Ojigi: Learning to bow & Japanese Etiquette Links

5e7e1526bd18df23793c1d12288594a1 The “art of bowing” is an integral part of the Japanese society and even though it might look like it, it is not easy to accomplish. Here are some tips:

In social contexts

1. Lowest bowing: to apologize, for inquiry, for help, or for gratitude

2. Lower bowing: the first time you meet someone and to exchange business cards (meishi), also for celebration

3. Low bowing: for greeting (however, it is different depending on whom you greet)

Greeting on a street (in a hierarchical status)

1. Stop with a slight bow: To those who have the highest social status or those who are seniors in a social group

2. Move with a slight bow: To those who have slightly higher social status or those who are a little older than you

3. Waving your hand: To your colleagues, subordinates, or friends


For further reading on etiquette and ethics in Japan, I recommend the following links:

  1. Venture Japan
  2. Culture Japan (Danny Choo)
  3. Greetings
  4. Japan Talk
  5. Tofugu
  6. Asian Business Codewords 

*References: JTB Publishing Inc. (2006). (11th ed.). Illustrated ‘salaryman’ in Japan.Tokyo: JTB Publishing Inc. & Edwin R. (1993) via odatomoko
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