What should girls avoid in Japan?

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about the manners and customs of the Japanese,

their rules of conduct and behavior in the

daily life:


Behavior towards other people

    1.1 Conduct at work

    - The Japanese are never late for work or other appointments.
    - In Japan you should make sure that you don't wear too much jewelry or too colorful clothes at work.
    - In addition, the clothes should be in good condition and e.g. no holes in the socks.
    - You leave the room always according to the employer!

    1.2 Behavior during a visit

    - In Japan it is important to bring gifts when you visit.
    - But if you bring an expensive present to the host, you will receive an even more expensive one from him at the next meeting.
    - It is polite to make the value of your gift appear less than it is.
    - It is also considered polite to turn your guests' shoes around so that it is easier to put them back on.

    1.3 General behavior

    - In a conversation with a Japanese one should avoid excessive body or eye contact.
    - In Japan there is (unfortunately) no rule like "Ladies first."
    - You are not allowed to chew your fingernails, clean them or put your fingers in your mouth in the presence of others.
    - It is polite to say "san" after names
    - With young women you say "chan", with young men "kun", but never put such endings after your own name.
    - In Japan, never call someone if you want them to listen to you, get up and go to them if you want a conversation.
    - In Japan you leave the room to blow your nose.
    - In Japan, sarcastic jokes don't add to the entertainment - they should be avoided.
    - In Japan, it is considered polite to decline the help offered to you.
    - The Japanese will always refuse your help out of politeness, even if they really need it.

2. Eating, table manners

    - Japanese people are not allowed to eat or drink when walking down the street.
    - They are also not allowed to chew gum while working or in other formal situations.
    - Japanese keep their bowls under their chins while eating.
    - You don't leave anything in Japan and you don't take sugar or the like with you from a restaurant.
    - It is also unusual to tip.
    - You don't put sauce on rice or sugar in tea.
    - In Japan it is common to make noises while drinking and to slurp pasta while eating.

3. Sitting techniques and regulations

    - In Japan people eat sitting on the floor at a deep table.

    - Men sit cross-legged.

    - Women put their legs sideways in one direction

      - The formal way of sitting for both sexes is kneeling, sitting on your heels

    - The most important guest should sit in the place of honor. This is the furthest from the entrance.
    - The host or the socially weakest should sit next to the entrance.

4. gesture

    - Unlike in Germany, the Japanese point their noses when they ask: "Who, me?"
    - In Japan you show a "no" by moving your hand back and forth in front of your face a few times.
    - Japanese women should put their hands over their mouths when they laugh.

5. hygiene

    - In Japan the "house slippers" are not allowed to be used in the hallway or outside, but only in the living area.
    - The "toilet slippers" may not be carried outside the bathroom
    - In Japan, when visitors come, they are given a towel so they can wash their hands.
    - Use in Japan all People in one family have the same bath water.
    - As a guest, you can use the water first, but you cannot drain it afterwards.

2001 Class 9c, "Claudia and Elena", Max Planck School Kiel