Quote Japan

Interesting, odd, outrageous or informative quotes about Japan

Japanese cover teachers Quote of the Day

“When a teacher is sick in Japan, the school does not provide a substitute. ‘If a teacher is away, then the children work on handouts and homework… With the first- and second-graders, we would be a bit concerned, so we’d have a teacher look in on them from time to time. But with the older kids, they study quietly.’ Of course… ‘if a teacher is gone for a month or more, we would want to get a substitute.'”

Thunder from the East pages 182-183

insipidly elegant toy food

Japanese food, according to Simon Winchester in “Korea A Walk Through the Land of Miracles”

Japanese business strategy Quote of the day

“We probably sell tens of thousands of products; we’ve never counted,” said Akira Kadota, a Panasonic spokesman in Tokyo. “Perhaps even a million?”

Defiantly, Panasonic Pushes a Vast Catalog, International Herald Tribune Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Sakura and sex Quote of the day

“Japan is the only country I know where a flower can bring an entire nation to a state of near-sexual excitement” Read the rest of this entry »

Japanese heroes Quote of the day

“John Wayne, Bruce Lee and Sir Galahad all wrapped up in one, with a bit of Yoda thrown in” Read the rest of this entry »

Salaryman life Quote of the Day

“we have resolved to endure the unendurable and suffer the unsufferable”

Emperor Hirohito on 15 Aug 1945, predicting 60 years of unpaid overtime and seeing your children only when they are asleep, all so Americans can bankrupt the world using their credit cards to buy nice reliable cars the people who made them could never afford (Japan being one of the last countries to be able to buy Lexus cars)

Nihonjinron quote of the century

“The reason Japanese people are so short and have yellow skins is because they have eaten nothing but fish and rice for two thousand years… If we eat McDonald’s hamburgers and potatoes for a thousand years we will become taller, our skins become white, and our hair blonde” Read the rest of this entry »