Very interesting post. The only thing I would think to disagree with is about the jobs, as I get the impression that jobs are a lot more important for social status. But maybe it’s only important when distinguishing between either being unemployed/a temporary worker compared to owning your own business or being a manager. Japan is still a place I really want to go to, and Tokyo Five highlights all the reasons why it’s such a great country.
There are many cultural differences between Japan and America. Too many to list.
And, to tell the truth, although I was born and raised in America…I have spent just about my entire adult life in Japan—so I have become more used to Japanese culture than American.
What is considered “normal” behavior here in Japan just seems like the usual “common sense” way to act…and, honestly, sometimes the standard “normal” behavior in America seems unusual or “quirky”.
Most of the cultural differences that I’m thinking of aren’t real important…just the different ways of doing things in different countries and cultures.
– When people talk in America, they are usually quite direct and to the point. Often stating their opinion on a given subject quite brazenly.
But that’s generally impolite in Japan. Here, rather than directly stating an opinion—especially a conflicting one—a person’s feelings are usually expressed…
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