For foreign people who don’t quite fully understand Japanese related manners, but feel they are being stared at coldly when kissing outside.
In Japan, there are places where you can kiss, and places you shouldn’t.
In this article we will introduce places where you should refrain from kissing.
Only in Japan! Places and situations where you shouldn’t kiss
Don’t kiss at a shrine or temple
When visiting Japan, going to a shrine or temple and sightseeing the religion based beautiful architecture is a standard routine.
Although shrines, temples, and kisses are all symbols of peace, you should refrain from kissing in shrines and temples.
In Shinto religion, the mouth is said to be an unclean area, which is why it is a custom to rinse and clean it before you enter the shrine.
In Buddhism, it is taught that extreme love will eventually become obsession, so love between one another should be moderate.
Don’t kiss while observing a workplace
Recently there are many foreigners who are interested in Japanese workplaces such as factories and fish markets.
The central fish market, which is currently undergoing relocation from Tsukiji to Toyosu, is a famous sight seeing area. Here in this busy market, kissing is not recommended.
When I actually asked a person who works at Tsukiji fish market, he said that it is good that the area is a popular sight seeing place, but since most people there are there to work, doing things that disrupt their working is not desirable.
Watching turret trucks moving around the fish market is a very popular and interesting sight, but try avoid kissing while watching, before the turret truck runs between you and your partner and tears your relationship into two.
Don’t kiss at school
It is quite common to see couples kissing each other in universities and high schools overseas.
But in Japan it is not so common, and some people even think that it is rude behavior.
A reason for that may be that a cozy relationship is thought to be an enemy to learning.
It may come from the idea that trying to get better grades by kissing and being amorous to someone is a dirty thing, and not only is it dishonest to yourself, but it will also interfere with others who are trying to truthfully use their knowledge and skill.
Don’t kiss when driving a car
The amount of foreign people who travel Japan in a rent-a-car has risen lately.
It is especially popular for people who want to sight see the beautiful untouched nature in the rural areas of the country.
There may be times where you want to kiss your partner sitting beside you. But unlike overseas roads where the highway continues forever, Japanese roads are small and complex, and it is very easy to miss road signs. Kissing while driving can easily get you in a car accident.
On the other hand, service areas, parking areas, or roadside stations, which are also unique places only in Japan, may be a nice place to kiss. So we recommend holding your urge until then.
Don’t kiss after eating at a garlic restaurant
Garlic used to be rarely used in Japanese food, only in some recipes such as seared bonito. But recently because of the rising popularity of spices and seasonings, garlic has become popular especially among young Japanese people.
Sutadon (Garlic beef bowl), “Ie”style ramen, and Ramen Jiro are types of Japanese foods that use plenty of garlic as a spice, making your mouth odor devastating. Definitely not a good time to kiss.
Don’t kiss when having a serious conversation
Do you know the famous Japanese comedians Tetsuro Degawa and Ryuhei Ueshima?
They have a popular act in which they first start talking trash about each other, walk close by until face to face, and right when you think their going to grab each others collars and fight, they romantically kiss.
In a game of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), a fighter did the same thing and kissed the opponent while they were in a very tense situation, only to be punched back.
There seems to be a very fine line between humor and anger concerning kissing while having a serious conversation, so we wouldn’t recommend it.
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