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CULTURE

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Cultural'characteristics There%is%a%number%of%characteristics%observed%in%locals%during%the%5ield%trip.%Let’s%explore% them%one%by%one!

Honesty 5A%%Ng'Chun'Hei,'Jeremy ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Japanese% have% lots% of% special% cultural% characteristics.% One% of% them% is% honesty.% In% the% Takachiho% Gorge,% there% is% a% patron% of% the% gorge.% Right% beneath% the% patron,%there%are%some%little%crafts%which% are% of% high% quality.% No% salesmen% were% present,% but% a% little% box,% showing% the% amount% needed% to% pay% for% one% of% the% crafts.% Some%tourists% would%take%it%away% without% paying.% However,% Japanese% are% not% keen% on% gaining% these% petty% advantages.% The% same% thing% happens% in% the% Dazaifu%Tenmangu.% People%can%draw%lots% from%a%container.%A%box%next%to%it%is%used% as% money%collector.% During% our% visit,% we% had% never% seen% that% Japanese% taking% away% the% lots% without% paying.% Apart% from% adults,% same% case% applies% to% teenagers.% Though%they% are% young,% they% were%honest%and%pay%before%taking%away% the%lots. During%our% trip%in%Japan,% one%of%our% companions%found%that% he%left% his% wallet% in% a%shop% during% our% journey.% At% 5irst,% we% thought% that% the% wallet% would% be% taken% away% by% the% shopkeeper%after%we%had%left.% Fortunately,% the%shopkeeper%did%not%take%it%and%kept%the%wallet% with%good%care. From% the% above% examples,% honesty% is% demonstrated% by% Japanese.% This% manner% had% become%a%cultural% characteristic%in%Japan.% No% matter%in%the% cases%of%elderly%or%youngsters,% all% Japanese%have%a%spirit%of%being%honest% and%will%not% tell%lies% to%others.%They% hope%this%manner% can%affect%the%foreigners.%This%spirit%is%worthPlearning.%We%should%always%be%honest%and%not%to% tell%lies%for%advantages,%we%can%gain%respect%from%the%others.


Faith

''''''''''''''''''''Lee#Ka#Sin

Most% Japanese% customs% are% affected% by% the% faithful% believes% in% Japanese% religions.% Since% natural% disasters% occurs% in% Japan% relatively% frequently,% the% fear% of% the% Japanese% about% unlucky% things% increased.% They% were% afraid% of% offending% gods% and% deities,% thus% becoming% more% careful% in%their%words%and%deeds.% Based% on%the% fear,% temples% are%built% and%ceremonies% are%held%in%order%to%please%the%gods%which%are%thought%to%be%the%dominators%of%human.%Besides% going% to% temples,% they% also% worship% the% gods% at% home.% During% the%trip,% we% went% to% Dazaifu% Tenmangu%in%Dazaifu,%Fukuoka.%It%is%an%important%shrine%built%for%the%dedication%to%the%spirits% of% Sugawara% Michizane.% Many% students% and%elderly% go% there%to% pray%for%good%luck% and%good% health.% Different%kinds% of% charms% and% amulets% are%sold%to% people.% The%Japanese% believe% that% these%goods%can%bring%them%luck%and%safety.%With%great%fears%and%misgivings,%they%hold%regular% rites%and%enshrine%gods%in%temples. Apart%from%worshipping%of%gods,%the%Japanese%have%other%special%customs%too.%They%love%to%eat%

raw%such%as%raw%beef,%raw%5ish%and%raw%greens.%In%Kyushu,%horse%sashimi%is%a%very%popular%and% famous% item.% Japanese% chefs% also% like% to% make% dishes% with% gorgeous% decorations.% Food% are% placed%in%goodPlooking%plates%or%bowls%and%arranged%in%exquisite%and%formal%manner.% Actually,%the%Japanese%have%much%good%virtue%like%being%polite,%neat%and%helpful.


''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''Wong#Hei#Lok

Tradition

!!! !!!All%along,%we%think%that%Japan% is% another% Hong% Kong.% She% has% advanced% technology% and% busy% lifestyle.% We% can% see% a% lot% of% Japanese% walking% on% the% street,% similar%in%Hong%Kong.%We%always% think%that% we% can%5ind%the%newest%products% or%the% most% modern%ones.%But%we%have%changed% our% mind% after% the% trip.% Through% this% trip,% we% 5ind% out% that% Japan% is% quite% different% from% Hong% Kong.% Japan% has% her% own% culture% and% traditions. We% want% to% be% more% familiar% with% the% Japanese% culture,% so% we% have% paid% much% attention% on% the% Japanese’s% daily% lifestyle% and% their% traditional%customs.%In%the%5ield%trip,% we% knew% more% about% the% Japanese% culture% and% the% characters% of% Japanese.% There% are% some% special% costumes% of% Japanese.% They% wear% kimonos% to% attend% traditional% functions.% At% special% festivals,% Japanese% will% hold% ceremonies% to% please%the%god%and%praise%for%peace% and% harmony% of% the% society% or% the% whole% world.% Besides% traditional% costumes,% the% Japanese% also% have% some%eating%habits. % Apart%from%the%above,% we% have% explored%the%common%characters% of% Japanese.% We% found% that% Japanese% have% four% major% characters.% They% are% selfPcentered,% polite% and% considerate,% and% honest.% They% have% strong% sense% of% unity.% Because% of% conformity,% their% behavior% or% outlooks% are% similar.% The% Japanese% are% also% very% responsible.% In% addition,% they% have% good% national% education.% They% have% the% custom% of% recycling%the%waste%in%order%to%reduce%destruction%to%the%environment. % We%now%have%a%more%detailed%look%in%different%aspect%of%these%areas%in%the%following.


Manners '''''''''''''''''''''''''Liu#Ka#Chun#,#Ivan,#Nory##Jiang Greeting% each% other% or% being% polite% in% some% people’s% eyes% is% very% embarrassing% or% hard.% Although% they% know% that% this% manner%will% give%a% better%impression%to%others,%they%refuse%to%do%so. Honestly%speaking,%the%Japanese%have%done%really% well% in% this% aspect.% Children% are% taught% to% be% polite%in%at% a%very% young% age.% Therefore,% most% of% the% Japanese% leave% us% good% impressions% and% I% think% this% is% why% the% tourism% of% Japan% is% developing%rapidly.% When%I%checkedPin%on%the%5irst%day%of%our%trip,% the% of5icer%who%helped%me%5inish%the%entry%formalities% really% impressed%me% a%lot.% At% that% time,%I%tried%to% hear% what% he% told% me% with% my% limited% Japanese% knowledge.% I% heard% that% he% welcomed% us% to% Japan%and%told%me%to%enjoy%my%trip%in%Kyushu.% The%Japanese% has%another% good%and%interesting% habit.% They%always%turn%off%their%mobile%phones% before% entering% the% railways% or% other% public% transports.% This% aims% at% respecting% and% preventing%from%disturbing%other%passengers.% Local% people’s% attitudes% towards% tourists% are% very%important% to% tourism.%It%greatly%affects%the% impression% from% foreigners% on% a% country.% People% who% always% smile% and% greet% others% can% build%up%good%images% of%their%own%country% and% therefore% help% the% development% of% tourism.% In% fact,% if% you% and% I% can% bear% this% in% mind,% the% tourism%in%Hong%Kong%must%be%more%wonderful.% From% now% on,% remember% to% greet% others% (especially%tourists)!


'''''Luk#Chun#Ming

Attitude # Just% as% a% professor%of% Japanese% Study% at%Harvard%has%said,%the%sense%of%ethnic% purity%remains%strong%in%Japan.%During% the% whole% 5ield% trip,% there% are% also% some%evidence%of%arrogant%of%Japanese.% Although% the% Japanese% have% been% famous% for% their% politeness,% it’s% not% dif5icult% to% discover% their% cavalier% attitude%towards%the%foreigners. % % On% the% second% day% of% the% trip,% we% went% to% visit% the% Nagasaki% Atomic% Bomb% Museum,% the% main% message% of% museum%wants%to% express%is%the%desire% for% peace% of% the% Japanese% have.% However,% if% you% pay% attention% to% the% information%provided% by% the%museum,% you% will% soon% 5ind% out% that% the% Japanese% haven’t% mention% anything% about% their% guilt% for% causing% the% war.% They% attempt% to% convince% the% visitors% that% they% were% innocent% and% did% nothing% wrong.% The% American% should% be% blamed% for% dropping% the% atomic% bomb.% All% these% details% show% that% the% Japanese% had% no% intention% to% plead% guilty%for%the%Second%World%War. % % After% visiting%this%atomic% bomb%museum,% our%tour%leader,% Mr.% Ma% explained%the% Japanese’s% point%of%view%on%Second%World%War.%He%said%that%most%of%the%Japanese%nowadays%are%still%have% the%thought%of%superiority% of%Japan.% Japan% deserves% much%larger% territory%since% they% are% the% best%nation.% This% idea% has% been% spreading% among% the% people%and% thus% gives% them% excuse% to% attack%other%countries.%This%can%be%to%a%certain%extent%traces%of%nationalism. % %Concluding% from%the% above%information,% we%can%5ind%out% that%Japan%is% indeed%a%rather%selfP centered%nation.% They%put% their%own%interest%on%the%top%of%priority%and%don’t% care%about% the% others.%This%can%explain%the%argument%of%the%boundaries%among%the%Japan%and%other%countries% in%recent%days.%


Unity

''''''''''''''''Li#Man#Hin

# # # # # #According% to% our%experience%in%the%trip,% we%found% out%that%the%Japanese%have%a%strong%sense%of%unity. % Firstly,% we% can% see% a% row% of% rubbish% bins% beside% midPstations.% Rubbish% has% to% be% categorized% different% rubbish%bins%according%to%their%types.%They%include%glass%bottles,% aluminium%cans,%PET%bottles% (common%plastic%bottles),%and%waste%paper.% The%most%interesting%thing%we%found%was%that%the% caps% of%PET% bottles% also% have% to% be% collected%separately% because% this% can% reduce%the%space% occupied%by% the%bottles% when% recycling.% These% rules% are% followed% by% every% Japanese% citizen,% so% you% cannot% put% all% rubbish% into% one% single% rubbish%bin. % Apart% from% this,% rubbish% classi5ication% can% also% be% found% in% every% Japanese% family.% They% will% divide% rubbish% into% two% types,% 'burnable'%and%'nonPburnable'% and% take% the% rubbish% to% the% rubbish% stations.% It% is% so% interesting%that%only%one%type% of% rubbish% will% be% collected% every% weekday.% Otherwise,% the% bag% of% rubbish% will% be% sent%back%to%your%home. % Moreover,% on% the% 5irst% Sunday% of% each% month,% each% family% will% work% together% to% help% clean% their% community.% Their% coPoperation% makes% their% community,% and% their% o w n% c o u n t r y% –% J a p a n ,% spotlessly%clean.% % This% shows% their% strong% sense% of% unity% of% keeping% their% environment% clean% and% tidy.% I% think% we% should% make% reference%to%these%regulations% in% order% to% make% Hong% Kong% clean,%at%least%we%do%not%want% to% see% rubbish% being% thrown% to%streets.


''''Fung#Cheuk#Yin According%to%my%experience,%I%found% out%that%the%Japanese%have%a%strong% sense%of%unity. % As% the% tour% guide% told% us,% the% Japanese% always% change% their% electrical% appliances% like% washing% machines,% cell% phones,% etc.% to% the% newest% model.% However,% they% will% give% the% old% ones% to% people% in% need% instead%of% throwing% them% away.% We% can% see% that% the% Japanese% are% altruistic%and%helpful. %% We%can%also%5ind%this%through%the% sending% of% opinion% after% they% used% the%electrical% appliances% of%Japanese% brands.%It%is%how%unusual%to%5ind%that% Hong% Kong% people% send% opinion% cards% to% a% company% after% using% the% appliances%for%years.%In%contrary,%the% tour% guide% told% us% that% everyone% in% Japan% has% this% habit.% They% are% keen% to% do% this% with% a% view% to% help% companies% to% improve% the% qualities% of% products.% That's% why% Japanese% companies'% products% are% so% good%in% quality.% Japan% citizens% cooperate% with%each%other%and%make%the%whole% Japan% better.% This% is% the% power% of% unity%of%the%Japanese!


Kyushu Magazine Volume 5