Common Japanese Beliefs Explained

Westerners and Americans, in general, have a set of assumptions and beliefs regarding the country of Japan and its people. Although some of these beliefs and assumptions are true, there are others that are not. The following are some of these beliefs as well as true or untrue they are.

The Japanese Love/Hate Americans

Typically, Japanese people are friendly towards foreigners and are often very interested in learning more about other cultures. Unlike the United States, most people who live in Japan have lived their entire lives in the same country, and almost everyone is of the same race. These are the reasons why tourists from other countries are so unique and interesting to them.

With that said, there are a set of stereotypes that the Japanese, Japan vacation package all inclusive, have about people from other areas of the world. Unfortunately, many of the stereotypes are not particularly flattering, and it is those stereotypes that can lead them to be more cautious when they are around foreigners.

Most Japanese Citizens Speak English

English is not the primary language of Japan, so most people do not speak it. There are some that are fluent in English, and there are many English signs and billboards in tourist areas like Tokyo. However, even the billboards and signs may be questionable.

Even though English classes are taught in Japanese schools, the average Japanese resident does not know more than a few standard English phrases.

The Country Only Has Large Cities/The Country Only Has Villages

Another western perception of Japan is that the entire country consists of large cities like Tokyo, or that it is full of small villages. The truth is, the country has fused an eclectic mix of modern and old together. You can discover small, obscure villages like Magome that are away from the more concentrated areas. Or, you can spend time shopping and explore in bigger cities.

It Is Expensive To Live In Japan

This belief is not true. There are many expensive restaurants, hotels, and shops in the country, but you can find a nice hotel room for less than $50, and you can eat a delicious meal for less than $10.

Keep in mind that some things that are less expensive in the United States are more expensive in Japan (fruit, vegetables). The same can also be said for items that are cheaper in Japan costs more in the United States.

The Society Is Perfect

With the emphasis on respect and politeness, along with the low crime rate, has given Japan the reputation of having a perfect society. However, if you were to spend some time living in the country, it would not be long before you see that even a country like Japan is not crime free, and it has its share of problems like every country.

Japan Is Small

When you compare the size of the United States with the size of Japan, yes it is a small country. Looking through a tour book will allow you to see that the country is fairly large, and there are several distinct regions within the country.

These are some of the most common beliefs about Japan and Japanese people. Hopefully, you the separation of fact from fiction has given you a more accurate perception of Japanese people.