Love Japan – Japanese tradition
About the culture people say a lot of its traditions. The Japanese are polite and reserved people. Etiquette is very important for them, as for other peoples of the world. The Japanese did not expect that all will respect their customs, however, if you try to follow the Japanese manner of behavior, you will be very grateful. At the same time simple enough to behave politely and to respect the normal rules of communication adopted in Russia.
V irtually unchanged since the middle ages preserved traditional Japanese costume, national interior, literary Japanese tea ceremony, theatre “Kabuki”, “but” and “Bunraku” and many other equally peculiar traditions. And all this – surrounded by ultra-modern technological civilization!
T he number of traditions and rituals that are required or recommended for compliance, is huge. Almost all spheres of country’s life is permeated by a network of traditions and ceremonies, especially noticeable in the communication between people.
P reamer of some of these practices when behavior in society:
• Make an appointment in advance (you should not demand an audience immediately).
• Come to the meeting on time (the Japanese are very sensitive on this issue).
• If you cannot come for lunch (or other event), be sure to notify.
• If, by calling, you have the wrong number, you need to apologize.
• During the meeting or meetings allow the interviewee to speak and not speak all the time one. Think of a time other and try to keep the meeting proceeded efficiently.
• If any of the Japanese has provided you assistance, we say thank you for that.
However, there is some specificity in the behavior of the Japanese.
1 . Despite the fact that the tradition to bow when meeting is still a very common Japanese don’t expect you to bows, but a small tilt of the head would be very welcome.
2 . And in Japan, and in the conference room of the honorable place, usually located away from the door next to the tokonoma (a wall alcove with a scroll and other decorations). Guest can out of modesty, to refuse to take a place of honor. Even if this would lead to a slight hitch, it is better to do so, then to not talk about you as immodest man. Before you sit down, you have to wait until you sit the guest of honor. If it lingers, we all stand upon its arrival.
3 . There is an opinion that in the meetings the Japanese take very few decisions. The decision process may be delayed, but implemented it as a rule, very quickly. Should not be discouraged that it takes a lot of time, and rush of the Japanese partners in decision-making. She finally accepts the decision, the Japanese definitely clearly say. If a specific answer is not, then the decision is still pending. If you do not understand the answer that you give the Japanese, it is best to check.
4 . When you present the gift, fine again, show humility by saying something like: “Excuse me, what is such a trifle” or: “Perhaps a gift you don’t like it”.
When guests come, they necessarily offer any treats. Even if the person was unexpected, he usually provide refreshments, even if it is just a bowl of rice with pickled vegetables and tea. If you are invited in a Japanese restaurant type, you may experience unexpected situations, of which have invited will help you to find a decent solution. For example, tell you when and where you need to remove your shoes. It is not necessary to sit in Japanese style, cross-legged. Most Japanese and Europeans quickly tired of it. Men are allowed to cross legs, women also have more stringent requirements: they have to sit cross-legged under him, or, for convenience, sliding them to the side. Sometimes the guest can offer a low chair with a back. Stretch your legs forward is not accepted.
5 . When you are offered a drink, you have to lift the glass and wait until it fills. It is recommended to return the favour to their neighbours. When you are at the table with chopsticks, you should avoid the following things:
• do not to cross them or stick to the rice (it is associated with death);
• do not move the food on the plate and the plate on the table;
• do not brandish or point chopsticks at anyone or anything.
Thus, in parallel, along with traditional European rules of etiquette in Japan has its own “pure” Japanese rules.