Monday, October 22, 2012

The Japanese way of rejecting 日本人的拒絕台詞

Because Japan is a high-context culture, they do not reject you in the face. Instead, they will use all sorts of indirect ways to express their negative answer, such as... "I think it will be difficult", "Chances are slim", or any other reasons to suggest that "NO" is imminent. If it proves futile to deter the determined foreigner, they will become quiet and let you wait till you persist them with another irritating call a few weeks later. However, if the foreigner feigns ignorance and blows his/her top, approval might eventually be granted :P

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Japanese girls are just different 日本女生就是不一樣

Most Japanese girls are like walking cute dolls with high heels and slim legs. How did they even manage to have such slim legs??? The clothes here are either too cute (lots of ribbons, lots of lace, or lots of fur), or meant for slim petite figures. Great, nothing for pear-shaped women like myself, and I don't want to cosplay as a fairy and fly around in stilts.

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Food Packaging and size reflects Culture 食物包裝於份量反映出文化

A lot can be told from just a simple food packaging, like how the packaging was designed, to ease of opening. For example in Japan, sweets and snacks are packaged in small exquisite packs, making it easy for individuals to eat or for those who are more health-conscious to feel less guilty. On the other hand, Singapore sweets and snacks, which are typically sold in big packs, are meant to be shared among the whole family, reflecting a bigger family nucleus. Those who are familiar with Japanese products would know how easy they are to be unsealed due to good packaging design and material (although the waste generated is debatable). This probably reflects the Japanese emphasis on details. That's all for my BS for today :P

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