Re: Planning trip to Japan
Good list, Shaun. I've recently moved to Japan and have had to go through those things, both in the dojo and on the street. Most of it seems like common sense but it's good to see it listed.
During one dojo visit, two guys (gaijin) kept coming up to ask the sensei if they can test for there shodan yet. Three times he told them later. I couldn't believe it. I'm not sure how the sensei felt. They have both trained there for a few years. I've learned most of my dojo etiquette from old samurai movies (before getting to learn in a dojo). Surely, as middle-aged men interested in martial arts, they've seen at least one old Kurosawa film.