Despite technological advances and developed economic system, traditions and customs of the Japanese people remain unchanged. For centuries people perform ancient rituals and follow rules of etiquette, adhering to and honouring the way of life of their ancestors. So when you visit this country need to be especially careful in their behavior, and although you will not be reproached for ignorance and the failure of certain rituals, their attitude towards you will depend on your knowing and following the rules of Japanese etiquette.
In fairness it should be noted that most of the Japanese rules of etiquette are quite logical, and quite simply act like humans. The Japanese are indulgent and attentive to foreigners, and they will help you find your way to the desired place even without knowing the language, the streets there are a lot of signs and signs duplicated in English, maps and guides distributed free of charge at the station left on the street things will definitely wait for the owner, and at night to you no one will stick in a dark alley.
In connection with this attitude it will be easy to make and pleasant to them, paying tribute to some of the traditions of the Japanese people.
There are specific guidelines about how to bow when meeting a Japanese. Their essence is simple – the higher the status of your contact, the lower and longer the bow as a sign of respect. For a passer-by Japanese who helped you in the direction, it will be enough and pronounced nod of the head. If you are invited to visit, I bow to the masters will be better than any “thank you”. Also made bows to apologize. Therefore at a meeting and acquaintance to try to Express reverence bow, and if the Japanese want to shake your hand in a European, will appreciate his respect for your culture and shake the outstretched hand.
Just note that these 2 concepts are not compatible. This is a very strict rule, and on the Mat you can’t even climb in Slippers. Here the Japanese are adamant: you wouldn’t tolerate someone in the shoes on the bed. Street shoes are removed at the entrance, in house wear special Slippers. but they are removed before you sit on the tatami. This is especially difficult to get used to Europeans and Americans who walk in shoes at home.
In the Japanese subway, bus and train will be our man freedom: no need to give place to even the old Granny, otherwise you run the risk of running into wild gratitude, which will disturb other passengers. So you can safely dive into the world of the Internet or scribbling texts, even if the whole car is Packed with the elderly. One “but”: special places for the elderly and disabled are untouchable, so don’t pretend not to have seen an appropriate sign.
Slippers for the toilet
The cleanliness and sterility in the Japanese blood, that is why they took separate Slippers for the toilet. Entering the room you wear them, leaving – leave and put on Slippers. However for foreigners it’s hard to remember, besides appearance, they practically do not differ. Believe that the change of Slippers does not mean untidiness dressing rooms. In contrast, the toilets in Japan are masterpieces of design. Electronics helps to avoid contact with objects, and the national toilet Association takes care that even the public toilets were perfectly clean and cozy. By the way, also need to wear Slippers.
The Japanese rightly believe that no hygiene to brush your nose in a cloth handkerchief and then to carry in a pocket, the results of this process. Therefore, the Japanese universally prefer paper handkerchiefs and napkins, and when the cold aggravated not disdain even the rolls of paper towels and toilet paper. All this can be obtained for free almost anywhere. However, the process of smorgonie, according to the rules of good taste, must not occur in the presence of other people, so you have to keep tearing out the mucus until it is possible to empty the nose alone.
The Japanese avoid physical contact with strangers and unfamiliar people, so a friendly hug and pats on the back allowed only to the closest family. Even on a handshake dare not all, so do not hurry up to kiss and hug the Japanese when meeting. Because of these traditions, the Japanese often feel lonely, and to feel a friendly hug, they have to invent a pillow with “arms”, robots animalsyou and other adaptations.