The Japanese Stereotypes.
It is going to be difficult to hide my fascination in the Japanese culture and the Japanese people. I grew up knowing that almost everything I am using is “Made in Japan”. The Sony VCR, my Casio watch, home Casio alarm clock, dad’s Toyota, Sony TV, Casio Radio and the list goes on. If I am to describe the Japanese people, I would quickly say polite, intelligent, efficient, hard-working… Unfortunately, I have never got the chance to visit Japan, nor learn the Japanese language and interact with one of my favorite and most admired “people”. Therefore, my opinion is merely based on my interactions with very few Japanese individuals, the things I’ve heard about Japanese people while growing up and finally my intensive research on the “Internet”, reading what people are saying and what people think.
Japanese girls (Sweet and Cute)
so here comes my favorite topic, Japanese girls. Let me walk you through my research (with great pleasure). If you go to the image search in Google and type Japanese girls, you will probably get a lot of beautiful girls in bras ( don’t get me wrong, this is good, but not quite what i’m looking for). First problem is that we don’t actually know if these girls are Japanese?
According to the “Internet wisdom”, the girls in the Flickr pictures above are Japanese and they are certainly very beautiful, but I need more evidence.
I have a theory related to girls. Usually the most beautiful girls in a nation are those playing Tennis. Below are Kimiko Date-Krumm’s pictures, a professional Japanese Tennis player. The girl looks sweet and cool, she is very cute, but I wouldn’t say she is beautiful.
So here is my final research tool, I would like to introduce to you Japan’s volleyball team, the ladies are tall, sexy and sweet :), probably one or two of them are beautiful.
But here we are, the final verdict is ready: Japanese girls are beautiful, but If I am to describe them in three words, I would say Japanese girls sweet looking, cute and beautiful.
Rumor says that Japanese women are extremely dedicated to pleasing and satisfying their husbands (confirming or denying the rumor probably takes extensive research, lol). From what I heard and read, I do believe this rumor to be true and I like to add the following: If the perfect wife does exist, well my friends, she is probably Japanese.
Which reminds of this so very old joke
In hell you have:
a Japanese house
a Chinese salary
an American wife
a British cook
In heaven you have:
a British house
an American salary
a Japanese wife
Japanese work ethics and Quality Standards
Where do i start and Do I need to say anything about this topic at all? The Japanese reputation speaks novels about the excellence of the Japanese Industry… Canon, Toyota, JVC, Honda, Panasonic, Sony, Casio, Komatsu, Fuji, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Hitachi, Nissan, Omron, Pioneer, Sega, Suzuki, Yamaha are just few of many hundreds of companies that confess the quality of the Japanese Standards.
So how did the Japanese achieve this excellence? Intelligence, efficiency, tireless work-ethics, less chit-chat more work, punctuality… I have a friend who works with a Japanese company; she told me that “no” is the only answer you cannot give to your Japanese boss. You are always expected to work hard, try your best, keep trying till you succeed. If you give a commitment to do something in 3 days, then you would better do it within the promised time.
Earthquakes in Japan, an inspiring story
The fact that the Japanese people through out history were able to cope with the strongest Earthquakes on Earth and make necessary adjustments in their building architecture, daily school and work life is a true inspiring story. Many nations, if under the effect of a natural disaster, crumble in chaos, theft, crime, hunger, homelessness and poverty. Not Japan!!! The Japanese have learnt continuously and tirelessly, to dust off the damage dealt by nature, remove the wreckage and rebuild… again and again.
Japanese People are an inspiration to me… and should be an inspiration to everyone in the world.
Polite and shy
Just like most Asian cultures, the Japanese have built an unshakable reputation of being polite. Japanese individuals are usually shy and not so out spoken. In Japan, unlike many other cultures, people try to blend in the crowd rather than boldly draw attention to themselves.
Why is this good? Some might argue that it is not, but it certainly is the kind of place I would like my children to grow up in. I feel I can connect to individuals with Japanese qualities (shy, polite, hard-working) and I think that Japan is one of the places that would make me feel as if I am living where I belong.
Japanese love technology
A common stereotype is that all Japanese are tech savvy, well, to address this point, I had to get some help :). Here is an article about Japanese Stereotypes from a Malaysian student doing his studies in Japan and in his article he says on this topic, Quoting here:
If you look at the daily life in Japan, you really will be surprised by how advanced technology they are using for every day event. For instance, automatic parking system, vending machines everywhere, food order vending machines at the entrance of restaurants, high tech toilet with many different functions buttons, navigator system in almost every car, and etc.
However, there are many Japanese who don’t even know how to turn on a computer. Except the people who are taking IT major in their education, many Japanese seem to start learning how to use computer from their 1st year in college.
Though, they are all very good users of cellphone/smart phone. Seems like Japan has cell phone culture more than PC culture. They type like lightning when using a cell phone, but when using a Computer, they are like a girl who is hesitating to shop – can’t decide to type a long time.
End of Quote. So apparently, just like anyone would expect Japanese do Love technology; However, saying that doesn’t mean they are Japanese all computer savvy. The general population seems to be in love with smart phones, tablets, cameras… I remember seeing countless photos of the Japanese youth burying their faces in their cameras, smart phones and tablets, here is one:
Japanese get married late, have one or two children at most
That is not surprising at all, the Japanese population had almost no growth since 1991 and is on the decline since 2006. I would like to deliver a message to the Japanese people: Your race has a lot to offer humanity, out of love and respect, I really hope you would have more children, :).
Weird games and Weird commercials
One picture is worth thousand words, so one video is worth a million words? 😉 Please watch the videos below 🙂 and you will know what I’m talking about.
Japanese are generous and love buying gifts
It is true :).
The shocking stereotypes which are probably false.
Here are some Japanese stereotypes which seem to be pretty common on the internet and which actually do surprise me a lot and I am not sure if it is true or not. Perhaps, I will get some comments from the humanbreed readers to help me out here 😀 :
- Love Karaoke and Love taking pictures: a reputation which i mistakenly thought was exclusive to Philippines, seems to be an Asian reputation (too early to make the call?).
- Heavy smokers & heavy drinkers? Well the rumor seems to be pretty common, but I find it hard to believe. I believe the general Japanese population is very health conscious and probably doesn’t adopt such destructive habits.
- Party Lovers and love socializing. I am not entirely sure about how accurate this stereotype is. It certainly doesn’t go inline with the typical Japanese character (being shy and not so outgoing).
- Have extreme (even sadistic) sexual preferences. I doubt this being true. I believe the general Japanese public is not different in its sexual preferences than any other nation. The stereotype maybe originating from a couple of Japanese pornographic videos floating on the internet which display some forms of torture.
- Japanese don’t care much about their outer appearance (clothes, shoes… etc). Is it true?
- Japanese like slow paced hobbies like golf and fishing. 🙂 I don’t have enough evidence to support or deny this Stereotype.
- An obsession with Animated characters and school girls This Stereotype is one of the Stereotypes I found to be pretty popular throughout the Internet, So I haven’t really been able to confirm its truth nor track the source of this reputation. Are you Japanese? What do you think? 🙂