Japanese are Not Only Diligent

February 5th, 2013By Category: Learning Japanese

Japanese are Not Only Diligent


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Many non-Japanese seem to have an image of Japanese as a diligent and serious race who don’t tell many jokes. But in fact Japanese are very fond of laughter. Japan has traditional forms of comedy such as kyougen, rakugo and manzai.


In addition, comedy programs are broadcast on TV every day. Senryu, which is humorous version of haiku, the shortest form of poetry in the world, is very popular. Newspaper, TV and radio programs hold senryu contests and many readers / viewers / listeners of all ages compete by contributing works.


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The other day a young man smoking a cigarette was walking in front of me on the street. After a while he threw his cigarette butt away on the pavement and kept walking. This was dangerous as it was still lit.
Then an old man who had been walking after him picked it up and approached him, tapping him on the shoulder.



I felt tense observing the situation. This is because recently there have been cases when a young person has been told off in which they react violently to the person telling them off. The old man smiled and said to the young man, “Here. You dropped this.” The young man bashfully received and said, “Thank you.” Without thinking about it I laughed.


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There are many other instances in which humor can peacefully settle a difficult problem. People kept leaving their bicycles outside of a store that was located close to the station. The store owner put up a sign that read, “Don’t leave your bicycles in front of our store.” But it didn’t work.



One day the long suffering store owner changed the warning notice. After this, nobody left their bicycles there. It reads, “The bicycles left here have been abandoned, so please feel free to take them.”


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