This week, a group of people are asking themselves: What do the people in Japan think about the most important Japanese things?
The question, posed by a group called The Japanese LifeInc, is aimed at people looking for advice on how to live more effectively and with less stress.
They hope to create a new generation of Japanese citizens who are more focused on their lifestyles.
“If you don’t want to live like an average Japanese, you have to change your way of life,” says Yui Matsumoto, who founded The Japanese FamilyInc in 2007.
Matsumoto says Japanese culture, with its emphasis on family and tradition, is not the same as Western culture, and she wants people to take her advice and adapt it.
“We’re Japanese,” she says.
“We have a lot of Japanese culture and traditions.
It’s our way of living.
But it’s not the way that the world wants to live.”
While Matsumotos’ group has grown into one of the largest social media platforms in Japan, the trend seems to be catching on.
Last month, more than 70,000 Japanese Twitter users signed up to a Facebook group dedicated to the question.
“People who don’t really have a Japanese identity don’t think of themselves as Japanese,” says Matsumos.
“They just think of ourselves as a different culture.”
The Japanese Family inc also launched a new social media channel, Japanese Family Life Inc, which encourages its members to find the best ways to live and interact with their Japanese neighbors.
“You can have conversations and have fun,” says Shota Iseka, a social media manager with the group.
“But don’t be afraid to ask questions.
And if someone is really good at answering questions, they might be more popular.”
To get an idea of how Japanese people are living and thinking about the country’s culture, look no further than this survey.
A large percentage of Japanese people said they have “heard about” or read about a certain topic on the internet.
“I feel like a foreigner,” one respondent said.
The survey also revealed a variety of personal quirks and quirks.
“People who are a bit more relaxed and friendly,” says Isema, “are more likely to be in the club scene.”
And Japanese people who live more remote, with fewer people around them, tend to have more hobbies.
The group aims to encourage more Japanese people to learn about their culture.
“The Japanese are really open-minded,” says Mikiko Nakamura, a Tokyo-based journalist and an avid reader of Japanese magazines.
“A lot of people here are really into reading Japanese magazines and newspapers.
They really appreciate the fact that we have a language that they can relate to.”
Isema and Matsumoses plan to expand the survey to include other social media networks, including Instagram and Facebook.
“We hope that we’ll be able to get a wider audience of Japanese who are looking for Japanese advice,” says Miyuki Nakamura.
“This is a really important topic for us.”
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