Business Etiquette and Personal Interaction tips
This series, as listed is used in order to give insight to those interested in the proper ways to act when/if you decide to visit Japan, doing your best to mitigate any cultural mistakes before they can be made.
This is a commonly known, yet no less important, when wearing a Kimono, and not attending a funeral, make sure that the left side is wrapped over the right side due to that the other way is a cultural indicator for death.
The "OK" sign is something one should avoid, due to the fact that it means money in Japan
Pointing is also something that is frowned upon.
Do your best to also refrain from blowing your nose in a public setting.
Japanese people value moments of silence, if there is a time where the host or hostess is silent, that is not necessarily a knock on you personally, they are likely taking the time to enjoy the silence.
Avoid using large hand gestures, unusual facial expressions, and any dramatic movements while talking. The Japanese do not talk with their hands and to do so could distract your host.
This information is here to highlight cultural differences that exist in Japan, in order to make one cognizant of how to interact if one finds themselves in any of these situations, also as a way to help you realize that all cultures have some level of difference, some more than others. It is therefore unrealistic to expect and assume the people of that country to cater to your specific cultural and social mores when visiting a different Country.
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