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Guide to Conduct and Ceremony

Part 1. General Propriety

Chapter 12. Welcoming and Parting

Section 1. About Welcoming and Parting

It is human nature that one feels glad when meeting a close acquaintance and feels sad when taking leave of a close acquaintance. However, when social life was less civilized in the past, the expression of that gladness or sadness was only an individual action. As social life has advanced, there has naturally developed some formality of welcoming and parting, and that formality has settled socially into an established ceremony of courtesy. That courtesy includes individual welcoming and parting, and public welcoming and parting. Public welcoming and parting include welcomes, welcoming ceremonies, and welcoming banquets, parting, farewell ceremonies, and farewell banquets. One who learns the proprieties should know these formalities well and meet every situation whole‐heartedly in order not to commit improprieties in welcoming and parting.