What is Japan? Taro Aso saied that Japan is one nation, one civilisation, one language, one culture and one race. Is it true? My opinion is no. What kind of food do we often eat? Carry, pasta, hamburger… Are these food Japanese? It could be. However, these food are originally from other countries. Then, are we liveing with one culture? I think the answer is no. Like looking the food what we often eat, culture is mixed. How about the language and race? Of course, Japan’s language is Japanese. However, there are many people who speaks other languages. We are the one of the example of this. We can speak both Japanese and English. Also, there are meny people who are from other countries and now living in Japan. Their national language is not Japanese. I’m half Japanese and half Australian. My national language is Japanese and English. How about my race? My race is also mixed. My language and race are not “one”. Then, aren’t I Japanese? I think I’m absolutely Japanese. Since the Japan started to contact and have a relationship with other countries, Japanese culture, language, race… are not “one”. Many other countries’ thing are mixed.
What is “Japanese” food? What is “western” food? These days, many culture are mixed even in the food or drink. Those are transcultural food.
One of my favorite transcultural food is “tofu hamburg”. This is very popular in Japan, especially among women. The reason why this is popular in Japan is because it is very healthy. They use “tofu” instead of meat. It taste like hamburg but actually it’s not. The image of hamburg is western. But “tofu” is Japanese. “Tofu hamburg” is the food that people changed hamburg to japanese taste and healthier. This change was successful and many Japanese loves “tofu hamburg”.
like this, there are many transcultural food in all over the world. I think “tofu hamburg” is one of the grate examples of transcultural food.
The word that was spoken by Christel Takigawa in the presentation for the Olympic became very famous. The word is “Omotenashi”. This is one of the important Japanese spirit and I would like to consider it as a Japanese culture.
First of all, what is “Omotenashi”? “Omotenashi” is similer to hospitality. This is the spirit which we welcome and take care guests without expect anything in return. This spirit is very important for Japanese. There are many places that we can experience “Omotenashi”. For example, if you go to restaurant, clerk will give you a wet towel called “Oshiboli”. Usually, if the weather is hot, cold “Oshiboli” is given, and if the weather is cold, hot “Oshiboli” is given. Giving this “Oshiboli” to each customer is one of the “Omotenashi” spirit, and it is also one of the Japanese cuture. Another example is, you can experience the hightest “Omotenashi” supirit in Japanese hotel, “ryokan”. It is kind of symbol of “Omotenashi” and I think you can’t experience such a high level “Omotenashi” in other places or countries. Now, Japan is trying to show the Japanese “Omotenashi” culture to the world and Olympic wich will held in Tokyo in 2020 will be the biggest opportunity for that.
Like this, Japanese culture is not just a “thing” that we can see. The “spirit” that we can not see is also very important Japanese culture. I hope we can show this Japanese wonderful “Omotenashi” spirit to all over the world.
From my experience in MFWI, I learned many things.
First, America is very big country so there are many people from different countries. I thought America is very mixed by many different things.
Next, I was shocked by same sex marriage. My host family’s friend were same sex couple. I was interested in this because we can’t marry with same sex person in Japan.
Like this, there are many differences between Japan and America.