Precise and Practical Program to Study Japanese Manners and Way of Thinking

What you will learn

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Basic manners at Japanese restaurants β€” seemingly complicated footwear removal rules (shoes, slippers, and toilet slippers!), drinking manners, chopstick manners, gratuity custom in Japan, and simple Japanese phrases useful at restaurants

Basic manners on Japanese transportations β€” noise manners, queueing manners, priority seat manners, when drinking and eating is okay and not okay, as well as information about convenient rechargeable IC cards that you can use for transportation, how to find boarding points on a platform, busiest holiday time in Japan when it’s hard to reserve Shinkansen bullet train tickets, and useful phrases that you can use on public transportations.

Basic manners when visiting Shinto shrines β€” definition and philosophy of Shinto, how to do purification ritual when entering Shinto shrines, how to do greeting to Shinto deity, photo manners, as well as explanation of things you see and can buy/try at Shinto shrines.

Basic manners when visiting Buddhist temples β€” definition and philosophy of Buddhism in Japan, commonalities between Shinto and Buddhism, footwear removal rules at Buddhist temples, what to do at Buddhist temples including incense ritual, what not to do at Buddhist temples.

Basic manners at Japanese traditional accommodation Ryokan β€” what to expect, difference from western hotels, footwear removal rules in Ryokans, tokonoma rules, things you have to know about yukata (cotton kimono you wear at ryokans), and how to take Japanese bath.