Friday, September 11, 2009
Piece Signs and Head Bows.
Here are my notes on research I have been gathering in Japan for the last five days. . .
1. Though counterintuitive, one peace is never enough. If you ever find yourself in a quick fix, (aka a picture of you as ready to be taken) please remember the old adages "one is the loneliest number that you'll ever see" and "say cheese". If you can remember these you will fit in quickly. Two fingers are better than one. More peace is better than one peace. And never forget to ham it up with a cheese-ball grin.
2. When spoken to, repetition and redundancy are your friend. When spoken to, repetition and redundancy are your friend. Take this to the bank. If a Japanese person speaks to you, bow and say hai (pronounced hi). Thats it. Please do not be fooled by the overwhelming speed and strength of their words. Stick to what works. Head bows and "hai's!"
3. Please refer to suggestions one and two.
I will continue to rigorously dissect the Japanese culture and language in an attempt to add a fourth step for you all but until then please stick to the basics.
* i have attached two photos to further prove my point. which one looks more japanese? Betsy was close but forget to give peace a chance.
**while driving in Japan, there is no left or right turn on red. Just stop. It makes for a less interesting story but is much safer in the long run.