I’ve had a thing for Japanese culture for a while now. However, one thing that has bothered me was the Japanese difficulty in unambiguously saying, “no.” A response of “that is a little difficult” or “I’ll think about it,” may result no action being taken. I was frustrated by this. At least frustrated enough that it is something that has stuck in my head for a few years.
It was so unlike living in America where people will no only tell you, “no,” but also tell you what you can do with your request; all without the slightest concern for your feelings. Or worse, with a not insubstantial amount of schadenfreude at hampering you on your path. Read the rest of this entry »