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CONTENTS

Influenza Precautions
The Event Calendar
Japanese Behaviour “Ojigi”
7 Years Festival of Miyama Shrine
Cleanup-Funabashi-Day
Japanese Cooking
Japanese Expressions
Back Number
2009
  vol.56 vol.55 vol.54
2008
vol.53  vol.52  vol.51 vol.50

2007

vol.49 vol.48 vol.47 vol.46

2006

vol.45 vol.44 vol.43 vol.42

2005

vol.41

vol.40

vol.39 vol.38

2004

vol.37

vol.36

vol.35 vol.34

2003

vol.33 vol.32 vol.31 vol.30
2002
vol.29 vol.28 vol.27 vol.26

2001

vol.25

vol.24 vol.23 vol.21

2000

vol.21 vol.20 vol.19

vol.18

 

Learn How to Bow Properly


Knowing how to bow might help you while you are in Japan.

 

Bowing (ojigi) is a very important custom in Japan.

 

Most commonly, they greet each other by bowing instead of handshaking.

 

It is customary to return a bow to whoever bowed to you.

Bowing has many functions by it self.

 

It expresses the feeling of respect, thanking, apologizing, greeting, and so on.

 

It is common to exchange appropriate greetings when you bow: "Thank you", "Sorry", "Hello", “Good bye”, “Congratulations”, “Excuse me”, “Good night”, “Good morning”, and more.

 

Let’s begin learning how to bow properly.

 

Bowing seems simple, but there are different ways of bowing.

 

It depends on the social status or age of the person you bow to.

 

If the person is in your thankful status or older than you are, you should bow deeper and longer.

 

In polite way, men usually keep their hands in their sides, and women usually put their hands together on their thighs with their fingers touching.

 

If it is a casual situation, you can bow like nodding.

 

The most frequent bow is a bow of about 15 degrees.

 

Your eyes are to be put a few meters ahead of your feet.

 

You might feel strange to do it, but try to bow in Japan..

You will be considered very polite. 

 

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