Leaning for Showing Respect to Japanese

Update: 28/03/2015
Bowing down but not too low - the Japanese have the habits to bow down more than in half at greetings.

Leaning for Showing Respect to Japanese


In the country of the rising sun, the image of a Japanese who is bowing to greet someone is the icon of the Japanese culture: They bow down but they do not condescend. They bow down in order to show their respect to the others.

On the flights of the Japan Airlines, the flight attendants always smile. They can sit, or to be exact, they kneel to help passengers who enduring numb legs.


They kneel to greet others

They are always attentive, happy to passengers, even tough ones. It is not the well-qualified flights that satisfy the passengers but the way they are served on the flights, which makes people think better about the Japanese. Only few minutes late for the departure causes  all the employees, at the airport and in-flight, pilots to bow down to apologize passengers. They are successful at impressing everyone about their country, which is very friendly with perfect communication skills.



In Japan, it is hard for you to catch a taxi for a long drive. Why is that? The drivers will drive you to the subway stations with the instruction “The subway is cheaper.” The honesty of the people is proved by the “mini shops without sellers” in Osaka.


At selling machines in the supermarkets in Japan, buyers themselves do everything, scanning the barcode and self-paying for goods.

There are many fields without peasantry. The people go to workplace daily and become farmers after work. After harvesting the crop, they wrap the products, pin the prices outside the packages and leave a box beside for self-buying. At the end of the day, on the way home, they collect the money. It is simple and easy.

Along shopping roads or in the supermarkets in Hokkaido, Sapporo or Osaka, you do not have to place your bags or backpacks into drawers. The counter is not placed at the entrance. The Japanese are proud to say that the word “pilfer” is out of their dictionary.

If you visit Japan, all stores would minus the tax, from which 5 – 10%   would be reduced incase of foreigners.


It is unnecessary to place your bags/backpacks into a drawer in supermarket.

“No noise”

The “no noise” rule is strict in Japan. All the highways must build soundproof fences, so that the people around would not be affected by the noise from the transportation. Osaka spent 18 billions USD to construct an island for an airport, which is more than 500 ha in the middle of the sea. The reason is simple; it is because residents can’t stand the noise of the flights.


Kansai international airport, which is constructed on the artificial island and far from the residential.

In the stores, even though it is the season for discount advertising, they mustn’t use equipments causing noise. They mustn’t turn up the music souding other stores. The only way to advertise is to have their employee use a handy-speaker or talk direct to each customers.


Why is there always an area of the fields in Japan which is not be harvested? The Japan farmers always leave 5-10% of their produce to animals or birds in the nature.



Every child is taught about the equality.

To avoid the discrimination, children are encouraged to walk to school. If they live far from school, school-buses are their only choice. Parents are not allowed to take their children to school by car.


Equality is the first thing the students are taught.

The black vest uniform is compulsory, from sanitation workers to company employees, government officers, which shows that Japan is a country without discrimination of people. In snowy days, looking from above, Japanese  commuters are like black dots moving on the streets. They live for their country with one spirit.

Queuing culture is the daily lifestyle of the Japanese. There is no exception. It is unsurprised that one day the one who is queuing behind you is the President.

In Japan, housewife is a career. Every month, the government would take a deduction in the husband’s income to pay the tax for the wife. Therefore, the wife staying at home as a housewife’s wage  the same as the ones who go to work. When geting old, they would have their pension.


Japan is desolated after World War II, but they rose up as a super-power nation for the world’s bowing down.




Translated into English by Nguyen Thi Mai Thao.

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