Today’s Word: unique

October 30, 2017 =========

☆  unique  独特の


As we come to the end of the month, we have our Question & Answer section in the Eigo Techo. The question for this month is “What is unique about Japanese culture?” How would you answer this question if someone visiting Japan asked you?

And, if you do think that Japan’s culture is unique, why do you think it is so unique?

If you search Google for the answer, a lot of non-Japanese people say that Japan’s culture is unique because the country was not open to foreigners during the Sakoku period, or because it’s an island, so it was hard to reach, and not easy to invade. However, one answer I found was that Japanese people have an amazing ability to “Japanize” anything! In other words, they can take anything from another culture and adopt it, and customize it perfectly for Japan. What do you think about this idea? I really agree with it! After living in Japan, I thought that being able to Japanize anything was one of the most unique things about Japan.