06 December 2008

Blood group, horoscope and the Japanese society



"By the way, what's your blood group?", asked one of my Japanese friends. I was surprised by this orthogonal question during a casual weekend conversation among my friends. We were discussing about destiny and horoscope and alike. The conversation focused mainly on how the astrology can predict personality and consequence of future events. My answer to his question was again a question, "does it matter what my blood group is?". He replied, "yes, of course! Almost every Japanese are aware of their blood type. In past, some companies in Japan even had managed workers by blood type". I was speechless as I had absolutely no idea of blood type based classification of one's personality! And a bit of googling revealed the associated facts which, I want to share with all of you.

It is good and important that everyone know their own blood group and that of their family members. But, have you ever heard of matching personality traits with one's blood type? Well, this idea is as popular in Japan as the theory of matching horoscope with personality is in many countries.

Do you think it's possible to categorize people according to their personalities? The answer seems to be yes. All you need is to draw a bit of blood from their body! It is good and important that everyone know their own blood group and that of their family members. If you or any of your family member, required an urgent blood transfusion it would be useful to know your blood group in advance. Likewise, if you travel overseas carrying a blood group card could prove invaluable, specially in case of accidents and other emergencies. But, have you ever heard of matching personality traits with one's blood type? Well, this idea is as popular in Japan as the theory of matching horoscope with personality is in many countries.

The faith that blood type is an indicator of personality and a predictor of behavior suitability for jobs and even of romantic compatibility, puzzled me. My obvious curiosity was 'how this whole idea came up?'

Japanese people's faith that blood type is an indicator of personality, as well as a predictor of behavior suitability for jobs and even of romantic compatibility, puzzled me. So, my obvious curiosity was 'how this whole idea came up?' History traces the context back to 1930’s when, a Japanese psychologist Furukawa Takeji came up with the idea that there was a link between people's personality and blood type. He looked into the psychological differences between the blood groups and reached to the conclusion after series of experiments (surveys). The theory says that our blood groups show who our ancestors are, and also what sort of behavior we’ve inherited from them (please refer wikipedia link for more details).

There is another interesting story associated with this idea. It says that the idea began when some in the west were boasting the notion that the Asian people were more closely related to animals then humans, or lower on the evolutionary chain, since type B blood was the predominant blood type in Asians and animals. This was a totally absurd, unscientific and insulting idea which, modern science obviously disproved later. In the 1930's Furukawa Takeji (1891–1940) set out to disprove this notion and a new idea was born.
Lets have a look of the blood group based classification system that is popular in Japan (please note that the Rh factor plays no role in the blood type/personality idea):

Type O: Type O people are social and mixing in attitude, and very outgoing. They are good instigators, even though they do not always finish what they started. In addition to this, they are innovative, optimistic and popular as they like to be the focus of spotlight and appear very self confident.

Type A: Type A people appear calm externally; however, nervous from inside. They are the most artistic of the blood groups. They can be shy, conscientious, trustworthy, and sensitive.

Type B: Type B people are result oriented and strong minded. They will start a job and continue until it is completed, and completed well. Type B people are the individualists of the blood groups and find their own way in life. At times, they can also be selfish and irresponsible as well.

Type AB: Type AB people are the split personalities of the blood groups. They can be both outgoing and shy in the same time, confident and timid. They are usually responsible, but too much responsibility will cause problem. They are trustworthy and like to help others. Normally they show a cool, composed and rational behavior.

In Japan, this idea seems like a safe and socially acceptable way of being different. It is also like a game as people often try to guess blood types by personality.

If you are thinking about the compatibility issues then here you are: A is most compatible with A and AB; B is most compatible with B and AB; AB is most compatible with AB, B, A and O; O is most compatible with O, and AB. The major reason of popularity of the blood type based classification of personality could be the diversity existing in the blood groups of Japanese. Most countries are dominated by only two types, but in Japan the four blood types are fairly evenly distributed. In Japan, this idea seems like a safe and socially acceptable way of being different. It is also like a game as people often try to guess blood types by personality.

Many people believe that blood type affects personality and vocational success, and people considering marriage sometimes even seek to determine compatibility based on blood group.

Commence a conversation at a bar or Karaoke in Japan and the chances are good that it will eventually turn to blood group, with the gossip leading to personality identification. Many people believe that blood type affects personality and vocational success, and people considering marriage sometimes even seek to determine compatibility based on blood group. If you are still curious in what did I eventually say to my Japanese friend regarding his query about my blood group, then this was what my response " It's red!" Simply because I have very little faith in the horoscope stuffs! What about you?



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14 Comments:

Dilip Acharya on December 7, 2008 at 7:44 AM said...

Thanks for this informative post. Though I had heard little about this but didn't had this much info

उजेली on December 7, 2008 at 10:36 AM said...

Thanks a lot for this post. I learnt a new thing from it !!

Anonymous said...

I would like to add up something to your post:
In Japan, each blood group is considered as symbol of certain characteristics. By dividing people based on blood groups, many companies have been able to achieve a higher level of success as the most suitable candidate based on blood type for a particular job is given the most suitable one.
The blood groups are characterized as follows:
Type O: Japanese Name: The Warrior
Type A: Japanese Name: The Farmer
Type B: Japanese Name: The Hunter
Type AB: Japanese Name: The Humanist
Finally, my thumbs-up for this nice and informative post! keep it up!

Basanta Gautam on December 8, 2008 at 1:52 PM said...

Good information! I am not sure but blood group may have some effects on personality or at least in physiological characteristics but it may may not be dominant. It was nice to know many facts. Thank you for the post.

badri on December 8, 2008 at 3:31 PM said...

very intresting information about blood group!!!
Thank u for the sharing.

alyssa on December 10, 2008 at 7:11 PM said...

I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

Julissa

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Sujan said...

Deependra dai
Thanks for the new information, at least for me. It's interesting but i'm not sure whether there is any scientific evidence to prove it?

ranchan on December 12, 2008 at 6:34 AM said...

Dai,

Its really nice information.

Keep it up

Sumiran on December 12, 2008 at 8:39 AM said...

Good article. Though I have heard little differently from Japanese, especially, O and B are interchanged.

DEEPENDRA on December 12, 2008 at 4:19 PM said...

Thank you all for finding this post interesting and informative. Special acknowledgment goes to the 'Anonymous' friend for sharing additional facts in his comment.
Dear Julissa, I am indeed pleased to hear that you have enjoyed reading this blog. Please keep visiting.
Netrajee, I have carefully collected the facts from my Japanese friends as well as from online sites like Wikipedia and others. Anyway, will look into the details once again. BTW, thanks for your comment.

costume jewelry on January 4, 2009 at 1:11 PM said...

lol,so nice

Anonymous said...

As a Christian it is interesting to know, that type A bloodtypes are direct descendants of Cain(farmers,) and therefore are protected by God with a warnimng to anyone who harms them of reaping into their lives what they have sown , seven fold. A look into history from researchers have proven this promise of God to be accurate!

Karachi Hotel on August 26, 2009 at 8:41 AM said...

Thanks for sharing a very nice experiment about the Blood group, horoscope and the Japanese society and this post is very nice and informative.

Anonymous said...

One of my Japanese male acquaintance once told me about the blood type was an indicator of personality. I didn't believe in that theory at all and I tried to give him a tip, " It's not scientifically proven that the blood type is an indicator of personality. You shouldn't tell other people about that because they might laugh You". But he was very upset and tried to persuade me to believe in the theory.

I had to realize that the faith is so strong for some people that you need to be careful about that.

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