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31 March 2007

TRAVEL ETIQUETTE
The production of guide books to explain how to travel and how to behave whilst doing so started in earnest in the nineteenth century.  The business of how to behave on a journey in modern times may not have changed in its essentials, although there may be a new context.

Would clear guidelines on what to do when the air passenger in the seat in front of you suddenly reclines their seat or what to tip a hotel porter when you’ve only got large denomination bills, be useful?

Sandi Toksvig discusses world etiquette and customs with Vic Darkwood author of The Lost Art of Travel and Christopher Middleton who has just published his new book Behave: Tiptoeing through the minefield of human conduct.

HADAKA MATSURI
Rob Crossan
has just recently returned from Japan where he witnessed the extraordinary event of hadaka matsuri.  Versions are held in a number of Japanese towns.  Rob went to Inazawa a town on the South West coast of Honshu.  Although the event may vary slightly from place to place, the general theme is one of male ritual purification expressed by being naked, in the freezing cold.


Presented by Sandi Toksvig

Inazawa's Naked Festival (Hadaka Matsuri)


Photo: Inazawa's Naked Festival (Hadaka Matsuri)
(photo courtesy of Rob Crossan - copyright)

This week's guests: 

Writer and traveller, Vic Darkwood has been looking at some of the books which were published in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and discovering what they say about the way we travelled and our attitudes to the long distance journey in those days.

He has published the results of his research in his book The Lost Art of Travel, which could be described as a traveller’s guide to the traveller’s guides of the past.

The Lost Art of Travel: A Handbook for the Modern Adventurer
Publisher: John Murray
ISBN-10: 0719560659
ISBN-13: 978-0719560651

Christopher Middleton has written regularly on Modern Manners for the Daily Telegraph and has some musings on the way we interact ‘en voyage’ with the world of today.

Behave: Tiptoeing through the minefield of human conduct
Published by Beehive publishing

Rob Crossan is a freelance journalist and broadcaster.  He writes for Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, Time Out, CNN Traveller, The Observer, The Sun  and co-presents the BBC disability podcast Ouch

Inazawa's Naked Festival (Hadaka Matsuri)

Saidai-ji Eyo Hadaka Matsuri
(Naked Festival at Saidai-ji Temple)

Hadaka Matsuri

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