Bowing and the Japanese So today I went to a little Japanese restaurant to fulfill a sushi craving I've had during my lunch hour. Damn good lunch, by the way--they had bluefin tuna in today. Outstanding stuff. At any rate, after having my lunch and paying, I grabbed my book and started to head out, and what appeared to be the manager (or perhaps the owner), an older japanese man, said goodbye and thank you and then bowed very deeply to me--more than just the subtle head nod I sometimes see at my local Japanese place by my house. Now as it is, I'm conscious of the fact that its supposedly a respectful thing to bow your head in the Japanese culture when thanking someone, and have to restrain myself not to do it automatically when thanking someone who is clearly Japanese. So when this guy bowed really far down, I kinda nodded back and thanked him again and made for the door. Can anyone out there fill me in on this? What's the deal? Am I supposed to bow? Will it seem like a mockery if I do? Is there a particular way to do it or set of circumstances around it I should be aware of? There's nothing that makes me feel more awkward and ignorant than not understanding someone else's culture. I figure at worst case Durf and PLF should be able to fill me in here.