japanese people characteristics
It’s diffiult to generalise, but I’m going to give it a go anyway.
Loyal to their families (esp. their parents)
Japanese people are incredibly loyal to their families. Often when considering a marriage partner, a job change, or any major decision, someone from Japan will put a great amount of weight on whether or not their parents approve.
Japanese people like to be on time, and they like other people to be on time. There’s a bit of a running joke that Japanese people have their schedule planners filled two years in advance.
This is changing somewhat with the younger generation, however Japanese people as a whole tend to be quite conservative - not just in the political sense, but in their approach towards life in general. Japanese people prefer to err on the cautious side.
This is probably due to, again, the familial loyalty mentioned above - if you don’t lead a cautious, stable life, with a stable career, you are unlikely to be able to provide a stable income for your family, and that would be unacceptable in the eyes of many Japanese people.
This is reflected not just in society, but in the Japanese language itself, with ‘keigo’ and ‘teinei’ and differing forms of politeness used to show respect. Other languages have this sort of split as well, but I’ve never seen such a distinct split - and that goes to show how much significance Japanese place on hierarchy, seniority, and the respect that should be afforded to people who have earned those positions in society.
Whether it’s in the business world, where there are incredibly complex practices and formalities (even just for introductions!) that must be maintained, or in classrooms, or even in the underbelly (the yakuza!) of Japan - the split between different ranks is clearly marked, enforced, and respected by Japanese people.
Spiritual and superstitious
It’s often said that if you see a random person rowing a small boat in the middle of an ocean, or trekking somewhere ridiculous like the middle of the desert, it’s probably a Japanese person. This is because, for the Japanese people that escape their workaholic lives and get away for a bit, nature seems to hold an irresistible allure.
It probably goes back to the Japanese pantheistic religious system, which I don’t really know much about myself - just that nearly everything has a deity of some sort, making nature incredibly important and something to be respected.
Japanese people tend to be spiritual more than just in that religious sense, and it’s hard to explain, but most tend to have some kind of belief in oni (Japanese demons), ghosts, the supernatural, and things like that - their entire culture is filled with references to these beings, and most of their festivals have some kind of spiritual backing behind them.