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5 surprising etiquette differences between the US and Japan
The etiquette in Japan is vastly different from etiquette in the United States. I have traveled to Japan more than five times. Each time I've been there, I have experienced " omotenashi ," which roughly translates to "the spirit of selfless hospitality," according to The Japan Times. When I first visited Tokyo, I met locals who, despite the language barrier, would spend 15 minutes assisting me with directions on the street. People walked me out of a restaurant after finishing a meal or bowed and said thank you after I made a purchase in their store.
Travelling to Japan for the first time? Is it going to be difficult to avoid looking like a tourist? Especially if I have a Western heritage?
By Greg Rodgers. Whether eating with new Japanese friends in a home or attending a business lunch, following a few simple rules of Japanese dining etiquette will make you shine. No need to be nervous; your hosts understand that you may not be familiar with all many of the customs and etiquette in Asia. Start by saying hello in Japanese , offering a bow the correct way , then relax and use these tips to better enjoy an authentic cultural experience that you'll remember! Knowing how to use chopsticks is essential for Japanese dining etiquette, particularly in formal occasions and when doing business in Japan.
10 Things You Need To Know About Japanese Etiquette
Japan is warm and welcoming to travellers, but its unique culture can be as inscrutable as it is intriguing for the first-time visitor. Bowing Bow politely when you meet someone, thank them, or say goodbye. If a Japanese person bows to you, an incline of the head in return will usually suffice. Gifts Returning from a trip, the change of seasons, and moving into a new home are among the many reasons gifts might be exchanged in Japan. The simple gesture of sharing something from your home will be greatly appreciated — think souvenir key rings, chocolate bars, and other treats only available in your country.