Japan Tourism Agency Introduces Japanese Manner

January 29, 2020 Juju Kurihara Adverts, adverts, Entertainment, Entertainment, Travel Tags: , , , , , 2 Comments

Japan Tourism Agency has published video clips that introduce manners that Japanese people expect foreign tourists to have.


The video shows the appropriate behaviours in different touristic places including public toilets and restaurants. How Japanese people want the tourists to treat shrines and old architectures? How to walk on the street? How to behave in onsen and hotels? The way Japan Tourism Agency approaches to the foreign tourists is “because then you are cool” instead of “you are wrong” or “a bad tourist”.


There are 15 of them including short films and the subtitles are in English, simplified Chinese characters, traditional Chinese characters and Korean.


In the video, samurai, maiko, kuroko, karate practitioner, sumo wrestlers are the ones who explain the public manners in Japan and it’s visually eye-catching.


What’s kuroko? It’s written as 黒衣, literary means black clothes and the correct pronunciation is kurogo. They are stage equipment in a way, or who work with a stage setting. In Kabuki, there are no machines on the stage. When it snows or when the actor need to fly, kurogo does the job. They are in black and no face. You basically consider them as a part of the setting and ignore them (if you can). 




Anyways, here are the videos.


This works for Japanese tourists too. It’d be nice if there is a Japanese version. Then we could all save Japan’s historical buildings and monuments, like Ituskushima Shrine in Hiroshima, for instance. 

You can find easily all videos from the Japan Tourism Agency’s site : HERE 


  1. Beth Parkhurst 3 years Reply

    These are delightful and interesting. Watching such well-produced short films is a pleasure.
    I’m sorry that tourists have to be reminded not to take things from hotels, photograph people without their permission, and so on.

    • Juju Kurihara 3 years

      The videos are well-done.

      I think this happens to any touristic places. I’ve seen at the Prado Museum that a Spanish guide was upset because the Japanese tourists took photos with flash just after she told them not to do. 

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