Episode 7: Nation of Nitpickers

Episode 7: Nation of Nitpickers

Nation of Nitpickers

When Westerners first encounter the Japanese writing system, which is an application of the much more ancient and complex Chinese system, they look at it from several different perspectives.

In my particular case I stand in wonder as to the aesthetic aspect of written Japanese, or actually one can say that Japanese is drawn in stylized calligraphy. 

Most are overwhelmed by the sheer complexity and the enormity of the system, and never bother to learn it at all. 

Nation of Nitpickers

Episode 6: Shikitari; The Herd Instinct

Episode 6: Shikitari; The Herd Instinct

Episode 6: Shikitari; The Herd Instinct

One can say that to the Westerner eyes that Japan is the land of contradictions, everything good or positive about Japan always seems to have a flipside that is negative or unfavourable. Indeed you could say this about all societies, but here this contrast may appear to be much more pronounced.
The Herd Instinct

Episode 6: Shikitari; The Herd Instinct

Episode 4: Ongaishi: Covering With Obligation

Episode 4: Ongaishi: Covering With Obligation

With only a few exceptions, virtually every interaction with the Japanese of any kind begins with, and is based on, a personal obligation as opposed to what some would regards as higher principles.

The Japanese have traditionally been known for their generous hospitality that they typically bestow upon visitors and on people with whom they want to develop a professional or business relations.

 

 

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