Blog Posts - Politeness



How Japan Killed my Vegetarianism

by Japanese Rule of 7 on Dec 10, 2016

Japan’s a Scam

I was drinking with Sandy in the park recently. It was dark and naturally we were on the swing set. “I’ll just never be happy here,” she said. “Congratulations,” I replied, “you’re finally Japanese. Here, have a chu-hi. It’s got real...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Jan 9, 2016

The Day (Decade?) Politeness Died

What's going on with modern life?  Not just the twin idols of social media and celebrity, in which everyone feels the need to share every aspect of life with all and sundry, and the moniker 'celebrity' is affixed to any Tom, Dick or Harry who ap...
by Attachment Mummy on Oct 26, 2015

Why Japanese People Lie

A reader named Furansujin recently described his stay with a Japanese host family: “They showed complete hysteria when I told them I loved curry or could eat takoyaki . . . the only reason i can think of for so many grins, laughs, and exclamations...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Aug 14, 2015

Crime in Japan

You never know what the day will bring—that’s the exciting thing about waking up. So this morning, just as I was heading out for a fresh can of coffee at the corner 7-11, I noticed somebody’d pasted a scary Japanese note to the windshield of my...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Dec 29, 2014

One Japanese Book You Must Read

You should think twice about taking any advice Ken Seeroi has got to give. I mean, who’d listen to a guy who ditched a decent life in a first-world country for a freezing, tiny apartment, sleeping on the floor, and eating rice with sticks? Well, it...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Dec 6, 2014

Is Speaking English in Japan Unavoidable?

A reader named mintyroll recently commented: The “Japanese People Don’t Want you to Speak Japanese” part is one of those minor things I’ve always been afraid of whenever I think of how my first trip to Japan will be . . . Consequently, it’s...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Jun 27, 2014

INTERNET - Web Comments as Venue for Rudeness or Insults

"Taming the ‘Wild West’ of online comments" PBS NewsHour 4/20/2014ExcerptSUMMARY:  More and more websites are including online commenting as a feature for their visitors.  But sometimes the comment boards become venues for rudeness and...
by Mage Soapbox on Apr 21, 2014

Taking a Japanese Bus Tour. Rule #1: Beer Helps

So I went on this Japanese bus tour last weekend. I don’t really know why. Apparently Japanese people are wild about the bus for some reason, and so I figured eh, maybe it’d be cool. The whole thing started when my phone rang and The Tanu...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Dec 18, 2013

Taking a Japanese Bus Tour. Rule #1: Beer Helps

So I went on this Japanese bus tour last weekend. I don’t really know why. Apparently Japanese people are wild about the bus for some reason, and so I figured eh, maybe it’d be cool. The whole thing started when my phone rang and The Tanu...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Dec 18, 2013

Seeing Japan by Bus. Well, Beer Helps

So I went on this Japanese bus trip last weekend. I don’t really know why, but I guess because Japanese people love bus trips. It started when my phone rang and The Tanuki was on the other end shouting in rough Japanese, “Found a great bus tr...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Dec 18, 2013

The 9 Best Things about Japan

Also known as, “Why on Earth am I Still Here?” So the bad news is, I shattered a wine glass all over my new carpet last night. The good news is, hey, I got a new carpet. See, there’s a bright side to everything. So today I woke up with the wind...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Nov 16, 2013

Dealing with Call Center Representatives

Dealing With Call Center RepresentativesArticle courtesy of Cassie LummusWhile we have discussed the operation of call center from a manager's perspective, this article will deal with it from the caller perspective. This should serve to be beneficial...
by Let's Resolve to Evolve on Sep 23, 2013

Homeless in Japan not Big Fans of America

Last Friday, I decided to celebrate the lovely fall weather by drinking a refreshing beer in my neighborhood park and working on my tan.  I’ve discovered this really beats the hell out of sitting in a smoky izakaya wishing the proprietor’...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Sep 19, 2013

Japan’s Runaway Turtles

So I’m heading to work early one morning when I happen to glance down and see this little Japanese turtle right in the middle of the road, totally random.  I mean, okay, I couldn’t really tell if he was a Japanese turtle or a gaijin turt...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Aug 27, 2013

One Thing You Must Never do in Japan

Fruit flies.  I woke up on my futon and all I could see were fruit flies, which for some reason, eh, didn’t seem all that unusual.  Probably because when you live in Japan, strange stuff just happens.  I don’t know why.  Like the other day I...
by Japanese Rule of 7 on Jul 19, 2013

Day 94 – The “Hello” project

  Back in January, on day 23 to be exact, it was my act of kindness for the day to smile at 37 different people. I was really surprised at the response I received on that day from every single person I encountered….everyone smiled back!! I...
by The Pledge of Kindness on Apr 6, 2013

The GOOD of Good Manners in Caregiving

I am reminded so often that receiving care is a skill that requires training in good manners, empathy for the caregiver and a healthy dose of polite assertiveness.  I found this old blog post from October, 2010 and I think it contains a message...

No Please, No Thank You

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by Cholche, Jibon on Feb 22, 2013

People, Politics and Politeness

Due to recent events (i.e. President Obama's re-election), there have been a spate of political status updates on Facebook. While some were generic and others were melodramatic, there was one that caught my eye because it basically became a flame war...
by The Ops Centre on Dec 27, 2012


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