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10:11 am - 11/14/2012

What makes Japanese citizens feel distinctly Japanese?



No matter what country you call home, there are always moments when you feel like a true citizen. 

What about Japan? What makes Japanese citizens feel distinctly Japanese? My Navi News asked 1,000 of their members to tell them about a moment when they felt Japanese. Here are the results of their survey:

During a Trip

—I can never sleep on hotel beds, but I fall fast asleep on tatami and a futon. (Male, 31)
—When I stay at a hotel, I mostly have rice and miso soup for breakfast…I must be Japanese. (Female, 29)
—When I’m using an onsen. (Male, 28)
—When I wait in line without complaining. (Female, 31)

Whether you stay at a domestic hotel or Japanese-style inn, there are many moments when you feel Japanese, especially for those who crave miso soup in the mornings.

At Meal Time

—When I’m eating Tamago-kake-gohan (Rice with a raw egg on top). (Male, 53)

—When I put natto on top of rice. (Female, 24)

—When I settle down with a bowl of chazuke (rice with green tea poured on top). (Male, 45)

—When I’m drinking hot Japanese sake. (Male, 24)

Tamago-kake-gohan and Chazuke are exceptionally Japanese dishes. There are also times when the food you normally eat very casually turns out to be a food characteristic to Japan. It’s safe to say that there’s a lot of delicious food and alcohol that is native to Japan.

During an Event

—When I’m enjoying cherry blossom viewing with everyone. (Female, 23)

—When I eat mochi on New Year’s Day. (Female, 24)

—When I get excited when Japan wins a medal during the Olympics or when there is a Japanese Nobel Prize winner. (Female, 30)

In Daily Life

—When I get annoyed when the train doesn’t come exactly on time. (Female, 27)
—When I get into the tub and sigh, “Ah.” (Male, 53)
—The joy of drinking water right out of the faucet. (Female, 39)
—When I buy pasta from the convenience store and the cashier asks me, “Would you like a fork or chopsticks?” I always answer, “Chopsticks.” (Female, 31)
—When I get upset when a toilet doesn’t have a bidet function. (Female, 23)


—Even if I’m dealing with a difficult or unreasonable situation, I never show my true colors and keep my feelings to myself.  (Female, 24)
—When I get irritated with people who are unable to read a situation or pick up on the mood of a conversation. (Female, 30)
—When I say words such as “yoroshiku onegai shimasu,” “Otsukare sama,” and “Okagesamade.” (Female, 23)
—When I bow while using the phone. (Male, 25)


—When I think Shiba Inu dogs are the cutest (Female, 35)

What about you?  What makes you feel like a citizen of your country? 

Source: NicoNicoNews


Japan Today 

>When I watch TV and I see half my country is gonna be on strike the next morning.Guess where I come from...
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exdream1999 14th-Nov-2012 10:49 am (UTC)
Resisting the urge to be that person....

...but I'm totally that person though.
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sybille707 14th-Nov-2012 11:12 am (UTC)
we are on strike?
kangxy67 14th-Nov-2012 11:03 am (UTC)
(Not that I do it, but) When it is general knowledge in my country that a packet of tissue paper is enough to reserve/chope the whole table at a food court...
fairyland_not 14th-Nov-2012 11:45 am (UTC)
well hello fellow sgeans!
phililen3 14th-Nov-2012 11:28 am (UTC)
OP has to be South African....
duckduck17 14th-Nov-2012 11:46 am (UTC)
Lol. I eat spaghetti & pasta with chopsticks, too!!! I'm just too Asian. :)
rosemaine 14th-Nov-2012 11:54 am (UTC)
—When I bow while using the phone. (Male, 25)

senshicalico 14th-Nov-2012 12:10 pm (UTC)
I feel my most American when I sit watching The Daily Show on TV, stuffing my face with donuts and letting my amurrikan gut hang out of my clothes.

Also driving seven hours straight just to get to the other end of my state. Woop.
thingofshadows 14th-Nov-2012 01:09 pm (UTC)
I feel my most American when I sit watching The Daily Show on TV, stuffing my face with donuts and letting my amurrikan gut hang out of my clothes.

omg, this is me all over (except replace donuts with chips, popcorn, or similarly greasy packaged snack foods D:).
elanielyn 14th-Nov-2012 12:21 pm (UTC)
And here I thought OP was Spanish. Seems half the world's on strike.
csaca 14th-Nov-2012 03:04 pm (UTC)
I thought she is Italian xD Whole Europe is on strike.
dearmisterecho 14th-Nov-2012 01:13 pm (UTC)
I feel American when I eat McDonalds while drinking a Coke and talking about Obama

I also feel American when I don't go to the doctor for every single god damn thing, unlike so many Japanese folks who do...
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lelomew 14th-Nov-2012 02:30 pm (UTC)
Tamago-kake-gohan... I used to eat that so often since I'm such a lousy cook.

Where I'm from, we have a tendency to complain about ANYTHING (perhaps the topic of weather being our forte), but bringing people down isn't too far behind either. Not to mention we haven't exactly endeared ourselves to the rest of Europe.

On the upside, I do enjoy my fair dose of comedy.
ashyxx 16th-Nov-2012 01:18 am (UTC)
Omg are you maybe english?
If so hi-fiveee!
kerplunk 14th-Nov-2012 02:39 pm (UTC)
When people can't guess my ethnicity, When i'm with my family and by family i mean 1st cousins 2nd cousins their cousins, cousins and aunts and uncles all in 1 room, when we get noise complaints etc.

__planitbremix 14th-Nov-2012 02:48 pm (UTC)
i feel im american when i must eat my french fries with bbq or honey mustard sauce

i feel im american when i walk into a kitchen its the norm to have 4 burners

ninomusic 14th-Nov-2012 02:54 pm (UTC)
When I randomly notice how freaking tall everybody here is, I live in the country with the tallest people in the world.
csaca 14th-Nov-2012 03:06 pm (UTC)
I'd like to move there *___*
kanaala 14th-Nov-2012 05:01 pm (UTC)
When... I'm being sarcastic or starting to complain about something again... LOL
urubaby21 14th-Nov-2012 06:41 pm (UTC)
motusama 14th-Nov-2012 06:15 pm (UTC)
Are you French
asth77 14th-Nov-2012 06:48 pm (UTC)
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