4 Quirky Japanese Customs: Can You Relate to These?

4 Quirky Japanese Customs: Can You Relate to These?

Check out these four Japanese customs that may seem quirky or unusual to many other cultures.
However, it won't be surprising to find that some cultures can actually relate to these customs as well.
So take a look and see what you think!

  • 1. Less Interest in Perfume and Deodorant

    Japanese people do not use perfume very often as they are sensitive to smell and don’t like the idea of bothering other people with a strong perfume scent.
    Wearing a strong scent may turn heads away and the same goes with the wearing of deodorant.
    The Japanese either wear a subtle smelling deodorant or none at all.

  • 2. Taking a Bath before Bedtime

    Taking a bath or a shower before going to work or school is very common in various cultures around the world.
    However, this is not so with Japanese bathing customs, as most Japanese take a bath once a day before going to bed.
    This is considered a very important part of their daily routine, as it is a time of rest and relaxation after what can be a very long and tiring day for some.
    The purpose of bathing in Japan is purely for relaxing as opposed to cleaning or washing the body at the same time.
    The cleaning process happens before hopping into the bath to relax.
    Another reason is, many Japanese people do not have enough time for a relaxing bath in the morning before having to rush to work.

  • 3. Sleeping on a Futon

    Many Japanese people are minimalists and don’t require a bed frame to sleep on at night.
    Also, Japanese houses tend to be quite small and don’t have space for large beds.
    So, the custom of sleeping on a futon extends to folding it up in the morning after waking up and storing it in a closet during the day.
    Such a great way to save space!

  • 4. Work and Golf

    Somehow, the working environment in Japan has merged both work and golf into one setting.
    On certain occasions, bosses invite their subordinates to play golf with them while discussing business.
    They believe this is the best way to establish rapport between employers and employees.
    It may be good news for those who have a passion for playing golf but it can also be a burden for non-enthusiasts.

So, can you relate to any of these customs or are you willing to incorporate any of these customs into your culture?
It is always interesting learning about the daily habits, customs and routines of other cultures.