Gaijin Tip

Escalator Etiquette: Kanto vs. Kansai

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Japan is known for proper etiquette and you can find evidence of “proper behavior” everywhere. Perhaps one area less noticed by visiting foreigners is escalator etiquette. In Japan, every time you ride an escalator, people who are just standing/riding stay to one side to ensure a clear lane for others (who may be in a […]

North Isn’t Always Up

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Here’s something interesting that you won’t notice unless you spend enough time in Japan getting lost (inevitable, particularly in Tokyo). As an American, I’m used to all maps being oriented with North being up. If you check the maps on walls in Japan, such as those at subway stations or shopping centers, you’ll notice that […]