bowing (ojigi)

4 Hard-to-Break Habits You Might Pick Up in Japan

I’ve lived in Japan for about 3 years. During returns home to the United States, I always find myself doing or wanting to do certain things that, while commonplace in Japan, just aren’t done where I’m from. I usually catch myself in time, but they have led to some rather humorous (and awkward) moments. The…

Myth or Fact? The Truth about Life in Japan

Even if you’ve never visited Japan, you’ve probably got a pretty good idea of what you think it will be like. Modern stereotypes as seen in the media, in films and in books help shape this idea of what Japan is like. But how correct is the idea that you hold in your head? After…

Genki Gaijin’s Top 7 Things to Hate about Japan

1. Bowing jp.fotolia.com/ You’ll hate it to begin with, but actually, you’ll end up loving it. To start with, I just couldn’t get used to all the ceremonious bowing – you find yourself bobbing up and down every time someone enters a room, or leaves a room, or does something in a room. It’s endless.…

Ojigi: The Japanese art of Bowing

Ojigi (お辞儀), the Japanese way of greeting, is an essential part of Japanese culture. It is a sign of respect given by the person bowing to the person bowed before. It is also common when showing gratitude or apologizing. Sometimes Ojigi also can be seen when an employee receives a call from his boss (his…