You should see the fuss made at my work. Freaking out over throwing a dish cloth- which I had to because everyone mills around just before lunch time and the supervisors are useless at controlling people. We have three sets of tables in one large workroom. The dish cloths are for to clean the tables of dust and then clean some food/drink mess.Why would you ever come to such a silly and stereotypical conclusion as thinking that all Japanese people or the entirety of Japanese culture is somehow anti-"throwing"?
You live here. Have you not seen _countless_ Japanese people playing baseball/basketball/soccer, Japanese kids playing with balls, etc. etc.? Does it seem like the act of throwing in and of itself is something Japanese people are universally and uniquely unable to grasp?
I have no idea what sort of situation this happened in, but _many_ people (not just Japanese people) are going to be freaked out if you just throw an object at them, or in a situation (e.g. in an office, at the dinner table) where it's preferred to hand things over in a civilized fashion.
Of course, I'm not saying that Majestic's point(s) are invalid, but the very premise of the question seems ridiculous to me.
I would indeed be interested to see this, but I have no idea why you would extrapolate from this that the entirety of the Japanese people are incapable of understanding or appreciating the concept of "throwing" when there are so many examples to the contrary.You should see the fuss made at my work. Freaking out over throwing a dish cloth- which I had to because everyone mills around just before lunch time and the supervisors are useless at controlling people. We have three sets of tables in one large workroom. The dish cloths are for to clean the tables of dust and then clean some food/drink mess.
I agree 100,000% with mdchachi on this.I didn't even understand the premise of the question until I read the responses. I have never run into this issue. Maybe because I don't make a habit of tossing things around? Or maybe because not all Japanese people act a certain kind of way?
I agree with Majestic and Thomas as well, although I tend to push back a little bit on this "all Japanese are respectful" idea, as it sometimes strikes me as a sort of exoticism and "Orientalism" that I don't really agree with. It's true, perhaps, that there is more importance placed on respect for objects, people, etc. etc. but I mean, littering and whatnot is still a thing in Japan, and the idea that the mere act of throwing is an anathema to all Japanese people because they have this deep respect for everyone and everything feels somewhat off (as Thomas's counter-example perfectly illustrates).I concur with Majestic: it's out of respect for the object and the person who gets things thrown at them. Ironically, my (Japanese) wife throws a lot of things at me (and I am not referring to spousal altercations), which I tend to find disrespectful, especially in the case of food (fruits, snacks, packed items). Throwing is something that should be restricted to sports grounds.
What area of the country do you live in?My wife says it too. Supervisors say its Japanese culture.