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  • Mirror Reversal Among Caucasian Anglophones and Japanese
  • Professor Yotaro Takano is in my opinion an extremely intelligent, intuitive, independent researcher at the University of Tokyo. H
    e has the acumen to stand up to the prevailing notion that Westerners are independent, whereas Japanese are collectivists (Takano
    & Osaka, 1999; Takano & Sogon, 2008; 高野, 2008), presenting compelling data to show that there is little difference in the exte
    nt to which [続きを読む]
  • Sunshine Monks (Teruterubouzu) Work
  • Japanese children are encouraged to hang "sunshine monk" dolls from the eaves for their houses before sports events or o
    ther days that they hope will be sunny. There is a superstition that this will cause the next day to be fine. But is it just a sup
    erstition?First of all is should be noted that the Sunshine Monk, while having a sunny name, looks like a Japanese (and American)
    representation of a [続きを読む]
  • Humble Hospitality Hoax
  • I love Japanese service, but it is very egalitarian or even the power relationship is at times reversed, such that the service per
    sonnel appear superior to the customers that they are serving, while maintaining the highest verbal standards of humility of cours
    e. Once again, as one Japanese hospitality researcher commented, the attitude to deities parallels the attitude towards hots. Japa
    nese deiti [続きを読む]
  • Activity Foods and Autonomy in the Matrivisual
  • There is a common misconception that the Japanese are sheep, lacking in autonomy, and creativity compared to Westerners. This is d
    ue to logocentricism - the tendency to over-emphasise the importance of words. Westerners are loud, autonomous, and creative with
    their words, whereas Japanese tend to follow Benjamin Franklin's advice to, “speak little, do much.” Nowhere perhaps is t
    his difference mo [続きを読む]
  • The Heart of Yamato
  • A Japanese comment on this "Group Behaviour" video claims that it is the sort of video to show people if you want them t
    o understand the central characteristics of the Japanese in a short space of time. Beneath the comment there are a few dissenters,
    and I am one of them since I think that there are also a lot of very individual Japanese such as the famed YouTube and internatio
    nal relations phenom [続きを読む]
  • Stopping Momentarily (Ittanteishi)
  • All vehicles stop momentarily (ittanteishi 一旦停止) to check for approaching trains, before crossing railway level crossings even if the barrier is up and the lights are in their favour. This stands in contrast to the fact that even in Japan one is not required to stop ones vehicle momentarily to see if anyone is running a red light at green traffic lights. Once a long time ago I asked a universi [続きを読む]
  • Japanese and Western Art
  • When Western pictorial art arrived in Japan in the late Edo period the Japanese were amazed at how photographic it was. One of the
    first famous Western-Style Japanese artists, Shiba Koukan, wrote "What is remarkable is that it (Western Art) enables one to
    see clearly something that is actually not there. If a painting does not truly portray a thing it is devoid of the wonderful powe
    r of art. Fuji- [続きを読む]
  • Bars Beyond the Logodome
  • Dr. Washida, a philosophy professor and contributor to the Asahi Newspaper holds that appearance is merely skin deep and that the
    self is a symbolic/linguistic construct, as argued by many Western philosophers and psychologists. Dr. Washida also sometimes draw
    s attention to ways in which Japanese culture is blissfully non-verbal or, in my words, beyond the logo-dome. In the above article
    , quoting [続きを読む]
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