Differences between Japan and the U.S.

Most Japanese have an image of the West, especially the US. But how about the other way around? What kind of differences do Westerners see when living in Japan?

 

One writer interests us with her list of 15 differences. 

 

1. Religious practices differ. 

2. Japanese culture is more formal.

3. Political participation is less intense in Japan.

4. America has diverse racial demographics.

5. Japanese people bow and Americans shake hands.

6. Japanese adults are more likely to live with their parents.

7. Tipping is not practiced in Japan. (This is a good one!)

8. Space is scarce.

9. Japanese communication style is subtle, Americans are more blunt.

10. Japanese gender roles are strict.

11. Social hierarchy is important.

12. Japan's culture is collectivist, America's is individualistic.

13. Eating in public can be considered impolite.

14. Train etiquette is strict in Japan.

15. Cash is not exchanged by hand. 

 

Can you add anything else? 

 

https://owlcation.com/social-sciences/Cultural-Differences-Between-the-US-and-Japan

 

What does religious mean? 

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/religious

 

What does intense mean?

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/intense

 

What does diverse mean?

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/diverse

 

What does racial mean?

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/racial

 

What does demographics mean?

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/demographic

 

What does bow mean?

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/bow

 

What does scarce mean?

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/scarce

 

What does subtle mean?

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/subtle

 

What does blunt mean?

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/blunt

 

 

 

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