This guide to common courtesy, acceptable behavior, and manners is essential for any visitor to Japan. Japanese are unfailingly polite and will never tell you if you've crossed the line. But by knowing how to act in every situation you'll gain the respect of your hosts and in the end get even better service and enjoyment during your travels. Covered here are all the essentials—like travel, greetings, dining—plus subtle niceties like tone of voice, body language, cell phone usage, city vs. country styles, and attire (and what to do about your tattoos!).
The author, a 25-year resident of Japan and tourist adviser who lives on the fabled Inland Sea, knows just what foreign visitors need and delivers it in a smart, compact, and delightfully illustrated package for quick use and reference.
10 Things You Should Never Do in Japan
10 Things You Should Always Do in Japan
Bowing & Shaking Hands
Romance and Flirting
Eating in Public
Eating in Restaurants
At the Hotel
On the Subway/Train/Bus
When You “Take a Meeting” in Japan
Bringing Good Manners Home With You