The Japanese city of Kamakura tells tourists not to eat and walk in busy areas

Japanese city tells tourists not to eat and walk in crowded areas to prevent spilled clothing from other visitors being ruined

  • Kamakura has issued an official regulation that politely asks tourists to sit down to eat
  • It describes eating while walking as a & # 39; public nuisance & # 39; because of the chance of spillage
  • Despite the signs, there will be no fines or fines for those requests for violation

Tourists in a Japanese city are told not to eat food while walking in busy areas to prevent the clothing of other people from being stained.

Kamakura, in the east of the country and famous for its statue of the Great Buddha, has issued an official ordinance that politely asks people to sit down while they eat.

The regulation describes eating while walking as a & # 39; public nuisance & # 39; because of the potential for food spillage and is surrounded by tourist numbers of 60,000 a day in a part of the city – the Kamakura Komachi Dori shopping area.

Tourists gather around the statue of the Great Buddha in Kamakura, Japan. The city has issued an official regulation that politely asks people to sit down while eating in public areas

Tourists gather around the statue of the Great Buddha in Kamakura, Japan. The city has issued an official regulation that politely asks people to sit down while eating in public areas

According to CNN, the signs have been placed to raise awareness. There are no fines for someone who ignores the request.

Norikazu Takahashi, president of the Kamakura store association, told the Japan Times: & We cannot ban food while walking.

& # 39; We want to turn the street into a place where both travelers and residents can feel good. & # 39;

For many, the signs seem a bit overpowering, but for the Japanese, they simply reinforce the normal etiquette in their country, meaning that they sit down to eat so that food can be properly appreciated.

Eating in the street is also a no-no in other countries.

The Kamakura ordinance, pictured, describes eating while walking as a & # 39; public nuisance & # 39; due to the possibility of food being spilled

The Kamakura ordinance, pictured, describes eating while walking as a & # 39; public nuisance & # 39; due to the possibility of food being spilled

The Kamakura ordinance, pictured, describes eating while walking as a & # 39; public nuisance & # 39; due to the possibility of food being spilled

Last year, tourists in Florence were warned that they could get fines of up to £ 450 for street food.

Laws now prohibit snacking in four streets in the historic center of the Italian city between 12.00 and 15.00 and from 18.00 to 22.00.

Meanwhile in Venice every summer, a group of guards called the "Angels of Decorum", tourist behavior of tourists they find uncouth.

This includes eating on the street, being drunk and soaking in toes or swimming in the famous canals of the city.

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