Answering quirky questions about Japanese people and culture.
Every once in awhile someone will ask me something about Japanese people, and Japanese culture, that I haven’t answered at least a thousand times already.
I think for the most part it is because visitors want to better understand the Japanese people so they don’t make cultural mistakes.
Pro tip: don’t worry about making cultural mistakes. As long as you’re being polite, the Japanese will understand if you make cultural mistakes.
What follows is a collection of some of the lesser asked questions, but I thought it would be interesting to share with you.
In this chapter:
- Why do Japanese people like to wear glasses?
- Why do Japanese people like to stand in line?
- Why do most Japanese people use iPhones?
- Why do many Japanese people put covers over the books they’re reading?
- Do people split the bill on a date in Japan?
- Why don’t Japanese married couples hold hands?
- Why are Japanese people so quiet at movie theaters?
- Why do Japanese people sometimes call a person “teacher” who is not a teacher?
- Why do so many Japanese people love karaoke?
- Why don’t Japanese people shake hands with a firm grasp?
- Why do Japanese people drink so much?
- Why do women give men chocolate on Valentine’s Day in Japan?
- What is White Day? What do you do on that day?
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