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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

TPO... a little bit of Japan in Berlin

[Facial expressions
Image source: The Presurfer]

As a J-List subscriber, I always enjoy reading the very brilliant posts of J-List side blog, because by reading the thoughts of an American man while living since twenty years in Japan, I can find some similarities - or substantial differences - with my thoughts, as an Italian woman while living since one year in Germany.

I found the post Emotional Gaijin very funny and illuminating:

One aspect of the Japanese is that they don't show their emotions as freely or in the same ways that Westerners do, usually hiding their external feelings depending on the "TPO," a Japanese abbreviation meaning "time, place and occasion." To the Japanese, it's almost a given that foreigners will show emotions openly, for example wildly praising food they like as the most delicious thing in the universe, and letting their excitement influence their speech when speaking Japanese.

It's very interesting that while writing 'Westerners' the author is actually thinking about Americans without knowing it, because in some European countries people are more similar to Japanese than to the so-called Westerners: not a lot of Germans and people from North-European countries like Norway or Sweden show their feelings and ideas so openly and so often!


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