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History & Culture

Sociability of New Zealand ニュージーランドの社交性


I used to live in New Zealand over 10 years so I’m often asked which I like Japan or NZ. I always answer I like both.

NZでの生活で特に好きな所は社交性。店に入ると「How are you today?」と笑顔で聞いてくる。店を出るときは「Have a good day!」。最初は戸惑い、どう答えたらいいのか分からず愛想笑いだけしていたが、だんだんと挨拶を返せるようになり話が弾んでしまう事もしばしば。

The most favorite part of NZ is sociability. For instance, a shop assistant normally greets customers “How are you today?” with smile when they go in a shop and “Have a good day!” when they leave. I was sort of embarrassed what to reply at first so I just smiled. However, I can get used to greet back to them now and can’t stop talking sometime.


New Zealanders also have a good sense of hummer.
One day, I went to see a doctor because I had been coughing for three months. I was taken my chest x-ray that was no problem I relief, then he gave me my x-ray film. As I was surprised he rolled it up and said “ It can be a lamp shade!”. I  bursted because I imagined my shadow of ribs on the wall, at the same time, I couldn’t stop coughing.

他に笑える話といえば、国内線に乗って首都であるウェリントンに行った。ウェリントンは風の街で揺れることで有名。案の定着陸態勢に入った途端ジェットコースターのように上下に揺れ始め機内は張り詰めた糸のような雰囲気だった。すると私の後ろに座っていた体格の良い男性が「I love you, mum! 」と叫び、連れの男性2人が大笑い。「Hey, brother! Can you hold my hand? I’m scared!!」機内は大爆笑。搭乗者は恐怖心を忘れ和やかに着陸した事があった。

Another funny story is that I’ve been to Wellington city where is the capital in NZ by a fright. Wellington is famous for a windy city, as it expected, the fright started to swing up and down like a roller coaster when it set landing position. It was  a tense atmosphere. Then a big guy behind me yelled “ I love you, mum!”, his friends, also big, bursted laughing. “ Hey, brothers! Can you hold my hand? I’m scared!!!”. Passengers who  had heard it started laughing as well. This happening completely blow the way our tense and gave us a peaceful atmosphere and landing.


The enjoyable life style of NZ may be a key to get away the stress. I’ve obtained the socialized skills of NZ, been striving to influence NZ’s styles to Japanese even they are no reactions!


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