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Honne and tatemae

Honne and tatemae are Japanese words that describe the contrast between a person's true feelings and desires (, hon'ne, "true sound") and the behavior and opinions one displays in public (, tatemae, "built in front", "façade").

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This video helps explain the honne–tatemae contrast from a Japanese point of view. Very interesting.

Contributed by Sarah Jane Shuler

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