If you’re going to travel abroad, it is probably a good idea to research the cultural differences between your own country and the country you wish to travel to. Seeing that Americans tend to assume the rest of the world changes to fulfill their needs, they can sometimes draw a lot of attention. Anyway, that is not my focus. My point is to discuss some basic cultural differences, tangible and intangible.
Prior to flying to Japan I read various books and took classes that prepared me for the differences between America and Japan(preparing to limit culture shock). The two countries are quite similar from the exterior, but when you peel back a few layers the two can be polar opposites.
For example, shoes are removed before you enter a persons house. However, this is not only restricted to houses. Schools, restaurants, and other public places require you to remove your…
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