Friday, August 19, 2011

Japanese Etiquette

If you want to learn more about Japanese etiquette and customs, I highly recommend reading those guidelines, another gem from Tofugu (which is slowly becoming one of my favourite pages). Japan has very different etiquette from what we are used to in the Western world, and simple mishaps could be very embarrassing, although people are more apologetic and understanding when it's a non-Japanese person.

Yet, while living in or traveling through Japan, it's important to follow the etiquette, for daily simple manners such as taking your shoes off when you enter a home, using chopsticks, sitting properly on the floor, bowing, and train behaviour. True, there are lots of rules to follow in Japan, but those rules also make it quite pleasant.

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