Noone can challenge the fact that tourism has become an internationalphenomenon of global consequence. The internationalization of thetourism sector is complicated and wide-ranging. As tourists visitseparate parts of the world, they encounter lots of cross-culturalvariations in the different aspects of life. There is a sharpcontrast between the various cultures and that, therefore,necessitates thorough preparation to ascertain effectiveness duringthe visit. This paper aims to discuss my cross-cultural experience inJapan and at such, state the variations behavior, styles ofcommunication, clothing, and values among other issues.
Thegreatest hurdle was that of being a stranger. The blonde hair andskin complexion attracted lots quizzical looks. Japan photos were acommonplace thing while at school. That, therefore, came as a cultureshock since seeing individuals from different races is a commonphenomenal just seeing your neighbor his or her dog.
Languageand efficient communication is a key point of experience acrosscultures. Despite the fact that some Japanese residents could speakEnglish, their manner of expression is different and necessitatedlots of concentration. A particular aspect of languagecontroversially attracted my attention while interacting with nativesat a local language film show. A standard fact sheet was issued onthe way to answer questions with regards to “you don`t, do you""we can`t, can we." To a local speaker, they have a “No”for an answer when they agree with that sentence. The Japanese peopleresponse is “Yes” that is opposite in meaning to the Englishspeakers. I later learned that there is no rhetoric question inJapanese negotiations. It is, therefore, crucial to avoid suchquestions lest you fall into lots of misunderstandings.
InJapan, direct eye contact is viewed as an indecent behavior and quiteintimidating in particular between the young and elderly members ofthe society. It is customary to bow while greeting (Buruma,2015). That is contrary to the freelance life in my homecountry. Moreover, I noticed that when a person waves his or her handin front of the face denotes “I don`t know” or “I don`tunderstand.” On one of the routine visit to a hotel, I realizedthat the attention of a waiter is captured by catching the eye andconsequently, dipping the head. At a time when interviewing one somehotel manager, the precise information that came out clear is thatlistening without interference is taken as polite. When Japanesenational spotted wearing a mask in the public arena most probably issuffering from a cold (Buruma, 2015).
Religionsparked lots of difference from what we believe. In Japan, thereexisted a mishmash of Buddhism and Shintoism. Unlike the Westernculture, Religion in this place is scarcely preached, nor is taken asa doctrine. Instead, religion is viewed as a way of living, and amoral code. More fascinating is that religion is seen as a family anda private affair. An interview with a teacher of a school revealsthat shows that there are no religious prayers or symbols in majorschool events. Religion is seldom discussed in everyday life, and theresidents do not claim to be religious. That is the opposite of whatI know and believe. According to Buruma, (2015), the residents maketrips to the graves of their ancestors during the New Year to prayfor the late relatives and to secure good luck for the year ahead.
Thefamily restaurants offer incredibly good food of high value,exceptional service, and tasty food. The restaurants are spotlesslyclean. In addition, the hotels contained a variety of Korean andChinese food (Buruma, 2015).
Inconclusion, it is key to note that Japan has a multifaceted andfascinating culture. A cross-culture experience is a compelling bodyof knowledge that promotes peaceful co-existence. It makes onewell-informed and comes to the position of appreciating the diversityof humans and nature.
Buruma,I. (2015). AJapanese mirror: Heroes and villains of Japanese culture.Atlantic Books Ltd.