Culture Shock! Japan: A Guide to Customs and Etiquette
Whap! That’s the sound as you slap your forehead and exclaim, “My goodness – I’m really in Japan!” I did it when I first got to Japan years ago and, you know, I still do it from time to time. There are so many things about Japan that are completely at odds with whatever you’ve experienced in your home country, such as dinner entrees that are still moving and company meetings that aren’t. Even now I sometimes still get that funny feeling that something is culturally amiss, something I just can’t put my finger on. That feeling is culture shock, of course.
– From the Introduction to CULTURE SHOCK! Japan Part of what makes Japan such a vibrant and exciting country is how vastly different it is from the Western world. But those differences can lead to frustration and sometimes depression. If you are a traveller visiting Japan or a foreign worker, having CULTURE SHOCK! Japan in your pocket is like having a good friend to guide you each and every step of the way. From socia