10 Weird Facts About Life In Japanese Culture

The Japanese Way Of Life

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10 Amazing facts about Life in Japanese Culture: kissing and hugging in public, why Moms sit in class, Pokémon painted Airplanes, Pistols and Teddy bears and More Fun Japanese daily life stories.
Learn Things that are a Big NO-NO in Japan and avoid the Culture shock and the embarrassing moments.

FUN Stories From Tokyo: Life In Japanese Culture

Life In Japanese Culture (c) Haseo at Flickr Pokémon and Pikachu painted Airplanes. The official Japanese airlines Nippon Airways has Fun Airplanes as you can see in the photo.

Karaoke, Maid cafe’s and Phachinko parlors that’s how the Japanese unwind after a long day at the office.
Tokyo Nightlife has a very different set of rules. Forget about the reserved nature of the Japanese.
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Pistols and Teddy bears. Tokyo street fashion is all about Cosplay, dressing like Gothic Lolitas, French Maids and Hello Kitty.
Japanese Cosplay is Fun, trendy and will give lots of inspiration on how to dress. The costumes include lace, ruffles and pastel colors. Accessories include toys like plastic pistols or teddy bears.
Like it or not – you decide for yourself, but it’s something you just have to see. Visit Harajuku Tokyo on a Sunday to meet the Cosplay girls.
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More Funny Stories From Life In Japanese Culture

No kissing, hugging or holding hands in the street.
Showing emotions is a big No-No in Life In Japanese Culture.
Even patting on the back is not so common (unless they’re drunk).
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Public Bathing in the Sento – a public bathhouse.
Most Japanese apartments are so tiny that having a bath was out of question. The Sento is a strange mishmash between a Spa and a social get-together.
Japanese people soap and wash themselves outside the bath tab, and only enter the water when they are clean. Then they put a towel over their forehead and relax in the water. Not a bad way to unwind.
Men and women bath separately…

The emergency room masks people wear in the subway are worn to protect other people from a virus or a cold.

Giggling, that’s how Japanese treat non-Japanese.
It comes from being embarrassed to speak English (not a strong virtue in Japan).
The language barrier and the nervousness from dealing with a foreigners will cause many to giggle with embarrassment if you ask them for directions. But they are more than willing to help, so they will solve that by accompanying you to see you’re in the right direction.
It’s fun to be able to exchange a few words with the locals with this compact little Appliance, that will fit in your pocket or purse.

They have their own Statue Of Liberty. Japanese adore everything ‘international’ and ‘American’.
Fast food chains are a big thing here, and they even have their own replica of the statue of liberty Odaiba Tokyo

White gloved attendants push commuters into the Tokyo subway to make more room for those standing in line during Rush hours.
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Not So Fun Things About Life In Japanese Culture

Saying ‘no’ is very uncomfortable for the Japanese because they try to please as part of the codes of Life In Japanese Culture.
If you’re doing business in Japan know that Japanese businessman will behave in ways you can’t predict unless you’ve been prepared.
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Moms sit in class replacing their sick child, so he won’t miss out on anything.
Japanese kids have a tough time growing up. The education system is very demanding (very long hours and a lot of pressure).
Kids are taught to be work together with others, be polite and respectable from the time they go to pre-school.
It starts with Getting into the right kindergarten – that will influence your chances to be accepted to the right school, the right school determines your chances at the best universities, which determine your chances for landing a job in a reputable company.

A massive suicide wave happens every year when universities publish results of entrance exams.
There is also a unique Japanese syndrome in which Japanese teens retreat to their room for years, refusing to participate in work or social interaction because of the pressure.
Since most Japanese families have only one child (because of tiny apartments and high cost of living) every child is very pampered here in Japan.

Death from over-work is a common thing in Tokyo.
Offices are jam-packed open space with very little privacy, and the general tendency is to sacrifice yourself for the company.
Most office workers arrive home on the last train and see their families only on weekends.
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Most office workers commute for an hour and a half morning and evening as a way of life. Living in Tokyo itself is too expensive because of land prices.

Japanese women are not considered part of the work force.
Most of them work as ‘Office Ladies’ doing minor secretarial tasks until they get married. Then they are expected to quit.
With Japan’s ongoing recession this is changing slightly in the last few years. In some families women had to go out and get a job because of unemployment of their husband. But this is still a very minor change in Japanese Way of Life.

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