Differences and Similarities between American Culture and Japanese Culture

Differencesand Similarities between American Culture and Japanese Culture

Differencesand Similarities between American Culture and Japanese Culture


  • Both cultures value and encourage their citizens to adopt and embrace film and video as a form of entertainment. Animated Disney movies are prominent among Americans while anime films are prominent in Japan

  • They have similar starbucks, which range from the music to the interior decoration

  • Chuck Taylor shoes are popular and common in both nations

  • Most teenager girls, in both countries, still love Justin Beiber and they often talk about him during their leisure time.


Formality:Japanese tend to be more formal than Americans Japanese tend to uselast names with honorifics and they stand at a relatively fardistance apart when speaking to one another. This kind of formalityis well displayed when it come to customer service. An ideal customerservice in America is usually warm and friendly while in Japan ittends to be formal and unobtrusive (Shamoon, 2010). Rarely willwaiters, in Japan, stop by tables to ask customers whether they enjoythe offered meal.

Preferredcommunication styles and modes:In Japan, the ideal way of communicating involves passing a messageacross by speaking in an indirect manner and hinting at issue. Theyconsider direct communication as clumsy hence, they involve amiddleman during important matter. On the other hand, American’sideal way of communication is by speaking in a clear and directmanner face to face with the person involved (Kean &amp Campbell,2013). Feelings, solidarity, and relationships are the strengths ofJapanese language while explaining facts and convincing others to seeone’s point of view constitute the strengths of the Englishlanguage.

Makingfriends:In Japan, friendship is considered as a gradual process that beginswhen an individual is introduced to someone or join a group. Anindividual must socially connected with another as well as take timeto nurture mutual feelings in order to form a friendship with astranger. However, in America, people are potential friendsregardless of their creeds, esteem, and age (Kean et al., 2013). Theyact in a friendly manner even when they meet for the first time. Infact, most friendship develop by chance when those nearby meet andstart talking to one another.

Humorand emotions:Japanese consider humor and seriousness as two different things theyavoid humor when discussing a serious issue or when mood is serious.In America, however, humor and jokes help people connect with oneanother as well as make speeches and conversations pleasant.

Selfesteem:Americans develop their self esteem from who they are and what theyhave accomplished in their lives whereas Japanese develop their selfesteem from belonging to a certain group as well as from relationsthat an individual make and nurture during his or her dailyinteraction with others (Shamoon, 2010).

Food:the most common staples food in Japan include noodles and rice whilein America potatoes, bread, and corn are the most common staples.Americans make use of strong tasting condiments like ketchup andbarbecue while Japanese use relatively mild condiments.

Conflictsand conflicts resolution:In Japan, conflict is considered to be dangerous and people areadvised to avoid it at all costs since harmony is the ultimate socialideal. Nevertheless, in America, conflicts are considered asinevitable they are viewed as opportunities that enhancecommunication, bring about creative and positive changes, as well asstimulate new ideas in the society.


Kean,A &amp Campbell, N. (2013). AmericanCultural Studies: An introduction to American Culture.London: Routledge.

Shamoon,D. (2010). Teaching Japanese popular culture. ASIANetwork Exchange,17(2),9-22.