed as a cartoon character casually strolling the streets.