Free lifestyle, elegant skyscrapers, cutting-edge technology – people from all over the world come to America in search of charm. I think there are many Japanese who want to live in the United States. However, when you live in Japan, you are often surprised by the difference from Japan. This time, for those who are thinking of studying in the United States, I would like to introduce you to the differences between American and Japanese culture.
Challenge is a virtue!
The United States is known as the “Racial Salad Bowl” and attracts immigrants from around the world. It is a vibrant country 240 years after its founding in 1776 with the Declaration of Independence. As the word “American dream” suggests, there is a strong sense of defiance and it is a virtue to challenge.
People who live in the United States have different skins, eyes, hair colors, ideas, and beliefs. By living with people of diverse ideas, we can say that we are very aware of freedom and equality and we are repeating trial and error to eliminate discrimination on the basis of race and gender.
Furthermore, people with a strong sense of hunger who want to realize their dreams that cannot be realized in their own country are coming together in pursuit of their dreams. Therefore, it is also attractive that it is filled with the spirit of support for those who challenge.
Many people support the dreams of friends and family together, and new music, fashion and art are born every day. It can be said that the energetic atmosphere of the entire country has a great influence on the dynamic changes of the government and social systems of the United States.
Work and lifestyle styles are also free. Young people perform dance performances on the New York subway and street performers perform on the ground with confidence. America has a spirit of respect and forgiveness as long as it does not disturb others.
Let’s look at an example of an entrepreneur born out of America’s unique free-work style.
Apple Inc. Steve Jobs, the founder of it, started inventing the concept of the first home computer “Apple I” when he was a college student, he dropped out of college and founded the company.
Bill Gates, who has been interested in computers since his private high school in Seattle, took a license from Harvard University and majored because he could not absorb himself in the law. He then he moved to Albuquerque (New Mexico) and founded Microsoft.
Additionally, Mark Zuckerberg, who founded “Facebook” while attending Harvard University, has a culture of fostering student entrepreneurs in the United States. Even if you look at the rough appearance in the media, you can see a part of the freedom.
Culture shock! Lifestyle different from Japan
Here, we will introduce an American way of life that is different from Japan.
Inside the house
Today, Asian culture is going strong and some households take off their shoes at home, but shoes are the norm in America. Keep your shoes on when you sit on the bed or lie down for a bit. Take off your shoes only when you lie down or shower.
Free class style
With the exception of private schools in uniform, teachers and students are basically free to dress. It is not uncommon for elementary school students to wear or tattoo a talisman as a fashion or amulet. Some teachers sit at their desks to teach and bring in dogs. Depending on the class, eating and drinking can be fine, and some elementary schools bring snacks.
It’s unthinkable in Japan, but it’s not uncommon for elementary and middle school students to skateboard to school. There are no entrance or graduation ceremonies like in Japan, and the new rankings will be posted on the bulletin board in the new semester and we will move to new classrooms accordingly. Many schools do not have a staff lounge and classroom teachers are in charge of the same grade almost every year.
Free customer service
Japan’s customer service is said to be the best in the world. When people who are used to serving Japanese customers live in the United States, they come across a scene where they realize they are not gods. The values of equality and equality that the employee and the customer are the same person are ubiquitous.
Public bus drivers can stop outside the bus stop to go to the bathroom, or they can eat a hamburger while at the bus stop. When you ask an employee about the product she is looking for in a supermarket, you may be surprised when they say, “It’s closed, so I’ll be back soon.