It is very hard to learn about each and every countries' culture and manners(etiquette).
In Japan, if they see you as foreign country people, they understand if you do not have the proper manners. However, if you know at least a few, you will gain their respect. Today I will explain the traditional basic Japanese etiquette - manners when you go to Japan : )
Konnichiwa(Regular bases) - 15°
Irassyai mase - 30°
Hajime mashite(Nice to meet you) - 30°
Thank you very much - 45°
I am so sorry - 45° - 90° (depends how deep you apologize)
In business scene - 30°
When Japanese people invite you to their home, you should feel very special, because the Japanese don't invite many people to their home. They do not have many house parties, get togethers, etc.
1. Keep on time to get there. ( You should be there on time or 5 min earlier ) If it is for business, arriving 10 minutes earlier is common.
2. Bring a gift. (Please refer my Gift Blog - click )
bathroom, use it and don't forget to change the slippers when you go back to the room : )
4. When they serve food - Try to say "Itadakimasu" - (Thank you for the
food) before you start eating.
Please try to sample each food. (Even if you don't, I'm sure they will hand out every dish to you -
Yes, this is Japanese way!)
5. When you share dishes with somebody and they don't have anything to take, use the back of the
chopsticks to take the food onto your plate. Some people says this is unclean, so it depends on that
house people. If they say you don't have to, it is not nesessary.
6. After you finish your meal, please say "Gochisou sama deshita" (Thank you, it was delicious!).
Do not stack up oily dishes together. Most Japanese houses don't have a dish washer, so it is easier
for them to wash if you do that way.
-These 2 things are most NO-NO things in Japanese table manner because these are for buddhist alter.
When you have a conversation with Japanese people, they sometime asks you personal questions.
It doesn't mean anything - they just need some topic to have great conversation with you.
I sometimes did this when I moved to U.S and my husband said that "I can't believe you asked that!" -WELL.. SORRY... I didn't know that!
Also, sometimes they say "Did you lose your weight?" or "Did you gain your weight?" In most countries this is very rude comment, but not in Japan. Behind those words, there is a meaning of "we care about your health, is everything OK?" ( Interesting, right?)
Another interesting facts:
* Do not blow your nose in front of people.
* Vampire teeth are a cute symbol for Japanese girls. (They consider it cute if you have vampire teeth, so
they don't fix it on purpose)