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What's ‘in’ in Japan 06: Bilingual Exchange Session "Social Norms"

posted Jan 26, 2016, 11:45 PM by INFO ICT   [ updated Jan 31, 2016, 4:56 PM ]
What's ‘in’ in Japan 06: Bilingual Exchange Session "Social Norms"


◆ Date Tuesday, February 23rd | RESERVE

◆ Time 7:30pm~ 10:00pm (the class STARTS at 7:30pm!!)

◆ Venue
 
Cafe la Voie
    1-23-1, Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

◆ Participation Fee 500 yen
  *Please be advised that you will need to purchase a drink (and/or snack) upon arrival.


A SOCIAL NORM is a cultural product which represents individuals' basic knowledge of what others do and think they should do. In a society that depends on social obligation, social norms, or mores, are not just peer pressure but a requirement to live a harmonious life. Social norms are large & small, from lifelong employment to being quiet on the train. To people from other culture, the social norms of another country, especially an island nation like Japan can come as a shock for those that aren't accustomed to it. While not good or bad, some social norms become adopted by those that appreciate the culture. 


◆ QUESTIONS
・Do you know any unique social norms?
・What is the difference between a social norm and a tradition?
・Have you adopted any social norms from other cultures?


SOCIAL NORMS
・Being quiet on the train
・Young marrying age
・"Shy" personality
・Train oshiya "pushers"
・Not walking while eating/drinking
・Toilet slippers
・Not pouring your own glass
・Loitering in bookstores
・Counting one hand
・Receiving things with two hands


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◆ What’s ‘in’ in Japan - is a monthly bilingual session (usually the 2nd or 4th Tuesday night in Tokyo)
for Japanese and Non-Japanese people in Tokyo to get together and learn about various topics related to JAPAN from its history to the latest trend/culture where you feel free to speak your native language or Japanese in a multicultural setting. There is always a hidden backgrounds for that hot issue, which may be the cultural things, customs, people's minds, Samurai spirits, weather and so on... Let's share ideas in a cozy atmosphere and meeting new people, and feel more Live and Real Japan!

◆ Language Any language

◆ Timetable
 - Open    7:30pm Lighting Talk (Self-Introduction), Language Exchange
 - Around 8:00pm Fun Conversation and discussion with slides
 - Around 10:00pm Close

 RESERVE