4 Quirky Japanese Customs: Can You Relate to These?

  • Check out these four Japanese customs that may seem quirky or unusual to many other cultures. However, some cultures may also relate to these customs too, so take a look and see what you think!

    1. Less Interest in Perfume and Deodorant

    Japanese people do not use perfume very often as they are sensitive to smell and don’t like bothering other people with a strong perfume scent. Wearing a strong scent may turn heads and same goes with the wearing of deodorant. The Japanese may wear a subtle smelling deodorant or none at all.

    2. Taking a Bath before Bedtime

    Taking a bath or a shower before going to work or school is very common for some nationalities around the world. However, this is not-so-true for the Japanese bathing custom. Most Japanese take a bath once a day before going to bed. This is a very important daily routine for them as they can actually relax in the tub after a very long and tiring day. The purpose of bathing for them is more for relaxing rather than cleaning or washing up. Another reason is, they don’t have enough time to take a bath in the morning as they are usually rushing to work.

    3. Sleeping on a Futon

    Most Japanese people are minimalists. They don’t need a bed frame for them to sleep on at night. Japanese houses are also quite small, and they don’t have space for huge beds. They have a custom of folding the futon after waking up in the morning and putting it in the closet. Such a nice way to save space!

    4. Work and Golf

    Somehow, the working environment in Japan has merged both work and golf in one setting. In certain occasions, bosses invite their subordinates to play golf with them while discussing business. They believe this is the best way to establish rapport between employers and employees. It may be good news for those who have the passion for playing golf but it can also be a burden for the non-enthusiasts.

    So, can you relate to any of these customs or are you willing to incorporate any of these customs into your culture? It is always interesting getting to know the daily habits of other cultures.

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