When it comes to dating and relationships in the West, a common icebreaker is "What's your (astrological) sign?" You might imagine that since Japan follows the Chinese zodiac, the equivalent might be "What's your (Chinese zodiac) sign?" WRONG! The most common icebreaker in Japan is "What's your blood type?
What is Ketsuekigata?
Ketsuekigata is the study of personality analysis by blood type. It has become a nearly indispensible part of Japanese popular culture. Most of Japanese women and members of the younger generation believe that there is some correlation between blood type and personality.
Nearly every Japanese person knows what his or her own blood type is. Further, many of them know which blood types are compatable to their own. The Japanese believe that platonic, and especially romantic compatability between individuals can be determined by blood type. It is rumored that some companies even hire based on Ketsuekigata.
What is Your Blood Type?
As you probably already know, there are four blood types: A, B, AB, and O. What you probably do NOT know are the personality stereotypes associated with each blood type. In Japan, there are volumes of books devoted to Ketsuekigata. The following are brief personality analyses by blood type.
Fun with Ketsuekigata
A Japanese friend of mine had the uncanny ability to correctly guess someone's blood type even after she had just met them. She would alway say, "Ketsuekigata atete mimashou ka?" or "Would you like me to guess your blood type?" You know, she was always right.
Be sure to look up your blood type and
read up on Ketsuekigata analysis by clicking on the items in the column
at the right. Do not be surprised if your Japanese friends ask you what
your blood type is. They are not vampires!
A-gata or blood type A personalities are the cautious, loyal introverts.
Speaking broadly, it is said that people with Type A
Blood are calm, composed, and
B-gata or blood type B personalities are the cheerful, adventurous egocentrics.
People with Type B Blood are curious about and interested
in everything. That's may be
O-gata or blood type O personalities are the sociable, dramatic overachievers.
Type O Blood people are said to set the mood for a group
and to take on the role of
AB-gata or blood type AB personalities are the instinctive, easy-going diplomats.
People with Type AB Blood are said to have a delicate
sensitivity. They are considerate
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