No Eating on the Go in Kamakura Japan

Eating while walking is now banned in Kamakura, Japan. This is from concern of trash and is also poor manners. Do you eat while walking on vacay?

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Many tourists walk and eat food while on the go with family and friends. Part of the adventure is grabbing something quickly and going to the next activity. Well, it looks like travelers are now banned from doing this in one certain city in Japan. In Kamakura, they have asked tourists to stop eating while walking. Personally, I can’t walk and eat at the same time. I like to sit down and eat my meal without feeling rushed by the energy around me.

According to CNN Travel, Kamakura has issued an official ordinance in April asking tourists to not eat while walking. The city’s major concern is the trash that attracts animals and makes more mess and more work for the local people of Kamakura.

There is one street in Kamakura called Komachi-dori and it is only 1,200 feet long with over 50,000 to 60,000 visitors a day. It is a street with many shops and has become the focus when it comes to visitors eating outside.

Not only is Japan concerned with trash filled streets, but it is also against many Japanese people beliefs. According to CNN Travel, many Japanese people believe it is poor manners to walk or to do any physical activities while consuming food because it means you are not consuming the food properly. This belief goes back to WWII – a time when food was difficult to find and treasured when it was.

However, Japan isn’t the only place bothered by tourists eating. Florence, Italy is also banning eating “on sidewalks, roadways and on the doorsteps of shops and houses.” And Florence doesn’t just give a slap on the wrist for eating on the street. Their restrictions involve a $581 fine.

Another city grappling with what to do about tourists eating outside is Bangkok. Bangkok is extremely popular for the street food and as of late, the city has been wondering how to maintain the mess, since a big attraction of the city is outdoor food markets and food stalls.

While the people of Bangkok want some restrictions or closures, many believe there is a way to have happy locals and happy tourists.


Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

Eating while walking is now banned in Kamakura, Japan. This is from concern of trash and is also poor manners. Do you eat while walking on vacay?

Totals
26% All the time
74% No, sit down
Males
25% All the time
75% No, sit down
Females
24% All the time
76% No, sit down

All the time

No, sit down


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