Amy’s Guide to Best Behavior in Japan: Do it Right and Be Polite!

No. Pages: 144
Dimensions: Trim 4.5” x 7.0”
Format: Trade Paper
Price: $12.95/ $16.99 CAN
ISBN: 978-1-61172-043-3 (p), 978-1-61172-931-3 (e)


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!
About the author

Amy Chavez has lived in Japan for 25 years, and is proprietor of the Moooo! Bar & Cafe on Shiraishi Island in the Inland Sea, where she helps tourists with reservations, language support, and cultural guidance. She writes about cultural differences between Japan and the West for the Japan Times, Huffpo, and RocketNews24.


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 
"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