How to avoid uncomfortable topics
Getting into deep conversation with friends usually ends up going all over the place. This means discussing uncomfortable topics like religion or politics are going to happen. In most parts of the globe, the way to handle avoiding such issues is by either tackling it head-on and getting your two cents out or by disengaging from the conversation altogether.
In Japan, your approach should be a lot different. Instead of ditching the discussion or opening up about your feelings, the Japanese tend to leave little hints in their speech that they’re uncomfortable. It’s seen as rude to just blurt out, “No, let’s talk about something else,” so it’s key that a group of friends pick up on subtle hints.