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Which Japanese customs and rules of etiquette do foreigners find strange?

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Go to the following links:

http://www.japantoday.com/category/lifestyle/view/some-japanese-customs-that-may-confuse-foreigners

http://www.japantoday.com/category/lifestyle/view/what-do-foreigners-find-strange-about-japan-ntv-finds-out

and/or download the following PDF files:

Some Japanese customs that may confuse foreigners ‹ Japan Today_ Japan News and Discussion

What do foreigners find strange about Japan

Read the original article and as many of the comments that follow as you have time for.

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Questions

Which responses were surprising to you?

Why do you think some foreigners responded as they did?

What other customs or rules of etiquette do you think foreigners would find odd about Japan?

Which Japanese rules of etiquette do you think are superior to those of other countries? Why?

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Comment

In the comment section below this homework post, write down your reactions to the two articles using the above questions as a guide (but feel free to express anything you wish as well in this connection). Minimum — 150 words.

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For Next Class

Write down a list of ten foreign customs or rules of etiquette that you find odd. Bring with you to class for discussion.

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MGU Contrasting Cultures – Spring 2019 Syllabus PDF File

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MGU Contrasting Cultures –  Fall 2019 Syllabus PDF File

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This course will look at cultural differences between America and Japan. Looking just beneath the surface of these cultures reveals significant differences in areas such as governance, religion, legal systems, ethics, and family relationships. By contrasting the two cultures, students will learn more about their own culture by stepping outside and looking in. The primary focus of the course will be on cultural content, with various linguistic skills taught to improve meaningful communication. Students enrolled in the course will be engaged in a wide variety of activities covering the four language skill areas — listening, reading, speaking, and writing. Specific activities will include video and film viewing and analysis, intensive reading, in-class debates and presentations, and expository writing, Through the class website, students will be assigned background reading and research activities to increase their knowledge and confidence about the topics and to provide a solid basis for class work. The website will also be used for students’ comments and opinions about the topic and to provide a means of ongoing communication between the students and teacher.

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