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?
What does religious mean?
What does intense mean?
What does diverse mean?
What does racial mean?
What does demographics mean?
What does bow mean?
What does scarce mean?
What does subtle mean?
What does blunt mean?