Travel guide offers warning about Scottish customs
Japanese tourists told to avoid football fans, 'weird' sausages, and references to locals wearing 'skirts'.
A Japanese guide book has been published by Edinburgh-based Luath Press in an attempt to prepare Japanese tourists for their visit to Scotland.
The Insider’s Guide to Scotland, the first official Japanese guide to Scotland, is full of cultural tips including which foods to enjoy and which to avoid. Mackie’s honeycomb ice cream, ginger marmalade and Irn Bru all come high on the list of recommendations, whilst the flat, Lorne sausage is branded “weird”.
Visitors are also advised to avoid “men in green or blue football tops”, and under no circumstances should they refer to a kilt as a “skirt” or describe the locals as “English”.
The guide also cautiously suggests that levels of service may not equal the standards expected in Japan saying, “Be patient everywhere in Scotland, it is not Japan.”
Looking beyond the historical sites and the golf, the book encourages exploration into other aspects of Scottish life. It advises on pub etiquette, such as buying rounds, and suggests that visitors try getting “merrily drunk” on whisky.