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Amy's Guide to Best Behavior in Japan: Do It Right and Be Polite!

Do It Right and Be Polite!

Amy Chavez

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Going to Japan? This unfussy modern guide guarantees you keep it polite and get it right!

Amy Chavez has lived in Japan for 25 years, and is proprietor of the Moooo! Bar & Cafe on Shiraishi Island in the Inland Sea, where she helps tourists with reservations, language support, and cultural guidance. She has lived in Japan for 25 years and writes about cultural differences between Japan and the West for the Japan Times, Huffpo, and RocketNews24.


Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 144
Erscheinungsdatum 19.06.2018
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-61172-043-3
Verlag Ingram Publisher ServicesBooks
Maße (L/B/H) 17.7/11.3/1.2 cm
Gewicht 142 g
Illustrator Jun Hazuki


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    • Hospitality and Thoughtfulness in Japan

    • The Role of the Outsider (You)

    • Manners = Gratitude

    10 Things You Should Never Do in Japan

    10 Things You Should Always Do in Japan


    • talking about money

    • money envelopes

    • tipping

    • monetary gifts

    • paying the bill at a restaurant

    • paying someone for their time or for a favor

    • Anecdote/commentary

    Bowing & Shaking Hands

    • when to bow

    • how to bow

    • the head-bow

    • kowtowing

    • bowing while exchanging business cards

    • shaking hands while exchanging business cards

    • Anecdote/commentary


    • when to speak

    • voice level

    • adjusting you speech for non-native speakers

    • listening

    • good topics

    • bad topics (see Taboo Subjects)

    • making suggestions

    • how to be firm but polite

    • asking for help

    • expressing interest without creating obligation

    • apologizing

    • expressing disagreement

    • expressing disappointment

    • dealing with embarrassing situations and mistakes

    • Anecdote/commentary

    Taboo Subjects

    • burakumin

    • yakuza

    • suicide

    • racism

    • gays/lesbians

    • foreigners

    • money

    • about tattoos and piercings

    • Anecdote/commentary

    Showing Appreciation

    • thanking

    • gift-giving

    • turning thoughtfulness into a habit

    • returning favors

    • omiyage

    • gifts of anticipation

    • thanking someone the next time you see them

    • Anecdote/commentary

    Romance and Flirting

    • dating

    • holding hands

    • visiting someone's house

    • dating

    • sex

    • texting and use of emoji

    • Anecdote/commentary


    • waiting to get into a restaurant

    • queuing on the train platform

    • middle-aged women who don't que

    • giving up your seat on the train to an aged person

    • Anecdote/commentary

    Eating in Public

    • on the train

    • eating while walking

    • standing while eating

    • what to do with your garbage after eating

    • foods you shouldn't eat on the train to not cause offense (kimchee

    • etc)

    • how to put your bento box back together before throwing it away (chopsticks back in sleeve

    • uneaten food covered with lid and bound with elastic

    • all that put back into plastic bag)

    • Anecdote/commentary

    Eating in Restaurants

    • letting your host order for you

    • choosing shareable dishes

    • eating leisurely

    • chopstick etiquette

    • types of food and protocol (nabe

    • okonomiyaki

    • etc)

    • vegetarians

    • Anecdote/commentary


    • in public

    • at parties or functions

    • ohanami parties

    • kompai etiquette

    • pouring beer

    • refiling others' beer glasses

    • wine

    • sake

    • Anecdote/commentary

    Drinking Establishments

    • izakaya

    • bars

    • hostess clubs

    • cafes Asking for waiter/waitress

    • paying

    • tipping

    • who pays

    • Anecdote/commentary


    • the genkan

    • taking off shoes

    • properly taking off shoes

    • lining up shoes

    • using slippers

    • bare feet & tatami mat

    • toilet slippers

    • outdoor slippers

    • using shoe boxes

    • Anecdote/commentary


    • J-style

    • Western style

    • washlets

    • hygiene

    • big and small flush

    • how to knock on stall door

    • the "sound princess," old style pit toilets

    • Anecdote/commentary

    At the Hotel

    • tipping

    • how to complain

    • dealing with staff

    • letting yourself be taken care of

    • using the bath and other common facilities

    • Anecdote/commentary

    On the Subway/Train/Bus

    • finding a seat in an unreserved compartment or train

    • eating

    • sound levels

    • use of electronics, headphones, and cell phones

    • making conversation (or not) with fellow passengers

    • asking for help

    • solving ticketing and reservation problems

    When You "Take a Meeting" in Japan

    • greetings

    • basic workplace etiquette

    • to bring a gift or not?

    • to receive a gift or not?

    • who pays for lunch?

    • where and when to use your phone

    • thank yous at day's end

    • how to listen

    • how to say no or "I'll think about it"

    Bringing Good Manners Home With You