Monday, October 15, 2007

Tips for Travelling to Japan

As I prepare for next week's Liberty Alliance & NTT meetings in Tokyo, I looked back on the Japanese language & custom tips I had jotted down for myself from my last visit.
  1. Writing 'Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto' on the last slide of a deck is NOT considered appropriate for formal business meetings.
  2. Knowing how to ask 'Excuse me, where is Ibaya Street?' is very useful when you are trying to get to Ibaya Street. If that ever becomes the case I am well prepared.
  3. Subway attendants will let you past the turnstiles without paying if you look sufficiently confused.
  4. 'Honoured Colleague from Canada' is pronounced 'Gaijin'.
  5. 'Yakitori' is not a description of the Ontario election results.

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