In larger cities, pay attention to which car you get on.(Unless you happen to be among them.) These are usually marked as priority seats in Japanese and English.
The emergence of train molesters who take advantage of the packed cars has created a need for “women-only” cars.
Who stays seated when a friend walks into a restaurant, bar, or their place anyhow? Before our drainage systems, a man stood on the outside of the sidewalk in a long coat to protect her from the dust and sewage that could splash up as horse carriages passed by. The picture of the man laying his coat over a puddle for her to walk over meant he was protecting her feet from fecal material more than rain water.
Today, a gentleman might stand in the way of puddles splashing up from buses, or in the event a car veers onto the sidewalk.
With few exceptions, putting them into practice can make a big difference in your social life.
Social rules: Regardless of who you are, you’ll have the need to communicate throughout life.
Table manners have evolved over centuries to make the practice of eating with others pleasant and sociable. Keep your smartphone off the table and set to silent or vibrate.
No other country in the world has experienced such a confluence of tradition, technology, and circumstance.
There is a social element to most offices, so observe protocol and remember that your behavior will affect your future.
But don’t sit in the seats marked for the elderly, handicapped, injured, or pregnant.
Compounding the problem is a growing problem: the shut-in “hikikomori.” To be sure, every society is home to a small number of people who could be described as “reclusive”—though most of these recluses tend to be older individuals, marked with mental illnesses such as depression and agoraphobia.
Japan’s hikikomore hermits, on the other hand, are decidedly young.