Japan In-Depth Learning 1: Japanese Basic Manners and Rules
- All students should be excited and curious about Japan, and ready to learn basic manners and way of thinking in Japan.
Are you visiting Japan soon?
This course offers practical lessons for people visiting Japan so they know what to expect, what to do, and what not to do in the light of Japanese manners, as well as simple and practical Japanese phrases.
When you are planning to visit Japan, you must be both excited and worried about the difference in language, culture, food, transportation system, etc.
Every single client who I have guided in the past said that Japanese people are so kind and helpful, and I really do agree. Even though not many Japanese people are necessarily good at speaking other languages than Japanese, they always try to help you and be friendly with you.
But at the same time, Japan has a unique culture with its own rules and manners. Visitors could be sometimes viewed as being rude in the eyes of local Japanese by unintentionally doing things against Japanese rules and manners.
Japanese people understand visitors do not do it intentionally, but if people who come to Japan are informed beforehand of what not to do, they don’t have to be viewed as being rude and the experience they have could be even friendlier and even more memorable.
In this course, I would like to share with you basic but very important Japanese manners so you won’t surprise or offend anybody when you are in Japan and you could be treated nicely with respect.
When you finish this course, you will be ready to have fun, memorable experiences in Japan!
- Anyone who is interested in Japan, planning to visit Japan, or already living in Japan and encountering the urgent necessity to understand Japanese manners
- Anyone who is involved in business with Japanese boss/employee/clients and would like to understand the basic Japanese manners and values to create even better relationships
- Anyone who would like to work as a tour guide in Japan
- Precise and Practical Program to Study Japanese Manners and Way of Thinking03:27
- INTRO_Basic manners at Japanese restaurants02:32
- Shoes off, slippers off, and toilet slippers off06:08
- No pouring your own drink03:54
- Do not use chopsticks in upsetting ways03:55
- INTRO_Public transportation manners02:46
- No loud voice, no phone call, or no loud music03:30
- Make a queue at designated boarding point04:50
- Priority seat03:40
- Drinking and eating manners04:01
- INTRO_Shinto shrine03:05
- What to do at the entrance05:08
- How to greet the kami05:00
- Photo manners04:39
- INTRO_Buddhist temple01:55
- Rules about shoes03:52
- No clapping of hands, and bow before enjoying the garden04:48
- No sitting on Sanmon gate threshold or steps03:59
- slippers and tokonoma rules03:19
- How to take a bath06:26
National-Licensed Interpretive Guide
Kana has been working as a national-licensed interpretive guide since 2009, guiding guests from all over the world including VIP guests such as Hollywood actress, world-famous musicians, NBA star player, etc. She is passionate about Japanese classical and traditional arts, and she is a qualified instructor of Urasenke Tea Ceremony, plays the shamisen (3-stringed Japanese traditional music instrument) and performs Kyogen (Japanese 700-year-old UNESCO heritage theater), and holds BA in English and another BA in Japanese Classical and Traditional Arts. Growing up as a Buddhist and Shintoist, she is passionate about the philosophy of these Japanese religions – “be one with nature” and “live in the moment”.
She has been thankful for every guiding opportunities where she could share her insights, passion, and knowledge about Japan, and she decided to start the online courses to reach further more people around the world.