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Why do Japanese people bow?

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Why do Japanese bow especially when saying hello, goodbye or thank you?

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The Japanese bower expresses appreciation respect to the person being bowed to by bending at the waist. This is a gesture widely.... Bows can generally be classified into three types depending on the deepness of the waist bend. The most casual bow is the "eshaku" bow. In this bow, the waist is generally bent at about a 15 degree angle. It is common to lightly dip the head and give an "eshaku" bow when exchanging a casual greeting or passing by someone of a higher social status. Of course using words by themselves is sufficient, but if you add an The bow generally used in business interactions is the "keirei" bow. In this bow, the torso is lowered to about 30 degrees. It is used when entering and leaving reception rooms and meeting rooms and when greeting customers. The "saikeirei" bow, the most polite bow, consists of lowering the torso about 45 degrees. It is used to express feelings of deep gratitude or apology.All part of their culture.
Thought this very interesting . Their reputation of cruelty in world war 2 now such politeness you find it hard to understand
That's their way of saying all those things. I quite like it. I had a Japanese teacher once who taught me how to do all those but lack of use has made me forget.
by Gia
I respect the fact that Americans bow to no one
by fran.
I always imagined it was a sign of respect. I suppose I wasn't wrong.
by Vee
Interesting way of life, if it's meant to be courteous.
Don't think they were at all courteous during WWII. Just ask any surviving POW.
And, of course, there was Hiroshima.
by norma
Yeah, thank God for the Yanks, otherwise we'd be all fluent in Japanese.........
by donjo
Yes and we would be doing all the bowing, and probably without heads.
by fran.
I agree, Fran. Did you see the Documentary/read the book on a Dutch (now Aussie) lady, who was one of the forced 'comfort women' in Indonesia? I can't think of her name, but she was just a lovely person. I bawled through the book!

by donjo
It is a mark of respect
I remember that after the war no one would buy anything that had made in japan on it.

I think it is a respect thing in their culture
by Finy
I guess it a sign of respect, just like we shake hands, I've never met a japanese person.
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