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Transcript of Japan
has distinct seasons!
has multiple religions
has many celebrations
has a mixed culture
Strict Gender Roles
Males: head of household
Hierarchy based on birth order
Trends developing from traditions
that fit with
& modify others
Multiple family structures
Gender roles less defined, but still present
Family still responsible for care of elderly, but more options available
Assume or guess others' meaning
Low levels of openness & expression
Emphasis on non-verbal communication
Table Manners and Food Customs in Japan
Blowing your nose
at the table
(or in public)
Cleaning your plate "to the last
grain of rice"
Talking about unappetizing topics during or before a meal
Customary to serve each other rather than pour your own drink
If someone wishes to refill your glass, quickly empty it & hold it out to them
Dating in Japan
Here: "tall, dark, & handsome" athletic, tan, decisive, strong-willed
In Japan: "salary man," light, slender build, fair skin, courteous, kind, doesn't impose his will on her
Here: varied,but many ideals are based on media images (i.e. thin, tan, outspoken, "hard-to-get")
In Japan: cute, sexy, quiet, not overly opinionated
not as many couples as we have here
Gokon: group dating
Dating Cafés/Date Clubs
-fee for men to get in
-look at women through two-way mirror
-can talk with any woman for a small fee
-if she leaves with him, he pays another fee
-WOMEN: get freebies (manicures, products, etc.)
-kissing even said to be a sign of weakness
-considered rude or shameful
-Being courteous is #1 priority
About 5,000 Miles away...
-Not "the one" for you?
-Kokuhaku: confession of feelings
-Actions over words
women express this as much as men
Before a meal, it is customary to say:
meaning "I gratefully receive."
After a meal, it is
customary to say:
meaning, "Thank you
for the meal."
Observing Traditions and Ceremonies
Carp Streamers Tradition
-Boys given a Carp Streamer to display
Division of sexes less pronounced now, some girls receive them
-Told the community a man's ability to persevere and keep on fighting, like carp against the current
-Boasted to community about healthy amount of boys they created
"colorless costume"-female no longer young; part of husband's family
families face each other during vows; signifies that the families are also being joined by the marriage
1. serve meal
2. host exchanges
vows with most honored guest and gives them
a bowl of tea
3. bowl passed in order of status
bowl when drinking
"Forget the Year Party"
Traditionally, if you have a drink with someone, you forget any disagreements & problems with that person from the year
INFLUENCES ON COMM
From 1603-1868, Japan feared religious influence from the West
imposed foreign policy that prevented foreigners from entering
this strengthened Japan; gave them their isolated forms of comm
-For example: looking up & smiling at someone if they
pass by you is strange
Agent of Socialization
JAPANESE SCHOOL SYSTEM
the United States:
of modern and traditional
What percentage of Japanese students seek some form of post secondary education?
What does the carp streamer communicate to the community?
A man's ability to persevere
and keep on fighting
What is one example of bad table manners in Japan?
Blowing your nose at the table
Talking about unpleasant subjects before or during the meal
What is one of the main parts of Japanese business that was talked about today?
What is the name of the district in Tokyo known for its wild, current fashions?
What position in the household does the wife of the eldest son have?
In Japan, what do
you do if you are
not interested in going out with someone again?
Stop all communication with them
Thanks for watching!