Japanese greetings culture - Part 1

Each country's culture differs in character from greetings and communication. Therefore, visitors who are planning to travel to Japan always wonder how often Japanese people greet each other. The article on the topic of “Culture greetings while traveling to Japan” below will help you to troubleshoot that anxiety.


Greetings in communication are always of paramount importance not only in Japan but also in every other country, as it demonstrates the personality of each person in everyday life. Especially for the Japanese, the way of greeting is always very important not only it records the impression in the heart of the opposite, but also represents a cultural beauty of the land here.


For visitors who have ever landed in this land tourism, or learn the cultural information here will no stranger to these ways of greeting. When the Japanese used to say goodbye or express their gratitude to others, they often acted with dignity.


Japanese greetings culture

Japanese greetings culture


Previously, the Japanese often expressed this by sitting down and bowing their heads, but due to the new advances plus the demand for busy work, the living environment was strange, they often expressed this when standing. This representation is quite common among middle-aged adults, young people and children now, only a handful of older people in the older generation still keeping their heads down. For travelers who traveling to Japan also need to know about their greeting ceremony to facilitate their travel more.


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However, greetings also need to be based on certain rules, based on social relationships to fit the context. There are three main ways of greeting that travelers to Japan need to know:


The first greetings: the daily greetings when meeting the others outside the street, can be familiar or strangers. This greeting is very popular and used by visitors here, greeters should stand and slightly bend about 15 degrees. Peoples who are the same age as friends, strangers will fit this type of greeting.


The ceremony of bowing in Japan is a long-standing culture that is preserved and respected.

The ceremony of bowing in Japan is a long-standing culture that is preserved and respected.


The second greeting is more formal than the first, bending about 30 degrees. This greeting is usually made by the young people for older people show respect and love.


The third greeting was when thankful or grateful to someone for something, thankfulness expressed his affection and gratitude when bending about 45 degrees.


After finishing the greeting, the Japanese exchanged business cards. The way to give business cards is very important, the card issuer will automatically forward the business card to the recipient of the card (giving the card the recipient can read the card from the right). Giving a business card is to rotate the card in two 90-degree rings and then give it to the recipient from the main face of the business card. The special thing is they do not shake hands.


The act of bowing in Japanese is called Ojigi.

The act of bowing in Japanese is called Ojigi.


Posture when bowing:


The standard posture of bowing is that the legs, the back and the head must be straight, the hands should be close to the hips, then they should bow and still keep the legs, back and head straight.


When you salute: When you salute, two hands to the front and placed in front of the hand to face, facing each other and about 20 cm apart. When bowing, bend down and let the head 10-15 cm above the floor.