Sunday, July 7, 2013

Culture Difference: Japan vs Philippines


Wazzup Pilipinas!

Every country has its own preserved or adapted cultures. Cultures may differ from many things, like celebrating certain occasions and/or engaging with our daily lives. But our focus is the culture of Japan and Philippines. This article might help you a little if you’re a Japanese citizen planning to visit the Philippines, a Filipino citizen planning to visit Japan someday or maybe just interested in the topic.

Japan and Philippines are two different countries located in Asia and one of the differences between them is culture. They culture are different since Japan is a first world country which explains they preserved culture while Philippines was conquered by different countries that explains our different cultures that we adapted.

Anyway, enough with the intro and let's start our adventure!
Let's start with the greetings!

In Japan, Japanese citizens bow to their elders to show respect. Bowing is a sign to show respect, greetings or to apologise. Another thing is greeting is very important to them they greet each other depending on the time. They greet each other like ‘I’m home’ and ‘Welcome back!’ when dealing with their families at home.

In the Philippines, close friends hugs and kiss(Beso-beso) when they greet one another while close male friends may hug each other and tap their backs or just by a handshakes. We smile and wave at other people whenever we greet them.In greeting our elders here in the Philippines, we usually lay our forehead in the back of the hand of our elders to show respect. It is also use when parents arrived home to show respect.

In greeting with names, Japanese citizens call each other with their last names while adding suffixes like ‘-kun’ and ‘-san’until they are allowed to call them by their first names.

While in the Philippines, we use Mr., Ms., Mrs. + their surname in adressing until they are allowed to call them by their name or nickname.

After reading and knowing that you must be hungry!  So let’s head to the diet section of Japan and Philippines.

Before you eat, we need utensils. As you can see at the picture above, Japanese uses chopsticks while Filipinos uses Spoon and fork. Japanese people use chopsticks because it is considered more lacquer ware friendly than other sharp eating utensils. While we Filipinos prefer the easy way and use spoon and fork. After the eating, everyone crave for dessert right? We Filipinos like sweets while Japanese prefer fruits. Lastly, Japanese people had a maintained diet. They only eat mostly 80% full and continue with their lives compared to us Filipinos which eat all we can until we are satisfied.

After that delicious part, lets head with the cheesy part of this article which is Marriage!

Now, before Marriage people use to date right? Now let’s talk about that a little. In Japan, they have group dates. In New Year, they go to shrines, and girls with their kimonos. They usual date venue are amusement parks, and lastly the couple splits the bill. Compared in Philippines, we usually have a date or double date. In New Year, the couples visit each other’s family and eat with them. They usually date at the mall, probably watch a movie, and the guy would pay for the date.

After dating, It may lead to a messy break up or a beautiful marriage!

In Japanese marriage, they wear Kimono, for the bride, and Hakama, for the groom since it’s their traditional outfits. The picture of a tea set there signifies the Japanese tea ceremony, which is also called the ‘Way of Tea, it’s a Japanese cultural activity for newly married couples. Lastly, Traditional Japanese weddings are held in the Shinto Shrines with a Shinto priest leading it.

In the Philippines, weddings are held like the modern western style weddings. The bride and groom wear the common wedding gown and suit. After the wedding, a flock of doves were released in the sky that signifies peace and harmony for the newly marriage the bride had a bouquet of flower thrown in the air and according to our traditional beliefs that whoever catches the thrown flower would be the next in line for marriage. Lastly, weddings are held in a church lead by a Christian priest since most of the Filipinos are Christians.


As our journey ends, we come to the conclusion that Japan and Philippines has its own unique culture and traditional beliefs that made them a country. They both continue their culture thus preserving them and keeping them alive. We must always remember our own culture when we visit other countries and we also need to respect the countries culture to avoid unnecessary conflict that may arise or to keep ourselves from embarrassment. Remember the things that you've learn and apply it in your life. Until next time, Ciao~


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  1. OOOOOH This is article is very VERY GOOD!

    I especially like the visuals! ;)

    I like how you made into a story at the end where in even though we have VERY different cultures, we can still get along harmoniously :)

    This is so sweet. VERY GOOD ARTICLE.

  2. Just by reading this article, I feel like Philippines is very far from Japan. The two countries have many differences when it comes to their culture. From their greetings, food, clothing, and even wedding. Japan really is different from the Philippines.

    What I liked best in your article is the pictures. You made it yourself instead of borrowing from someone else, that's really great.

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  4. What I like about this article is that, you cited the differences of the two culture. And some of the visuals are yours, it's great! SUGOIIII

  5. The article is informative specially citing the difference between two cultures. The visuals adds more clarity to the two nationalities being compared. NICE MATERIAL .......;-)

  6. The article is informative specially citing the difference between two cultures. The visuals adds more clarity to the two nationalities being compared. NICE MATERIAL .......;-)

  7. I really like this article! Especially the pictures it's really creative! I also like the way the author wrote it, the way how she showed the difference of the Philippines and Japan... :D

  8. Hi Rona san :) Sugoi desu ne! waaa I really like your article dear :)) The details were written well and oh! the pictures are very very nice! :D You were able to differentiate the culture of the Philippines and Japan in a good manner. keep it up! :D

  9. Japan vs Philippines or should we say Japan loves Philippines. I really like this article because it reflects the economic progress and cooperation of both countries. :)

  10. Wonderful! This article really described the difference and uniqueness of our culture from japan. It made me realize that our culture, the Philippines' culture is a very competitive one. Good job!I like your article and also the visuals hehehe. ;)

  11. Good job! I like the visuals. Great work.

  12. As we know that Japan is indeed different from Philippines. Usually people just say that the difference between the two countries (especially the Filipinos) is that Japanese people are "singkit" while Filipinos are not. This article helped me realize that that is not the only basis of what the difference of Japan from Philippines is. Culture is a factor too. And in this article it is stated clearly what is the two countries' difference. And lastly, I really liked how the author used pictures so the readers will easily understand what the author is stating. I hope more people would read this article. :))

  13. Awesome ! This article really describes the differences between Japanese & Philippine culture. These countries are both very great & cultural. I hope more people can read this article! :D

  14. Nice article :). The author have a nice interpretation between the differences of the culture between Japan and Philippines. The pictures used were simple but at the same time helps the reader fully understand the article. :)

  15. Hi Rona Marie:))) your article is really well written and is very informative. It really described the difference between the culture of Japan and Philippines in a really nice way:))

  16. I feel bad that some ppl believe everything the article says is right. I'm sure they'll be disappointed when they come to Japan and see how things look like. I want to say a few things as Japanese living in Japan. First, we don't bow like the picture 90 degrees down with the arms bent. Second, most people like to have sweets these days, especially girls. According to this, I'd be more Filipino because I eat sweets and I eat until my stomach explodes. Finally, more and more ppl have a western wedding and very few ppl have the traditional wedding. But the only difference is that it has nothing to do with religion. We have a wedding at a hotel. And even my parents who are over 50 had a wedding at a hotel. Sorry to disappoint you guys but this is what Japan really looks like. Thanks.

    1. It is okay :) These are just opinions/observations :) And uhm, I want to ask, here in the Phl, eye-to-eye contact creates sincerity and I heard for you it means "I want you"? I'm just interested to know *^_^*

  17. This is stupid. Filipino eat with their hands, and they get married wearing barongs

  18. Very nice article I got a lot of ideas.

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