+
Entertaining & Etiquette

C. R. O. T. - Foreign Tipping

Andy P. | Mar 8, 200104:21 PM    

When in Japan, don't tip, especially in restaurants. The service charge is built into the price of the menu item.

If you do make the mistake (as I've done), of leaving a tip for a waiter/waitress, you are actually creating a great inconvenience for the staff, since an employee must stop whatever they are doing, and attempt to chase you down, for the sole purpose of returning your money. If the pursuer is unsuccessful in finding you, then you've also created a situation in which the employee has now failed in their task, which, over here, is a big deal.

Exception to the rule: If you are invited to dine at the New Sanno Hotel (Tokyo), which is run by the U.S. military, for military personnel and retirees, charges U.S. prices, and accepts U.S. currency, then tip accordingly.

Yoroshiku,
Andy

Want to stay up to date with this post? Sign Up Now ›

More from Chowhound

10 Must-Buy Food Souvenirs You'll Want to Bring Back from France
Chow with Me

10 Must-Buy Food Souvenirs You'll Want to Bring Back from France

by Hana Asbrink | My latest haul. Welcome to Chow...

Chefs Share Their Favorite Summer Meat Marinades for Steak, Chicken, Shrimp & More
Guides

Chefs Share Their Favorite Summer Meat Marinades for Steak, Chicken, Shrimp & More

by Dan Koday | You ever notice how a great marinade can instantly elevate what otherwise would end up as a pretty...

Tokyo to Texas: Austin Chef Reflects on His Multicultural Upbringing
Spotlight

Tokyo to Texas: Austin Chef Reflects on His Multicultural Upbringing

by Eric Silverstein | By Eric Silverstein Chef Eric Silverstein is the founder and owner of The Peached Tortilla in Austin...

Foil Packets Are Your Best Camping Food Friend
Recipe Round-Ups

Foil Packets Are Your Best Camping Food Friend

by Joey Skladany | Going camping? Foil packets are the best way to cook your food (and they're pretty great in the oven...

See what's new!

View latest discussions ›

Get fresh food news delivered to your inbox

Sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest tips, tricks, recipes and more, sent twice a week.