Russian speech reminds them of a cat's meow, and, despite the close proximity, most Japanese know very little about Russia. Frosts, vodka, borscht, beautiful girls, nesting dolls and Cheburashka are the traditional set of associations with our country, and only the most advanced read Dostoevsky, listen to Rachmaninov and watch Yuri Norshtein's cartoons. What is the attitude towards the Russians among the Japanese?
The first misconception: Japan does not like Russians and foreigners in general
You can live in Japan for many years, master the language perfectly, study the traditions of the Land of the Rising Sun, but still not become your own here – this is a fact. For the Japanese, a foreigner will forever remain a foreigner. But such a detached position does not prevent them from being tolerant and friendly towards Russians, as well as towards other Europeans. In communication, they are cordial and friendly, always ready to help, answer a question, show the way. The main thing is to behave politely and not violate their rules: the Japanese do not like open disregard for their culture – and who would like that? Those who have become as close as possible to the locals are called here
henna gaijin – “strange foreigner”: this is a person who does everything the same way as a Japanese, but still is not one.
Unlike Americans and Europeans, the reserved Japanese do not at all consider Russians gloomy and harsh, because they themselves are not inclined to throw themselves on the neck of the first comer, as well as to smile for no reason. Moreover, they believe that Russians are frank, good-natured and sociable people who behave openly and freely, do not hide their emotions. It is this quality – our directness – that the Japanese value most of all, because they themselves will never say directly what is in their hearts. Such is the national mentality that has been formed over the centuries, and the fact that it makes communication difficult is recognized by the Japanese themselves. The Japanese also like our tradition of shaking hands when meeting people – this shortens the distance and helps to get closer. In Japan, strangers exchange bows, shaking hands is only for close friends.
Fact one: Russians don't really like to work
By Japanese standards, of course. An eight-hour working day, two days off, a month-long vacation and three years on maternity leave – all this is an unimaginable luxury for the Japanese: they often work 80 hours a week without days off and holidays. Being late for work and leaving early is also not accepted – neither the bosses nor colleagues will understand and forgive. Therefore, the Japanese are happy to find jobs in Russian companies, if the conditions are suitable – why not work in such a sparing regime, with the New Year and May holidays? 8 rules of Japanese life that will shock you.
Fact two: every Russian has a dacha
The Japanese believe that every Russian family has its own country house with a plot where you can always relax. They can only dream of this and even envy Russian summer residents – until they get to know their difficult life better and see that 6 acres is not a place for relaxation, but for gardening exploits. That's when Japanese workaholics begin to understand why Russians work so little at work: they save energy for giving!