Japanese Meeting Etiquette
Greetings in Japan are very formal and ritualized.
. It is important to show the correct amount of respect
and deference to someone based upon their status relative
to your own.
. If at all possible, wait to be introduced.
. It can be seen as impolite to introduce you, even in a
. While foreigners are expected to shake hands, the traditional
form of greeting is the bow. How far you bow depends upon
your relationship to the other person as well as the situation.
The deeper you bow, the more respect you show.
. A foreign visitor ('gaijin') may bow the head slightly,
since no one expects foreigners to generally understand
the subtle nuances of bowing.