Have You Ever Wanted to Become ’More Japanese’? Here are Seven Tips!

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  • Japan is a country like no other. Of course, every nation is unique and different. But Japan just seems a lot more different than the rest! From bizarre rules and crazy entertainment shows to unique cuisine and distinctive style, people are fascinated with Japan and its people.

    In recent years, the term ‘Japanophile’ has been used to describe a non-Japanese person who is a lover of everything about Japan. They appreciate the culture, people, and history of Japan and many seek to immerse themselves as much as possible in Japanese culture.

    I have met many people from overseas who have an excellent knowledge of the customs and way of life here. Some people strive to make themselves fit into Japanese society as much as possible, by learning the language and customs and also wearing Japanese-style clothes. They may also have interests in J-pop or popular anime or manga series’.

    If you are interested in looking and seeming more like a Japanese person, check out these seven introductory pointers!

    1. Learn How to use chopsticks the Japanese Way

    The first and perhaps the most important lesson in taking on Japanese cultural traits is using chopsticks correctly! In Japan, knives and forks are rarely used, and you will only see them at international restaurants or more modern establishments.

    In Japan, perhaps unsurprisingly, there is a certain way to eat a meal properly. This includes how you hold your chopsticks, where you place them while you’re not eating, where to sit at the table, and how to show good table manners. You can read more about these special manners here.

    2. Look more Japanese by Having Bangs (for girls)

    If you want to look more like a Japanese woman, you could try styling your hair so that you sport bangs. If you have long, shoulder-length, or short hair, you can always re-style it and add this very popular Japanese look!

    Bangs are incredibly popular in Japan and have been so for decades. Whilst many trends and fashions have come and gone, the national obsession with bangs has continued to thrive. You will notice that women in Japan wear both full bangs or side bangs, both of which look really cute!

    The theories about why bangs are so popular in Japan vary, but perhaps one reason is that bangs look very childlike and innocent, an image which has been popular among Japanese women for some time now. Also, many popular anime and manga characters have bangs, which could have kept the trend going.

    3. Look more Japanese with a Bob Haircut (for boys)

    For Japanese young boys and men, the bob haircut is very popular. It is one of the most common male hairstyles here in Japan, and if you want to look more Japanese, then perhaps you should try and embrace it!

    The bob has a few different cuts to choose from, including the blunt bob, the curly bob, the choppy bob, the inverted bob, and the asymmetrical style. Similar to the bangs which are popular among young women in Japan, the bob look definitely has a cute feel to it.

    One thing to take into account, however, is that Japanese men are gifted with famously strong and versatile hair. It can be easily shaped and has a lot of natural volume and lift. People with different hair types may have to work to maintain a decent bob hairstyle. However, there’s nothing that a good hairspray can’t keep together!

    4. If you Want Act like one, Then Sound like one

    Of course, one sure way to seem more Japanese is to learn the language! Easier said than done, I know! This may take a long time, but in the meantime you can learn some common sounds that will make you sound like you know a lot more than you do!

    Japanese people have a habit of using some common sounds to communicate things. For example, they say ‘etoo’ and ‘annoo’ to say what in English would be ‘uhmmm’. You will hear these sounds absolutely everywhere in Japan or among Japanese people. They will use this sound when they are pausing or thinking during a conversation.

    You may also hear these words when starting a conversation with someone. For example, to say ‘um, can I talk to you for a second?’, a Japanese speaker would say ‘annoo, chotto ii desu ka?’. There’s one sentence you can learn now!

    Japanese speakers also have a distinct tone when they speak. Much like using different tones and emphasizing certain words depending on the situation and how you are feeling in English, so the same can be said for the Japanese language.

    The best way to get a grip on this subtle changes may be to spend some time watching anime cartoon or Japanese drama shows!

    5. Use Your Expressions

    Japanese expressions are distinct. You can see whether the person is Japanese by simply observing their expressions. Well, this works most of the time! Japanese people often exaggerate their expressions, particularly if they are shocked by something, or trying to deny an accusation against them.

    When Japanese people are shocked, they may also say ‘eeehhh’?! If you manage to say this whilst also batting your eyelashes and keeping your eyes wide open, then you are on your way to being a bit more Japanese. The same goes for when you’re denying something, only add hand waving gestures to emphasize the expression of denial!

    When you are nervous or shy, you could bow your head. Bowing is often done and is normal in many situations in Japan, whether it be in your workplace after a meeting or when confessing your love for someone. However, be sure to also look a person in the eyes after a conversation as a show of respect.

    6. Be Polite

    Japanese are famous for this. Everyone knows how polite the Japanese are. So, to act like a Japanese person you should really learn how to be polite. Japanese people are fond of bowing. It’s like 50% of their day is spent bowing!

    But, seriously, if you want to act like a Japanese person, you should start bowing whenever you greet someone, say thank you, sorry, hello, or goodbye. Japanese people also talk formally to anyone older than them. You can only start talking informally to someone if you are the same age as them or if the other person (same age or older) agrees to do so.

    7. Be KawaiiI

    Kawaii means ‘cute’ in English. Japanese girls (and many boys, too!) like to be cute most of the time. So, you must look cute, wear cute clothes and accessories, and act cute. To look even cuter, there are some makeup tutorials on how to look like a cute Japanese girl.

    As for clothes, wear at least a cute dress or blouse and a skirt. Clothes should also 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 being a copycat, but who cares?! If you enjoy acting like a Japanese person, then go for it.

    Don’t worry about hate and criticism, they don’t mean anything. It’s your life so do whatever makes you happy. Ganbatte!

    1. Atagirl33 says:

      Interesting!!! Why would someone deny their selves heritage to “act” Japanese? Is this in Japan when visiting or do people want to be Japanese all the time? I am curious about ur culture…

      1. Tam says:

        People are crazy a definitely want to be Japanese all time, those are people who take anime too far.

        1. Anonymous says:

          I don’t think it is too far when personally it is my life because it may not be for you but most of the time anime was there when nobody ever was. So please don’t think about it that way. I love almost everything about Japan including its looks. Not a huge fan of America rn. With Trump and all but. Thanks.

      2. Yuuni says:

        Some people like me like to act Japanese and participate in japanese culture events because they like it. I am American but I always use my japanese name I am not Japanese (actually 10%) but I like to act like a Japanese person. I am a otaku and I express my personality and you do to with whatever you like. I happen to like anime and everything about Japan and that is how I express myself. So it is not denying their self heritage it is the interest

    2. Well in America (where I live) there are all sorts of customs/heritages but they don’t all match up.
      Could have a country man next door, Muslim across from you, English lady down the road, or someone from Canada.
      I did not know my dad very well but knew that my great grandfather & grandmother on his side was out west & farmers. Which I like to farm but their Religion I did not like. They were also never in my life to give me a full Heritage upbringing. My mother was of the same Religion and was hardly there (always working). She would always take me to oriental food stores. My grandmother of my mother I knew and she was Spanish/Filipino.
      My Grandmother I loved she was fluent in 3 different languages, and new a bit in two others. She traveled the world possibly easier to mention the few she never visited.
      Anyways I admire her and other cultures.
      I like looking into new heritages/lifestyles so I can raise my daughters to be open minded to other cultures/ways of life/heritages.
      Maybe even create our own

      1. Anonymous says:

        ?? Was this google translated??

      2. Anonymous says:

        Well singapore too xD you walk down the streets, BOOM! 4++ races, different nationalities, all come by.

      3. Shawn Gwen Valdez says:

        Well Hi their Im a Filipino but wanted to be like Japanese….. Yes we Filipino are Mostly Known as Doibg Works yeah.. but Me as A Teenager really Do Just sitting Im sometimes a Lazy Bum…
        Well but Some are farming and some are not… especially the Modern Generation we are not farming…
        UNLESS your near to tye Farming place or near Mountains or The rice terraces herr…. Most of The Filipinos are Catholic and Muslims are not that Many…. Catholics cant be counted because yeah I am one but At a kilometer Muslims are In a line…

    3. Anonymous says:

      This is so bad, I can’t even…ya’ll know this is hella racist right?

      1. Dyamond says:

        It’s only racist if you make fun of the race or culture. Or if you paint your face white or brown or orange or even yellow to “blend” in.

    4. I often do and use all of the things mentioned here except the hairstyle. I’m often being mistaken by Japanese guests in my workplace and often being asked if I’m Japanese because the way I act and my accent is. When I told them that I’m not Japanese, the next thing they asked if I’ve been to Japan in which I always reply that I haven’t been to as well. They’re really surprise that I really look and sounds like a native Japanese even though I’m a Filipino.

    5. Anonymous says:

      Weeab

      1. Anonymous says:

        This comment gets 10/1

    6. Anonymous says:

      Stop creating stereotypes! Can you define yourself?

    7. Anonymous says:

      Trick people into thinking you’re American by eating a shitload of McDonalds and getting shot by cops for not being white.

    8. seychie says:

      They look like Koreans more than Japanese..

    9. I don’t think you’ll fit in Japan even if you follow this. Just like every country, Japan is very much aware if your a foreigner. This will only make you look like a weeab. Just act polite, be sensitive with others’ feelings, be hygienic. Don’t change who you are just because your so DESPERATE to be Japanese. Be proud of who you are. If you’re kind and respectful, people will surely like you no matter where you came from.
      Learn this from Rachel&Jun.

      Plus. I tried doing this things. It’s just not me. I tried to look all “kawaii” and stuff. And everytime I look back to that moment, I just cringe. I guess what I wouldn’t mind adapting is their politeness, that side bangs (which I already did ^.~☆) and their language.

      Other cultures always sounds interesting to me.

      That is all. (^.~)–☆

      1. Oh by the way. I’m not Japanese. Haven’t been to Japan neither.
        Sorry if I sound like a *hypocrite.
        It’s just my own point of view.

    10. ANIME HUNTER69 says:

      fucking weaboos, I’ve been living in japan for 2 years now and I find this ridiculously stupid lmao.

    11. Flash136 says:

      Weeaboo starter guide

    12. Anonymous says:

      weeeeeeeeeeaaaabooooooooo weaaaaaaaaabooooooooo weaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    13. Katya Pizano says:

      The perfect guide to become a WEEABOO, great job guys!

    14. Mustard Cake says:

      WEEABOO INTENSIFIES O.O

    15. Anonymous says:

      pls stop bein a weaboo PLS

    16. Anonymous says:

      be contented of what you are :)

      1. Anonymous says:

        Ew,no.

    17. Anonymous says:

      wow! so kawaii from now on i will be act like japanese since when i meet new people they always ask if am blood related to chinese or japanese hehehe ^_^

    18. Anonymous says:

      Ugh… NOT like an anime character. JUST NO.
      Something more casual would have been better for my taste. I come from America and Eurasia and have Thai – Korean siblings and cousins and I always sorta looked like them in a way, kinda had this half eastern look to me ever since I got into my teenage years, I just wanted to strengthen the way I looked in a neat way, and so I came here. Not what i was looking for, this is more like a ”How to become a weeaboo and get shot by the Japanese police force in acts of racism” tutorial. Not going against anyone’s opinion here, just sharing my own. This one just isn’t for me. :(

    19. becca says:

      I get asked if I’m half japanese all the time lol

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