Japan by:  ブルターニュ( Brittany) andリンゼイさん (lyndsey) pd.1

Japan is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean with dense cities, imperial palaces, mountainous national parks and thousands of shrines and temples. Shinkansen bullet trains connect the main islands of Kyushu (with Okinawa's subtropical beaches), Honshu (home to Tokyo and Hiroshima’s atomic-bomb memorial) and Hokkaido (famous for skiing). Tokyo, the capital, is known for skyscrapers, shopping and pop culture.

Appointment Alert :

  • Normal 9-5 but usually 10-6.
  • Be Punctual, extra time for traffic and to find places
  • Know start and end times. Most don't end on time.

Business Dress:

  • Norm- acceptable
  • Nothing flashy until better acquainted.
  • "board meeting" attire for women.
  • Social event- formal; "go formal' informal; dress conservatively


  • Avoid history, politics, and family
  • Keep in touch, dinner or karaoke
  • Some good icebreakers include: baseball, sumo stars, the arts, kabuki Noh museums
  • Complement and be honest to receiver and sender
  • Don't be noisy and keep voice normal
  • Hand shake or bow

Gift Giving

  • At the end of meetings, represent company, work for, alcohol works too
  • Nicer gifts for seniors or the boss
  • Semi-nice gift to lower people
  • Send and receive with both hands
  • Keep in mind the superstitions

Lets Make a Deal

  • Keep in touch with dinner or karaoke
  • Duel language cards are helpful, other party will take notice
  • Don't cut corners, do it right or not at all
  • Exchange cards in seniority; boss first, assistant second, then others
  • Use common sense, bring a lot of cards, follow example

Prosperous Entertaining

  • Lunch is usually 12-1. Dinner is usually 5:30-8 pm
  • The clientele aren't business people, but their wife's
  • Eat with chopsticks, and make sure to never stick them upright in rice
  • Don't pour your own drink, pour your companions
  • There is no tipping in Japan

Public Behavior

  • Eye contact is becoming accepted
  • Don't cross your legs when sitting
  • If you sneeze into a tissue throw it away as soon as possible
  • The Japanese have become used to shaking hands
  • Avoid using the word "uh"

What I Enjoyed Learning About Japan

  • That chopsticks standing up in rice symbolizes death
  • Learning to say hello
  • Learning how to introduce myself
  • Learning about Japanese culture


Created with images by Moyan_Brenn - "Japan" • MDGovpics - "Japanese Business Delegation Visit" • cegoh - "japan tokyo smiling" • nguyentuanhung - "fireworks hanabi colorful" • JoseCruz - "women kimono japan" • Rain7kid - "sushi food japanese" • Mariamichelle - "sensō-ji temple japan kyoto"

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