Many people are so full of the knowledge about Japanese people and their customs. Some even want to become Japanese, thus, they are learning the language and culture. However, there are also people who just want to act and look Japanese because of manga, anime, and J-drama influence. So, these are a few tips on how to be more Japanese-like without getting too far into the language and culture!
Japanese are known for using chopsticks for almost every meal. They rarely use spoons, forks, and knives (unless having a western meal). There are some special manners that you can read about here.
Long hair, shoulder-length hair, or short hair are universal until you add bangs. People can’t deny that most of the Japanese have bangs. It is like their main hair trend that never gets old. You can choose between the side bangs or the full bangs, but I recommend the full bangs because it is the most common among Japanese girls.
This bob cut is the most common hairstyle among Japanese boys. Be it the blunt bob hairstyles, the curly bob hairstyles, the choppy bob hairstyles, the inverted bob hairstyles, and the asymmetrical Asian bob hairstyles, it will surely bring the inner Japanese inside of you.
Japanese have the habit of using words like, “etoo..” “annoo..” instead of “uhmmm..”. You can always hear it while talking to a Japanese, especially when they are thinking or make a pause in a conversation. These words are even used when starting a conversation with someone. For example, “annoo.. chotto ii desu ka?” (Uhmm.. Can I talk to you for a second?). So, if you wanna act like a Japanese, you are free to use these words. Also, Japanese have a distinct tone when they speak. You might as well watch some animes or J-dramas to know what I’m talking about (because you can’t hear it now even though I’m saying it. Lol). It can be helpful for someone who want to act like a Japanese.
Japanese expressions are distinct. You can see whether the person is Japanese by simply observing their expressions, well this works most of the time. They are being exaggerated at some occasions like when they are shocked or deny something. When you are surprised or shocked about something you’ll say “eeehhhh?!” Say it with your eyes wide-open while batting. Same goes when you’re denying something, only add the hand waving gestures, but faster, and use your two hands to emphasize the expression. But when you’re shy and nervous, just bow you head. For example, when you are confessing to someone you like, you bow your head while talking, but be sure that at the end of your talk, you will look at their eyes.
Japanese are famous for this. Everyone knows how polite the Japanese are. So, to act like a Japanese you must learn how to be polite. Japanese are fond of bowing. It’s like 50% of their day is spent bowing! But, seriously, if you wanna act like a Japanese, you should start bowing whenever you greet someone, say thank you, sorry, hello, and good bye. Japanese also talk formally to anyone older than them. You can only start talking informally to someone if you are in the same age as them or if the other person (same as your age or older) agrees to do so.
I think this is mostly applicable to girls. Kawaii means cute in English. Japanese girls like to be cute most of the time. So, you must look cute, wear cute clothes and accessories, and act cute. For looking even cuter, there are make-up tutorials on how to look like a cute Japanese girl (maybe I’ll post a tutorial after this one, ha!). As for clothes, wear at least cute dress or blouse and a skirt, all should be matched with cute looking accessories. As for acting cute, it all depends on how you feel about it.
Well, people may say that you’re trying hard or a copycat, but who cares?! If you enjoy acting like a Japanese, then be it. Don’t get carried away by the hate and criticism, they don’t matter. It’s your life so do whatever makes you happy. Ganbatte!