sumimasen

Why are the Japanese always sorry for something?

Sumimasen – this is a Japanese word meaning “I am sorry” or “Excuse me”, which we always keep saying to one another. If you have been to Japan, you might wonder why people always apologize. I, for instance, say “sumimasen!” more than 10 times a day (I’m not exaggerating), but I don’t always mean it…