Ojigi, The Art of Deference I Discover Off-Beat Japan

May 14, 2023 | Art, Videos

Throughout Japan politeness is an integral part of everyday life and culture. It is a concept that is deeply rooted in the Japanese society and has its own unique set of social etiquette called Ojigi. From where to stand when taking the lift, how to enter a taxi, and most importantly, how to greet others – all these protocols are based on one’s standing in the hierarchy.

Children are taught Ojigi from a young age and adults often seek the help of consultants to ensure they adhere to the nuances correctly. While this may seem restrictive at first glance, it actually helps achieve balance and stability within society.

This fascinating tradition can be explored further through ‘The Respectful Life’ – a documentary series by NHK World-Japan. It dives deep into the intricacies of Japanese politeness, investigating how it influences different aspects of life and social interactions. From power dynamics between employees in workplaces to forms of communication used in pachinko parlours, The Respectful Life paints an intriguing picture of Japan’s unique culture.

So if you’re looking for an insightful look into Japan’s customs or simply want to learn more about social etiquette, then make sure to check out The Respectful Life! You won’t be disappointed!

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