|The Fine Art of Gift-Giving in Japan||Excuse me, EXCUSE ME!|
|Anything We Forgot?|
Fine Art of Gift-Giving in Japan
invited to a Japanese person's home, never go empty-handed. Take some
cake, alcoholic beverage or perhaps some flowers.
Excuse me, EXCUSE ME!
first! Ladies first is not the rule. When entering a building or getting
in an elevator, the ones who get in first are the winners. Busy businessmen
will push you out of the way, so watch out for bruises.
Anything We Forgot?
When bumping into a Japanese person you have met before, think of the weather, then say good morning, afternoon or evening, and make a comment about the heat or cold. Remember the Japanese words for the weather to use as greetings. Another common from of greeting is 'dochira e' or 'where are you going?' and the usual answer is 'chotto soko made' or 'just down there'. Here, the question and answer have no real meaning. Then say 'ja' which means 'see you' and you have had your first conversation in fluent Japanese.
Additional Business Tips
Japanese business is littered with manners, dos and don'ts, styles, customs and everything else you can think of. So, just to keep from embarrassing yourself in public, here are some additional pointers on Japanese businessmen.
Firstly, you must have noticed by now that the Japanese do not openly express their emotions. They don't laugh out loud, and so the logical assumption would be, it might be best that you didn't either.
Secondly, you might also have noticed that they are usually polite. Are you in for a surprise! They're all nice and polite inside the office, but once outside or they happen to be in groups, they're just the same as all the other obnoxious people, maybe worse. And don't even expect a greeting from them unless they actually know you. I don't know, must be all that stress getting to their head.
Thirdly, never expect an opinion! Rarely ever will you get a Japanese person to willingly express their own opinion. That's how it goes, even in college classes, you could probably do that commercial that they have in the US? The one by Sprint where they claim their phone lines are so good that you could here a pin drop? Well, it will probably be silent enough to actually test their claim.
Lastly, always remember, the cell phone, not a dog, is man's best friend.
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