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Amy’s Guide to Best Behavior in Japan


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Amy’s Guide to Best Behavior in Japan

Do it Right and Be Polite!

Going to Japan? This unfussy modern guide guarantees you keep it polite and get it right!

This illustrated guide to common courtesy, acceptable behavior, and manners is essential for any visitor to Japan. By knowing how to act in every situation you'll gain the respect of your hosts and in the end get even better service and enjoyment during your travels.

Covered here are all the essentials—like travel, greetings, dining—plus subtle niceties like tone of voice, body language, cell phone usage, city vs. country styles, and attire (and what to do about your tattoos!).

Sections include:

  • 10 Things You Should Never Do in Japan

  • 10 Things You Should Always Do in Japan

  • Greetings

  • When to bow

  • Asking for help

  • Apologizing

  • Money

  • About tattoos and piercings

  • Gift-giving

  • Dating

  • Train etiquette

  • And more!

Foreword Indie Awards Gold Winner in Travel

"You are headed to Japan for the first time and you've heard Japanese are very courteous and that good manners are very important in their country... Chavez covers about every situation where manners are important in Japan, from transportation and accommodation to food and drink consumption to business meetings, dating, weddings, cell phones, etc. It is 140 pages of how to be on your best behavior."

Japan Visitor

"For many American and international fans of anime and manga, visiting Japan is a dream come true. But because Japan has a very unique culture, how can tourists make sure they’re not accidentally saying or doing the wrong things? Amy’s Guide to Best Behavior in Japanis here to help."

OtakuUSA Magazine

"Want to delve into the nitty-gritty of Japanese manners? Amy’s Guide to Best Behavior in Japan: Do it Right and Be Polite! might be the guide for you."


"Both humorous and remains informative for anyone needing a little guidance on avoiding the pitfalls that sometimes await travelers in the land of the rising sun."

Gaijin Pot

"A quick, easy-to-read overview of how to fully enjoy your experience in Japan and best incorporate the complexities of Japanese customs and etiquette into your homestay, study abroad, or quick jaunt to Japan."

JQ Magazine

"A comprehensive overview of Japanese etiquette for visitors to Japan. Topics are well organized and easy-to-read with personal anecdotes and cute illustrations that present very practical ‘do’s and don’ts’ as well as some of their underlying cultural perceptions. I highly recommend Amy’s Guide, not just to avoid making mistakes while in Japan but also to enjoy this intriguing side of its culture and people.”

Cathy Hirano, translator of Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Nahoko Uehashi's The Beast Player

"A long-needed succinct, comprehensive, and easily understood guide to the mores of Japan.”

Paul Christie, CEO, Walk Japan

"A thoroughly 'user friendly' guide for businessmen and vacationers to the common courtesy, acceptable behaviors, and expected manners that are essential for any visitor to Japan. You'll gain the respect of your hosts and in the end get even better service and enjoyment during your travels."

Midwest Book Review

"Sixteen years of writing on the country have honed her take on the subject, and it is in her experience as a writer and an observer that her strengths lie."

Kyoto Journal

"In my 60-plus years of attempting to describe what it means to be Japanese and how to interact effectively with them, I found Amy Chavez's book . . . the most novel, the most fascinating, and one of the most insightful descriptions of the Japanese character”

Boye Lafayette De Mente, author of 30+ pioneer books on Japan

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About the Author(s)

Amy Chavez

Amy Chavez

Lived in Japan for 25 years and writes about cultural differences between Japan and the West for the Japan Times, Huffpo, and RocketNews24.

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