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I visited Japan for 9 days during August 2014. I’ve been to Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Mijyama islands.
- Japan can be expensive but not impossible to try budgeting.
- It is one of the safest countries in the world and the most politest people in the world – children even can go around without adult supervision
- There are millions of vending machines around that sell everything, such as beer & sodas, umbrellas, condoms, hotdogs, etc.
- There are many interesting and bizarre places, like maid cafe, robot restaurant, owl cafe, etc.
- Best time to visit: spring (March to May) and autumn (Sept. to November)
- They emphasizes the importance of harmony, politeness, formality / respectfulness, patience and modesty in their culture.
- Their last name is usually addressed than their first name.
- Appearing modest or humble when receiving compliments is appropriate whereas if they accept it too quickly or willingly, it appears conceited.
- When sick, it is expected that one wears a face mask.
- Shoes must be taken off when entering someone’s place, look or ask politely where to put away your shoes
- Generally, instead of shaking hands upon greetings, they give a slight bow. However, a bow will be different depending upon different circumstances like expressing an apology or gratitude (deep bow) or business interactions.
- Japanese Sign Language (JSL)
- Some people perceives being Deaf as having a disease or disability
- There is an anime film called “A Silent Voice” about a Deaf female character
- From the Imperial family of Japan, a Hearing princess named, Kiko or Princess Akishino, became involved in the Deaf Japanese community, learned JSL and became an JSL interpreter.