Japan is also a very appreciative and cultured country. Japan has a large, state-of-the-art library in virtually every major city
The Japanese, who place high value on education, attend one of over 60 national universities or the countless other private institutions there. The Japanese also are lovers of all types of sports. Baseball, soccer, volleyball, tennis, and skiing are all secular favorites
Japan is a wondrous country filled with a rich cultural heritage and many customs that are different from those in the western world. The customs in Japan have created many do's and don'ts that make travel to Japan very interesting. Many Americans have been guilty of cultural ignorance when in Japan..in Japan the religions of Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, and Shinto exist. The Japanese have incorporated shrines into their homes enabling them to worship on their own time and own terms. The Japanese visit ancestral gravesites ritually and have a custom of honoring their dead. In fact each year in August the Japanese take time off for paying homage to there dead. " People flock to the cemeteries to visit ancestral graves, praying and sometimes even asking for guidance in their lives.One of the social customs in Japan is drinking sake during the winter. This legendary alcoholic beverage is made from rice. Sake represents the glory of winter and the traditions of Japan. Another traditional drink ofJapan is hot tea which is customary year around unsweetened and without milk. Anyone visiting a Japanese or Hibachi restaurant will be served tea automatically, however there is no need to worry about the tip as for hotels and restaurants already add a 10 -15 % service charge to the bill.
Other social customs in Japan include seating for meals on the floor and enjoying many cultural delights, one being raw fish "sushi”. It is customary to remove your shoes when entering a building, to bow upon greeting, to respect your elders, and to give...