No tipping in Japan!

*versiunea in romana mai jos

Japan has a culture so different from the rest of the world that it remains a mystery to many Westerners. Even the Tokyo Drift movie from the Fast and Furious series was a little special compared to the rest.

It shock you from the airport from the first tangent you have with this wonderful country. It is impossible to  not immediately notice the cleanliness and perfect order, excellent organization and signage but above all a total respect of the people to others. As if their only purpose in life is caring for others, the concern not to disturb in any way …

excellent organization and signage in Japan
excellent organization and signage in Japan
excellent organization and signage in Japan

I could tell about Japan endlessly even though I only visited it for two weeks. But I will now stop at something I did not believe no matter in how many places I read about it: in Japan you do not tip! I didn’t believe it maybe also due to the Balkan influences we have … and preconceived ideas.

No tipping in Japanese restaurant!

Tips in Japan

Now I tell you, that in Japan it is not common to tip. However, I do not think it is considered an insult, as I have read in some places, but it is obvious that you put them in a surprising situation that is not expected. I tried to do this twice: once at a restaurant (you must try japanese food) with intent, and another time at a store when I wanted to leave without taking the rest (some coins). In both cases I had to leave only after I took the change until the last yen, in the story with the shop after the seller the seller ran after me to the door asking me to go back and take it .. 😂

More than that: the one who collects will never put their hand on the money while they are in your hand. Practice, when you pay, do not give the money from hand to hand … you put them in a tray from where the person who picks them up and from there you will take the rest. If you extend your hand with the money, I will respectfully show you the tray.

japanese restaurant menu
No tipping in Japan!

In some Japanese restaurants you don’t even pay to an employee. At the entrance they have an automatic from where you choose what you want to eat or drink, pay in cash or by card and receive instead a voucher that you give to the waiter …

So the fact that in Japan you don’t have to tip is very true. That the trains have no delay is not true! 😂 But this is already another story …

two Japan bullet trains

Fara bacsis in Japonia!

Japonia are o cultura atat de diferita de restul lumii incat ramane inca un mister pentru multi occidentali.  Te socheaza inca din aeroport de la prima tangenta pe care o ai cu tara asta minunata.. Nu ai cum sa nu observi imediat curatenia si ordinea desavarsita, excelenta organizare si semnalistica dar mai ales un respect total al oamenilor fata de semenii lor. Ca si cum singurul lor scop in viata este grija fata de ceilalti, preocuparea de a nu deranja in vreun fel…

Despre Japonia as putea sa povestesc la nesfarsit chiar daca am vizitat-o doar doua saptamani. Dar am sa ma opresc acum asupra unui lucru pe care nu l-am crezut indiferent  in cat de multe locuri am citit despre asta: in Japonia nu dai bacsis! Nu l-am crezut poate si din cauza  influentelor balcanice pe care le avem noi … si a ideilor preconcepute.

Acum va spun, la randul meu, ca intr-adevar in Japonia nu se obisnuieste sa dai bacsis. Nu cred totusi ca o considera o insulta, asa cum am citit in unele locuri, dar este evident ca ii pui intr-o situatie surprinzatoare la care nu se asteapta. Am incercat sa fac asta de doua ori: o data la un restaurant, cu intentie, si alta data la un magazin cand am vrut sa plec fara sa iau restul (ceva maruntis).  In ambele cazuri a trebuit sa plec doar dupa ce mi-am luat restul pana la ultimul yen, la faza cu magazinul dupa ce vanzatorul a alergat dupa mine pana la usa rugandu-ma sa ma introc sa il iau.. 😂 Mai mult decat atat: niciodata cel care incaseaza nu o sa puna mana pe bani cat timp acestia sunt in mana ta. Practic, cand platesti, nu dai banii din mana in mana… ii pui intr-o tavita de unde cel care incaseaza ii ridica si tot de acolo o sa iti iei si restul. Daca ii intinzi mana cu banii , o sa iti arate respectuos spre tavita.

Family Mart store in Japan
japanese restaurant menu

In unele restaurante japoneze nici macar nu platesti unui angajat. La intrare au un automat de unde iti alegi ce vrei sa mananci sau sa bei, platesti in numerar sau cu cardul si primesti in schimb un bon pe care il dai ospatarului…

Asa ca  faptul ca in Japonia nu trebuie sa lasi bacsis este foarte adevarat. Ca trenurile nu au deloc intarziere asta nu-i adevarat! 😂Dar asta este deja alta poveste…