Custom of the Week: Japanese Bowing

Japanese Bowing

Bowing is used in Japanese culture for many social circumstances. Most often, it is used as a sign of greeting and gratitude. The further from the waist and the longer the bow is held, the more respect the person is showing. Those of higher status and of greater age typically receive these types of bows. However, Japanese bowing may also express an apology or signs of humility. Typically, something as simple as bumping into someone on the street is followed by a slight bow.


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