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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!
A tip? Don't worry about it and go with the flow.
Life will be easier, safer and healthier.
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