Gourmet Traveller

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Japan’s lust for conformity might best be summarised by the proverb, “Deru kui wa utareru, or “The nail that sticks up gets hammered down” – a response to behaviour that goes against the grain.

Although most foreigners’ faux pas will be ignored politely to avoid causing embarrassment, the sentiment is worth bearing in mind if you’d prefer not to risk insulting your host. Without rules and order, meticulously systematic Japan would fall into chaos, inevitably leading to the erosion of its culture and the unparalleled respect for

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