Japanese in Depth vol. 2
Copyright 2006 by Shigekatsu Yamauchi
11. The world is; therefore, I am
By Shigekatsu Yamauchi
President of ICI (the International Communication Institute)
In a previous article we saw that there are more than 2,000 ways to say, “I am a cat” in Japanese, each with a different shade of meaning. This was shown to be partly due to the many ways of saying “I”. Today we will discuss some further implications of this mindset.