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The Difference between America and Japan
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I have some ideas on what the OP said but I can't seem to formulate them into something coherent.


ChaseTheCase wrote:

Honestly I have no idea what this post is talking about, so im going to go on a whim here..
Regardless of what country you inhabit, if you want something enough you will work hard enough to obtain it. Its not about what people tell you to do, but if its not in your heart to do so, you'll only be fooling yourself. Kinda like the saying, "If you do what you love, you won't work a day in your life."


As for japan and living your dreams, its not all its cracked up to be. Anime is just fantasy, not reality.


In relation to this, sure people work for things that they want, but regardless of how hard you work, you may never get what you want and that's a cynical fact of life.
I could have the dream of being a pro swimmer, work hard every day, do everything "right" but still never achieve it because (realistically) I'm not built for it, as an old (but cynical) saying goes: "Great athletes aren't made, they are born", and that applies to a lot of people and their aspirations. For some, more than hard work is required and if they don't have it then they lose out, for others with realistic aspirations maybe hard work is all that's required (they are the lucky ones).


Posted 3/20/12
Don't forget that Americans and Japanese people are all zombies.
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Coffeebot wrote:

I have some ideas on what the OP said but I can't seem to formulate them into something coherent.


ChaseTheCase wrote:

Honestly I have no idea what this post is talking about, so im going to go on a whim here..
Regardless of what country you inhabit, if you want something enough you will work hard enough to obtain it. Its not about what people tell you to do, but if its not in your heart to do so, you'll only be fooling yourself. Kinda like the saying, "If you do what you love, you won't work a day in your life."


As for japan and living your dreams, its not all its cracked up to be. Anime is just fantasy, not reality.


In relation to this, sure people work for things that they want, but regardless of how hard you work, you may never get what you want and that's a cynical fact of life.
I could have the dream of being a pro swimmer, work hard every day, do everything "right" but still never achieve it because (realistically) I'm not built for it, as an old (but cynical) saying goes: "Great athletes aren't made, they are born", and that applies to a lot of people and their aspirations. For some, more than hard work is required and if they don't have it then they lose out, for others with realistic aspirations maybe hard work is all that's required (they are the lucky ones).




Many people have the dreams of becoming professional sportsmen/women. But such a thing is very limited, even if a person cannot achieve the status of a professional athlete, they still can try hard to do what they love, which is swimming or playing football. Thats why I say if its not in your heart to do so, then a person is simply fooling themselves. Nothing is impossible really when you have the mindset. I want to work in the detective field, I may not be sherlock holmes, but as long as a person does what they love what else is there to really consider a loss? Its only one way up from there.
Posted 3/20/12
AHAHaHAHAHAHAhaahaha, hahaha , hahahahahaha haaaaa.....
Sorry, I couldn't help myself...
Wait what o.0 I don't even know what you mean by live a fantasy. Unless you mean your fantasy is going to work everyday on a crowded train, living a very busy life.

Infact, i just don't get it. lol
Posted 3/20/12
Americans were fat

Japanese were skinny
Posted 3/20/12 , edited 3/20/12
Most of our 20-something year old actresses are annoying by way of serious attitude problems, anorexia, and drunken behavior.
Most of theirs like to act like they're really stupid 5 year olds..with anorexia. *cough*
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this post made no sense to me... partly cuz i was too lazy to read through the whole entire block of stuff.

1. Japan and America are two VERY different countries. Japan>>>>>>>>>>America. my inequality.

2. what is this idea you got in your head while watching [email protected]??? that's an anime. it's not based off of real life... it's based off a video game. unlike the AKB48 anime they're going to make... >__> which i still believe is completely fake.

i don't get it... LIVE you fantasy but actually NOT live it?


Japan and America may not be as different from each other as you think. If you are referring to the culture and people in general, then your probably right on the money about the two being very different, but country wise, it's not all that different (at least not as much as it is culturally). Japan and America have quite a few similarities in terms of governments and the freedoms in which there people are granted. The two may not be as similar as Canada and America but still somewhat similar.
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Many people have the dreams of becoming professional sportsmen/women. But such a thing is very limited, even if a person cannot achieve the status of a professional athlete, they still can try hard to do what they love, which is swimming or playing football. Thats why I say if its not in your heart to do so, then a person is simply fooling themselves. Nothing is impossible really when you have the mindset. I want to work in the detective field, I may not be sherlock holmes, but as long as a person does what they love what else is there to really consider a loss? Its only one way up from there.


I agree 100%. I believe one should always strive to do what they love, and if someone does not have anything they love doing, all one needs to do is keep looking.
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Posted 3/20/12
that's like asking whats the difference between milk and cheese
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Americans always look older than what their age says. Japanese people always look younger.
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Crystabuni wrote:

this post made no sense to me... partly cuz i was too lazy to read through the whole entire block of stuff.

1. Japan and America are two VERY different countries. Japan>>>>>>>>>>America. my inequality.

2. what is this idea you got in your head while watching [email protected]??? that's an anime. it's not based off of real life... it's based off a video game. unlike the AKB48 anime they're going to make... >__> which i still believe is completely fake.

i don't get it... LIVE you fantasy but actually NOT live it?


Japan and America may not be as different from each other as you think. If you are referring to the culture and people in general, then your probably right on the money about the two being very different, but country wise, it's not all that different (at least not as much as it is culturally). Japan and America have quite a few similarities in terms of governments and the freedoms in which there people are granted. The two may not be as similar as Canada and America but still somewhat similar.


not really japan is like a friggen police state, i just woke up so i'll come back and explain in another post when im awake, but ya id never want to live there, (can get arrested for a friggen swiss army knife) wud like to visit tho.
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This is kind of a weird post and I really haven't made full sense of it yet, but I kind of just had the idea while watching [email protected], and I even doubt anybody will understand it but yeah.

In Japan it's almost like you can live your dreams and fantasy every day, but in doing so it almost makes it feel impossible and out of reach. But in America you live and work towards your dream, but never see it materialized.

This is kind of negative way to look at it but I kind of feel like it's the truth. Like you can watch idolmaster and get that feeling of an idols life, getting to visualize and see all those cute, cool, entertaining stuff. And in real life you actually get those idols and stuff and you can see this really hot girls singing and wearing cute outifts and all, but you'll never have that. You won't get to date one of them or live with them etc, but only watch and support them.

In America anime isn't as big and lots of people look down on all that idol stuff because we're such a religious run country and blah blah blah degrading women men are perverted all that rubbish, but in spite of all that it's something we still like and enjoy and want to live but never can because of our culture.

But really in both situations nothing happens in the end, it's really just take your pick. Do you want to live your fantasy and KNOW you will never have it, or want your fantasy but not live it in the hopes you'll actually achieve it.

I hope I made some kind of sense to someone because even though it's kind of hard to explain, it's a really good subject on culture and their general outlook on life.

And the more I typed it and read it afterwards the less sense it even makes to me lol. So I'll just see what you all think.


Dude, you've got some pretty wrong ideas about life in Japan.

Here's what I saw different in Japan:

Trains - obviously ours suck. Theirs is efficient, clean and if it's going to be late they APOLOGIZE! We'll never have a bullet train. Amtrak refused to change the tracks.

Social issues - Japan cares more for the elderly and disabled. On every sidewalk there's a guide for blind people as well as crosswalks having a beeper to help them cross. This guide goes into the subway system too. It's the LAW.

People - Here in America people can be quite annoying on their phones, in Japan EVERYONE does what they can not to annoy others with their calls. On trains people get up and move to the end of the car to have a conversation. And on trains people will give up their seats on busy trains to the elderly, pregnant women and women with small children.

I have many more observations but we'd be here all day.
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I am shocked by the amount of stereotypes people are putting up in this thread. No, not all Americans are fat, just like not all Japanese are small, skinny, or in any way petite. Our cultures are very different, but I'm not sure what the OP is trying to get at here. The way I see it, you have people from both cultures who live in the dream world and wish they could have something, and people who strive hard knowing they'll never get what they want. It depends on the person, not the country, as far as that goes. Hell, in America you have Western comics and cartoons that people live vicariously through.

I think you've been watching too much anime. This is something you see a lot in the anime world, and you see people trying to actually live through anime, but trust me when I say that people live much the same through Western things like Dungeons and Dragons, Batman, and Disney Movies. What the OP is doing is trying to slap another stereotyped label on Japan claiming it to be better than America. I hope you realize that Japan is not the best country in the world, and that it has many, many problems of it's own. Each country has it's upsides and it's downsides. Despite what you see in anime, Japan is not that perfect little country. In fact, I think you'll be surprised to know that Japan has some of the highest suicide rates around the world even though it's just an island. Think about it.
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Hey, I was just there and I'm thoroughly impressed with how shit gets done there. We look like chumps in a lot of departments.
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Hey, I was just there and I'm thoroughly impressed with how shit gets done there. We look like chumps in a lot of departments.


They get things done, but there's a huge expense for how those things get done. It's more stressful than it may seem, living over there. I personally prefer my American life. There are hard workers over here too.

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