Japanese complex thought of politeness

Miss-P March 19, 2013, 1:43 pm
I am curious why Japanese language has complex thoughts of politeness. Are there any reasons behind this? I mean in terms of traditional Japanese culture and related matters.
Japanese complex thought of politeness
Shivam-S April 12, 2013, 8:59 am
P-san,
Please excuse me, but can you please elaborate a little more as to which "thoughts of politeness" are you referring to as "complex". Further, it would be more helpful if you could give some examples to better explain your question.
Japanese complex thought of politeness
Pascal-P April 21, 2013, 4:54 pm
This is a late response, but the idea of Honne and Tatemae might answer your question. Honne are your true feelings and desires, while Tatemae are what society expects and accepts.

Some sociologists have posited that tatemae becomes more important in Japanese culture than in western cultures because Japan has a large number of people living in a relatively small space, to prioritizing social cohesion and harmony is a way to minimize conflicts in society.

I hope this answers your question.
Japanese complex thought of politeness
Miss-P April 22, 2013, 3:43 am
Shivam san,

Thank you for your question. I've found the answer from Pascal san.

Pascal san,

Thank you verymuch for your answer. Exactly. It's what I've tried to find.

Best Regards,
Japanese complex thought of politeness

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