In this week’s podcast, Sonny and Liz talk about the culture of Japan and a few things you need to be aware of before you go.
Life in Japan is very easy to adjust to and the Japanese people are amongst the most generous and welcoming folk in the world.
The Japanese do have one tiny downside…
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The Culture Of Japan. A Few (Standout) Facts On What To Expect On Your First Visit.
First off, the Japanese people don’t like to tell it how it is.
If you do something wrong in Japan (like in our case when we wore our house shoes into a Japanese bathroom) your host probably won’t come straight out and tell you— instead, they might ‘hint’ or try to tell you in a way that won’t make you feel embarrassed.
Now being discreet is all very lovely and nice, but anyone who has (or has had) teenagers will know — hints and seventeen-year-old boys don’t go in the same sentence.
You might as well talk to a wall.
With that in mind, I had no other choice than to prepare myself for my next visit to Japan with some facts about Japanese culture.
I never want to be caught out again (and if you are planning a visit to Japan then I suggest you do the same — learn what you can about Japanese culture!)
What happens on the podcast stays on the podcast
In this week’s podcast episode Sonny and I talk about our experiences of backpacking in Japan as a family, the culture of Japan, and what took us by surprise in Japan, including (but not limited to):
The Japanese people and whether they are really as un-touchy feely as they are made out to be?
The rules and expectations when dining with Japanese people
The differences that we noticed between the Western culture and that of Japan.
Before you jump into the episode, why not read our more in-depth post 39 culture facts about Japan (then you will really be an expert!)
Listen to that podcast episode here!
Here’s the photograph that I promised you in the podcast of Tessa, my daughter, on the bed of the midwife!
And the Sumia (the lovely midwife that we talked about!) and me polishing off a bottle of wine!!
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