The Japanese are a warm and welcoming people whose unique culture can be both frustrating and enlightening in its complexity and contradictions. It can take many years to get a good grasp of the Japanese language and psyche. Even then, some say it’s impossible for a non-Japanese to be fully embraced by this homogenous society as one of their own.
This doesn’t mean that you won’t experience the art of hospitality, consideration for others and respectfulness that is intrinsic to being Japanese. It does mean that the better prepared you are for cultural exchange, the more rewarding your time in this inspiring country will be.
Taking a moment to absorb the points below and becoming mindful of key socio-cultural differences between Japan and wherever you call home, will enrich your experience and help avoid any mutually awkward moments.