Westerners Visiting Japan Can Leave These At Home

Interesting blog. I agree that we don’t put ‘efficiency’ first in all cases. Japan is now aging rapidly. In some cases, we simply are not able to do things as before.

My Muse is a Corpse

Enjoyed a very interesting conversation with a Japanese friend today. Here’s the takeaway:

Westerners coming to Japan needn’t pack the following two things (I’m sure there are many more):

1. Humor. Japanese have their own ideas about what constitutes funny. While you may find a few people who will laugh at your jokes they may be doing so more out of courtesy than anything else. A short, true story illustrates this point: An American businessman is delivering a speech to a Japanese audience with the help of a translator. The speaker tells a funny joke and the audience responds with laughter. In fact, the translator did not repeat the joke in Japanese but instead told the audience “This man has told a joke which does not make much sense in our culture. Out of courtesy, please laugh now.”

2. Efficiency. This may come as a surprise given the amazing manufacturing…

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