Andrew Straw, founder of our cycling holiday supplier, Saddle Skedaddle:
You really donít give a Japanese person a hug, it just isnít done. I remember giving my host a big hug, and she just froze.
And walking on tatami mats with shoes on is a massive no no. Taking the last bit of food is also not done, which is always a bit weird. Thereíll be five spring rolls and the last one always gets left, because no one wants to take it. Unless someone gives it to you, you canít have the last one. I was always dying for that last bit of food and hoping someone would give it to me! Also, when you are out for a drink, you get a big bottle and share it out, and donít get another one until everyone has finished. So try to drink at the same pace as everyone else.