Monday, March 06, 2006


Purpose of this blog

I have my own blog which is written in Japanese. As for me, it is much easier to write entries in Japanese. However I would love to post entries also in English to share my opinion and current Notes/Domino technical trends in Japan with all the engineers in the world.

The main purposes of this blog are as follows.
First of all I would like to share the current Japanese technology trends with all of you. It is true that our domestic world has some trends in each month or so, which sometimes include very critical information for every Notes/Domino domains. These trends, stories, and rumors are naturally very famous among the Japanese engineers. However we usually do not have a chance to talk these technical issues with other countries engineers, and that must lose some opportunities.
On the other side, Japanese customers are usually very conservative and we often keep using some of the very old methodologies and techniques without knowing the world's trends. In that case, I am really happy to know everyone's feedback.

I would also like to focus on some other technologies than Notes/Domino, if possible ;-) since some of my friends kindly visit this page.

Finally, I will add Japanese traditional cultures and stuff like that to let everyone have an interest in Japan. We always welcome you!

Thank you very much!

Now I feel really stupid handing out my business card with one hand rather than both hands.
I guess there are a lot more things to learn about Japanese culture and everyday life.

The ones that I am aware of so far are:
- Don't stick your chopsticks in the rice and leave them there
- When you are drinking sake, fill everyone else's cup, but not yours
- when people exchange business cards, the one in lower standing will hand it over first, and uses both hands rather than one hand.

Does that sound about right?

I came across this website the other day, you may find it interesting:
Wow, now you're studying Japanese culture. OK, let me explain from the native point of view.
Handing out our business card with both hands is surely common, and regarded as a very polite way. It's better to do it with bowing your head. But sometimes we do it with one hand, so you shouldn't be so serious.

"stick the chopsticks in the rice"? You will never see it in Japan... It's like a Chinese ghost way... Definitely, no...

Filling sake (or beer) for each other is quite common in Japan. It's a good way to start communication(remember Japanese people are very shy...)

If you have an interest on these issue, anytime ask me, or I will try to write these kinds of articles.

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