Since your name may be difficult for Japanese to pronounce, you may be asked to provide a nickname, e.g., “Mak-san” for Mr. Japanese may use nicknames or first names among themselves but foreigners should refrain from doing so until they are asked!Invitations are extended either in person, by telephone or on printed invitations for formal receptions or dinners and all should be taken seriously.Courtship may be completely omitted, as in cases of some arranged marriages where the couple do not meet before the wedding.In the United Kingdom, a poll of 3,000 While the date is fairly casual in most European-influenced cultures, in some traditional societies, courtship is a highly structured activity, with very specific formal rules.
Upon meeting each other for the first, second or umpteenth time, men and women usually bow, although the more cosmopolitan may shake hands.
If invited to a meal, it is likely that it will be at a restaurant rather than at someone’s home.
It is polite to arrive on time, to take a small token of your appreciation (a potted plant, flowers, sweets), especially if you are going to a private home, and to say thank you afterwards by telephone, postcard, or letter.
Marriage in Japan is a legal and social institution at the center of the household.
Couples are legally married once they have made the change in status on their family registration sheets, without the need for a ceremony.