Your 65-Word Mini Japanese Culture Lesson

In many Western countries, when a person wants to signify themselves they point to their chest. In some cases, they point to their face, with their index finger held several inches away. The Japanese version of this self-signification? Touching their nose with their index finger. This is why every time I quiz my students on parts of the body, they respond, “Ribu!” when I point to my nose.

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