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Japan

A look into the communication of the Japanese culture.
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Meghan Battest

on 4 February 2016

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Transcript of Japan

Japan
Fargo, ND
Tokyo
Harajuku FASHION!
Young People
Eccentric
Lady Gaga
Japan...
has distinct seasons!
is UNIQUE!
has multiple religions
has many celebrations
has a mixed culture
and...
Traditional Fashion
Happi
Yukata
Kimono
Hakama
Intercultural Communication
Nako Andoh
Meghan Battest
Laura Bade
Olivia Barry
Gabrielle Arnquist
Rachel Scullen
Alex Andel
Etc.
FASHION
FAMILY
TRADITIONAL FAMILY
Nuclear Family
married couple
with children
Strict Gender Roles
Males: head of household
Females: housewife
Multi-Generational
Hierarchy based on birth order
Modern Family
Trends developing from traditions
Keep traditions
that fit with
modern society
& modify others
Multiple family structures
Gender roles less defined, but still present
Family still responsible for care of elderly, but more options available
High Context
Expect "mind-reading"
Assume or guess others' meaning
Low levels of openness & expression
Emphasis on non-verbal communication
Family Coherence
Child Obedience
FOOD
Table Manners and Food Customs in Japan
Bad Manners
Blowing your nose
at the table
(or in public)
Good Manners
Cleaning your plate "to the last
grain of rice"
Bad Manners
Talking about unappetizing topics during or before a meal
Alcoholic Beverages
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
RELATIONSHIPS
TRADITIONAL RELATIONSHIPS
Parents
Duty
Omiai
Nakodo
Dating in Japan
Women
Men
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
Very shy
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.)
Telephone Clubs
PDA
-kissing even said to be a sign of weakness
-considered rude or shameful
Communicating Feelings
NDSU
-Being courteous is #1 priority
About 5,000 Miles away...
-Interested?
-Not "the one" for you?
-Kokuhaku: confession of feelings
-Actions over words
women express this as much as men
HOLIDAYS
ECONOMY
EDUCATION
Before a meal, it is customary to say:
"Itadaki-masu"
meaning "I gratefully receive."
Continued...
After a meal, it is
customary to say:
"Gochisou-sama"
meaning, "Thank you
for the meal."
Observing Traditions and Ceremonies
"Bonenkai"
Christmas Party
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
Wedding Tradition
"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
Tea Ceremony/Chanoya/Chado
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
-guests rotate
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
RELIGIOUS
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
in Japan
JAPANESE BUSINESS
Politeness
Sensitivity
Good Manners
Business Cards
Formal Wear
Silence
Body Language
EDUCATION'S IMPORTANCE
Agent of Socialization
Study Abroad/Workplace
JAPANESE SCHOOL SYSTEM
Similar to
the United States:
Compare/
Contrast
-School
System
-Group
Behavior
University
Crisis
Study
Abroad:
-Balance
of modern and traditional
QUESTION #1
QUESTION #2
QUESTION #3
QUESTION #4
QUESTION #5
QUESTION #6
QUESTION #7
What percentage of Japanese students seek some form of post secondary education?
Approximately 46%
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
-or-
Talking about unpleasant subjects before or during the meal
What is one of the main parts of Japanese business that was talked about today?
Politeness
Good Manners
Sensitivity
Business Cards
Formal
What is the name of the district in Tokyo known for its wild, current fashions?
Harajuku
What position in the household does the wife of the eldest son have?
The lowest
In Japan, what do
you do if you are
not interested in going out with someone again?

Stop all communication with them
THE END.
Thanks for watching!
QUESTIONS
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