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Japanese words for Inuit snow Quote of the day

“Just as the Inuit are said to have 18 words for snow, Hawaiians 47 for banana and Albanians 27 for moustache, the Japanese preoccupation is with bowing, for which there are half a dozen words”  Read the rest of this entry »

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Japanese brainwashing quote of the day

“Children who can maintain proper posture are praised as ‘skillful’ (jouzu) and ‘being able to do it’ (dekiru). This usage is not a conscious manipulation of language by the teachers but the standard means of praising another’s activities, whatever the context, in Japanese. This cultural expression represents good behaviour to the children as a moderately challenging skill they will be able to accomplish through effort and practice rather than as an indication of obedience or tractability.” Read the rest of this entry »