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Les gestes au Japon #1 [Au quotidien]

Hello everyone! Today, I’m with Hitomi-san My name is Hitomi and I’m from Osaka We’ll see together gestures Japanese use everyday Hitomi-san, please teach us Japanese gestures! Hello Japanese people bow to greet each other Handshakes are not very common The degree of inclination varies with the context If you are with your direct supervisor or if your excuse are very important then your inclination will be very deep It’s a very common gesture in Japan more than a greeting, it shows respect For example, if you travel by train you’ll notice that employees, when they enter or leave the wagon they’ll face you and salute you this way In Japan, I’ve also seen people do this… while on phone. Thank you very much We usually translate it “Enjoy your meal” but it means more like “Thank you for this meal” or “I’m glad to receive this meal” although, literally, it means “I take this meal”. It’s an expression used at the beginning of a meal to thanks all people involved in its preparation It is addressed to the cook but also to the nature It is more like a spiritual expression Even if you’re alone, you’ll say it It is part of good manners to have in Japan Itadakimasu is not only for meals but can also be used for other occasions like when one receive a gift It is the same as Itadakimasu except that Gochisosama is used when the meal is over It can be translated as “I really ate well” but it is firstly a thanks towards the existence of the meal you had iie=no shiranai=I don’t know chigau=you’re wrong This gesture is for all negative answers For acquiescence, it’s the same as in France : A nod. When Japanese speak of themselves (me, I…) they will often point their nose and more their torso nowadays watashi for girls ore or boku for boys when Japanese speak about something or someone they often show with their finger it’s quite impolite in France but not in Japan It means “Come here” and it is used for children and animals “Go away” Be careful not to confuse this gesture with Kocchi ni oide with quite similar It can be used with animals or with people and in this case Japanese people won’t look at him Like “go away” When a Japanese asks people to calm down during an argument or strong debate he will put his hands like that while saying “maa maa” Yesterday was hot… Excuse-me, I would like to pass This gesture, used in subways, crowded streets or between store shelf warns people one will pass in front of them In Japan, it’s impolite to pass in front of people without warning So people will say “Sumimasen” (excuse me) but it is a gesture more used by olders Have you ate yet? Not yet This gesture is simple: With one hand, mimic a bowl, with the other, to eat with chop lifts When a Japanese uses this gesture, it is to ask if one have eaten yet or would like to eat It means “Wait a moment” In France, we would do it this way Wait a moment Using the forefinger but in Japan, this gesture means “one” so Japanese people with show all their hand : Please wait It means “Let put this aside” or “let’s not speak about this anymore” It mimics taking something and putting it aside It means the Japanese people is speaking about someone who’s angry It is a reference to demons “oni” with horns it is used by teenagers speaking about their parents or a husband speaking about his wife it is a polite gesture to show someone where to go “This way please” or to show where to sit “Please have a sit here” It is used in hotels, restaurants, etc It was the first part of my video “Gestures in Japan” I hope you learnt a lot of things There will be a second video about gestures with friends and close people A big thanks to Hitomi-san and to all people who helped me for this video Don’t hesitate to ask questions in the comments below and see you soon ! Huh, it tastes weird…=(°-°)=But it’s fizzy on teeth !

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