Is “being modest” a virtue?

In Japan, we should be modest in public. Japanese regards “being modest” as a beautiful virtue, so we dislike people who are vain and take pride of themselves.

One famous example is that Japanese saying “It’s a trivial present” when they give a “wonderful” present. This humble attitude is a virtue in Japan.

I found that I practice this attitude without realizing in the US. I noticed my “inappropriate” behavior when I was pointed singled out.

This is one culture shock which I experienced here, NY.

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