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Culture paper Japan Culture is a condition of confusion and anxiety affecting a person suddenly exposed to an alien culture or milieu There are many different ways to experience culture shock It can be experienced across the world or as near as ones backyard Many Americans would venture that they consider themselves very culturally accepting Often when these same Americans travel abroad they experience culture shock It is not always a negative thing Often to some American coming to Japan and adjusting to life in Japan can be difficult since even the most mundane things could be done differently than they would have been done in the US so here are some basic facts of Japan And remember be patient Home When entering a Japanese home you are expected to remove your shoes before stepping up from the entry area into a Japanese home known as the genkan There in the genkan you must change from outdoor shoes into indoor slippers When entering the genkan you have to remember to step out of your shoes and step into the house proper Then you must turn around kneel or bend down and turn the outdoor shoes around so that they face the door ready to be slipped into again when they leave This custom is also required in many traditional Japanese restaurants all department store dressing rooms temples and a few other businesses On an extra note it is wise to buy clean socks since you will be taking off your shoes when you enter homes or some resteraunts And you dont want to embarrass yourself with dirty socks Food In the US many people carry their lunches in lunchboxes but in Japan people use Bento boxes which are pre-prepared lunches sold in every convenience store in Japan or brought from home Usually a bento box consists of a box divided into several sections containing perhaps noodles rice pickles meat or
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