Japan Culture 101: Avoiding The Culture Shock

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Japan Culture And Traditions: Avoiding the common Culture Shock. Culture And Lifestyle in Japan: Bowing, Staring, when to Remove Shoes, Sitting on Tatami mats, Showing emotions, Japanese table Manners and Doing Business In Japan.

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What you don’t know about the culture of Japan can cause you to make these embarrassing mistakes…

Avoid Being unintentionally rude because you don’t have a clue about the culture of Japan.

As a foreigner (Gaijin) you are not expected to act according to the Culture And Customs of Japan.
Nobody will be offended from your lack of Japanese manners (perhaps a little amused…)
But if you do make an effort it will be very much appreciated.

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No kissing, hugging or holding hands in the street.Showing emotions is a big No-No in Life In Japanese Culture.
Even patting on the back is not so common (unless they’re drunk).
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Public Bathing in the Sento – a public bathhouse.
Most Japanese apartments are so tiny that having a bath was out of question. The Sento is a strange mishmash between a Spa and a social get-together.
Japanese people soap and wash themselves outside the bath tab, and only enter the water when they are clean. Then they put a towel over their forehead and relax in the water. Not a bad way to unwind.
Men and women bath separately…
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The emergency room masks people wear in the subway are worn to protect other people from a virus or a cold.
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Individualism is considered selfish in Japan.
Japanese children are taught to behave harmoniously and work together from the day they are born.
The education system puts great emphasis on politeness, personal responsibility and working together and less importance on the fulfilling your unique talents.
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Ever Wonder Why The Japanese Bow? The Basics Of Culture Of Japan And Traditions

Bowing is nothing less than an art in Japan. Theres always a reason to bow: to express respect, Gratitude, an apology, greetings and more.
Don’t assume you can learn how to do it right. The etiquette surrounding bowing is very complex. Status differences are a big thing in Japan, and they dictate all social interaction in Japans culture.
Age, rank, gender, educational accomplishments, and place of employment influence social interaction.
Without some knowledge of a person’s background some very embarrassing situations can occur.
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No is considered too straight forward to use. Try using “I have to consult, I will check it”. Don’t worry about giving the wrong impression. The Japanese appreciate group thinking and team work.

Seating arrangements for a business meeting are a delicate and thoughtful procedure.
I once participated in a business dinner where the seating strategy for the managers took more than 20 minutes to figure out by the employees.
They were very anxious not to offend anyone, a mistake which would could have cost them their job.

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