The differences Prince William would have found in Japanese Etiquette

When you are travelling around the world it is always a good idea to do a little resarch about the etiquette of a country before you arrive. Etiquette varies widely from culture to culture. What may be perfectly normal in one country can sometimes be completely misunderstood in another; it may even be insulting. When you visit a country, natives always appreciate if you have learned a little before you arrive about their language, their culture and their etiquette. Slurping soup in Japan is considered polite In Japan it is polite to slurp soup – if you did this in Britain you could get some long stares from shocked faces! If you leave rice in a bowl in Japan, it means you would like some more – if you did this in Britain people would think you have had enough to eat or you couldn’t manage it all, and you would not be offered more. A weak handshake in Japan is good manners Recently when Prince William visited Japan, he would have needed to spend some time learning about Japanese culture and etiquette. Although bowing is considered normal in Japan when greeting someone, a handshake is also acceptable which is why we would have seen Prince William shaking hands. The Japanese tend to give a very weak handshake and do not meet the eyes of the person they are greeting. However when Prince William met Empress Michiko he both shook her hand and bowed; he did not look at her eyes or face, he lowered his eyes. His respect for her looked genuine and she gave him a very...

Chinese New Year Celebrations 2015 in London

The annual festivities for the Chinese New Year in London are the biggest globally outside of China and 2015 will be no different. The main celebrations begin at 10am on Sunday 22 February on the north side of Trafalgar Square where the parade commences. Between 12 noon and 1pm the Dragon and Lion Dance will be performed in the square and the Lion Dances will continue all through Chinatown until around 5pm. It’s a family event not to be missed with some 100 restaurants offering special menus all decked out with traditional Chinese New Year decorations and many providing varying forms of entertainment.  There will also be the usual multitude of craft stalls offering souvenirs of the event. Red Envelopes and Wood Carvings In China it is traditional for red envelopes with cash inside to be given as gifts to family members and friends but some restaurants will be giving the envelopes to their customer containing vouchers  for drinks or selected dishes.  It’s likely that the craft stalls will be selling lots of wooden carved items since 2015 is the Year of the wooden Goat which only occurs once every 60 years. The grand finale will be in Trafalgar Square from 5pm to 6pm when Holby City’s Dr. Tara Lo (Jing Lusi) will host the ongoing entertainment which includes the Red Poppy Ladies percussion group and Cultures of China – Festival of Spring. Free entertainment for official events The official events and entertainment are free so Chinese New Year provides a  great opportunity for families on tight budgets to spend time having fun together without it costing a fortune....

Dining Etiquette Classes at the Millennium Bailey’s Hotel South Kensington

According to a survey conducted in the East Midlands by the British Heart Foundation children pester their parents to buy junk food. This apparently applies to more than 50 percent of 2000 parents who participated.  The study was conducted prior to Heart Month in February. Their children, none of whom have not reached the age of 16 attempt to cajole them into buying junk food that they see on television advertisements. 37% of these children apparently pester their parents on a weekly basis, at least once. 3 in 10 parents are reported to have told the survey researchers that advertisements for junk food cause them difficulty in encouraging their children to eat more healthy food options In consequence, the British Heart Foundation wants to stop junk food advertisement appearing on television prior to the 9pm watershed and is pressing the government for the ban. Should parents be blaming TV ads for their children’s love of junk food? What is interesting about this is that parents appear to be blaming television advertisements rather than their own parenting skills. Children should not rule the parents! There is nothing in the study that includes information on how many times per week the parents eat unhealthy takeaways and I would be very interested to know that. How about you? The BHF appears to place the total blame on advertisements for junk food whether on the television or on the internet.  Hence to ban junk food advertising prior to the 9pm watershed is not necessarily going to have an effect, since they will still appear online at any time of the day or night....

Birthday party etiquette for parents

All children love to be invited to a birthday party no matter how young or old they may be. However, for the parent who is staging the event, it can be highly stressful not because of the perception of badly behaved, rowdy children but actually because of their parents. Why? There are some simple rules of birthday party etiquette that many parents just don’t know so here are some guidelines that will help to ensure that you and your child will always receive party invitations in the future. Always RSVP It is extremely important to let the party host know whether your child will be attending or not. One of the top complaints from children’s birthday party hosts is that parents either leave it to the last minute to accept or don’t respond at all.  This means that the host has to spend time chasing them for a reply to ascertain how much food is going to be required, paper hats, little party gifts etc. Not sending the RSVP but arriving anyway This is worse than not turning up at all because since the party host may not have catered for your child.  It is very rude to do this and only serves to annoy. If you have ever organised a children’s birthday party you should know how important it is that everything runs smoothly and all children are catered for. Turning up with more children than are invited Every parent knows how difficult it is when only one child in the family is invited to a birthday party. Trying to explain to a sibling that they have to...

Changing childrens’ behaviour so christmas doesn’t have to be cancelled

Recently, in the news I saw that an American couple from Utah had been struggling for months with their children’s misbehaviour. They felt their children showed a lack of respect and they were ungrateful with an attitude of entitlement. Having warned the children, over a 7 month period that their behaviour would have to change or they would suffer the consequences to no avail, the parents decided to cancel Christmas. As can be expected their three sons aged 11, 8 and 5 did not react favourably to this decision and shed quite a few tears. More joy in giving than receiving Lisa Henderson, the boy’s mother, decided to teach her children that there is more joy in giving than receiving; so she helped them write a letter to Father Christmas asking him to deliver their Christmas gifts to those who would appreciate them more. In addition the family embarked on charitable acts collecting unwanted clothes from their local area and donating them to a charity in the Philippines that would distribute them among people who had suffered the effects of last year’s typhoon. Children were motivated Her sons Beckham, Caleb and Davis soon became motivated when the first boxes had been packed and sent by mail.  The cost of mailing was quite high so the children learned that by giving the clothes to people who needed them, they also had to give up something. Whilst the children will receive gifts from other members of their family the hope is that the children will appreciate them more than the usual larger amount of presents. In addition, on Christmas Day in...