“R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means to me.”
Aretha Franklin’s soulful anthem to deference offers a valuable tip for first-time visitors to Japan. Following the country’s traditional customs—particularly that of bowing—is a way to show, and garner, respect with locals. It also shows that you truly understand, or are trying to, the culture of Japan.
Bowing in Japan
Ojigi, or bowing, is the way Japanese people greet...