Which Class

Which Class

Which Class

The notion of an individual’s worth being determined by a class system, or passing judgement based upon the colour of another’s skin, not the content of their character, was thoroughly rubbed out and permanently deleted in accordance with the constitution of Maggie May.

Emancipation comes in many forms*\(^o^)/*

What’s not to love about a benign neighbourhood nestled within pristine Alpine mountains, embodying such extraordinary diversity—a global microcosm smack dab in the middle of nowhere.

Salmon Arm British Columbia in the 1940s.

The immediate neighborhood included diverse clans—Minion (Ireland), Ogino (Japan), Hewko (Ukraine), Wong (Hong Kong), Filiatrault (French)—rural living, population, 5000—an even more extraordinary cosmopolitan event transpired when attending classes with our friends—Singh (Punjab), Mostafa (Egypt), and our indigenous brothers and sisters, ancestors of the Shuswap Band clan of the Secwepemc Nation—this is what is known as a divine starting line.

Were there deeply rooted pre-judgmental hoser-yokels living among the enlightened in this serene town—of course, the yokel class come from the full spectrum of all classes.

Diverse classes of people

From the micro cosmopolitan of rural Occxie-land to the homogenous island chain of Yamato Japan—the world has never looked the same—pondering life with a daily renewed idiosyncratic world view—beaming love, grace and humility from the cusp of civilization 3.0—the renewed, improved, upgraded version of our common humanity.

Understanding the significance of class and the importance of societal harmony based upon this notion has not been lost on this wayward classless boy, who due to innate human nature followed the sun to the most strict hierarchical structure in the history of the outer-verse and inner-verse—both real, surreal, and virtual.

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A subtle inflection concerning class structure of the Japanese, summons an inexplicable sense of incongruence, along with a subliminal unease in acknowledging Japanese class structure—yet all Japanese share this common psychological thread—leaving them in a unique position—the class of Being Japanese.

Consider the concept of mindo, which encompasses two fundamental societal standards—the standard of living and cultural standards—making human life sublime, each of equal importance, in a grand scheme of a magnificent design.

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In this neck of the woods, the diminishment of mindo over the full spectrum of Japanese classes have eroded in a turbulent decline—haggard, wasted, scared, and frail—the time is now to initiate the renaissance plan.

Keep unpleasant immature Japanese speakers accountable for anti-social behaviour—chide the lost with purposeful reminders of the basics tenants of humanity to which all must align and adhere—plainly observable as the founding principles of Japanese societal protocol—Form Order Process.

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When necessary, strategically insinuate a Japanese person has low mindo in order to stigmatize them, especially those with the air of birthrights snobbery with condescending superiority.

Look the perpetrator square in the eye, and say with a smile—mido ga hijō ni hikui desu na—this will be sure to draw their attention—the sting of the truth pointing out all classless nincompoops—exposed naked is common air.

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Indeed this a stealth technique to rid your sphere of those who continue to adhere to class hierarchy delusional infection, having now manifestered into a dreadful, class depended socially destructive disease.

Ask your Japanese friends, if they know the mindo story and what it actually means—internalize these concepts with them and live life according to this theme.

Life is a result of choices, both conscious and subconscious , now the choice is clear to be or not to be, embracing fundamental tenants holds the key to become someone real.

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Tied Up

Tied Up

Tied Up

Learn from the past, live in the present, plan for the future, as the old axiom so goes.

The Past:
The origin of the necktie dates back to the 30 Years’ War (1618-1648), when the French hired mercenaries who wore traditional knotted kerchiefs as part of their uniform.

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Towards the end of the war, these soldiers were being reviewed by French King Louis XIV, and during this inspection, the king noticed these kerchiefs, and as capricious children do—became infatuated with them. 

From then on Louis began to adorn these kerchiefs himself at just seven years old, when this fickle immature boy made the necktie a mandatory accessory at royal gatherings. 

When having a deeper ponder on the meaning of the necktie—remember its origins are due to a mandate of a long dead seven-year old boy—the reach of his influence stifling the spirit of the necktie tribes even now in this modern day.

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Universal Truth:
Western society has been pigeonholed to the notion of pointless fashion kitsch—conjured up by a juvenile boy-king on a sartorial whim—leading to the abject nonsensical notion of the necktie—the strangulation and compression of your airway.

Hint Mint:
The opposite of strangulation is emancipation—here the outcome can only be binary—those who continue to accept strangulation and subjugation will continue to wither and die—those who choose to live as an autonomous sovereign individual will have selected life and what it means to actualise the notion of the free. 

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The Present:
The next question would then have to be:

Would you like a mask of subservience with your necktie of subjugation?

Philosophically, both are meant to oppress (citizens) and strangulate (creativity), clearly the current controversial face-mask is simply a more recent novel form of subjugation in the unprecedented tyrannical tie-up with the omnipresent necktie—never forget, mandated by a long dead seven-year old boy—telling you what to do today.

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The ubiquitous necktie is acutely associated with corporate identification, as we can see the throngs of business people running the modern industrial machine, which is simply a different system of vested-interest tribalism.

This is where the dictum of invisible task masters is carried out by the necktied class, often at the expense of a more practical and humanistic philosophy of a harmonic global society, founded upon social harmony and cohesion, which has already been enshrined in the original constitution—the foundation of Japan and the merging of East and West—evolving into Civilization 3.0.

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Unsolicited Advice:
Social cohesion can be achieved by invoking the innate notion of kaizen (incremental small improvements), while following the foundational protocol of the Japanese WayForm Order Process.

The Future:
Conceivably the next shift in paradigm would be to annihilate this Gordian knot and emancipate your own clan from the mind numbing effects of stiff collars and tight knots suffocating life force—truly understand what it means to serve an invisible master—colouring the dreams and aspiration of someone else’s life-book.

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There is but one thing that remains immutable upon Earth today—the constant state of flux, reshuffling, and change—so the time has come now again, to remove the Shackles of the Past—emancipation from the whims of the deceased Frog boy king—enter the next state of ΩNE’s existence, and what this means for clan, community, and you.

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Minister of Edification

Minister of Edification

Minister of Edification

Not everyone fits into the same mould, or allows the mind to be infected with mold—the age of customization of edification is now permeating throughout Earth.

Nothing quite like an incendiary device to spark ΩNE’s thirst for knowledge—those fortunate to have had a mentor/disciple relationship understands exactly what this means.

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Traditional education structures which had served to modernize Earth into a globalized world, has now reached the end of its cycle—no longer serving the future.

Taking a page from the great Meiji Education reformer Mori Arinori, it is now once again time to reconfigure education—in this new paradigm known as—Enlightened Edification.

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Mori Arinori—entry into Earth atmosphere—August 23, 1847—anointed to reform and rejuvenate the Japanese education system—founded upon a visionary mixture of stylized Western and Eastern edification protocol, resulting in a nation of literate, highly motivated citizenry—forging Civilization 3.0.

Born into the Satsuma clan twenty-one years before the 1868 Meiji Restoration ended the Tokugawa Shogun’s rule, very few Japanese could have ever foreseen such an abrupt end to over two centuries of peace, or the crucial role the Satsuma clan would play in the transition to Westernized Industrialization.

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Moral education in a modern society, as Mori perceived, consisted of close horizontal relationships between people free from religious dogma or other philosophy.

Mutually beneficial relations between individuals means domestic peace—otherwise, society would always be in conflict, was the dialed-in frequency of his intellectualized intuition.

Indeed, friendship is one of the most cherished characteristics of Japanese society, in what Mori considered a positive element when comparing Japanese to Western societies.

Truly, he considered friendliness the essential ingredient of the teacher’s disposition—it was the duty of the teacher to nurture mutual assistance based on friendship.

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A teacher’s worth should not be judged from the perspective of the subject matter being taught, but valued according to the human disposition—reflected in the following three traits:

素直 (sunao)—obedience—faithfully following the regulations of the school and the instructions of the principle.

貫禄 (kanroku)—dignity—instilling a sense of self respect to undergo the rigors of training while developing character.

親愛 (shinai)—friendship—the process of cultivating good manners among human beings.

A pragmatic visionary, he recognized the right of teachers to hold personal religious and political beliefs, while warning it was unethical for teachers to impart any personal belief-systems to their students.

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Mori also advocated replacing Japanese with English as the national language while suggesting a dual-track school system.

First and foremost is the consequently important mandatory discipline of moral education in the earlier grades, instilling social cohesion and the notion to serve each other.

The higher levels of education were devoted to scientific studies based on principles of academic freedom, where the more adept student would progress as a matter of society’s flow.

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In order for Japan to advance, Mori believed the Japanese language should be used in ordinary daily life, and English utilized in school, as it was better suited for scientific studies.

Clearly this vision for Japan was far ahead of the times—imagine what the world would have looked like today, had Japan been a bilingual nation at the outset of the Meiji Restoration.

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Within the scope of educational reform, Mori called for loyalty to the state in order for Japan to compete successfully in the international arena.

He was acutely aware that people in the West united in the defense of their Nation State when threatened—regardless of social or religious backgrounds.

Here, the major unsolved problem of the nascent industrial education system for the Japanese was how to develop a sense of nationalism through the schools, without resorting to indoctrination.

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For nurturing patriotism and the love of country, Mori turned to the historic symbolism the Japanese Imperial system—long reigning for well over 2,500 years of succession.

Further to his enlightened insight, he grasped the fundamental and critical Universal Truth—no group of people has ever been uniformly endowed with intelligence, morality, and physical development.

In order to protect the weak from the strong, societies make laws, which evolve as human intelligence improves—this is in harmony with the innate Japanese notion of gradual, incremental improvement (kaizen).

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Since human inequalities will always exist, some limited form of government must be designed to serve all citizenry.

Mori felt Japanese culture also contained characteristics superior to those of Western societis, specifically fraternal love and paternalism.

Western individualism debases the culture into a form of utilitarianism, whereas the ties that bind Japanese society is based on mutual affection and consideration for others.Mutual Dependency - Land Of The Rising SonMori also held the deep conviction about the progress of Japan being depended upon two historical pillars—broad support for the Imperial tradition—independence from foreign colonial control.

These two factors would enable Japan to progress by absorbing foreign elements in the modernization process while maintaining the nation’s cultural identity.

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Despite the considerably harsh criticism of Mori’s values by traditionalists, his structure for education remained essentially in place until the postwar era.

The future of Human Civilization is clearly build upon understanding Hardcore History in the context of a constructed world, as the Japanese continue to build our nation forward, founded upon a true reflection of Japanese heritage, while internalizing all historic Edification Events—now a distant past.

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The visionary Mori Arinori’s divine aspiration for the edification of the Japanese has been reawakened, compelling them to build a model society for all on Earth—look—learn—be.

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Dividing Spoils

Dividing Spoils

Dividing Spoils

The notion of Japan held in the minds of the Occxies, is that of a very densely populated territory, residing upon meagre land.

If having ever touched down, upon the sacred ground of the Land Of The Rising Son—one comes to realize quickly—there is nothing meagre at all, about the island nation of Yamato—spiritually, mentally, nor within the finite constructed constraints of the material sludge of Japan.

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The Japanese archipelago stretches over 2,900 km with 80% of the landmass consisting of uninhabited mountain regions.

That being said, one could easily live in the exquisite mountainous regions of Japan—this is where—there is succulent rare, and sacred air, one can find plenty of delicious sansai, to share, with other clans and friends—here, there, and everywhere.

SupeRPoweR: Use these edible wild mountain plants (sansai) for topping soba noodles, among many delectable things.

The natural beauty of Japan cannot be understated.

Any occasion to explore the cryptic nooks and crannies of Japan, while soaking up this atmosphere must be seized upon immediately, as it is here where one finds the rare air.

If called to do so, one will then take an exceptional place among the thinking-mammals.

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Here, one will have the true experience of encountering humanity in its most pure and viscerally evolved form—the civilization of the Japanese.

This ancient system has been evolving over millennia can be conceptualized as “Japan.”

In fact, the ideas of a “country” is simply a concept dolloped on top of some commonly held notions about what a country entails.

One can observe this Universal Truth in the timeless branches of Japanese eternity, which is represented by the lives of all Japanese people—living—dead—unborn—and in the lives of those whose final destination is enlightenment into the Japanese Way.

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This is known as:

Systematic auto-genesis (Japan, the notion of the nation), at the molecular level—perpetually regenerating itself—measured in picoseconds of endless time—based upon veneration of ancestors.

Look more deeply into the cryptic nooks and crannies of Japan in order to see~

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Here, a key factor in the evolution of Japanese behaviour was a re-formulation on the notion of Japan (kaizen) starting with the Meiji Restoration.

During the Meiji Restoration, the economy was transformed from a cottage based society of artisans and craftsmen, into an industrial-scale manufacturing and exporting apparatus.

This unique phenomena is what materialized by fusing the isolated-homogenous Japanese society—founded upon Form Order Process, and amalgamating it with the civil miracle embodied in the Age of Reason.

Here now is the updated version of Japan—2.0 if you will—brought to you by its citizens, and residents who are creating the divine notion of Japan—Third Pillar of Civilization—zenith of modernization.

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From the beginning of their miraculous industrialization, the direct support of the Japanese government has always resulted in primary areas of industry being dominated by a few huge, vertically integrated companies.

These favoured children of the System of Japan, work closely with government ministries, which innately strengthened the nation by engaging the full brunt of the extraordinary Japanese hive-mind—embodying the spirit of Form Order Process.

Think zaibatsu.

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These behemoths can be observed in full splendour, when observing the stalwart Japanese enterprises carrying out global commerce today.

Within this environment, these immense companies and relevant government ministries, also collaborated to prevent competition that would disturb the System, and what the Japanese cherish the most—harmony and peace of mind.

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This system remains intact today, and the Japanese government will continue to disallow a disorderly marketplace in any which way whatsoever.

A few key players are selected to bid on, and divide up, these juicy government contracts—great gig—if you can get it.

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This may look, and sound like the win-lose protocol of the Occxie Way, but the novel idea of “crony-capitalism,” as introduced in the conspicuously American way, was thoroughly embraced and implemented in a distinctly Japanese manner according to the ancient Way.

Inside the Third Pillar of Civilization, the Japanese have successfully fine tuned the Eastern tenets of humanity (Confucianism), embedding them with the Occxie notion of “capital deployment.”

All governments with the welfare of its citizens and communities at heart, will seek to elevate its citizens, to reflect the lives of those as seen advertised on Western TV.

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Over the early period of industrialization, the sharing of the industrial pie was described by the word dango, which the Occxies have mis-translated as “bid-rigging.”

The actual meaning of dango is consultation, conference, or talks.

In any event, dango refers to companies in the same industry agreeing in advance as to which company is entitled to which part of the porky public pie.

When considering the Japanese, and their rationale for consequential decision making, one must take into account their DNA, which is inextricably entwined with the foundation of Yamato—Form Order Process.

The Occxies soon started with their notorious whining protocol.

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The Form Order Process protocol of the Japanese, embodies the tradition of cooperation, and is only verbally expressed as dango when in fact, this simply a notional concept residing in the air.

These 3 strands of Form Order Process DNA, continues to confound the Occxie teams, even up to this very day.

Dango is innately understood as a matter of culture normalcy, and has been practised in Japan since the beginning of earthly time.

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The System of Japan is not only programmed to excluded most Others, but this staid Old Boys Club, just like all other Old Boy Clubs controlling our world from behind the black curtain, does not take kindly to strangers or Mavericks and their perceived danger, whatsoever.

Bonus knowledge:

Q: Who is Mr. Inamori of Kyocera?

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A: An exemplary example of the spirit of a man-on-a-mission—one could say—an original spirit, and a pioneering master—a rōnin, without the notion of dango to cloud his incredible vision as he made it along His Own Way.

Long Chicken

Long Chicken

Long Chicken

Once upon a time, important enlightenment penetrated this malleable mind at the most delicious yakitori shops in all of Japan.

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This out-of-the-way, hole-in-the-wall was run by the dishevelled master~

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and his somewhat rustic wife.

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This kind of special place was truly representative of the Japan one encountered often back in the early days, but these kinds of atmospheric shop, alas, are now slowly fading away.

The kitchen floor was like a traditional style Japanese farm house—earthen.

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Not only was his electrical octopus maxed out, it was also smothered in grease—a wonder the place didn’t burn down.

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Often the guests coming in later were those who carried out business outside traditional hours.

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One of the boys plopped himself right down beside this Occxie and started to chit-chat about this and that.

Always amicable for conversation, one could not help but notice this individual was missing both his pinkies and a ring finger.

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Nonetheless, there was never reason to inquire as to his line of work while engaging him with mediocre Japanese language skills.

The protocol here is to adhere to the age-old adage:

Do not judge a book by its cover.

All guest, no matter what class or status, were there united in a common purpose—to consume the masterfully cooked Toricho chicken-on-a-skewer—among many other types of home-style cooking in the Japanese country kitchen.

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Toricho holds a very special place in the heart of this country-boy who came from a very far away and conceptually remote world.

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This was a very favourite place to go to in the wee hours of one’s youth, and two dearly departed friends, in particular were an important part of that particular period.

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The closing time of this joint?

When the last customer left.

Often in tandem with the crowing of the roosters and the distant sound of newspaper deliverymen making rounds at the crack of dawn on the standard Honda Cub 50.

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When asked what the secret was to his delicious chicken he said:

“Cook the parts that aren’t.”

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This stuck as a metaphor for things one starts but never finishes.

Half baked one could say.

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This comes into much more clear focus as the week and month really start to whisk by as the days of one’s life upon earthly paradise dwindle away one-by-one—mostly unnoticed—until the final decline.

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It is folly to believe all whims of youth should come to fruition, but the niggling in the heart and the voice whispering in the ear for years can not be silenced—not up until the final door—marked EXIT.

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One has had a few of these uncooked items on the metaphorical plate for eons, and now the forward motion and inspiration to “cook the parts that aren’t” are palpable—again in the immortal words of the Toricho master:

“Cook the parts that aren’t.”

The secret of the Toricho chicken-on-a-skewer was never revealed as the heavy smoking and mostly drunk Toricho master passed away early (50ish), and the shop close many moons ago today.

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He passed his life in service to the hungry and thirsty of our community without giving a thought to his lot one way or another, for his destine was to be the Toricho master, and thus it was so.

Life passes by in the blink of an eye, so one must finish the unfinished masterpieces of one own life, before it’s too late, and to “cook the parts that aren’t.”

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Wide Face

Wide Face

Wide Face

One of the fundamental societal protocols in Japan is the timeless nugget ringing so very true, especially here in Japan:

It isn’t what you know, but who you know.

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Keeping in mind the deeply rooted Japanese social conventions, and up until relatively recently, being really brilliant in Japan was often more of a hindrance than a help.

One can not easily shirk away the DNA of Japanese heritage or the rigid hierarchy of the Japanese system, and historically standing out from the crowd, especially in intelligence, was taboo.

TABOO - Land Of The Rising SonUnlike Occxie-land, where innovations and inventions are dreamt up by maverick individuals and anointed discoverers, Japanese society could be described as a cohesive beehive where the embedded protocol of Form—Order—Process are adhered to innately as a matter of societal conventions.

Valuable skills to navigate the murky, social waters and unspoken conventions of Japan are not based solely upon IQ, but also in the ability to read the air and a distinct understanding one’s place in the strict hierarchical society of Japan is imperative for a successful life in Japan.

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Those who succeed at the highest level of any endeavour in Japan have successfully created a network of trusted individuals, in many cases starting with the original human network often created among one’s primary or junior high school classmates—dōkyūsei, kōhai, and senpai.

One who has created a very powerful extensive network of reciprocal contact is regarded as one who has a wide face—kao ga hiroi.

Traditionally all economic and political activity in Japan has been based on personal relations, having and maintaining strong contacts in all of the pertinent areas of business and government, and this ancient system continues to prevail and will do so until the end of time.

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People with kao ga hiroi know, and are known by a large number of people, and are among the most valuable connection one can have whether within a company or an organization.

This also rings true for one’s circle of friends and acquaintances, and it is always wise to have a trusted connection with those who have are “kao ga hiroi

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Generally speaking being described as kao ga hiroi is a major compliment.

Certainly in Japanese, the concept of face embodies significantly deeper implications than conceptually available to Occxies, who only communicate using Latin based languages—particularly those featuring singular and plural and countable and non-countable nouns.

Truly, there are many useful phrases in Japanese embodying the concept of “face”and using handy phrases such as these will allow one to look more skillful and adept in Japanese language proficiency, regardless of actual level.

kao ga kiku
“face is effective”
In other words “face” takes on the meaning of influence. Therefore, the individual concerned is powerful enough to get things done.

kao ga ureteiru
“person’s face sells well”
A companion to kao ga hiro, the figurative meaning is the individual having a wide circle of friends and is popular among them.

kao ga tsubureru
“lose face”
Making someone lose face is one of the most egregious error to make in Japan. Here one can be sure to have made a life long enemy if ever being the catalyst for someone losing face—especially while shaming them in front of a group of peers and colleagues.

kao wo tateru
“save face or honour.”
Here the slighted can recover honour and face. In Old Japan, face was restored by the time honoured tradition universally innate to all homo sapiens—an eye for an eye.

kao wo kikasu
“use one’s influence”
Use the “face” to influence the surroundings and make one’s own community a wonderful place for everyone.

kao wo kashite kudasai
“please lend me your face”
The Japanese are fundamentally insular people, and any foreigners showing up in Japan without some connection, which can be considered “face,” in other words, with no contacts or connections are at a serious disadvantage.

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It is always advantageous to associate with those who are in a position to lend their face and to “use influence to help.”

Remember, to get things done properly in Japan, especially those who are coming for the first time and do not have anyone with the power of the kao, it is well advised to take the advice described above and round up someone who has a “face that is effective” (kao ga kiku).

As the importance of kao in Japanese society can not be understated, it is imperative to be aware of the gravity of metaphors attached to one’s very own kao, and the karma of “face” will always remain after any words are spoken.

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