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Muhd from Winnipeg, Manitoba asked

How can I learn the culture in a week?

I once posed this question to my fan-base, asking "which culture has the best parenting?" Surprisingly to me, at the time, was how many people said: Japanese.  Japan never really came up on my radar.

Since then I've been fascinated with wanting to learn more about the Japanese culture. Like an ethnography type of tour.  Unlike a "landscape or architecture or art" tour, I'm looking for a tour where someone can dive with me INSIDE the CULTURE of the Japanese.

Does anyone have any advice or leads? I'm looking at maybe a 7-10 day type of ethnography type of tour. Maybe tours not the right genre of what I'm looking for?


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answered by
John V from New York City

This is an easy one. 

The most authentic and efficient way to "learn a culture in a week" for the norm is to go couchsurfing with a local for that week. 

Living, sleeping, eating and just chilling with an actual Japanese person in Japan in a Japanese household meeting other Japanese people defines culture. So there you have it.

A tour won't do. A tour is like cliff notes to a country where this way it's almost like osmosis.

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Anthony from Missoula

I'm not sure about that type of tour but to get some cultural insight, even if you only intend to visit Japan for 10 days, learn a little Japanese. The people with appreciate it and be more respective to you and the language provides insight into Japanese culture.

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Louise from Los Angeles

This may sound crazy but try watching a Japanese movie, anime and documentary. It'll give you a point of view on their culture entirely.

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Thanks Louise. That's actually what got me interested and wanting to visit/tour is because of "documentaries" that have sparked the passion to want to learn more and learn first hand.
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