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November 22nd, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST

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An Introduction to Japanese Manners 

Bring Your Own Bento Lunchtime Films

November 22, 12:00 PM (Doors Open), film starts 12:15 PM

Cost: Free

 NHK International, Documentary in English (20 min. x 2)

Inside and Outside 

In Japanese society, there is a social world of implicit shared understanding, and an outer social world that lacks this element. For example, a person who fails to blend in to a community will be treated as an outsider, but once recognised as an insider, very strong relational bonds are formed. This short film explains the basics about what to do when you move in to a new place and how to greet your new neighbours.

Japanese Vagueness

In many conversational situations, Japanese people have a tendency to accommodate others by not clearly stating their own opinions. They use modest expressions like “It’s a very poor thing, but please accept this” when presenting a gift. This second short film shows the distinction between surface expressions and actual feelings in the workplace, where directness is often avoided for the sake of relationships.

Don’t forget to bring your lunch (bento)!


November 22nd, 2017 @ 12:00 pm
November 22nd, 2017 @ 1:00 pm
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The Japan Foundation, Toronto
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The Japan Foundation, Toronto
2 Bloor St. East, 3rd Floor
Toronto, ON M4W 1A8 Canada
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