Overview Of The Japanese Society

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Japan represents a country with the same amount of land area as the state of Montana, but contains a unique culture richer than the vast oil fields of the Middle East. The culture of Japan has been growing, changing, and evolving ever since the first signs of civilization nearly 12,000 years ago (“Japan”). The Japanese culture of today stresses the necessity of proper etiquette in order to earn respect, one of the most important aspects of their society (“Japan – Language”). Knowing the proper etiquette is like memorizing a new language, due to the fact that you must use different behaviors and actions depending on the location or the people involved. Learning how to eat with the Japanese, interact with them, and do business with them seems comparable to the impossible Twelve Labors completed by Hercules. Although Japanese customs and etiquette are very complex and unique, they can be broken into three simple categories: dining, family, and professional behavior, all which encompass the Japanese way of life. The first important place for proper etiquette is at the dining table with correct eating habits and utensil usage. One important aspect of dining etiquette is the proper use and placement of chopsticks. Chopsticks are as common as a fork for Americans. In Japan chopsticks are used for almost every meal. When pausing to take a drink or use the restroom, place the chopsticks down in front of the plate. Chopsticks are only stuck upward in food, especially rice, at funerals and food that is to be placed at the altar, so it would be smart to avoid this at all costs (“Japanese Table”). Table manners represent another important part of Japanese dining etiquette. Blowing of the nose in public, and especially at the table, is consider... ... middle of paper ... ...ific view of honor and respectability (“Japan”). Japan takes the saying, “respect your elders,” to a whole new level. The Japanese etiquette used during dining, inside of the household, or while with a business professional may seem impractical or bombastic, but they are really just part of the solid concrete foundation that holds up the Japanese culture. Works Cited "Japan." History, Geography, Government, & Culture. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Dec. 2013. "Japan - Language, Culture, Customs and Etiquette." Kwintessential.co.uk. Kwintessential, n.d. Web. 7 Dec. 2013. "Japan Tokyo Mission | Etiquette in a Japanese Home." Japan Tokyo Mission | Etiquette in a Japanese Home. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Dec. 2013. "Japanese Business Etiquette." Doing Business in Japan. Venture Japan, n.d. Web. 05 Dec. 2013. "Japanese Table Manners." Japanese Table Manners. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Dec. 2013.
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