Never Mind Your P’s And Q’s!

Having been here a few years now it’s fair to say that I am used to many of the very different customs that spin the heads of many visitors who go away talking of culture shock and all that.

However, being used to it and accepting it are two very different things and I still find it difficult to get my head round the manners displayed by certain customers in restaurants, particularly the sushi shop which iI regularly go to.

Of course foreigners are often the ones who are (perhaps) inadvertantly rude due to things being lost in translation but here some customers just shout out their order in the kaiten-zushi (conveyor-belt sushi) without any trace of “excuse me” or “please” (or rather the Japanese equivalents) or indeed without any thought for the over-worked chefs who can probably only remember so many orders.

No doubt as the “outsider” in this country I am in the wrong but manners don’t cost anything and sometimes when I do hear Japanese men saying excuse me to the waiter they follow it up with the single word “water” in what sounds to me like such a rude demanding way.

About tokyofox

A Leicester City fan teaching English in Japan
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