Eating Before eating a meal, the Japanese put their hands together and use the term "Itadakimasu" (I humbly receive).
After the meal, it is polite to say "Gochiso sama deshita" (thank you for the meal).
Many Japanese people use the head-nod in more casual everyday situations.
There are several forms of bowing, such as the 45-degree 15-degree bow is semi-formal and used for greetings when meeting people for the first time.
As the customer, you will not be expected to bow back as you could be facing a long bow-off as the staff will feel it necessary to bow back to you.
You may prefer to adopt the casual head-nod version of the bow as a sign of acknowledgement when thanked for your purchase at the end of your shopping experience.
As a visitor to Japan, you may not find yourself entering too many private homes but you will probably find yourself in a traditional (entrance hall), which will most often be on a slightly different level to the rest of the floor.It is extremely common for guests to take their shoes off before entering a home.A shoe rack on the porch or footwear left outside a doorway of a residence indicate that shoes should be removed.You may have more use for this bow during your time in Japan, but you will not be expected to use it and Japanese these days are more than familiar with shaking hands.mat floors and footwear worn outside would spread dirt across their living area.