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Dos and Don'ts in Japan Share

Dos and Don'ts in Japan

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Author(s) : Richard L. Carpenter
Series : Booknet
Publisher: Booknet Co
Format: Paper (full book)
Theme(s) : Society, manners, customs
Release date : 30 April 2008
164 pages; ISBN : 9789749823446


The Japanese stand out for their ‘differentness’ when compared to their Asian neighbours. Consider this: “that’s difficult” means “no”, that’s -tatemae- or diplomacy work. Salarymen stay late at the office even if they don’t have work because -gaman- dictates that they must subjugate their feelings to return home to be with their family. But when you hear that ski equipment from overseas is unsuitable for Japan because “Japanese snow is different” that’s protectionism! You love sushi and sashimi? You’ll be surprised to know that curry, variations on a theme of India curry, is almost a national dish. But when you’re out dining with your Japanese friends, Do remember stabbing food with your chopsticks is a big Don’t; as is placing them across a dish or bowl. And Don’t even think of passing food with your chopsticks to a fellow diner. To ensure that you, the foreign resident, fleeting visitor or armchair traveller, enjoy your stay in Japan, this is a light hearted but practical guide to the Dos & Don’ts of this country. - Don’t be put off by places that have No Foreigners Allowed signs. - Do ignore them and go someplace else and besides who needs the age commode in your hotel room. Besides the jets of water and the warm air, it can probably tell you if you’re going to get diabetes. Want to know what “let’s get together for dinner sometime” means in Japan? Then DO buy this book! Size: 22 x 14.5 cm; colourful illustrations; soft cover.


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