Cultural Etiquette and International Protocol


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The Japanese Way of Tea

Popularly known as the Japanese tea ceremony, CHANOYU, the Way of Tea, is a spiritual discipline based on integrating the principles of harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility into one’s everyday life through the simple act of making and sharing a bowl of tea. Harmony is the oneness of host and guest, of the interplay of the
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Knowledge Speaks―Wisdom Listens

Wisdom is described as the quality or state of being wise and as having insights that go beyond the average person’s knowledge base. It comes with age; and it comes with experience. It is achieved by trying the unknown, learning from missteps, and valuing differing opinions. Wisdom is about learning from errors and recovering—not dwelling on them. It has a philosophical element, an
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The Mysterious Number 13

It is the year of the number 13. For some this is considered “unlucky,” and for others it is “lucky.” The number 13 has many meanings and interpretations in different religions and cultures around the world. It is what you want it to be. Why has the number 13 evolved as unlucky? When is the number 13 lucky? Why does it seem to hold so much mystery?
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The Determining Protocols: Honor and Respect

The person who is president of the United States holds the highest and most powerful position in the world. Since 1776, the United States has felt that social manners, behavior, and attitude are so important to the business of our government that a team of top experts constantly advise our president in these matters. One of these experts is the
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