Every Monday, YouTubers Joey the Anime Man and Aki Dearest join forces to bring you The Anime Show, an hour that covers what’s hot, what’s not, what’s new and what you should be watching in the world of anime!
In the latest episode, Joey and Aki take a slight detour about talk about the country where anime originates from - Japan!
Despite both knowing Japan very well, Yokohama is a place where Joey and Aki aren't actually familiar with. Between the delicious food available and the many sights to see, the duo also got into a fascinating discussion about the cultural differences between America and Japan.
Whereas Americans are generally taught to be more straightforward according to Aki, Japanese people tend to be far more introverted, and respect for yourself and others is placed above all else within the country. This difference also trickles down to things like TV shows. As entertaining is it is watching reality shows featuring Gordon Ramsey yelling at people, shows like that will certainly never make it to air in Japan.
One particularly interesting difference is the use of language, and how sarcasm is not used in Japan. Due to language differences and different perspectives, American sarcasm-centric humour simply won't work in Japan, which focuses more on lighthearted puns, and wordplay.
For those who are unaware, Aki is not based in Japan like Joey is and thus she's had her eyes opened during her recent Japan trip, so much so that she's come up with a handy guide for all those wanting to visit the country.
In the interest of learning about new cultures, Aki says that new travellers to Japan need to be open about trying new food out. Not only is a big part of Japanese culture intertwined with the food, but being picky about food in Japan will simply spoil the experience.
The next handy tip from Aki is to get someone who knows Japanese in order to help translate maps and menus, which is easier said than done. While not having someone who knows Japanese isn't a deal breaker (and can still be super fun), having someone around who knows the language and culture will help travellers understand the little things about Japan that will make the experience all the better, such as not talking on the phone on the train (it's illegal and rude), knowing how to read the maps, and getting a handy Suica travel card for travelling as opposed to getting subway tickets.
For all of the anime goodness that comes out of Japan, the country itself is definitely worth a visit (or 6)!
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