In preparation for my visit, I’m learning about the Japanese culture
and a little of the language. Fortunately, many friends and family have been to Japan and have advice for me. Here are just a handful of their interesting tips:
- don’t look people straight in the eye — it’s rude
- change into a different pair of slippers before entering into someone’s bathroom
- carry baby wipes or handkerchief for washing hands in public bathrooms
- have lots of business cards handy and let the other person hand theirs to you first to avoid rudeness
- bow, only slightly, when meeting someone
In anticipation of my trip, I’ve posted some Japanese pictures
of the places I’ll visit. It all looks so beautiful, but believe it or not, what I look forward to the most is meeting the Japanese people
and embracing their culture. My brother-in-law lives there so I’ll be meeting up with him. Also, one of my ELL students will be there during my visit and I plan to see him and his family.
I feel so honored to be chosen for this Japanese adventure. I’m the only one from my entire school district and one of eight participants coming from Metro Detroit
The countdown begins today! Woohoo!