Guide to Conduct and...


Guide to Conduct and Ceremony

Part 1. General Propriety

Chapter 15. Communication and Travelling

Section 3. Appropriate Manners in Traveling

1. When traveling, observe the rules of traffic in that region and at that time in order to avoid confusion.
2. When getting in a car, boarding a ship or an airplane, wait until exiting passengers have first gotten off. If possible, yield your seat to an elderly person, a small child, a woman, or a person who is ill.
3. If taking a car, a ship, or an airplane in which there are no reserved seats, one should not try to sit in a space already claimed by someone else; and should not occupy much space in order for people to be able to sit beside one.
4. In a car, a ship, or an airplane, one should not make other passengers uncomfortable by carelessly putting one’s belongings on the seat or in the aisle. One must not cause others unpleasantness by littering the vehicle with wastepaper or other throwaways.
5. If someone, such as an elderly person or a woman, is given a seat by another, one must immediately say thank you; and, when the person who yielded the seat continues to stand, one should offer to exchange places.
6. As a passenger, do not try to begin a conversation with the driver while that person is working.
7. In a car, a ship, or a plane, do not talk clamorously, or exhibit disorderly or drunken behavior, or smoke cigarettes carelessly, or act in an untidy manner. One should not be noisy during normal sleeping hours, disturbing someone who is sleeping in the next seat; one should not make other passengers feel unhappy and uncomfortable.
8. On boarding or disembarking from a car, ship, or airplane, or when one is on the street, when one sees an elderly person having difficulty carrying luggage; one should offer assistance if at all possible. If a cart or packhorse cannot move ahead because of a heavy load, one should offer as much assistance as possible, as long as it does not hinder one much from one's work.
9. When asking for directions, one needs to bow, then simply and respectfully ask the question. The person who receives the question needs to bow in response, then simply and kindly point out the way to the extent that person knows.