Tuesday, 20 July 2010

When the bow breaks...

Only yesterday, the ever prescient Andrew published an item on the Japanese practice of bowing.

How did Andrew know that I would be escorting a Japanese patient and entourage at the hospital today? A young female patient was accompanied by an elderly female relative, an elderly male relative and a middle aged female interpreter. The females accorded me a bow of about 45°. Evidently my status vis a vis the male was lesser - or more equal? - as he made a bow of about 15°.

Armed with Andrew's sage guidance I responded with a slight nod. No more really than I would have offered to the Queen...or for that matter...to any queen.

Sayonara. サヨナラ

1 comment:

  1. Hai, you only got the 15% from him because of your 'seniority'!