"The Japanese Tradition" was a series of nine short, parody "How To" videos that gently mocked the formality of Japanese culture, from comedy duo Rahmens
) and Japan Culture Lab. They're available on DVD,
but nearly all of them can be seen on YouTube, including Sushi
(tea). [more inside]
5 students were barred from receiving copies of their diplomas (NYTimes Link)
at the Galesburg High School
graduation, after friends and family members cheered when their names were read. Good luck to future graduates to keep Nana and Aunt Bertha in check.
Miss Abigail's Time Warp Advice.
Miss Abigail dispenses wisdom from her collection
of vintage advice books
(published from 1822 to 1978). Topics include Minding Your Manners
, Looking And Feeling Good
, Around The House
, Frank Talk About Petting
, and much more. The advice ranges from the very useful to the hilariously quaint, with some unenlightened shockers thrown in for good measure.
Speak softly, don't argue and slow down'
The reputation of the "Ugly American" abroad is not..... just some cruel stereotype, but - according to the American government itself - worryingly accurate. Now, the State Department has joined forces with American industry to plan an image make-over by issuing guides for Americans travelling overseas on how to behave.
For those who throw good manners, common decency, and proper etiquette to the wind, here is a website collecting stories about social gaffes that are often hilarious.
Gothic Miss Manners
: advice from a Gothic perspective.
Be Careful Out There: Your Etiquette May Be My Nyetiquette Oh behave!
We've all made faux pas, gaffes and complete
asses of ourselves when dealing with foreign cultures. Travelling abroad isn't even necessary - a simple sushi meal
is fertile ground for a vast panoply of unintended rudeness. While not even the most experienced traveller can insulate himself or herself completely from ocasionally shocking, disgusting or insulting his or her hosts, here is a little something worth keeping in your laptop. Some cultures are more difficult than others but I'll bet we all have our own embarrassing etiquette bloopers, right?