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Minding your P's and Q's just got easier with these Howcast videos about how to have good manners.
You Will Need
- Bowing know-how
- Dining rules
- Business decorum
Know how and when to bow
Know how and when to bow: A slight dip of the neck and shoulders is sufficient for a casual hello to friends; a 30-degree bow from the waist is standard upon meeting a business associate or being introduced to someone; a 45-degree bent-over bow is only used if you're meeting someone important, showing gratitude, or apologizing.
Observe dining etiquette
Observe dining etiquette. Eat nigiri sushi with your fingers and sashimi with chopsticks. Cleanse your palate between bites with ginger; don't use it as a topping. For soup, use your chopsticks to pick out the solid food and then drink the liquid directly from the bowl. Feel free to slurp noodle soup -- loudly. Tipping is not only unnecessary, but insulting.
Follow chopstick etiquette
Know chopstick etiquette: In a nice restaurant, don't rub them together to smooth down splinters; it's unnecessary, and sends the signal that you think the restaurant is a dive. Don't point them at anyone or jab them into your food.
Bring some gifts
Give a modest, impersonal gift to a Japanese business associate; specialties from your hometown are ideal. If you're visiting someone's home, bring something that can be shared, like alcohol or a cake, rather than flowers.
Show respect for business cards
Offer business cards with both hands, information facing the recipient, and take theirs with either your right hand or both. Spend at least 15 seconds reading their card or you'll appear disrespectful.
Follow business meeting etiquette
If you're at a business meeting, always wait to be seated by your host; where you sit is predetermined by your status. If you're served tea or coffee, accept it as is, which may or may not be with milk and sugar. Take a few sips even if you don't want it.
Don't blow your nose; do pick your teeth
Never blow your nose in public, or eat or drink while walking; such behaviors are viewed with disgust. But it's perfectly acceptable to use the toothpicks provided by restaurants to clean your teeth at the table. Sayonara!