Wednesday, November 27, 2013

We Japanese - a unique national identity

One of the interesting cultural reflections of Japan is the sense of a unique individuality of the nation as a single, all encompassing entity. When discussing how to phrase something, a non-Japanese person would probably say something like "in English we call this …..". Not the case in Japan where a Japanese person would, more likely than not, say "we Japanese call this …..". There is a cultural bond that comes with being a 99.5% homogeneous nation. And provides an interesting contrast to how other nationalities perceive themselves as well.

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