What about President Obama Bowing to the Japanese Emperor?

I have heard many pundits talk about the bow that President Obama made when he met Emperor Akihito and that it was too low and not reciprocated by the Emperor.   I have seen the photo of the greeting and it seems that President Obama was taught a general truth about greeting the Japanese but didn’t […]

Spa Etiquette in Japan

Private, open-air spa at the Hakone Suishoen hotel. (Takehiko Kambayashi) Japan: Cultural shifts in spa etiquette By Takehiko Kambayashi | Christian Science Monitor Correspondent 08.28.09 HAKONE, JAPAN – Dipping in a hot spring is a Japanese obsession. In summer, many people head for a spa resort like this mountain town, 50 miles southwest of Tokyo, […]