Originally Posted by Jiro
Didn't I say it's in their nature to keep clean and be polite? And no I do not believe Japan is friendlier than other. You haven't tried Africa yet. I have heard many stories from fellow trekkers that Africans were incredibly hospitable and considerate... at no cost. they even refuse to accept your money but they will accept what you give them such as chocolate or even a picture because they get to brag to their people about their experience. But I don't judge who is friendlier. As long as they're friendly - good enough for me. It's not a pissing contest for me.
My dad's been to Japan for business purpose many times (he's touched all 6 continents.. sorry no Antarctica
) and he was amazed at how clean it is... even subway. It's as if they worship Mr. Clean
But you said that they kept clean and polite just to earn the money from the tourist, I am confused by your point right now. I think you misunderstand their clean and polite, they are not doing this just for the tourist, they do this because that is their culture
. They don't walk with shoe in the house, they don't walk with sock in the bathroom, they don't put the business card in the pocket when received it, there are so many things that we can find how polite and clean they are.
I never label Japan as friendly in the world, I only say that Japan was the most friendly that I ever went. So I was just speaking through my experience.
I never had been in Africa, but it might be because they got used with living with very little money, just like The Bahamas, but unlike Japan, they are very dirty and poor.
I remember when I return to America from Japan, I felt so different and feel alittle more dirty and selfish people to walk among.
Like I said - the people who are in tourism business are courteous and friendly... which is what you experienced in Japan. You haven't really experienced "living in Japan" like Liza's brother. I've visited France and they weren't that snobby but they do look down on people who speak English instead of French.
Looking down on people who don't know the French is very snob attitude to me.
And sorry, I knew it was Japan's culture, they don't do this just for tourist, they do this because they have been acting it for thousands of years and that's their culture.
Originally Posted by Liebling:-)))
Sorry I strong disagree with most of your posts. I will be back for correct your posts later. I agree with Puyo mostly. Yes, Puyio is correct that all countries want money from tourists which is normal.
I had been experienced in Africa... Oh yes, they want money... We paid to go in their home to look around... and throw sweets away to children to grab..... France is my neighbor... I went there dozen of times... French prefer to speak their own language over speak English.
I know some French and some Americans hate each other over history... French can´t stand American´s personality as the same as American can´t stand French´s personality as well. We taught Americans to respect France´s culture and try to speak their language before they visit France... Americans are surprised that French are friendly to them... They love France... Yes, French do speak English but they are happy that you speak French a little like Good morning, bye, thank you, etc. and they would be glad to speak English for you...
Do you like France?
it´s not a culture in America to smile and greet strangers but people itself.
If you said that it´s culture in America to smile and greet strangers which mean that there´re NONE of racists, crimes, unfriendly, etc. etc. in America ... It make no sense.
Like what I said before that it´s people´s behavior itself, not culture that´s how they expose into good and friendly person, racist, unfriendly, etc. etc., not culture. See the difference example what Puyo and Liza´s brother experienced in Japan, see that there´re not all people are friendly ... We have many Japanese as tourist here in Germany... Very popular... They loves to take pictures of Germans and children.... cultures.... They are very friendly people... Each person see different. Japanese often visit my hubby´s work place for exchange and stay for 3 to 6 months... You see in French as friendly but Americans see it different... and love Germans... Like what I said that each person is different and see differently.
As what you said that Europe is unfriendly which mean that Europe´s culture is unfriendly... it make no sense because there´re friendly, unfriendly, crime, racists, etc in Europe as well.
It explains what American culture is about.
WHAT IS AMERICAN CULTURE?
Culture of the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
There´re many cultures in America because of many different races, culture backgrounds and mentalities. There´re only one true American culture is Native American.
Thank you for using my examples