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Japan: Japanese gestures

If people from different countries not enough to understand each other, they are trying to help yourself with gestures. This often creates the misconception that our habitual gestures should be intuitive, for example, Japanese. This is not so.

Like many things, the system of gestures in Japanese, a completely unique, so the use of sign language in communicating with the Japanese has very judiciously. Examples of misunderstanding on this ground there is a great variety. Consider just a few of them.

So, if in response to the hospitality of the Japanese to hold the edge of his hand at the throat, showing that you were already completely full, then it will produce on him the most painful impression, since this gesture the Japanese can only mean decapitation, or in a milder modern version, fired from the job. In this situation it is better to hold the edge of the palm under the chin and over the head – then the Japanese are more likely to understand that You have treated “the roof”.

If a person, connecting the forefinger and the thumb as a circle, wish to show that he’s all right, mimicking the expression “okay”, in Japan it can be understood as a desire to obtain money, for the circle is also shown for Japanese, especially for Japanese of the older generation, is to coin money.

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Future of North Korea

After the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il in the US are built different assumptions will change the nature of governance in North Korea under the new leadership.

The head of the Washington research organization “of the Asia-American initiative” the al Santoli believes that while no changes in North Korean system of government will not, no so-called “spring”, can not be expected, for to run the country remain the same generals.

— The North Koreans always remember that when Korea consisted of three kingdoms: in the South, in the Central part and the North. The inhabitants of the Northern Kingdom was always staring at his leader like a deity, spirit in the Mongolian tradition. The ruler is God. This tradition is quite compatible now with the Communist ideology. Many in the West do not understand the existence of such a symbiosis of Communist fanaticism with a long national tradition of North Korea. Therefore, regardless of intelligence, knowledge, talent of the head of the country, ensured the deification of him. Fanaticism and the tradition of deification — that is the reason for the slight intoxication of the people Continue reading

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