This is the translated version from Yahoo geocities.
〈At first I came to New York, I got confused quite a bit, because its life style is completely different from Japan.
First, in Japan, when you come into your house, you definitely take your shoes off, while locals living out there don’t do that.
On the other hand, I hear foreigners those who are new comer to Japan, are likely to get confused about the way people take their shoes off.
Second, when you take a bath, you wash your body in side a bath.
Now that it’s also popular washing inside of it here in Japan though, I think it wasn’t that much popular out here when I flew to the U.S in 1976.
Those two things are what it came to me as a big surprise when I first came to the U.S.
Furthermore, there are several customs in the U.S which don’t exist in Japan.
First, there is a custom of tipping in the U.S. Needless to say, when you eat out, and of course when you stay at a hotel.
It also applies to the variety of service, like when you call up a handy man to repair or replace something.
As for the manner, I can bring up the custom, so called 《Lady First》, which means women are treated as a celebrity, especially when you go in for the formal gathering.
Unfortunately, as I was a kid at the time, there was no opportunity to take part in.
I guess it took me quite a long time to get accustomed to the society in New York due to the difference of customs and languages one from the other.〉