Japanese common sense that does not work in America
Have you ever felt frustrated because people in the US are not considerate?
This is a common experience that people can have because of the cultural differences because of the individualistic and collectivistic culture.
People from collectivistic cultures, yes, Japan is one of the countries, see a group as an important value. On the other hand, people from individualistic cultures see or think things from an independent point of view.
I have been living in the US for over 15 years and I have faced so many different cultural barriers. Yes, it was painful but because of these experiences, I have learned a lot and gained a skill of seeing things from a different perspective!
Main topic Points:
In this episode, I have discussed Japanese common sense that does not work in the US.
空気を読む：Situational Awareness: This is such a beautiful Japanese cultural virtue; however, it is important to know that people from other countries cannot do this
Self Starter: You have to ask. “perseverance”, “patience”, tolerance, or “self-denial” is expected in Japan but sometimes you could get in trouble by not asking questions.
Kata ni hamaru: Result oriented vs. the hard work you put in/process oriented
Be open minded!
Be an ambassador of Japan!
Don’t be ashamed of who you are!
Embrace our culture.
Question from HCHW listener:
Advice from Emi & Miho:
- Don’t forget about who you are and be proud of being Japanese
- It is normal to have a feeling of being different or cannot fit in
- As always, Don’t forget about who you are and be proud of being Japanese !!!
Sites mentioned in this episode:
Tokyo Global Gateway