Although I have mentioned the usefulness of Japanese so far, many people still want to learn English. That's because foreign languages have decorative value besides instrumental value. Instrumental Value And Ornamental Value The value of things can be distinguished into two types. Let's call it instrumental value and ornamental value. The instrumental value … Continue reading Is English Practical Tool Or Fashion For Japanese People?
Why so many Japanese people think it's so important to learn English in the first place? As I wrote They have no choice. At university, classes conducted in English are increasing. In job hunting activities, you will be asked about English exam scores. Even in the news, I hear such topics frequently, such as … Continue reading Misunderstandings of English in Japan
Many people has an image of Eskimo in northern Alaska like rustic and good people who run old-fashioned living but in the reality, young people are alcoholic and most families have low-income living on food distribution tickets. Even though it is a village with a population of around 300 people, one or two children under … Continue reading English Imperialism has destructed Eskimo?
People who visit Japan often laud the custom of Japanese humility. There are many other things that you might wanna point out but let's have a close look at this for today. Humility... that's one of the biggest thing to be considered as a beautiful thing. The definition would be not humbling, doing … Continue reading Is Japanese Humility Real?
Ever since the Meiji era, worshiping of Western culture has covered the whole of Japan. Western/European white men and women are making a lot of use in the current television commercials. Japanese really use English and foreign language for everything: name of companies, products, cars or apartments etc. Many of the lyrics of … Continue reading 4 Things Japanese People Should Consider When They Speak To Foreigners In Japan
The fact that minimalists are exposed on Japanese TV and the number of them are increasing. There was something to worry about opinions on that TV program. That is, "Waste creates culture, minimalist is its enemy." Discussions started on the theme of "Are minimalists who don't have things happy?" in the studio. Among them, … Continue reading Is the Minimalist an Enemy of Culture? An Objection to the Opinion “Waste is Culture”
As a characteristic of the Japanese, there is a image of "clean heart" such as caring, courtesy is right, but sometimes they give different impressions. Japanese people actually viewed from overseas have a negative image such as self-expression being passive, being too concerned about eye-catching, humility being rather self-destructive. Where is the nature of such … Continue reading Which is Virtue? “Culture of shame” Rooted in Japanese and “Culture of Sin” in Other Countries.