Manners/ Respect

Korea/ Japan

Manners/ Respect

Lily Lagunes, Writer

When entering a Korean home you must take off your shoes before entering the house. This shows both manners and respect to the person’s house. When calling someone never use one finger and your palm facing upwards. This is how Korean people use to call their dogs. When calling someone over you have your palm facing downwards and two or one fingers. Never write someone’s name in red ink because they believe if you write someone’s name in red ink your wishing death on them. Never stick your chopsticks into your rice. If there are any elderly people there you wait after they take their first bite and then you can start eating, this shows the respect you have for elderly people. Before eating you say “jal meokkesseumnida” in English this means “I will eat well”. when you’re done eating you say “jal meogeosseumnida”. This means “ I ate well” When revising something or shaking someone’s hand you do it with both of your arms. How you correctly do it is by placing the left hand on the right wrist as support and slightly bowing the head for a more polite gesture. In buses never sit in the seat where there are symbols indicating pregnant women, elderly people, disabled people.

Manners in Japan are quite similar to manners in Korea. When eating you say “itadakimasu” this translates to “I humbly receive”. After you’re done eating you say “gochisousama.” which translate to “Thank you for the meal, it was a feast.” when eating a common dish you don’t eat it directly you eat it in a separate bowl. Something similar to Korean manners is to shake with two hands but for bowing it isn’t necessary unless you are familiar with the custom. When playing with chopsticks it’s very disrespectful just like playing with your forks or spoons. When pointing in Japan you point with your hand open. It is also very disrespectful  to walk and eat as well as drink and eat. When you have a backpack in the train hold your bag in front this shows your manners. Blowing your nose in public is considered rude. When blowing your nose do it in the bathroom. Sniffing is generally ok. There are such things as lazy bows, if the bow is less than 45 degrees it is a lazy bow. Tipping in restaurants or anywhere in Japan can be considered insulting or confusing. When on the train and in a cafe, loud conversations with your mobile phone it’s considered disrespectful. People in trains or in cafes try to be as quiet as they can when they are answering the phone.

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