Ways to surprise the Japanese

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How to surprise JapaneseWant to surprise your Japanese friends? Or are you visiting Japan, and want to make an impression on the people there? What Japan Thinks has just published the top 20 things done by foreigners to surprise Japanese. Here are the top 10:

  1. Writing difficult kanji
  2. Bowing on the telephone
  3. Using dialect
  4. Speaking Japanese fluently
  5. Using proverbs, idioms
  6. Eating natto
  7. Habitually using chopsticks
  8. Getting drunk with tie tied around head
  9. Using Japanese era dates, not Western calendar
  10. Singing enka, folk songs

Among the top 10, number 6 stands out ot me. It suprises me when anyone eats Natto, let along foreigners. I like number 8 too, so salary man. Check out 11-20 at What Japan Thinks.



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