Hidden Value

Hidden Value

In most countries, people have to pay money for water at restaurants. Those who live in such countries know the value of water. Nevertheless, Japanese people don’t realize this value because water is absolutely free in Japan. I would like to introduce similar situation. Typically in Japan husband don’t say sweet words or express his love and affection to his wife. Why not? They think that having a wife is completely free. Let’s say they would have to pay for it. They would realise the value of wife. Imagine we had to pay money for the air, we would realise…

The that

The that

“Can you get that for me?”. “That is interesting, isn’t it?” These are an example of a typical conversation in Japan. It is hard to understand the expression ‘that’? But I will try to explain. Most Japanese have a skill of mind reading. It is called ‘Sontaku’ in Japanese. ‘Sontaku’ is very important in Japan. If a person is not good when it comes to ‘Sontaku’, he/she is said to be incompetent. Let’s check in a Japanese meeting. There are some things that might confuse you. Their expressions are vague, further more 99% of the expressions that they use starts…

Open lid

Open lid

In Japan, toilet lid opening is automatic. Most foreigners who see it say ‘Wow, this is great!’ Are you serious? Is it necessary to make it automatic? When I was a child, my house’s toilet was a pit latrine. However, it was enough for us. Well, sometimes while using the toilet, my slipper would fall into the pit. Anyway, I feel somewhat empty thinking about the automated system. Do you think so too? Because, I believe that we have many other things to do. I’m sure, they have developed too much, there is already nothing to do and they have…

The god of ordinary

The god of ordinary

Japanese think that ‘futsū’ is important. ‘futsū’ means normal, ordinary and average in Japanese. Also, ‘futsū’ has a great power in Japan. I will provide an example; women often say “I can not wear a mini skirt.” Please pay attention, this issue is not ‘a choice’, this issue is ‘a qualification’. Why not? She thinks that plump ladies must not wear it. If the woman who wears a mini skirt is chubby, it is not thought to be ‘futsū’. In short, it is not her own choice. It is like a compelling, or rather it is a silent pressure. ‘futsū’…

Law is mirror

Law is mirror

In Singapore, the following is prohibited by law; Throwing away garbage, spitting on the road and selling chewing gums. Hence, it is said that Singapore is ‘a clean country.’ I used to think so, too. However, I found out it is not quite true because I started living here. I would often see garbage, people spitting on the streets and many other dirty things. Come to think of it, this law would be similar to for example law about murder. Even though murder is a crime in every country in the world, it still happens. In short, there is no…

Rule is rule

Rule is rule

In Japan, talking on the phone is prohibited in the train. Actually, it does not have a definite reason. But you know, talking with someone else in person is ok. So, I have to say “It is just a rule.” Come to think of it, that is so strange. Why is there such a rule? Since when has this rule been decided? All Japanese are not able to provide a reliable answer. They say “The rule has been there for ages.” This is similar with ‘Which came first, the chicken or the egg?’ This may be the reason why Japanese…

Each time, each place

Each time, each place

I have lived in Singapore. This country does not have four seasons. On the contrary, it has just one season. Here is always summer. I will compare Japan and Singapore. As well all know, Japan has four seasons. I think that Japan is a circle, Singapore is a line. Circle means it is dynamic and circulative while line means static and straight. Therefore, I often forget which month and day it is now. So, I feel that these days are like eternal. So I’m not getting any older and I will never die. I know that it is of course…

English no need for Japanese

English no need for Japanese

‘Why do so many Japanese learn English?’ I was questioned by my English teacher. Surely, she is a foreigner because if she were Japanese, she would not ask such a question. Come to think of it, I have to agree with her question. Most Japanese do not have opportunity to speak English. Although, they learn English eagerly, they can’t speak English fluently, they are not even able to participate in daily conversation. No wonder, in Japan, they can live without English, they are not troubled. In short, they don’t need English. You know, ‘Necessity is the mother of invention’. If…

Shape of faith

Shape of faith

I participate in catholic activities. Lately, I feel that they are sharp. What does sharp mean? Wait, I will explain it. Most Japanese people don’t have a specific religion. They accept diverse gods. I feel that they are not sharp. They are the opposite, rather round. It is similar, between the parents who are having one child and parents who are having many children. Parents who are having one child can concentrate attention, money, education and more to the child. But parents who are having many children have to divide it. You know, Christian God is the only one. Christian…

The secret of success in Japan

The secret of success in Japan

I wear glasses because I have bad eyesight. In Japan, to a person who wears glasses many say: ‘you studied hard’ or ‘you read many books’. It is kind of a symbol of intelligence. Isn’t that funny? Japanese think that looks important. The example of similar symbols is given below. Ladies who wear mini skirts are considered sluts. A person who dyes his/her hair blonde is also considered brainless. Therefore, if you hope to succeed in Japan, you have to follow these symbol images before learning Japanese language. You have to dye your hair black, cut it to a suitable…

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