When in doubt, always ask someone, preferably older than you, for suggestions. Most Japanese use the family name followed by san (Mr./Miss/Mrs.), sensei (literally, “teacher,” but used in addressing not only professors but also physicians, dentists, politicians), or the title of the person being addressed (e.g., Tanaka Kyoju / Professor Tanaka, Tanaka Bucho / Director Tanaka, Tanaka Gakucho / President Tanaka).
Invitations are extended either in person, by telephone or on printed invitations for formal receptions or dinners and all should be taken seriously.Bud Patterson, Vice President of A Foreign Affair and author of Foreign Bride 101: A How-to For Nice Guys, has proudly hosted Monday night conference calls each week for the past 10 years!Bud's insight, experience, and desire to help will truly open your eyes to the opportunities waiting for you in the world of international dating.Service FAQ's Letter Writing Tips Some Good Advice Service Testimonials Tour Testimonials Interview Electronic Translators Auto Updates Customer Service Survey Can't make a Romance Tour? We offer the safest, all-inclusive Individual Tours, to more locations, including Russia, China, Philippines, and Latin America, than any other company in the world!Our invitation only Russian Socials, Latin Socials, China Socials and Philippine Socials boast the largest Foreign women-to-men ratios in the industry, and are regarded by Foreign women as the best and most tastefully done.Red is the color traditionally worn by Indian brides and black is the color worn during mourning.When choosing a wedding gift for an Indian couple, household items are always an appreciated gift.If invited to a meal, it is likely that it will be at a restaurant rather than at someone’s home.It is polite to arrive on time, to take a small token of your appreciation (a potted plant, flowers, sweets), especially if you are going to a private home, and to say thank you afterwards by telephone, postcard, or letter.One of the first Japanese words you will hear in reference to you is “Gaijin,” literally translated as “outside person.” For those who came from a heterogeneous society composed of immigrants from around the world, it may be troubling to be referred to as a “foreigner,” “alien,” or “gaijin.” The term “gaijin” is not generally used to downgrade foreigners, although some visitors, who live in rural areas where people are unaccustomed to foreigners, sometimes find it very annoying to have children point fingers at them and call them “gaijin.” Others wonder why Japanese do not identify foreigners as “Americans,” “British,” or “Australians,” rather than lumping all non-Japanese together as “gaijin.” Long-time foreign residents of Japan may also find it annoying to still be referred to as “gaijin,” but the continuing use of the term must be understood in terms of Japan’s historical development and relative homogeneity.Upon meeting each other for the first, second or umpteenth time, men and women usually bow, although the more cosmopolitan may shake hands.