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2017年06月23日 [For foreigners Japanese manners]

Shall we use one hand or both hands for giving a thing!?

Manner level : 👍👍

Some Japanese elderly person may feel uncomfortable if you use only your left hand to give something to the person as the left hand meant dissolution of a relationship in the past. In addition to that, if you point something as your hand and arm is crossing between you and the person, it means also the same.
Regarding to that, if you show your palm to the person, it is going to be positive feeling or respectful impression for others. On the other hand, if you show your back of the hand, it may give some negative impression.

When you give some important documents or things to a person...
1. using your both hands or your right hand with your left hand followed.
2. saying a word like "please...." or "if you like to have....." etc.
3. showing your facial expression and eye contact.
4. handing a thing which is facing its front to the person slowly with respect.