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Etiquette in Japan

Etiquette in Japan
The code of etiquette in Japan governs the expectations of social behavior in the country and is considered very important. Like many social cultures, etiquette varies greatly depending on one's status relative to the person in question. Many books instruct readers on its minutiae. Bathing[edit] Bathing is an important part of the daily routine in Japan. Baths are for relaxing, and the body must be cleaned and scrubbed before entering the bathtub or furo. In homes with small tubs, each family member bathes one by one, in order of seniority, traditionally starting with the oldest male or the oldest person in the household (grandmother may bathe before the father of the house). Bathtubs are increasingly common in modern Japanese homes, but there are still many small and old apartments in cities that do not have bathtubs, so public bathhouses called sentō are common. 1901 image of a sentō Onsen (温泉) translate into an English word hot spring. Bowing[edit] Bowing (お辞儀, o-jigi?) Bentō[edit] Related:  Advice for Living and Working in JapanBlēņas

How to Create a Line Design: 9 steps (with pictures) Edit Article Edited by Mimi, Krystle, Sondra C, Elyne and 30 others We all know that a line segment, or a line, is straight, right? What if somebody told you that you could make curves entirely out of straight lines? With line design (also known as "string art" and "curve stitching") you can arrange a series of straight lines in a systematic way so that they create the appearance of a smooth curve, forming what is called an "envelope" in mathematics. Ad Steps 1Make an angle. Ad Tips If you would like to arrange the angles in circle, this is a way to make sure the angles are all the same. Warnings Use a straight edge or else it will look sloppy.If you mess up, start all over, because if you don't, one line will be out of proportion.

Find a Job in Japan Article and Photo by Rachel Turner Japan has it all. The country claims one of the largest cities in the world, automated restaurants alongside small rustic villages, and jaw-dropping vistas. It’s clean. It’s safe. It is very rich in culture and art. 1) www.japanenglishteacher.com Let’s face it. 2) www.jetprogramme.org So you have decided to become an English teacher in Japan. 3) metropolis.co.jp; www.kansaiscene.com; www.seekjapan.jp The above websites are grouped together because they are all so similar. 4) www.gaijinpot.com Most gaijin (or foreigners) living in Japan have logged onto Gaijin Pot at one time or another. 5) www.daijob.com Sure, a huge number of jobs in Japan are teaching jobs. 6) www.jobsinjapan.com This website is the self-proclaimed “mother lode of Japan job info.” 7) www.tokyoconnections.com Tokyo Connections acts as a one-stop shop for other Japanese job sites. 8) www.jawhm.or.jp Not ready for a permanent relocation?

Three Sisters (agriculture) Three Sisters as featured on the reverse of the 2009 Native American U.S. dollar coin In one technique known as companion planting, the three crops are planted close together. Flat-topped mounds of soil are built for each cluster of crops.[1] Each mound is about 30 cm (12 in) high and 50 cm (20 in) wide, and several maize seeds are planted close together in the center of each mound. In parts of the Atlantic Northeast, rotten fish or eels are buried in the mound with the maize seeds, to act as additional fertilizer where the soil is poor.[2] When the maize is 15 cm (6 inches) tall, beans and squash are planted around the maize, alternating between the two kinds of seeds. The process to develop this agricultural knowledge took place over 5,000–6,500 years. Native Americans throughout North America are known for growing variations of Three Sisters gardens. The Three Sisters planting method is featured on the reverse of the 2009 US Sacagawea Native American dollar coin.[9]

Kraken Kraken (/ˈkreɪkən/ or /ˈkrɑːkən/)[1] is a legendary sea monster of giant proportions that is said to dwell off the coasts of Norway and Greenland. The legend may have originated from sightings of giant squid that are estimated to grow to 13–15 m (40–50 ft) in length, including the tentacles.[2][3] The sheer size and fearsome appearance attributed to the kraken have made it a common ocean-dwelling monster in various fictional works. History[edit] In the late 14th century version of the Old Icelandic saga Örvar-Oddr is an inserted episode of a journey bound for Helluland (Baffin Island) which takes the protagonists through the Greenland Sea, and here they spot two massive sea-monsters called Hafgufa ("sea mist") and Lyngbakr ("heather-back").[4][5] The hafgufa is believed to be a reference to the kraken: There is a fish that is still unmentioned, which it is scarcely advisable to speak about on account of its size, because it will seem to most people incredible. ... Etymology[edit] Notes

How to find a job in Japan? | Guides and How to's | Resources about travels and life in Japan Before we start, I would like to quickly talk about work visas. Holding a valid work visa when applying for a job is definitely a huge plus and it is often a requirement for getting part-time jobs (arubaito; アルバイト) like teaching. however, for the right kind of person, companies will be more than happy to sponsor you for a work visa. It can be very quick and relatively simple. Part 1 - Some tips for a successful job search in Japan Now there are a few rules to know when looking for a job in Japan and the next section contains the ones I have figured out during my job search. Tip number 1 - Fine tune your Curriculum Vitae (履歴書, rirekisho) for the Japanese market Like everywhere, having a good curriculum vitae is really important as it is the very first thing that the employer will look at. Tip number 2 - Location, location, location... Regardless of which method you use for conducting your work search in Japan, I would strongly advise you to actually go there to perform your prospecting.

Pareto principle The Pareto Principle asserts that only a "vital few" peapods produce the majority of peas. The Pareto principle (also known as the 80/20 rule, the law of the vital few, or the principle of factor sparsity)[1][2] states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.[3] Management consultant Joseph M. Juran suggested the principle and named it after Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, who noted the 80/20 connection while at the University of Lausanne in 1896, as published in his first work, Cours d'économie politique. Essentially, Pareto showed that approximately 80% of the land in Italy was owned by 20% of the population. It is an axiom of business management that "80% of sales come from 20% of clients".[4] Richard Koch authored the book, The 80/20 Principle, which illustrated some practical applications of the Pareto principle in business management and life.[5] The Pareto principle is only tangentially related to Pareto efficiency. In economics[edit]

ESPN.com - The history and mystery of the high five By Jon MooallemESPN The Magazine This story appeared in ESPN The Magazine's August 8, 2011, issue. Subscribe today! WHEN I FIRST PHONED Lamont Sleets this spring, I knew only the following: He is a middle-aged man living in the small town of Eminence, Ky.; he played college basketball for Murray State University between 1979 and 1984; and he reportedly created one of the most contagious, transcendently ecstatic gestures in sports -- and maybe, for that matter, American life. I was calling Sleets because I wanted to talk to the man who invented the high five. The low five had been a fixture of African-American culture since at least World War II. When he answered my phone call, Sleets sounded tired. "He was kind of a private person" was all his Murray State coach, Ron Greene, could tell me. "You know," Harrell-Edge said, "you are actually the first person to ask us that." It was all a hoax, a publicity stunt. Burke then stepped up and launched his first major league home run.

Teaching English in Japan Honest and Practical Information Article and photos by Andrew “Maps” Curtis 11/2009 At the end of the day it came down to one fundamental question, did I or did I not wish to teach English in Japan? Ever since the idea first popped into my mind, the thought of moving, living, and teaching English in Japan became ever-more-seductive. Fortunately, there is much useful information out there to help anyone with any and all aspects involved in a journey of this kind. There also exists some outdated advice given the ever-changing economic environment, as well as some very cautious and almost tedious advice. So here is the latest information—as of July 2009—that is practical, honest, and attempts to help you read between the lines. What to Do First Just come here: Fortune favors the brave. The key: When applying for work, just say you are already on your way to Japan and start emailing for jobs two weeks or so before you arrive (I did so while backpacking in Laos). Timing is Everything Visas

Can you find the hidden animals in these 20 wildlife photos? As a wildlife photographer, Art Wolfe of course takes pictures of animals. But not just any pictures. He finds and captures scenes that include animals so at home in their environment that you can hardly tell they’re there… Giraffe Wolf Willow Ptarmigan Caiman Great Horned Owl American Pika Blue-crowned Parrot Horned Adder Leopard Gyrfalcon California Ground Squirrel Spotted Deer Impala Cheetah Common Snipe Wandering Tattler Nighthawk Coyote Klipspringers Blue Dacnis Related… (via The Daily Mail)

How to Create a Gantt Chart Using Microsoft Excel A Gantt chart is a popular project management bar chart that tracks tasks across time. When first developed in 1917, the Gantt chart did not show the relationships between tasks. This has become common in current use, as both time and interdependencies between tasks are tracked. Since their first introduction, Gantt charts have become an industry standard. They are an important project management tool used for showing the phases, tasks, milestones and resources needed as part of a project. This video presentation is a step-by-step guide to creating a Gantt chart using Microsoft Excel 2007. Project Planning A Step by Step Guide The key to a successful project is in the planning. How to Plan and Schedule More Complex Projects How to create a Gantt chart step-by-step. 17 "Must Ask" Questions for Planning Successful Projects Why do some projects proceed without a hitch, yet others flounder? Belbin's Team Roles Roles:

unrelenting dreamer sending notes from Japan, Alternatives to the JET Program Why did men stop wearing high heels? For generations they have signified femininity and glamour - but a pair of high heels was once an essential accessory for men. Beautiful, provocative, sexy - high heels may be all these things and more, but even their most ardent fans wouldn't claim they were practical. They're no good for hiking or driving. And high heels don't tend to be very comfortable. Originally, they weren't. "The high heel was worn for centuries throughout the near east as a form of riding footwear," says Elizabeth Semmelhack of the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto. Good horsemanship was essential to the fighting styles of Persia - the historical name for modern-day Iran. "When the soldier stood up in his stirrups, the heel helped him to secure his stance so that he could shoot his bow and arrow more effectively," says Semmelhack. At the end of the 16th Century, Persia's Shah Abbas I had the largest cavalry in the world. A wave of interest in all things Persian passed through Western Europe.

Eucalyptus Aromas: A Mystery - Wines & Vines - Wine Industry Feature Articles (Editor’s note: This article is reprinted with permission from the Wine & Viticulture Journal of Australia and New Zealand, where it appeared in the July/August 2012 issue.) As an investigative story, the hunt for what causes eucalyptus character—and the origin of its aroma compound 1,8-cineole—in wine has the makings of a classic whodunit. The search for the culprit or ally, depending on your preference for or against eucalyptus characters, has thrown up false leads and an unexpected ending. Studying the origin of 1,8-cineole, the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) found that the location and leaves of eucalyptus trees play a direct role in the concentration of 1,8-cineole and occurrence of the “eucalypt,” “fresh” or “minty” characters in wine. Native to Australia, eucalyptus trees have been planted throughout the world, with large populations of the species now growing in California as well as China, India and Brazil—they live on every continent apart from Antarctica.

Study Abroad in Japan: At Home in Japan: What No One Tells You | American Association of Teachers of Japanese Tutorial from the National East Asian Lanaguages Resource Center at The Ohio State University At Home in Japan: What No One Tells Youis an essential resource for teachers and students of cross-cultural communication and Japanese culture, especially those contemplating studying or living abroad. For a limited time it is available at this URL, free of charge. This web-based tutorial gives a basic orientation to Japanese culture and society by allowing you to participate in the trial-and-error learning process of newcomers to Japan. At Home in Japan: What No One Tells You presents a series of interactive modules that allow the learner to be a fly-on-the-wall, while others struggle to survive and thrive in extended homestays with Japanese families. Produced and developed by Dr. Please forward this notice or URL to anyone you know who might be interested in the tutorial.

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