How to entertain wealthy Chinese! Entertaining in simple Chinese
More and more Chinese are visiting Japan these days, and Chinese can be heard on a daily basis mixed in with Japanese on the streets and in restaurants.
In business, too, many companies may have seen their Chinese customers and business partners increase all at once over the past few years.
However, there must be many people in charge who do not know how to entertain important Chinese guests when they come to Japan.
In this issue, we will introduce everything from rudimentary Chinese hospitality to useful Chinese phrases to remember.
Increasing number of Chinese visitors to Japan
The image of “bombing” is out of date!
If you have the opportunity to entertain important guests in English, please refer to this article.
Reference article: An important guest comes to Japan! How to entertain with foreigners and English
When you think of Chinese people visiting Japan, the first thing that comes to mind is the image of “bomb shopping.
Indeed, Chinese visitors to Japan spend a great deal more than foreign tourists from other countries, and in fact, many tourist attractions and restaurants rely on them.
According to the Japan Tourism Agency, foreign inbound travel spending for the July-September 2019 period is 1.2 trillion yen.
China is in first place with 505.1 billion yen of that amount, which is 42.1% of the total, far ahead of the second place and below.
But while overall consumption is actually increasing, per capita consumption is decreasing.
What are the Chinese doing in Japan now?
From “product consumption” to “service consumption
The next big trend, after shopping, is tourism and experiences related to Japanese history and culture.
Until now, the focus has been on “goods” consumption, such as products from Japanese manufacturers, trendy Japanese goods, and goods from anime and manga.
And gradually, this is shifting to “koto consumption” through sightseeing and experiences.
Cotto consumption” entertainment is limitless.
I have the impression that Chinese people are very curious and inquisitive.
If they want to go and try something, they are very light on their feet and proactive about it.
Therefore, “kimono dressing experience,” “karate experience,” and “ninja experience” involving traditional Japanese culture are very much appreciated.
It is also characteristic that they are very fond of photography, and it is a good idea to provide them with an experience that is enjoyable to photograph anyway.
Motenas Japan offers plans that can be tailor-made to arrange a variety of experiences, so please contact us if you are interested.
Tips for Entertaining the Chinese
Provide opportunities to shop.
No matter how much we are shifting to “koto consumption,” Japanese goods are still very popular.
But since we are going to entertain, it is boring to go to a mass retailer in town.
So, show them where they can make lacquered chopsticks that can be personalized with their names, or high-end kitchen knives, or where they can purchase crafts that are carefully made one by one by artisans.
If you take them to places that are not easily accessible to Japanese people, they will be happy to talk about it after they return home.
Understanding Chinese culture and national character
When entertaining foreigners, the most important thing to keep in mind is to understand the culture and customs of their country.
For example, there is the idea that it is good manners to ask for more food than you can eat and leave a little, which is difficult for Japanese to understand.
But knowing or not knowing these customs will make you feel more comfortable as a hostess.
Then, if you mention as one of the topics of discussion, “In Japan, there is a custom to behave in this way based on this way of thinking,” you can create an opportunity to learn more about Japan based on respect for the other party.
Learn simple Chinese
If you are going to entertain important Chinese guests, you definitely want to learn at least simple Chinese.
Have you ever had the experience of being asked for directions in a foreign language on the street, and after somehow or other giving directions, being greeted with a simple “arigato” (thank you) that made you feel relieved?
It is nice to hear one’s native language from a foreigner, even if he or she actually speaks English or has another interpreter.
Remember at least “谢谢 (thank you)”.
By the way, in Japan, it is often said “shay shay”, but it is actually pronounced more like “shie shie”, so please practice.
Useful Chinese Words to Know
欢迎 欢迎 (Fan-in! Fun-in!”
Since you have come to Japan, we would like to express our welcome to you.
Welcome to Japan! If you want to say “欢迎你来日本”, you should say “ファンイン ニィライリーベン”.
By the way, repeating “欢迎” twice is said to have the effect of intensifying the feeling, so “谢谢! 谢谢！” Thank you is often repeated as well, as in “欢迎!
Have a good night’s rest.
Have a good night’s rest.
Please take a good rest (ching ning hao hao shaoshie).”
It’s a good phrase to call after an evening dinner or a party.
It is a relief to say goodbye in this way when you return to the hotel to let them relax and spend some time with you while you recover from your trip.
I wish you a safe journey.
I wish you a safe journey.
Yilu Ping An
Chinese people often stay in Japan for long periods of time.
I believe that in many cases, you will not be with us all the way from your arrival in Japan to your departure from Japan.
If you are still in Japan after providing hospitality and spending time together, these words will better convey your wishes for their safety.
When you see them off to the airport, say “祝你一路平安 (祝你一路平安),” which means “I wish you a good trip.
Extra: A useful gesture to know
In China, there is a gesture called “Gongshu” (拱手), in which the right fist is wrapped around the left hand.
You may have seen it in Chinese movies or martial arts.
This is considered a gesture of respect and gratitude, showing that there is no hostility toward the other person.
Note that when women do this, it is considered official that the left and right hands are reversed.
It is hard to find many Japanese who know about it, so you will be surprised and pleased if you try it.
Although the Chinese are sometimes viewed by some as a problem in terms of their tourist etiquette, they are by nature very respectful of civility and value human relationships very highly.
When entertaining, never impose Japanese culture on them, but rather respect their culture and customs, and let them enjoy learning about Japanese culture.
Since we have the opportunity to entertain you, we want your stay to be memorable.
We hope you will learn a little knowledge and Chinese to welcome our valued customers.
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