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Date: 11/08/11 03:57 PM

32 Responses to Japanese Culture: Right On Or Backwards? [Pic]

  1. Profile photo of hovalady411
    hovalady411 Female 18-29
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    November 8, 2011 at 3:58 pm
    Link: Japanese Culture: Right On Or Backwards? - What do you think, I-A-B? The Japanese have been raising their kids like this for centuries. Does the system work?
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    OpsAss13 Male 30-39
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    November 8, 2011 at 4:16 pm
    I say the same. But it`s only because it`s true }-)
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    nikkuchan Male 18-29
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    November 8, 2011 at 4:16 pm
    They also spoil them and get them nearly whatever they want. The Oedipus complex is huge there
  4. Profile photo of Buiadh
    Buiadh Male 30-39
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    November 8, 2011 at 4:19 pm
    Japanese culture is very alien from the west, but, drat me, it works well.
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    tenshin Female 13-17
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    November 8, 2011 at 4:39 pm
    Sadly, right on as someone who was born in Japan. Similar in china. Though asinine might not the word of choice.
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    YANKmyDOODLE Male 30-39
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    November 8, 2011 at 4:47 pm
    my family are just non-nice individuals
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    Tetragramma Male 18-29
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    November 8, 2011 at 4:52 pm
    Does it beat giving all the kids medals after the big soccer game so noone feels like a "loser"? Ehh... probably.
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    earthshone Male 18-29
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    November 8, 2011 at 5:30 pm
    This is m kid. He`s the whole ass.
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    kittilia Female 18-29
    500 posts
    November 8, 2011 at 8:05 pm
    XD This is something that my Japanese teacher drills into us students. We think it`s pretty funny, but it`s also definitely true.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    November 8, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    While in the west we`re proud of our kids and emberassed by our parents.

    Well, they are very productive people...but with a really high suicide rate. I don`t know what that means.
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    Calderis Male 18-29
    326 posts
    November 8, 2011 at 8:49 pm
    Hell of a lot better option than false ego inflating leading to a sense of unearned entitlement.
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    carmium Female 50-59
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    November 8, 2011 at 9:32 pm
    I wonder if the kid knows how to spell "assinine"?
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    thelonious Male 40-49
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    November 8, 2011 at 9:53 pm
    Yeah, that`s stupid.
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    freddyferret Male 40-49
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    November 8, 2011 at 10:08 pm
    Which is why I smack my kids around in public and call them stupid. It does wonders for their self esteem.....and people wonder why we see such weird $hit coming out of Japan.
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    osirisascend Male 40-49
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    November 8, 2011 at 10:09 pm
    @ carmium: Apparently you don`t.
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    junkaddy Female 30-39
    261 posts
    November 8, 2011 at 10:55 pm
    My mom has that book.
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    xCYBERDYNEx Male 18-29
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    November 8, 2011 at 11:00 pm
    @carmium, LOL fail
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    missPWNAGE Female 18-29
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    November 9, 2011 at 12:25 am
    It`s true... the japanese will play down things like that.
    A: You`re girlfriend is so pretty!
    B: No no... she`s really not that pretty.
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    metalhannes Male 18-29
    144 posts
    November 9, 2011 at 12:35 am
    Haha we had a similar thing in Turkey.
    To not attract attention from the evil eye (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evil_eye) my sister was called ugly by strangers on the streets who then pinched our cheeks. This was a compliment!
    Because she`s beautiful they HAD to call her ugly otherwise she might have been cursed (zomg)!

    Since we were to little to understand what was going on, it did great things for the self esteem of my sister -.-`
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    TokioKoos Female 18-29
    412 posts
    November 9, 2011 at 1:59 am
    Haha I have that book too. XD It`s pretty old, but they still do it these days as well. However, my boyfriend is Japanese, but if anyone told him: Your girlfriend is so pretty, he`d probably say `Thank you`. XD
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    November 9, 2011 at 5:17 am
    Right on.
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    yanj1 Male 30-39
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    November 9, 2011 at 5:48 am
    It`s called Tatemae and Honne.
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    tyger9575 Male 30-39
    297 posts
    November 9, 2011 at 6:04 am
    `This is my asinine son.`
    ...
    "MOM?!"
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    sutra46 Female 40-49
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    November 9, 2011 at 8:03 am
    My mother is Japanese!
  25. Profile photo of TheOrigin
    TheOrigin Male 18-29
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    November 9, 2011 at 8:42 am
    Whilst the Japanese culture is strictly vertical, this might be a bit over the top nevertheless. Frankly, it IS normal to humble your own "in"group (uchi) when talking to someone from outside (soto) but I`m yet to see a mother call introduce her son as "bakamusuko" to a member of the "out"group.
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    TheOrigin Male 18-29
    500 posts
    November 9, 2011 at 8:50 am
    @yanj1

    Well, Honne and Tatemae refers to true intentions and what is shown or expected, in other words keeping a socially acceptable appearance versus expressing true opinion. This picture is more about the strict verticality of interpersonal and intergroup relations.

    Honne and tatemae? I`d use this example:

    A Japanese person accepts and thanks you for the tea you served him/her, when although s/he hates it and would have preferred a different beverage instead. S/he`ll go as far as compliment you for the tea, so that you as the host do not lose face, nor s/he won`t create a social tension, thus keeping the general harmony.

    That`s how it`s been explained to me by our Sensei.

    On a side note: this site does not support Kanji. Interesting.
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    onoffonoffon Male 30-39
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    November 9, 2011 at 9:09 am
    I`ll bet they don`t have those stupid honor student bumper stickers.
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    tuapui Male 18-29
    94 posts
    November 9, 2011 at 10:52 am
    "This is my asinine son."

    "Mom, what does asinine mean?"

    "...that you are a darling dear."

    "horkayyyy..."
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    lostinkorea Female 30-39
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    November 9, 2011 at 1:08 pm
    carmium
    Female, 50-59, Canada
    674 Posts Tuesday, November 08, 2011 9:32:28 PM
    I wonder if the kid knows how to spell "assinine"?
    ______

    I bet he knew how to spell it at 2 while you were just learning not to dribble on yourself.



    Oh crap...HELL, here I come! :D
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    Commentator Male 40-49
    270 posts
    November 9, 2011 at 1:10 pm
    This made me laugh, at night mom works at the projectile vomiting scat eating porn studio.
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    photomstr Male 50-59
    766 posts
    November 13, 2011 at 10:37 am
    well . . . their kids mostly do waaayyyy better in school, our kids make better burgers though . . .
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    5Cats Male 50-59
    33110 posts
    November 25, 2011 at 3:31 pm
    It`s a cultural thing, who`s to say if this ONE aspect of it is good or bad overall?

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