Strange Traditions

Strange Traditions


The traditions of all the nations have certain elements of absurdity. We, for example, drink for health. The Japanese in their turn have their own absurdities.

       1.New Year

During New Year celebration on the tables of the Japanese there is no dolma, no pork and there are no fireworks. They quietly go to bed, get up early in the morning and go together to meet the New Year sunrise.

       2. Alwayssayyes

The Japanese never say “no”. Every time, when it is necessary to refuse somebody, they choose a more respectful way of refusing or an agreement, which does not oblige to anything.

        3. Humour

The Japanese don’t tell jokes. Their sense of humour is unique.

       4. Visit Cards

If you leave for Japan equip yourself with visit cards. How is it that you don’t have a visit card? That is you are not a reliable person. The Japanese don’t go even to the bathroom without visit cards.

        5. Respect

You can create legends about the feeling of respect of the Japanese. When they meet they don’t shake hands, they prefer to bow. You should bow as much as they bowed before you.

          6. Traffic

There are special people in the Japanese underground, who push people into the crowded carriages. Perhaps this is the reason that some Japanese prefer to go to work by riding a bicycle.

       7. Addresses

The streets in many Japanese towns don’t have their names. Instead of an address, the buildings undergo an inter-district numbering. It is interesting that the buildings are numbered not taking into consideration their place of disposition but according to their year of construction.

       8. Twins

Formerly in Japan, it was accepted that one of the newborn twins is the child of the devil; therefore, they should get rid of the baby. This was nothing else but a control of the number of population.

       9. Family Budget

The Armenian women would love this: in the family of a Japanese the wife is engaged in all the financial issues and the husband doesn’t even have the right to ask her on what his whole salary was spent.

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translated from Armenian into English by M.Vardanyan