This is information that is well known to native Japanese, but do you know it? When you're paying at restaurants or stores, it doesn't feel wrong to simply pass your cash directly over to the staff member behind the register, right? In reality, this may just create a very awkward situation! In this article, we are going to introduce the intricacies of paying in Japan. Also, we are going to explain what kind of body language you can use if you don't speak Japanese to be able to overcome the challenges of paying for goods. Check out all of these gestures and other information about money below!
You Should Never Hand over Cash Directly!?
If you're someone who comes to Japan regularly, we're sure you've already noticed. When going up to a restaurants or other stores register counter, there's always a "carton" placed for you. But what exactly is this carton? This is a place to put your cash when paying for goods or services. This allows you to pay your money without having to directly touch the other person allowing for a payment without an awkward atmosphere. Furthermore, the money becomes a lot easier to check at a glance for the staff member, and is also easier to pick up. When paying in Japan, make sure to use this carton! As they say, "when in Rome"!
What is the Blue Carton?
Placing the money on top of the "carton" is Japanese manners. At first it was simply used for quickly and easily confirming the amount of money, but now it is a general manner.
Wait, the X sign doesn't mean wrong, but it's asking for the bill?
Do you know what making an "X" sign with your fingers means in Japan?
Well, it's an "X" so surely it means "No" or "Wrong", right?
Wrong! In Japan, this is actually the gesture you use when you want to get the bill and make your payment. You can use this in restaurants once you have finished eating your food and you want to pay and leave. You will be passed the bill without fail. Try it out next time you're in Japan!
In Japan, the Gesture for "OK" Sometimes Means Something Different
The Gesture for "OK" is mostly used for that reason only, however, in Japan it can sometimes mean something very different. But what? Do you know? It can actually mean "Money"! When you want it to mean this you make the symbol and point your hand upwards. Have you ever heard about this before?
Every country has its own strange and wonderful culture. You might think some things are the same across the world, but when visiting abroad, you realize that not everything is as it seems. When you visit Japan next, you should definitely try some of these gestures and information out to ensure you don't encounter any awkward situations!