Speech is Silver , Silence is Golden : The Cultural Importance of Silence in Japan

@inproceedings{Jones2011SpeechIS,
  title={Speech is Silver , Silence is Golden : The Cultural Importance of Silence in Japan},
  author={Sally G. Jones},
  year={2011}
}
  • Sally G. Jones
  • Published 2011
  • Political Science, Sociology
  • In Japan, there exists a strange dichotomy. On the one hand, it is a noisy place: the constant announcements in the train stations and shopping centres, the loud cries of shopkeepers greeting customers to their stores, the hustle and bustle of the busy streets. On the other hand, the Japanese value silence. It might seem odd that silence is valued in a place where such a cacophony exists, but silence in everyday interaction is a vital form of non-verbal communication for the Japanese. This is… CONTINUE READING
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