Jul 18, 2010  •  In Asian, Infographics, Information, Korean

Japanese Blood Typing [Infographic]

Like Japan, Korea also has an obsession with blood typing. Celebrity profiles include blood types along with height, weight, and interests. Dating/matchmaking service questionnaires always include blood type as one of the first questions. Casual social interactions usually include the exchange of blood type information.

And my mother about had a cow when she discovered that J does not know his blood type, and has been bugging us to get it checked ASAP.

Blood typing has taken such a strong hold on society that they will prescribe diets, therapies, and even relationship advice based on your blood type! “Blood type horoscopes” are common features in media outlets, and employers may use blood type in hiring decisions.

I personally don’t take much stock in this theory for the same reasons I never check my horoscope. What’s more, my blood type personality (I am O+) couldn’t be further from the truth.

However, I thought it would be fun to include a basic blood type relationship compatibility chart below. Generally, O-types are considered the best catches. On the flip side, men are advised to stay away from AB-type women and women should avoid B-type men.

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.

Have you heard of the Japanese theory of blood typing? Do you believe it holds any grain of truth?

Infographic via haha.nu.

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7 Responses to “Japanese Blood Typing [Infographic]”

  1. MrsW says:

    I’m O+ as well, and like you, I don’t feel I’m anything like the "Warrior" type they describe there… my entire family is O, and we are all very different and maybe only one of my brothers even partially fits that type. My husband, however, is an A+ and does sound a lot like the "Farmer".

    I think it’s amusing that the O- is considered a "good catch" and it’s also the most desired blood type by the Red Cross because of its universal donor status. My dad is O neg and has given gallons and gallons over the years because of that.

  2. violarulz says:

    when my mom was living in Bangkok, she took me to a blood type restaurant, where there’s a different section of the menu for each blood type. I was allergic to almost every single thing listed under my blood type (mostly because of nuts and shellfish) and disappointed to not be able to order something "beneficial." I got over it and ordered a salad and tea, just from perusing the menu.

  3. Nani says:

    I remember how insane my family was about this when I visited Korea a few years ago. I didn’t think it was still popular but I guess it is. It sort of reminds me of that movie "My boyfriend is Type B". I am an O+ like you but the description doesn’t fit me at all either. ::shrugs:: just a new (strange) obsession. The only thing we use for blood type besides the red cross i n the us is that diet "Eat well for your Blood type" other than that nothing seems to focus on blood types at all.

  4. Nickory says:

    I’m happy to learn that the ability to latch on to scientifically dubious theories and run screaming into idiocy with them is not reserved just for Scientologists.

  5. Nadine says:

    So true! All my friends from Japan have asked me what blood type I was. I could never remember what was what. Thanks for posting this. I’m going to have to borrow it (can i?)

  6. paul says:

    They use blood types for matchmaking and compatibility in Japan

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