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Posted 8/25/08 , edited 8/26/08
These are some important stuff that you need to know.

Forms of Address
To address someone formally, use the family name, to which the word -san is appended. In Japanese, no distinction is made between men and women. If your last name is Roberts, for example, you are addressed as Roberts-san, whether you are Mr. or Mrs. Roberts.
Never add -san to your own name or to that of someone who is accompanying you, however, since this sign of respect is shown only to the person being addressed.
With japanese names--on business cards, for example--keep in mind that the order of the names is reversd: the family name appears first, and then the given name, etc
If you speak to someone out in public--for example, to ask for directions--preface your question with Sumimamsen, ga...(excuse me, ...) and say thank you: Arigatougozaimasu.


Greetings--Aisatsu
In Japan, people greet each other by bowing. The deeper the bow, the greater the respect being shown to the other person.
The western custom of shaking hands is not common practice in Japan. Hugging or kissing in public would be totally improper. Such things are restricted to the private sphere.
In the morining, until about 10 o'clock, people greet each other with Ohayoogoaimasu--Good morning!--and after that time, until about 5 P.M., they say Konnichi wa--Good day!
Later in the day, until about 9 P.M., they say Konban wa--Good evening! Oyasumi nasai is the equivalent of Good night!


Home Visit Program
The Home Visit Program offers an opportunity to spend a few hours visiting in a private home and talking with the family members. The Japanese welcome contact with foreigners. It is a way to cultivate international contacts, and you will have a chance to immerse yourself in an authentically Japanese setting for a few hours.
Both the placement services and the invitation are on a voluntary basis.
This Home Visit Program is offered in the following cities: Narita, Yokohama, Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka, Otsu, Kobe, Kurashiki, Okayama, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Kumamoto, and Miyazaki.
The respective addresses can be obtained either from the tic in Tokyo or from the information centers in each city. In some cities, you need to sign up in person at the office counter at least one day before the home visit. Further requirements should be verified in advance.


I'll post some more tommorow..bye bye
Posted 10/30/08
Arigatou for the info^^
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NekoOokami wrote:

Arigatou for the info^^


ur welcome ^_^
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