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12 things you might not know about Japanese culture

Some of the Japanese culture, you may be surprised. Or certainly unexpected Today we gather new knowledge. Let’s share with everyone again.
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Even though it has been more than 150 years ago, Japan has opened up a country for culture and is known to the Western world. But there are still many stories that are a mystery to the general public, such as the following 12 stories. That might be something you didn’t know about Japan before. Let’s go see it.

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1. Omiyake is not a memento


The word “omiyake” is often translated as “souvenir.” It is a souvenir or “souvenir” in English, often referring to things that you bought for yourself as a reminder of your past visits to that place, but the meaning of Omiyake is what we buy as a souvenir. Friends, family or colleagues after the trip Most of Omiyake is local food. Packed in beautiful packaging, often in separate pieces. And each has a separate layer of packaging for easy distribution or sharing. And bringing souvenirs to friends for the Western world may be seen as an act of hospitality. But in Japan it is a custom and appropriate thing.

2. Christmas is a holiday romance


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Another major festival at the Japanese no less excited. And looking forward to celebrating Christmas It is a festival that makes December lively and colorful. Because there are decorations in street lights, shopping malls And various tourist attractions So tourists especially like this period

but Japanese people also celebrate it very much on Christmas Eve. Because Christmas Eve is considered a date night. Same as Valentine’s Day Where couples would date each other for a fancy dinner and exchange romantic gifts.

3. A few remarks Whether or not to take off your shoes


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You probably know that This is a matter of politeness when we enter other people’s homes. Then have to take off your shoes But in Japan Sometimes it’s hard to know if you need to take off your shoes in other places, such as temples, shrines, or restaurants. Fortunately, we have a few observations that can help you. There are indoor walking slippers arranged at the entrance. That means you should take off your shoes and wear sandals instead. Or if there is a raised platform at the entrance It means that visitors should take off their shoes at the door before stepping into that platform.

4. Japanese women used to paint their teeth black


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For centuries, brushing their teeth in ohakuro black has been very popular among Japanese women. Especially married people or geisha One of the reasons is for beauty. And is believed to prevent tooth decay and other dental gum problems. In the past, women would apply things on their teeth, such as a mixture of wax or ink, to keep their teeth looking black and beautiful. But such tooth painting was banned in the late 19th century as Japan modernized the country and made it more cosmopolitan.

5. Drinking water or eating food while walking on things that shouldn’t be done


The same is true for our Thai culture. Because eating with walking may cause food to stick to the throat Can affect health And prevent food from spilling onto the messy floor. If it is Street Food, Japanese people tend to stand, eat or sit. Completed, then continue.

6. Baseball is a very popular sport


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Sumo is the national sport of Japan. It is a memory that many people will think of when talking about this land of the rising sun. But actually Popular sports that are commonly played And has the most followers back to baseball This sport arrived in Japan during the Meiji period and has gained immense popularity ever since many Americans moved to or visited Japan after World War II. Japan had two professional baseball leagues, but there were teams and Small competition In many high schools and universities across the country The dominance of baseball in Japan lies in its enthusiastic supporters. And with a good deal Many audiences will join together to raise voices, cheers, stir up excitement and activities. Throughout the game.

7. The gesture of using chopsticks is meaningful
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When eating chopsticks in Japan, Do not rest chopsticks by sticking them in food. Because doing so is similar to what is practiced at funerals and will be ominous. For the same reason Therefore it is forbidden to send and receive food to each other with chopsticks If you want to share food with others Instead, use chopsticks to place on the receiver’s plate.

8. Eating horse meat is common


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Japanese people have been eating horse meat since the 16th century, but the popularity of meat for cooking only surged in the 1960s, when the horse’s role as a vehicle and to Agriculture has declined sharply Raw horse meat called “basashi” is a dish that is served at various restaurants. It is often eaten with ground ginger and sweet soy sauce. This dish is simply called Sakura Niku, meaning Sakura meat because of its light pink color.

9. Originally, a geisha was a man


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The true meaning of the word geisha is “Art experts” and the first group of geisha. In Japan, it is a man who is responsible for introducing various feudal lords. Including to entertain with performing arts that convey a variety of stories A female geisha came into play in the late 18th century and is known as Onna Geisha, which translates to a female artist. 25 years later, a female geisha became very popular. Until in the end there are more men than men And is still popular until now

10. Everyone poured drinks to each other


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When drinking together in a group, Join the table for drinking the same sake. Pouring drinks to each other Instead of pouring a glass of someone glass it It is polite to do If you get to the table for drinking together in Japan Wait for others to fill your glass with alcohol. While looking at other people’s glasses And keep pouring for each other, don’t let the glass empty If you don’t want to drink more To maintain the condition of the drink always full glass is enough.

11. To admire bonsai, there is a way to do it


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Many people may already know that bonsai is a dwarf plant that is beautifully curled and arranged in a pot. Little tree It has been finely designed, contoured and curled for a pleasing pleasure. At the same time, it simulates the conditions in which the tree is supposed to be in nature, so it is not surprising that after looking at the overall picture of bonsai. Viewers should lower their eyesight to the same level as the trees. And then imagine yourself as a little person. Looking at the tree To be able to imagine how that tree would look in its natural environment.

12. Eating loudly is a compliment


A country strict etiquette like Japan. There is a tradition that makes the Western nations amazed as well One of them is Eating noodles, noodles with a noisy broth. Which is not only acceptable But to the point that it should even be done Because doing so is regarded as a signal that the food is delicious. As a compliment to the chef who cooks And eating fast and loud This makes it easier to eat noodles while they are hot, which is said to be the best way to enjoy the flavor. It also helps to reduce the mess from the soup that may splash onto your clothes.