The differences between people in Kansai’s most famous cities, as told by Buddhist gods

Japan Today
MAR. 27, 2014

As in most countries, the Japanese tend to generalize the personalities of people who come from certain regions. Just like you can easily tell the difference between a Californian and a New Yorker, not just by accent but by general attitude and overall vibe, the Japanese have long held that you can spot an Osaka native in Tokyo from a mile away and vice versa.

Tokyoites, according to Japanese in other regions, are kind enough but are always busy and therefore have little time to spare for passing strangers. The people of Kansai, on the other hand, are said to be a lively bunch – more openly friendly if cantankerous than the rest of their countrymen.

But did you know that, in Kansai especially, overall personality changes city to city? Don’t take our word for it, just ask these Buddhist gods.

The left column is for “outward appearance” and the right is for “personality.” The cities in question are, from top to bottom, Kyoto, Osaka and Nara.

According to the chart, Kyotoites appear outwardly happy and friendly but are actually catty, gossipy and judgmental. Osaka types appear outwardly angry and rude at first – possibly due to their unique dialect that sounds a little guttural and angry compared to standard Japanese – but are actually happy, caring folks on the inside. Those from Nara, meanwhile, are apparently like the great Buddha himself both inside and out; worry-free and muted in their emotional expressions.

The Japanese Twitterverse, which has been churning out comments on the above graphic, seems to generally agree with its conclusions, but what do you think?

Source: Hamster Sokuho




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