Feeling Obligated

Feeling Obligated Part 4 Japanese Culture Series One of the most distinct difference between Japanese culture and Western culture is the concept of Giri. Giri, known as the social obligation of returning a gift or favor to maintain harmony in relationships, still remains a strong force in daily Japanese life.In ancient Japan, small communities worked together to maintain rice…

Do your best!

Do your best! Gambare!  Part 3 Japanese Culture Series In American history what was known as the “Puritan Work Ethic” prevailed to later help spur the foundations of the Industrial Revolution which led to America’s great economic success. Deep within American culture existed the belief inferred from the Bible that disciplined hard work, ingenuity, and thriftiness would lead to…

Honour and Loyalty

Honour and Loyalty Part 6 Japanese Culture Series Perhaps more than any other term, Bushido is most commonly recognized by Americans when it comes to Japanese culture. Bushido or ‘way of the warrior’ has been dramatized by anime, manga, samurai movies, and war history. But what exactly is Bushido characterized as in modern Japan? First, some background:From Japanese history, during the Edo…

Relationships in Japan

Relationships in Japan Part 2 Japanese Culture Series Often times in America we expect to have what is known as either a vertical or horizontal relationship with other people. In our culture, a relationship between boss and employee would be an instance of vertical, while a relationship between classmates would be considered horizontal. In Japanese…