7 Japanese traditions we will never completely understand

When we take a closer look at the Japanese, it's easy to conclude that they're quite unique in their approach to life. Let's have a look at some of the most unique and complicated Japanese traditions.

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What are your thoughts on this subject?
Raymond Cardona
We could learn a lot from Japan, especially in the care of our elderly, definitely those in long term care homes Bonnie
Jan 10, 2021 5:45PM
calvinbiggers associates
elder reverence, rather than elder abuse. Nice!
Jan 10, 2021 4:18PM
Patricia Cairns
My niece by marriage is Japanese and when I went with her on a visit to Tokyo I was impressed by the level of politeness in the hotels, restaurants and stores. Everything is so clean - no litter in the streets, even in the alleys and the taxi drivers wear business suits with white gloves. I’m looking forward to going back for another visit.
Jan 10, 2021 5:11PM
Americans have gotten so far from being polite, it amazes me. They're rude in waiting lines, driving their cars, especially, always in such a hurry. People would be surprised, the different side of life, they'd see, if they just slowed down and looked around themselves.
Jan 10, 2021 9:39PM
Clarence Quismundo
When it comes to ethics (professional or personal), no one comes close to the Japanese. I've worked with Japanese firms before so I am aware of this.
Jan 10, 2021 9:15PM
Glynis Charmaine Marais
It is so nice to see that there is still respect in the world.
Jan 11, 2021 7:56AM
Doris Dallaire
Sounds like a wonderful place, caring to elders and to children, respectful. Which lots of North Americans are not!
Jan 10, 2021 7:57PM
Vikram Mangaldas Ahiwale
Japanese children's are a lot more disciplined and understand things than any other children's, God works in a mysterious way.
Jan 10, 2021 10:17PM
John Hunt
It sounds fantastic all other countries could learn from them but we will not because the children are not brought up like this sad but true
Jan 11, 2021 6:01AM
james thaxton jr
Wish we had the same traditions here in the US.
Jan 11, 2021 2:59PM
Patricia Cairns
wyodinosaur, you don’t need to know the language. I used a translation app and had no problems whatsoever.
Jun 25, 2023 5:10PM
Doris Dallaire
We could use more politeness and respect in North America, that’s for sure. But all you see on TV is rudeness and crude language and aggression so it becomes the norm. It’s a real shame.
Apr 9, 2023 8:56PM
I love the Japanese. I want to visit Japan someday. Sadly, I do not know the language.
Feb 2, 2023 12:05AM
We could learn a thing or two from them.
Oct 29, 2022 10:54AM
Chris Garrett-Petts
Our the idea of no corporal child punishment and employment for life as well as care for the elderly
May 11, 2022 11:32PM
Joy waters
The Japanese have always revered the elderly, unlike our culture. These last few years, In America, there seems to be such a lack of respect towards one another, in general, & it's only getting worse.
Oct 24, 2021 12:54AM
Not only inn Japan. The famous Italian entertainer Toto Antonio De Curtis, of very poor origins, was adpted by a ruined nobleman, becoming heir to ther title... because his adoptive fatherm was banrupt and agreed to adopt him for a regal sum.
Aug 25, 2021 6:46PM
Shirley Grace
I love the Japanese they the most Curtis polite people Iv ever meet I had Japanese student s for a few years. And one. Always. Comes and visits me. Hear in England. She has stayed in touch for over 30. Years. She is a English. Teacher in Japan. She's lovely. It's so nice to see her. When she comes. I hope I have many more years. Of her visit s
May 15, 2021 12:00PM
Jacqueline Tattam
Vikram Mangaldas Ahiwale, nothing to do with God. It’s cultural upbringing.
Mar 22, 2021 11:54PM
Jaime Quintao Silva
A civilization like the Japanese one takes centuries and a few milleniums to achieve such a level of solid values like respect, humility, tolerance, politeness and civility.
Feb 11, 2021 6:06PM
Joshua P. Hatcher
Was in Japan in the early 50’s as a young man and was totally impressed with their customs..completely different than my experiences when invaded by the military during WWll.
Jan 19, 2021 11:18PM
Conrado De Leon
Not only in Japan. The famous Italian movie actor known as Toto, was adopted by an elderly nobleman, inheriting his name and fortune... although Toto's personal wealth was quite more robust than that of the adoptive father. Find out more about it, It's very very interesting.
Jan 12, 2021 10:43AM
Edna Mohrmann
The Japanese have a beautiful tradition, based on respect, integrity and honesty! What a good example for the rest of the world please!
Jan 12, 2021 3:05AM
During the tsunami whole coastal towns were destroyed. But even then there was no loitering of stores or homes! On the contrary, people helped others gather whatever belongings they could find.......Just like in New Orleans during Katrina!!!! Yeah Right
Jan 11, 2021 3:38PM


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