Why Japanese people? Let’s understand Japanese people!

Japanese culture

My name is Satomi : Tokyo “Shitamachi” Local town Concierge of Susy’s Zoo Japanese & Nail.

What is your impression of Japanese people? 

For example,

・Japanese are polite.
・Japanese are shy.
・Japanese are clean freak.


Today, I would like to talk about the characteristics of Japanese people and what you should do if you want to understand Japanese people.

Japanese people are rich in expressions of gratitude.

There are various expressions of gratitude in daily life in Japan that differ from those in other countries.

“Sumimasen” “Aligatou” “Kyoushuku-desu” “Osoleilimasu” “Tasukali-mashita” “Osewaninalimashita” “Gochisousama-deshita” “Otsukalesama-deshita”

There are many gestures of gratitude, such as a little bow, and the act of expressing gratitude, which is part of the culture of souvenirs and gifts, has a deep meaning and history.

When we think about gratitude, the focus is inevitably on the “other person” rather than the “self”. As you begin to think on a daily basis about what to say, how to act, and what to give for the other person, you will have an outward rather than self-focused perspective.

For example, before you get off the bus, most Japanese say to the driver, “Thank you very much”. It is a natural and casual way to say thank you to the driver for taking us safely to our destination.


Many Japanese people put their plates together after eating.

The commitment to cleanliness probably comes from the spirit of “care and Omotenashi”. 

From the whiteness of their shirts to the way they polish their shoes, it has taken root in the city and the nation. There is cleanliness, care and hygienic Omotenashi.

The Japanese are sowing the seeds of symbiosis.

If there is someone behind you in line at the ticket counter, you say, “Please go ahead.

At security checkpoints and cash registers, they say, “Thank you for waiting.

Japanese people are accustomed to saying sorry if they are inconveniencing others, even if they themselves feel inconvenienced. “It is important to act in a way that emphasizes “not causing trouble to others.

“When you live a life based on “all together (symbiosis),” it is natural to be aware of others and to keep them in perspective, but when you live a life based on “self,” everything depends on you, and the pressure builds up. As a result, we begin to feel inefficient in taking care of others in our daily activities.

Try to learn about the Japanese “spirit of symbiosis” and incorporate it into our own daily habits.

The world you see may change.

Japan, where horns do not sound.

It is often used to signal that the traffic light has changed, or as a sign to make people notice.

The reason for the lack of horn honking may be that Japanese people have a unique imagination.

They try not to bother others, and each person imagines what would bother others and how to behave so as not to bother others, and this is also the rule of the Japanese.

This is also the rule of the Japanese people. In order not to cause trouble to others, you also need to be patient.

Unity is the “ordinary compassion” that can be seen everywhere in the country.

Japanese people think once about the effect they have on their surroundings.

For example, if you honk your horn, pedestrians may be startled, and you have to be imaginative about the other person and the situation.

Japanese hate people are so selfish that they don’t give a shit about other people. 

Leave the parking space near the entrance open for people with physical disabilities or the elderly.

They think deeply about the future, and when stopping their car, they are careful not to disturb the people around them.

When you stop your car in reverse to make it easier to exit, you are probably thinking ahead.

The Japanese are good ad being sweet to someone.

Japanese people are good at being sweet to someone and good at asking for advice. You can reconfirm the importance of human relationships that support each other.

If you don’t understand Japanese …

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In order to fundamentally understand Japanese business and culture, you need fluency in Japanese.

If you want to criticize Japanese people, I suggest you understand Japanese fundamentally first. (haha)

If there is a foreigner who is curious or interested, I will carefully teach them Japanese one by one.

If you can understand Japanese, you will be able to understand many things that Japanese people say and do that are difficult to understand.

Japanese education tends to emphasize the importance of accuracy and inaccuracy, and English education is based strictly on this in English grammar and conversation.

In English education, English grammar and conversation are also strictly based on these principles. Many Japanese may be confused when speaking to someone in English, thinking that they must speak correct English. However, if you speak slowly and communicate in a way that eases the other person’s tension, many Japanese will be kind to you even if you cannot speak English.

The seemingly negative comments of the Japanese are a form of humility and a way of talking that keeps the conversation going well while lifting the other person up.

I believe that Japanese humility is one of the strong points of the Japanese people. At first glance, it may seem that we are not good at receiving praise, but it is not a matter of not being good at receiving praise, it is a matter of respecting the other person, which leads to an attitude of seeing the good in the other person, which in turn leads to a humble way of speaking.

Hospitality requires a special ability, a sensitivity that allows the host to feel the joy and satisfaction of the recipient.

It is a mental ability that is hard to attain without capturing the mental appreciation of the customer’s smile or laughter.

Souvenirs are chosen by examining what kind of gift would make the recipient happy, considering their tastes and family situation.

Since we have been refining our expressions to express our feelings without relying on words, there may be a gap in communication between Japanese and foreigners due to differences in the way we express ourselves.

From the point of view of English-speaking people who value communication, some may feel that they cannot express their feelings because their Japanese is not good enough.

But don’t worry about it. Most important things is  your love and feeling.



Have you been able to understand the Japanese people a little better?
Japan is a culture that values coexistence. “It is important not to cause trouble for others.
Even if you can’t go on a trip, learning Japanese will help you understand the Japanese people.

If you are interested in Sushi culture, I recommend SUSHIDO with sushi (We also have vegetarian menu) when you visit to Tokyo.

If you are interested in Shitamachi(Do you know Shitamachi?) ,secret spots in Tokyo and Japanese casual conversation for trip, I recommend Online Japanese lesson.

Ref : 日本人が世界に誇れる33のこと