|Above, the Great Buddha of Kamakura. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
If you're visiting Japan and happen to strike up a conversation with some of the locals (who happen to know some English), there are some things that should not be said to a Japanese person.
To help you avoid annoying anyone there, RocketNews 24 has "8 Things You Should Never Say To A Japanese Person",
It begins with:
We asked Japanese people to tell us the things foreigners say or think about Japan that really gets their goat—and they were happy to oblige! How many of these faux pas are you guilty of?
We expats living in Japan tend to gripe about the stereotypes about our native countries. If you’re from England, for example, someone here might bring up the poor reputation of English food; if you’re Canadian, you probably don’t like being mistaken for American; and I once met an Iranian living in Japan who lamented that people confuse Iranians with Arabs. So today we’re going to turn the tables and ask Japanese people about the things foreigners say or think about the Land of the Rising Sun that really irks them.To read more, go here.