Meaning: One who loves Japan or Japanese culture.
Etymology: from Romanized version of the native Japanese name for Japan + phile (lover of)
Usage in a sentence: “She returned back to India, a Nipponophile.”
Here are some things about Japan that will turn you into a Nipponophile/Japanophile
- They’re so considerate about other people that they wear surgical masks if they catch a cold, to avoid passing it to someone else! Compare that with our Indian mentality of spitting bacteria-laden globs of yuck on every road and corner.
- Most restaurants ask you to remove your shoes before you enter the lobby. Wearing socks is fine.
- They do not speak in loud tones while they converse in public places. That’s a far cry from the excited chatter of travelers in the second class compartment of trains in Mumbai.
- They do not accept credit cards. Only cash transactions. So if you’re someone like me, who keeps forgetting important numbers like passwords and PIN codes, or is generally paranoid of using credit cards for an unreasonable fear, go to Japan with a wad of Yens in your pocket.
- You need to be well-mannered in Japan. If you are someone who wants people to thank you for every little thing that you do, you would be extremely happy in Japan.
- If you get irritated when people leave half-eaten meals on the table and walk out of the restaurant, you’d be impressed by the Japanese. They slurp up every noodle from the bowl. They consider leaving half-eaten dishes as disrespect to the farmer who harvested the rice so painstakingly.
- Unesco recently added Japanese cuisine – known in Japan as washoku – to its Intangible Cultural Heritage list. This puts it equal to French cuisine, the only other national culinary tradition to be so honoured.
- The cuisine out there has the world’s variety. Meat, fish, rice, wheat, vegetables. You’ll find everything you’ve always wanted to eat, including the weirdest and whackiest ingredients. Blowfish, sushi, grilled eel, barbecued lamb, vegetarian buffets at 400-year old restaurants. Eat it all here.
- Also, waiters leave you alone as you enjoy the sensuous experience of dining out. They do not interrupt you regularly, popping up like jack-in-the-boxes every time you casually glance around the room.
- If you happen to visit Japan, do make it a point to spend a night at a traditional Japanese inn. The gentle scent of tatami (rice-straw mats), the understated elegance of the interiors, the meticulous service, the outdoor hot spring baths, the multi-course meal of local seasonal produce, the calming silence. It’s a mindblowing experience. At least according to National Geographic
- The people in Japan are nice, polite, formal, intelligent. The students out there prefer group activities. And and and, they are punctual. I can almost imagine being a Japanese citizen.
So, have you visited Japan? Have I done justice in describing the Japanese? Do let me know in the comments 🙂
Arigatou gozaimasu for sparing some time and reading this post. In fact, I’d like to thank all of you who have read all the posts I have done till now for this challenge. You who comment on each and every post and share them all, you keep me motivated ❤
Information sourced at Wiktionary