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Etiquette- Quotes about Japanese manners and politeness (gift giving etc.)

“The Loyal Forty Seven Ronin…gets its impetus not from an attempted murder but from a failure to observe proper etiquette” Donald Ritchie

“.. the closeness of the relationship (is) determined by kinship, physical proximity, common membership…, personal friendship…, and the past history of gift transactions between the two households” Just some of the things to take into account when giving gifts or making visits in a small Japanese village- Ronald P Dore

“If you hear voices raised in apparent altercation in the daytime in Shinohata (before anyone has had time to get drunk, that is) it is as likely as not to be over the acceptance or non-acceptance of a gift” Yet again, the Japanese outdo even the English for unnecessary politeness. Ronald P Dore

(The basic criticism of Japanese manners seems to be that) “Japanese courtesy is useless because they would be terribly rude if only they were not so polite” George Mikes

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