Dreamscapes Travel & Lifestyle Magazine
THE JAPANESE WAY
If you visit Japan, it might be wise to remember some of Keiko’s words of advice.
• Mute your devices and never use cell phones on public transportation; it’s considered disrespectful to fellow passengers.
• Due to the terrorist attack in 2011, few, if any, trash bins are found in public spaces so keep that in mind. Citizens are taught from a very early age to clean up after themselves and visitors are expected to follow suit. • Accept and present items with both hands and a bow. One hand is considered rude.
• At traditional Japanese-style hotels, companies or museums, staff may bow and wave until you are out of sight. It is customary to imitate this custom as well.
• Sayonara (goodbye) is too sad; use matane (see you soon) instead. • Appreciate everything.