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1. Posted by starlight2 (Full Member 108 posts) 9y

so yeah no one is answering in my Japan post .. IDK why but I'll ask a more specific question. Maybe that'll help.

OK so i'm pretty in touch with Japanese culture, I have many Japanese friends from Japan, family in Japan, & was taugh much about the Japanese culture from my grandmother, and that's probably even stricter since she lives in Japan in the 1930s/40s.

Now about modern Japan, no one can know EVERYTHING if they haven't lived there their whole life, so what are some big No No's that are okay in American culture??

[please no stupid answers like taking off shoes, I'm married to a Chinese guy that's just common sense! ^^]

Example:
Someone told me texting on the subway is like scadulous.

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 22, 2007, at 8:36 AM by starlight2 ]

2. Posted by shrekspawn (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y

Japanese people dont deal well with being told they are incorrect on almost any subject. Try to be indirect.

3. Posted by starlight2 (Full Member 108 posts) 9y

Quoting shrekspawn

Japanese people dont deal well with being told they are incorrect on almost any subject. Try to be indirect.

How should I do that?
... It sounds like me I hate being corrected, but I'm one of those people who is always like "actualy it's this way..." I used to even correct teachers, teachers don't take kindly to being corrected, esp if it's something they SHOULD know. Well IDK I doubt any problems will come up ... we'll be talking through my friend the whole time, since her friends don't know English and I don't know Japanese ... that'll be fun >.<! haha.

I guess the having to be right all the time thing is my Japanese side. I mean it's so embarrasing when you're wrong about something you thought you were right about.

Me and my neighbor used to fight ALL the time when we were young because we both thought we were know-it-alls .. and would fight about "who was right" for hours.

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 22, 2007, at 7:57 PM by starlight2 ]

4. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 9y

While I was there I didn't really notice any big no no's that I was accustomed to in the US. Just small things such as the removal shoes and having manners but as you said those are dumb answers as they should be common sense! I found the Japanese to be very understanding of outside traditions so even if there is an untold "no no" that you incur, they would probably assume it's just a misunderstanding of culture

5. Posted by starlight2 (Full Member 108 posts) 9y

Thank you NantesFC : ]

It's good to know this. I just don't want to make a mistake and like them think "stupid america, knows nothing of asian culture" which would hurt me a lot since I LOVE asian culture.