Humility

By Raven Bluford

In the third chapter of Geek in Japan, the topic I found most interesting was the section about the importance of humility in Japan. The Japanese language holds many forms of honorifics to show respect, which in retrospect is different to English because it doesn’t have any honorifics and the language only really holds informal dialogue. The Japanese also show humility by not taking credit, even if they worked hard, because it shows that they respect the people around them who in some way had a contribution to their success. This is quite different from America, because we usually don’t acknowledge other people in our success unless it is a big accomplishment, in which case we thank our families but no one else.

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