When Shopping in Japan Live as the Japanese Do
Ready to try a cute outfit on? Don't forget to take off your shoes in the changing room of a store
Shopping in Japan can be a dream. The stores are beautiful and the shopkeepers are very civilized and unaggressive. One thing to remember is that when the staff say "Irashaimase" it basically means welcome and is a set phrase at every establishment. They are just welcoming you and not being pushy in any way. Also, when you try clothes on, a lot of stores will have a place for you to remove shoes before trying on the clothes. Don't drop the clothes on the floor (even your own) and treat the clothes with great care..you will be surprised at how the shopkeepers will appreciate your attention to detail. Have fun and enjoy!
Former Deep Japan Writer