SBP Blog

Amy Chavez starts "Politeness Marathon," tips on Japanese etiquette

Michael Palmer - Monday, August 05, 2019

Interested in diving deeper into the intricacies of Japanese culture? Amy Chavez, author of Amy's Guide to Best Behavior in Japan is beginning a "Politeness Marathon" over on her facebook page. The series will dive deeper into the culture of Japanese manners.

She's already on day 5 of her marathon so check out the back log of tips here:

Day one of her marathon started with the importance of gift giving:

"Welcome to Day 1 of the Politeness Marathon, where we look deeper into the culture of Japanese manners. This morning at 9:06, the first polite gesture has already happened to me. Last night my husband and I held a BBQ and invited neighbors, all who brought some kind of food with them (even though we told them not to). This morning, one of the neighbors came by and gave me three bell peppers from her garden. She didn't mention the BBQ but I knew it was a thank you gift for our efforts last night. Small thank you gifts are part of every-day Japanese manners."

Get a copy of Amy's book with illustrations by Jun Hazuki here:

Like our blog? Please share it!


Subscribe to the SBP Mailing List

New Releases

Amy’s Guide to Best Behavior in Japan

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

China Smart

Essential essays on all things Chinese that inform and entertain travelers, students, and anyone working or living in China

Oh, Tama!

A deeply eccentric novel about lives and connections—and a cat of course—in 1980s Tokyo: witty, offbeat, and strangely profound.

The Fourth String

Two women. Two cultures. One music.

Tag Cloud

ancient symbol hippocampus magazine travel literature nazi dark horse kyoto religion buddhist priest expat tracy franz shaimsen japanese culture PEN AWARD koto matcha book award the silver spoon donald richie koun alan brill understandind china through comics leonard koren chinese death Basho's Narrow Road journal of a zen monk zazen china vacation UCLA mark gibeau center of east asian studies japanese travel bowing in japan learning in japan Chinese culture astro boy world literature today non-fiction japan travel guide the asian review of books writing what do in japan japan today diy mfa nara journal of a zen monks wife in japan manji buddhist symbols frederik schodt author book reviews book publicity japan restaurant Japanese literature ritual the fourth string osamu dazai the lion king japan trip student teacher japanese to english new release 47 samurai Interview wife Children's Literature osamu tezuka rachel manley bushido foreword indies award announcement diary behavior will eisner book talk buddhism fred schodt buddhist swastika comics memoir film japan memoir a shameful life Spirituality 2020 Olympics stone bridge cafe Art/Design controversy gaijin japanese people washington dc the inland sea traditional japanese instrumenet why we write podcast manga biography amys guide to best behavior in japan japan travel etiquette Chiune Sugihara award Korea photography World War Two osaka Alexandra Johnson shun medoruma damian flanagan podcast WWII literary review foreigner in japan awards asia blurb chapters classic japanese literature chinese literature t.k. nakagaki hitlers cross verticle Basho asian review of books kyoto journal Coming of Age Day mieko kanai hooked cross japanese classic in the woods of memory book hoarding gratitude in japan Japanese holidays reviews Children's Books tea garden how to Ukiyo-e the buddhist swastika university of chicago how to order in japan japan vacation japan visitor polite forewrod reviews indies nova scotia chinese comics buddhist american shamisen lucille cara huffington post 47 ronin china guide eastern and western philosophy author talk journal black jack japan guide suicide ningen shikkaku namethetranslator manners a memoir History china where igo 1960s Korea dirt and water china history shamisen performance japanese instrument wanderlust best behavior in japan poetry of consciousness bookstore suehiro maruo china book memior japanese bath japanese translation zen ibpa publishing university japanese craft Year of the Dog do it right and be polite author signing kinokuniya event illustration kansuke naka journal of a zen monk's wife journal' monks wife Anime/Manga/Comics miswest book review kris kosaka japan book japanese books in english traditional japanese instrument danica davidson japan culture green tea the japan times books living in japan Tokyo Olympics tricycle magazine jared cook forty seven samurai Chinese Astrology monk japan food frank beyer china smart jing liu japan behavior foreword indies japan custom yukio mishima donald keene event welton gaddy performance foreword reviews state of belief Japanese aesthetics travel etiquette pacific rim review of books book review traditional japanese music interfaith China Spring Festival paul mccarthy forty seven ronin tokyo 4k sensei william f sibley gaijin pot otakuusa Chinese history benjamin franklin award rebecca otowa trip haibun no longer human huffpost Asian Studies gaijinpot book AAS classic kyodo news shamisen michael emmerich hiroaki sato new books catcher in the rye holocaust Translation stone bridge press Korea book signing finalist fantasy literature book reading hate larry herzberg the japan society tomoko aoyama china travel graphic novels the fourth string a memoir of sensei and me tourist japanese manners monk wife janet pocorbba japanese instruments holden caufield Okinawan literature traditional tk nakagaki comic history travel manners benjamin franklin awards Christianity japan travel jungle emperor tea pottery dazai publishing Culture 2019 memoir writing japan ravel haiku japan book review zen monk in japan manga evil translators new york events etiquette jun hazuki astrology japanese customs zen monks wife' lesley university internment IBPA Christianity in Japan year of zen expat in japan memoir, tracy franz, zen monk, buddhist book blurb purification summer vacation my year of dirt and water Shoah janet pocrobba takuma sminkey World War II japanese etiquette kimba the white lion amys guide to bes tbehavior in japan ancient symbols the millions travel Japan eating in japan new york Japanese art Travel japanese publicity author event japanese drunk monks wife a memoir of sensei and me Language travel to japan VIZ giajin china What You Don’t Know, What You Need to Know— A Past & Present Guide to History, Culture, Society, Language drinking in japan disney zen monk simba the hidden writer lions roar japan books min kahng learning shamisen hitler 1960's Japan japanese cutlure alan moore sensei and me japan manners osamau tezuka criterion author tour Japan peace literary prize literature zen monk wife japanese music a mejiro novel four immigrants Nikolas Bunton amy chavez guide swastika Chinese New Year brad hawley ex pat literature japanese books diymfa oh tama gallery awa anime henry kiyama photography musical book tour juddhism Second World War nichi bei weekly, naomi hirarahara visitor japanese book review Olympics janet pocorobba walt disney The Colorado Review politics and prose how to travel in japan international book award japan etiquette seppuku Poetry