Japan: Unique? What For?

Published By: Fatma Alsayegh
28 November, 2016

Japan has many different qualities and characteristics that make it unique, including:

• The Cuisine:

The Japanese cuisine is different from any other cuisine in the world. Can you keep a secret? The secret of Japanese cuisine to be so good is the selection and respect of products and the beauty of serving.

The Japanese believe in cooking according to the season and with seasonal ingredients. They use the ingredients to reflect the season they are in. The presentation is also a key in making those dishes as chefs believe that a person should love what they see before consuming it.

Chefs believe that using the 5 senses is a must to a dish. The dish is arranged, like a painting, so the people can enjoy the sight it. The sound of slurping noodles can also contribute to the pleasure of eating. “You enjoy the aroma of food more when you make a sound in the eating process,” Chef Hata said.

• The People:

Japanese People are one of the most respectable nations in the World. They have proved themselves to be very talented, but here are other reasons that make them unique:

− Polite:

The most common traditional greeting in Japan is a bow. Though handshakes are common now, they are most likely to stick with their traditional and bow. To everybody else bowing seems much politer than a handshake.

− Punctual:

An awful thing you could do is be late, as being punctual is very important. The train station is also known for their punctuality, so when there is a delay of even a minute, the whole system is off. But if that does happen they issue late slips for passengers to take to work as it leaves a bad impression if you’re late.

− Hard-working:

Hard-worker is one of many words that can be classified as a Japanese worker. There is a Japanese word for “death by overwork”, which is “Karoshi”. It is also considered rude to leave right on schedule, so workers tend to stay several more hours.

− Shy:

Shy is also another word to describe the Japanese. This is why you don’t catch them speaking in English very often as they are scared of saying something incorrectly.

− Grouping:

Japanese students thrive off of group work, they would prefer to share ideas and not voice their opinions alone but make a group decision.

− Formal:

Japan has a reputation for being very formal, in both manner and language. The Japanese have many different formality levels depending on who you’re speaking to. It would also be considered rude if you suddenly stopped using the formal language even to foreigners.

− Clean:

It is one of their habits to pick up trash on the streets even if it wasn’t theirs. They embed these habits from a young age, as they would clean their school for 30 minutes without the help of teachers.

• The Culture:

Every country has their own set of cultures. But the most unique Japanese cultures have to be:

− Geisha:

Geisha originated from court jesters and were, in the beginning, all male. It gradually started to become a woman’s role and girls would be trained, from girlhood, to perform and bring entertainment. They would be trained in music, dancing, singing and much more. They would wear a hand-painted kimono, paint their face white, wear amazing makeup and have a high black wig on. Historically, all girls were trained for geisha, but now the position is voluntarily chosen.

− Japanese Mythology:

Have you heard an urban legend told many different ways? That’s how myths operate. Imagine that same myth being told a different way for the last 500 years. Just like the Kappa monsters. Some may say that Kappa are human eating monsters, while others say they are cute and harmless creatures. Either, way we may never know the answer.

− Calligraphy:

In japan, a simple brush can be considered as a writing tool, and its strokes can be a form of art. The art of creating even a single character is praised as equal as a masterpiece.

Resources:

 

The Unique Characteristics of Japanese Cuisine

http://www.japanesefoodreport.com/2007/10/characteristics-of-japanese-cu.html

http://www.tasteofjapan.ru/eng/useful_info/reading/specifics.php

https://www.japantoday.com/category/lifestyle/view/the-top-10-words-to-describe-japanese-people-according-to-foreigners

Japanese People – Types, Characteristics And How They Faced Bomb

http://www.japan-talk.com/jt/new/how-to-escape-from-a-Japanese-Kappa-monster

http://www.japan-talk.com/jt/new/5-mysteries-of-Japanese-culture

http://www.surfersam.com/articles/japanese-culture.htm

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