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How to Follow Japanese Etiquette

How to Follow Japanese Etiquette


How to Follow Japanese Etiquette. Knowing a few things about Japanese polite
society can spare you a lot of embarrassment. You will need Bowing know-how Dining rules
Gift and business decorum. Step 1. Know how and when to bow: A slight dip of
the neck and shoulders is sufficient for a casual hello to friends; a 30-degree bow from
the waist is standard upon meeting a business associate or being introduced to someone;
a 45-degree bent-over bow is only used if you’re meeting someone important, showing
gratitude, or apologizing. Japanese men bow with their arms at their
sides, palms against their legs; women bow with their arms straight in front of them,
fingers clasped. Step 2. Observe dining etiquette. Eat nigiri sushi with your fingers and sashimi
with chopsticks. Cleanse your palate between bites with ginger;
don’t use it as a topping. For soup, use your chopsticks to pick out
the solid food and then drink the liquid directly from the bowl. Feel free to slurp noodle soup — loudly. Tipping is not only unnecessary, but insulting. Use condiments like soy sauce and wasabi sparingly;
to do otherwise implies that the chef didn’t season the food properly. Step 3. Know chopstick etiquette: In a nice restaurant,
don’t rub them together to smooth down splinters; it’s unnecessary, and sends the signal that
you think the restaurant is a dive. Don’t point them at anyone or jab them into
your food. Step 4. Give a modest, impersonal gift to a Japanese
business associate; specialties from your hometown are ideal. If you’re visiting someone’s home, bring something
that can be shared, like alcohol or a cake, rather than flowers. Step 5. Offer business cards with both hands, information
facing the recipient, and take theirs with either your right hand or both. Spend at least 15 seconds reading their card
or you’ll appear disrespectful. Don’t shove a business card in your back pocket
and sit on it — that’s considered the height of rudeness. Step 6. If you’re at a business meeting, always wait
to be seated by your host; where you sit is predetermined by your status. If you’re served tea or coffee, accept it
as is, which may or may not be with milk and sugar. Take a few sips even if you don’t want it. Step 7. Never blow your nose in public, or eat or
drink while walking; such behaviors are viewed with disgust. But it’s perfectly acceptable to use the toothpicks
provided by restaurants to clean your teeth at the table. Sayonara! Did you know Young people in Japan consider
it rude to phone someone without texting them first to see if they’re available.

Comments (37)

  1. spanish, naitve american, and japanese are starting to look very alike eachother

  2. I know a japanese girl she never texts before she calls!

  3. The first decent how to in a long time XD agreed?

  4. omg, I'd be completely slaughtered in Japan….

  5. wow its so true, they have huge manners 🙂 love them cuz of that! ^_^

  6. @Vergast if you're not a japanese preson living in japan, why the heck would she?

  7. in Japan, its rude to put soy sauce on ur rice

  8. @riddick0846 Uhh…. really? Cause theres a rice ball called "Yakionigiri" that has soy sauce and rice mixed.

  9. I live in Japan ^_^

  10. Step 1: be like ThatVideoGameGirl12 and live in japan/or just go to visit.

  11. Alcohol can be shared ?!!? By all members of the family? Nonsense!!

  12. @ThatVideoGameGirl123 i think preparing it like that is ok but adding it is rude. thats like how here, ur not supposed to (but we do and its just rude) add any extra seasoning on ur food unless uve tasted it first

  13. @EtherealOhitoyoshi You are of course right!
    *45 degree angle bow*

  14. the little girl's bow at 1:40 is adorable.

  15. @Pingoo124 There are thousands and thousands of weeaboos out there who are just dying for a chance to go to Japan and will spend every second of their twisted little lives preparing for it.

  16. @Pingoo124 well yeah but its still interesting right? and interesting = good video

  17. wow for me picking your teeth in public is so nasty …

  18. 12 buck tips?? damn (:

  19. "Young people consider it rude to phone without texting first to see if they are available"

    Its interesting, it almost feels like younger generations in Western culture concern themselves less with manners, while in Japan the younger generations are thinking up new ones.

  20. thumbs up if you recognized the kid from kids react

  21. @likeasomeboodeebic It's "Itedakimasu" that you say before eating… stupid. 😛

  22. spyder, you forgot to say baka! lol. i found this quite interesting

  23. 0:42 You actually don't have to do that.. because I'm a girl, but I do it the men way.

  24. one mistake made in this video at 1:50

    Lady covers business card name with her thumbs

  25. sayoonara not sionara im currently learning jappanese and you all wrong its all about pronounce attion

  26. you know..im japanese and i never do the whole 40 degree angle thing lol you just bow when you bow haha

  27. when cleaning your teeth w toothpick COVER your mouth,all civilized people do!

  28. blowing your nose is like farting in public in japan!

  29. Alcohol is not shared between family unless you are grieving and need to drink your sadness away

  30. What if… You are walking and carrying food, and you stop walking and take a bite, then start walking again after you swallowed?

  31. helped. Living in Kokubunji with a bunch of Japanese folks and moving back to Nerima next year. Thank-you How-cast

  32. Japanese etiquette

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