The Two Faces of Japan: Arrogance

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It is well known from various movies and other forms of media that Japan is famous for being humble. Who can forget the Samurai movies where the servants fall on the ground, bowing to their masters in fervent apology. Their emotions become amplified in Japanese because the language in and of itself contains humble and honorific forms of words, which can elevate the listener and demean the speaker at a whole new level. Continue reading


The Two Faces of Japan: Adultery


Ah Japan, the country that puts family above all else. We have heard the stories of long-suffering wives who sacrifice all, children who care for their parents into old age, and ancestors who are always remembered and revered. But is this still true today? Continue reading