GET WELL SOON, Japan Style

By on August 16, 2014
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When we hear that a relative, friend or work colleague dear to us is sick, cheering him or her up with get-well-soon presents is generally considered to be a universal gesture.  Afterall, to some people, it’s the thought that counts.  Is it really?  Not in Japan, where adhering to some unspoken age-old rules are regarded as good manners.

hospital4When it comes to giving get-well-soon gifts to the sick, the Japanese people have a long-standing belief of what is regarded in other cultures as superstitions or old wives’ tales. Based on logic or not, these superstitious beliefs have been passed on from one generation to another and considered a customary practice.  The next time you visit the sick, keep in mind some of what the Japanese people consider taboo.

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