Joe Sharkey recalls an embarrassing international etiquette moment:
Proper etiquette is generally acquired through a combination of upbringing and common sense, augmented by the occasional attention- focusing embarrassing moment in one's youth.
But several years ago, in middle age, I showed up at a business conference and cocktail reception in Tokyo, in July, wearing a tan suit. From the looks I got, I might as well have been wearing sandals, white socks and a T-shirt with a beer company's logo.
I had never been to Tokyo before. Who knew men don't wear anything but dark suits in business settings there?
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