Are Japanese Really Shy?

It’s no secret that many foreigners think that Japanese are shy people. Including the Japanese themselves, they have become convinced (mainly through) outside pressure that they are so.

Alright, of course there are shy people in Japan. This is something that cannot be denied, just like in any country. But simply to think that a nation is “shy” is a somewhat shallow conclusion to a bigger picture. The truth is that Japanese are shy and are not shy.

To understand all this, a good place to start looking is where it all started. Well, Japanese are very polite people in general and don’t like to give out their emotions to strangers. Does this make them shy? Well, not yet.

What makes them shy are the same very reasons why westerners are shy. This is something that I wont go into because it’s a totally new topic all together. But calling people shy because their culture has a different way of behaving is just ridiculous.

In fact, I have found out that Japanese people are very capable of showing their emotions and strongly too. Just unfortunately they cannot do it in the public, so they have different ways.. such as family, girl friend or even the bath tub!

That’s true. At least before, one of the most important functions of bathing was to remove fatigue that was collected through a stressful day where you are not allowed to scream to your boss. Makes all since! However not shy!

One thought on “Are Japanese Really Shy?

  1. Thanks so much. I am very happy that someone has finally shared some light into the issue of so many people thinking that Japanese people are shy. I have been there many times and found the people absolutely lovely and open. Unlike in some other countries if you know what I mean. Maybe finally my friends will believe me after reading your wonderful article.

    So thanks for that and sincere regards,

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