郷に入っては、郷に従えWhen in Japan, Do as the Japanese Do

Steven has been living in Japan and married to Keiko for 30 years. On the morning of their 30th wedding anniversary, he asks her for a hug. Keiko loves Steven very much, so she gives him a Japanese style hug—from a foot away, with a slight pat on the back, as with the touch of a feather. But when he asks her for a “real, American style” hug, she tells him: “It is not the custom in Japan. You should know that. When in Rome, do as the Romans do.”

Seeing that it is useless, and not wanting to make Keiko uncomfortable, Steven drops his request. But later, at an anniversary party given by their family and friends, fate conspires to grant Steven his wish after all.