Reflection On Japanese Culture

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Reflective Journal 2: Japanese culture
Introduction
I have been to many countries, experienced many cultures, and enjoyed different lifestyles. I had fun riding elephant in Thailand, viewing beautifully organized city on the London Eye, and eating world’s most delicious chicken rice in Singapore. There are many more wonderful regions I've been to and I can talk about this all day. However, there is one specific country I am and always in love with. It is the country of the rising sun, Japan. All I can say is that it is such a fascinating country. It is said that this is one of those countries that we must visit once in a lifetime. Japanese culture very outstanding, with its long history and customs. Even today, their lifestyles are still traditional
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The culture is quite rich and diverse. Today, it is very widely known for its traditional arts as well as its contemporary pop culture, sophisticated cuisine, unique social customs, and refined performing and visual arts also contribute to a culture which has become attractive, and sometimes fashionable, to many foreigners (Facts about Japan). I believe this is mainly what it is one the most popular country in Asia to visit and learn about their culture. This is considered intercultural communication defined as the sharing of meaning between different cultures. All those countless times I have paid visits, I faced countless of new valuable experiences. As I compared to Thailand, the place where I was born, I can see many of the culture differences such that they are quite shocking in both good ways and not so good ways. I faced numbers of communication problems, barriers, sticky situations, and learning through …show more content…
I used to have a Japanese friend who shows signs of high context culture. For example, when I asked him something, he hardly says only the word ‘yes’ or ‘no’. That is because in his culture, they are very strict about manners. When a question is asked, a simple one word answer is not very polite because it is too curtly. There are usually some explanations with the answer or an apology included if the answer is a ‘No’. The word ‘yes’ or ‘hai (a Japanese word similar meaning to yes)’ is use is many different contexts such as saying "hai" before starting to talk or "hai" means "I'm

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