New York, Bangkok, London, Singapore, New Deli, You’ve seen so many more places than me. I have been to over 60 countries. Hey guys it’s Cathy Cat, on Ask Japanese. On our shooting we met a gentlemen, who has traveled a lot. He was from Japan but he has been to so many countries, I haven’t been to that many countries… And he has got some stories to tell especially about culture shocks that he got when he went abroad. So let’s find out what kind of culture shock Japanese people get when they go abroad. Also don’t forget to subscribe for other videos. And let’s start the video. Is there a country you would like to go to.
– Oh we have. You have? We went abroad for 23 years and 7 months. New York, Bangkok, London, Singapore, New Deli, … You have been to a lot more countries than me. I have been to over 60 countries. The countries I told you about just now are the ones we actually lived in. What were the differences between those countries and Japan? One would be the different traditions. Two, their sense of values. Those make a big change. Those things make Japanese people experience a culture shock. One thing will be to go to India and experience the caste system. I see what you mean.
– Right. But he society is still functioning with that system in it. But Japanese people cannot comprehend it. That is a big culture shock. But Japanese people who get a culture shock, will learn something out of it. They can use that experience once they get back to Japan. I don’t mean they have to implement the caste system. It’s a good example of how not to treat others. Japan has a very different system. We live in an equal society. It is the duty of the young people need to keep up the better philosophies of society. Many young people are going abroad, and coming back after 6 or 10 years. And as more experienced people, they know how to improve Japan’s society. Having broadened their horizon abroad.
– That’s it. Was there a country particularly good, or one you still want to go to? All of them are good.
– Glad to hear that. Everyone has different lives, and all of them are different traits. There isn’t a single country we would not want to go to again. The only ones we would avoid are those that are in war right now. Apart from that, I would love to see them all again. Did you go with him?
– I went to some of those countries, not all. We were also bringing our cat with us. You cat?
– We made her travel abroad. But our cat got sick… I mean, our cat got a culture shock too. You think so? How so? Our cat hates the English language. Foreigners will speak English with her, right? And that will surprise the cat. Because the cat is used to hearing Japanese. Also, Japanese faces are different. Our language is different too. The interaction will be totally different. That’s how pets also get the culture shock . It’s eyes were swelling up and in other areas too. Poor thing… What language did you use when you went abroad? Generally business English. But in Thailand, English is not a language that many speak. Even university graduates can’t speak much English. That’s why I studied Thai by myself. That’s how I was able to communicate with the staff there. You learned how to speak Thai? That’s right, I had a teacher visiting me at 6 in the mornings. Then we studied two hours until 8. From there we studied for 2 hours. What did you learn the most abroad? I learned so many things. The biggest thing I learned was about the differences in our cultures. If you learn different things about cultures…. take for example America. Americans speak English as their native language. Young Japanese will study English for many years, but still won’t be able to speak it. One reason is religion. Christianity… Religious words appear inside the English language a lot. But if you are not a Christian, you cannot understand them. But if you are a Christian you understand them. Things like that re-appear in the daily language and life. No matter how good a Japanese person get at speaking English… They will never be able to speak at an equal level. So culture is inside the language.
– Religion is inside the language. Thank you so much for your time. Culture shock… for cats… That’s new to me. I am not sure what you think about that. Looking forward to reading your comments. What is your culture shock that you experienced when you went to a different country. The first thing that many people have is maybe the food… or local customs. Or maybe different flowers or things that are around. I can see… a couple of flowers here that I don’t have in Germany. So let me know about that as well. Looking forward to reading your comments. If you are new to our channel, don’t forget to subscribe… Leave us a like on the way out. Catch you soon for another video on Ask Japanese. I hope you enjoyed this Bye… I am not sure what I am doing right now. Hey!