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This time, I will tell you about the interesting culture in Japan that foreigners do not know.
What kind of culture do Japanese people have?
In particular, I have summarized the parts that have taken root in the Japanese culture, focusing on what I found interesting as Japanese.
Let’s dig into it.
Best Interesting Culture in Japan
What? Christmas is “a romantic day for couples”
In your country, Christmas is the day when families come together and celebrate, right? Countries with a considerable Christian culture generally celebrate the birth of Christ.
However, speaking of Christmas in Japan, the impression of “a romantic day for couples” is stronger. There are situations where you date and go to stylish restaurants.
In the first place, Japan was a country of Buddhism and Shinto and not a Christian country, so there was no Christmas culture.
However, the culture of Christianity gradually spread and became recognized in Japan, but since it was not Christianity, the culture of spending this special day with special people formed. interesting culture in Japan.
Japanese spend their family in New Year
Japanese New Year is a special event that most people spend with their families. Probably because this event is close to Christmas, I think that Christmas naturally began to be spent with friends and lovers.
However, it is not a family event abroad (or mainly in Europe and the United States). I would like to drink and have a party with friends on New Year’s Eve and enjoy the countdown.
New Year is a religious day for Japan, so I visit my family and shrines.
Valentine’s situation in Japan [interesting culture in Japan]
Speaking of Valentine’s Day in Japan, it’s an event where a woman gives hand-made chocolates to a favorite man to convey her feelings or brings a large amount of chocolate-in-law to the workplace, right?
The custom of women giving chocolates to men is the same in Korea as in Japan.
However, in most countries such as Europe and the United States, “It is a day when men give flowers to women and give gifts to each other.
In Japan, girls who motivated by a girl compete to get some chocolate.
Few people may have heard of White Day. Outside of Japan, there seem to be customs only in Korea and Taiwan.
This is the day when the boy who received the chocolate on March 14 one month after February 14 returns thanks to the girl.
What an orderly culture!
Love blood group divination
“Hey, what’s your blood type?”
“Um, I am A type!”
“Is it meticulous? “
This is a common conversation in Japan.
How, most of the Japanese know their blood type and believe that each type has personality traits (aside from actually believing).
They often have taken out when choosing a lover or knowing the personality of a partner, as they are compatible with each blood type.
But overseas, there are many people who do not know their blood type at all, and in Japan, it surprised to teach that there is a “blood type divination” (laugh)
Mask loving Japanese [Interesting Culture in Japan]
“Disposable masks” used to prevent colds and when you have a cold.
Many people wear masks, especially during the cold and flu seasons.
Rather, in Japan, it recommended wearing a mask so that it does not move around as etiquette.
Nowadays, many people do something like fashion, regardless of the cold.
There may be the same culture in other East Asia, but it is a sight never seen in Europe and the United States!!
I’ve been asked, “Does that mask keep out of radiation?” It looks strange.
OK even if you sleep on the train
Many foreigners can be surprised when riding a train in Japan. Are you tired of working or returning to school and often see people sleeping on trains? Even in the morning hours, many people sleep on the train. However, this scene is unlikely overseas. (Lol)
In other countries, it seems to be a very rare sight.
After all, Japanese people are so diligent and overworked that they are tired, so they often sleep on trains after work.
In addition, you can sleep with peace of mind because it is a safe country where you will almost never fit a pick-up even if you sleep by train.
Lost item [Interesting Culture in Japan]
The thing that I find the most amazing about Japanese culture is that even if you drop your wallet, you can usually find it at a police station without removing anything. I used to use a train at school, but I forgot to keep my wallet in a private room or on a train. However, if you call all police stations and stations, you returned without any content.
I wonder if there are other countries in the world that have such kindness.
In my opinion, one of the reasons I believe is that such religious values are building such a personality.
Japan has Buddhist teachings, and the Japanese value their ancestors. Grandmothers often say in Japan that a bee hits. Being hit means that your ancestors see everything as evil and you will be punished.
I have delivered my wallet a number of times, but as a courtesy, it was natural for me to send it to the police because some people were in trouble losing what had fallen. Perhaps it’s the coordination we’ve been learning for a long time.
Take a bath every day [Interesting Culture in Japan]
There are hot springs and bathing cultures in nearby Korea and Taiwan, but they do not seem to be immersed in a bath at home every day.
Even Japanese people, young people, busy people, and some people in the summertime can do a shower, but I think many people bathe in a bath every day.
This is quite unusual in the world.
Westerners sometimes bathe in the bath, but they do not have the function of additional cooking and there is no space to wash their body outside the bathtub, so they use the hot water stored in the bathtub and then wash their body and head there. . . .
Calls on trains prohibited [interesting culture in Japan]
In Japan, there is a notice on trains and buses saying “Please switch to the mobile phone in silent mode and refrain from talking”, and there may be announcements in the car.
Even without such guidance, it is well known that talking on mobile phones (smartphones) on trains and buses is annoying. In general, many people in Japan consider it to be “natural manners”.
However, I have never heard a story abroad saying “calling with mobile phones (smartphones) prohibited”.
I think it was in the United States of America (New York), but there were usually people who ringed in the car and answered the phone.
And no one around me (laughs)
I didn’t mind at all because everyone didn’t recognize that it was annoying.
When you are in Japan, it is mysterious to feel “Ah, you can answer the phone, noisy, annoying!”
It seems that calls in the car are not prohibited in the neighboring country, Korea.