To FUN! JAPAN readers all around the world, how much are you familiar with Japanese common sense? Imagine 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? However, there is a unique money culture in Japan. In this article, we are going to introduce the intricacies of paying in Japan to help you avoid getting into any awkward situations. 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 have been to Japan several times before, we're sure you've already noticed. When going up to a restaurants or other stores register counter, there's always a cash tray ("carton" in Japanese) placed for you. But what exactly is this cash tray? This is a place to put your cash to pay without having to directly touch the other person and causing any 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 cash tray! 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 time, you should definitely try some of these gestures and information out to ensure you don't encounter any awkward situations!