Turning Japanese!

Trip Start Apr 19, 2013
Trip End May 03, 2013

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Well we are packed again and ready to start the next and final adventure of our "gap year for oldies".
We will be flying out of Heathrow (T5) with BA on Friday and landing in Tokyo at 9am (local time) on Saturday 20th April.
I am running a marketing training session for an international audience of Public Transport Managers for the first three days.
After that it is tourist time in Tokyo, Hakone (near to Mount Fuji) and Kyoto. We hope to do some day trips out of Kyoto to visit places like Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
This time we will be travelling exclusively by train and so we can take a bit more luggage!
I have been sent a "Good Manners in Japan" etiquette guide from the training organisers. The three things that stand out for me are:-
1. Blowing your nose in public is rude - I just hope that my allergies to pollen aren't my downfall - apparently sniffing is ok?
2. Never stick your chopsticks in your rice and leave them there - apparently you can do this at a funeral? Also you can slurp as much as you like!
3. The best way to greet is to bow - never kiss!! - apparently handshakes are just about OK so I think rather than risk a nasty head-butt that will be my default greeting!
Anyhow hope you enjoy this blog.
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rhiannon hatcher on

13th April ? landing ? sunshine has passed xx

pah140 on

Thanks Mum - got my dates all confused!

David on

And I just read this about Japan:

There is no tipping in any situation in Japan – cabs, restaurants, personal care. To tip someone is actually a little insulting; the services you’ve asked for are covered by the price given, so why pay more?

A very fine principle which I adopted many years ago. Nobody tips me when I produce an exceptionally fine website, although that only happens rarely.

Have a luverly time out there you guys. DH xx

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