How to Follow Japanese Etiquette
Watch more Manners & Etiquette videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/410852-How-to-Blend-In-with-a-Crowd Knowing a few things about Japanese polite society can spare you a lot of embarrassment. Step 1: Know how and when to bow Know how and when to bow: A slight dip of the neck and shoulders is sufficient for a casual hello to friends; a 30-degree bow from the waist is standard upon meeting a business associate or being introduced to someone; a 45-degree bent-over bow is only used if you're meeting someone important, showing gratitude, or apologizing. Tip Japanese men bow with their arms at their sides, palms against their legs; women bow with their arms straight in front of them, fingers clasped. Step 2: Observe dining etiquette Observe dining etiquette. Eat nigiri sushi with your fingers and sashimi with chopsticks. Cleanse your palate between bites with ginger; don't use it as a topping. For soup, use your chopsticks to pick out the solid food and then drink the liquid directly from the bowl. Feel free to slurp noodle soup -- loudly. Tipping is not only unnecessary, but insulting. Tip Use condiments like soy sauce and wasabi sparingly; to do otherwise implies that the chef didn't season the food properly. Step 3: Follow chopstick etiquette Know chopstick etiquette: In a nice restaurant, don't rub them together to smooth down splinters; it's unnecessary, and sends the signal that you think the restaurant is a dive. Don't point them at anyone or jab them into your food. Step 4: Bring some gifts Give a modest, impersonal gift to a Japanese business associate; specialties from your hometown are ideal. If you're visiting someone's home, bring something that can be shared, like alcohol or a cake, rather than flowers. Step 5: Show respect for business cards Offer business cards with both hands, information facing the recipient, and take theirs with either your right hand or both. Spend at least 15 seconds reading their card or you'll appear disrespectful. Tip Don't shove a business card in your back pocket and sit on it -- that's considered the height of rudeness. Step 6: Follow business meeting etiquette If you're at a business meeting, always wait to be seated by your host; where you sit is predetermined by your status. If you're served tea or coffee, accept it as is, which may or may not be with milk and sugar. Take a few sips even if you don't want it. Step 7: Don't blow your nose; do pick your teeth Never blow your nose in public, or eat or drink while walking; such behaviors are viewed with disgust. But it's perfectly acceptable to use the toothpicks provided by restaurants to clean your teeth at the table. Sayonara! Did You Know? Young people in Japan consider it rude to phone someone without texting them first to see if they're available.
How to Do Burlesque Hair
Be a Cake Insider! Sign up for CakeMade's newsletter for cake decorating news, trends and tutorials. http://bit.ly/1neFl9g Watch more Haircuts & Hair Styling videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/399336-How-to-Do-a-Kinky-Twist You can't do burlesque without burlesque hair -- retro 'do's from the 40s and 50s. See which vintage style best suits you. Step 1: Make pin curls Make pin curls: Take sections of damp hair -- the amount depends on how big or small you want the curls to be. One by one, wrap sections around your finger, and then clip them to your head with bobby pins. Let them dry naturally; then release them into soft waves. Make adjustments with your fingers and set with hairspray. Step 2: Try victory rolls Try victory rolls, popular during World War II. Part your hair in the middle or on one side, then section off the hair from the front of the ears forward. Hairspray one section, and wrap it around two of your fingers so you form a large barrel curl; then pin it to the top of your head. Spray again. Repeat for the other side. The rest of your hair can be styled any way you like. Step 3: Create Marcel waves Create Marcel waves, a great retro look for short hair. Blow-dry hair straight. Then, instead of rolling hair around a curling iron, clamp the hair in sections, and keep reversing the iron as you pull it down the strand. Step 4: Get retro bangs For an easy, everyday look, dye your hair jet black and get your bangs cut very short and angled up at the temples, in the style of '50's pin-up queen Bettie Page. Step 5: Accessorize Add a burlesque hair accessory. Find authentic ones at vintage shops or reproductions at accessories stores. Now you're stylin'! Did You Know? In the 18th and 19th centuries "a burlesque show" simply referred to a comedy show. Burlesque didn't come to be associated with striptease until the 1920s.
How to Comfort Someone Who Has Lost a Loved One
Watch more Manners & Etiquette videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/384366-How-to-Express-Sympathy The loss of a loved one can leave partners, friends, and family devastated. To ease the burden, offer whatever solace you can. Step 1: Allow them to grieve Allow the person to grieve in their own way. Don't judge their behavior, which may be erratic at first. Unpredictable moods are normal. Tip If you tend to be a caretaker, now is the time to dial it back. You can't fix this. Step 2: Show empathy Comfort the grieving person with genuine sympathy for their loss without assuming to know how they feel. Avoid giving advice. Step 3: Change the environment Suggest a walk or a drive to remove them from their environment for a short time. They will need their strength in the coming days, so a little relief might be appreciated. Step 4: Listen and absorb Listen and absorb any need they may have to dwell on the past or obsess about regrets regarding the loved one. Right now they need to vent and your unconditional regard is crucial. Step 5: Take on tasks Offer to take over everyday tasks, like grocery shopping, child care, phone calls, and final arrangements if the grieving person was a family member or very close to the deceased. Running interference and handling phone calls will save their energy and will allow them time to think or rest. Step 6: Support them with silence Support them with silence and hold their hand or hug them. Don't push them to express emotion, even if their brave smile seems to suggest that something is being repressed. Tip It will take time to get through the loss. Don't stop checking on them and offering your shoulder -- even months later. Step 7: Get clinical help Suggest clinical help if the person seems unable to come out of it, especially if they demonstrate difficulty functioning, thinking, acting, or speaking, or they exhibit excessive bitterness, substance abuse, or social withdrawal. Did You Know? According to the Federal Trade Commission, the average cost of a funeral in America exceeded $10,000 in 2010.
How to Diagnose Car Battery and Starter Problems
Watch more How to Make Simple Car Repairs videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/394209-How-to-Fix-a-Car-Window Use these tips to diagnose your car's battery and starter problems. Step 1: Turn on your ignition Turn on your ignition if your car engine won't turn over. Listen carefully to any sound produced. Step 2: Consider a dead battery Consider the possibility of a dead battery. If trying to start the engine only produces a "click" sound, this may be the case. If you left your car lights on the night before, the battery could have gone dead, and you'll need to have the battery jump-started. If the battery is very old you may have to get a new one. Tip Car batteries typically only last 3 to 5 years. Step 3: Consider a possible alternator problem Consider a possible alternator problem if turning on the ignition produces a whining sound, but you have a newer battery. If the alternator is bad, it will not charge the battery when you drive the car. You can use jumper cables and another battery to start the car, but the same problem will occur again. Have the alternator checked and replaced if necessary. Step 4: Consider a possible starter problem Consider a possible starter problem. If you hear a click when you turn on the ignition and the problem is not due to your battery, the starter's solenoid may have a weak spot inside. If so, the starter will not be able to produce enough current to start your engine, and you will have to have it replaced. Step 5: Visit a mechanic Visit a mechanic if you're having trouble determining the sound your car is making. It's always better to be safe than sorry! Did You Know? The Oxford Electric Bell, a battery-powered bell at the University of Oxford in England, has been ringing almost continuously since 1840.