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Eerie strangeness of Japanese culture

A hikikomori

The hikikomori are young people who do not wish to communicate with the outside world. Of course, in every culture, there are a small number of people, who are called “hermits”, but this is usually older or even elderly, many of whom suffer from mental disorders, depression or agoraphobia.

Feature of Japanese “hermits” – age. It’s either teenagers or young people are slightly over twenty, which is almost completely cut off from the outside world. There are several objective reasons for the emergence of a huge number of hikikomori: the first, of course is the Internet, the second monstrous load in educational institutions, which few can withstand, and, finally, loving parents who are willing to support their offspring until old age, if only they flew out of the nest.


Although legends of the Yakuza, the crime rate in Japan one of the lowest (below only in Monaco). All weapons – from pistols to ceremonial swords, be sure to register with the police.

Attitude to work

Everyone knows that the Japanese are one of the most disciplined and hard-working workers in the world. However, the image of the businessman-alcoholic, frequenter of karaoke bars not too far from the truth. The Japanese are really a lot of drink; at corporate sake is flowing and the officers vainly trying to keep up with their hardened years of training bosses.

But what is really surprising is how many Japanese did not drink in the evening, in the morning it will be as a cucumber and will get to work on time. In addition, in Japanese culture it is considered perfectly normal to take a NAP in the workplace, it is even encouraged. It is believed that the man who bowed their head to the desktop, working to exhaustion and is particularly dedicated.


The phenomenon Kodokushi (a lonely death) is the silhouette of the body of a deceased person. It is formed when the body for a long time is not detected.

Workers who are engaged in the transportation of furniture, say they often encounter such “kodokushi”. According to the estimates of the private companies, about 300 of the 1,500 cases they stumble upon these sad symbols of human loneliness.

Traditional Japanese family, when under the same roof get along several generations, is outdated, and now the elderly more often live alone.

This also happens with temporary workers, or contract employees – many men and women in this category of the workforce never marry and not marry. They die alone, and nobody knows about their death.

Adult movies

Japanese manners are always distinguished by rigour, including in relation to “adult films”. And though the ban on to shoot hardcore in Japan does not exist, the genitals in the video have to be blurred to be consistent with national perceptions of morality.

This relaxed version of the Japanese porn is complemented by the so-called “bukkake” – the demonstration of the resulting liquid as a proof that I really was an “act of love”.

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