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Post Reply Why Non-Japanese Otakus should NEVER visit Japan
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Posted 1/14/17
No speak Samurai so i'd be lost down there but it's the Otaku life at night living in a manga Cafe and eating all meals from ramen shops/vending machines
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Posted 1/15/17
OP is deranged. How can someone who has never been to Japan speak on behalf of the entire country? Any sane individual would welcome the tourism as that brings in revenue.
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surely what happened in world war 2 shouldn't hold personal value to anyone at this point right? I'm not salty over every German i see because of the blitz. Americans aren't salty over Japanese because of Pearl Harbour. I get the point with Muslims that the original poster brought up and it is a social issue that isn't necessarily a big deal as long as no action is taken to either persons.

Not every person likes tourists, same goes for Florida but Florida is full of tourists anyways so why bother complaining.
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Posted 1/15/17
If I wanna go to Japan, I'm going to go to Japan and they can be as angry about it as they want.

I don't have time to worry about other people's bigotry. I have one life.
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Posted 1/15/17 , edited 1/19/17
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Posted 1/15/17
So as an Asian American (I'm not Japanese, rather I'm Thai) should I also not? This is basically saying that I should also hate several groups of people, which is nonsense. The OP's post (while old) is nonsense.
Posted 1/15/17
Damned necromancers. Tis a sin, I tell you.
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Posted 1/15/17

Laura_Bodewig wrote:

So as an Asian American (I'm not Japanese, rather I'm Thai) should I also not? This is basically saying that I should also hate several groups of people, which is nonsense. The OP's post (while old) is nonsense.


Of the Japanese bigotry I have seen on the internet, if Japanese are racist they seem to be so in this manner : If you are white or black, you are kind of seen as a rare animal, a spectacle to be gawked at, which may be offensive to some, but it is actually probably more of a privilege than a hindrance. If you are non-japanese asian though, it mostly seems that the racism comes in the form of disgust. Kind of like looking at a second class citizen, or a nuisance.

That's not to say that all Japanese people, or even the majority are racist, that is basically just the way Japanese racism seems to manifest on the internet. Basically non-Asian foreigners seem to have more leverage.

Though, honestly, I don't think actual Japanese people have it much better. Whenever I watch Japanese variety programs and what not, it actually makes me glad I am not Japanese for the simple reason that being Japanese seems extremely stressful.
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Posted 1/15/17
I wonder how it would go for me since I'm Asian (Taiwanese). Frankly, I'd like to spend at least a year learning the language before I do go, just so I can actually read a menu or have a conversation.

I think it's also a matter of what kind of person you run into. I have friends who were stationed in Iwakuni (Marines), and they had plenty of stories about the "no gaijin!" thing a lot of establishments had going on. But they also had stories like how two random schoolgirls bought them candy because they were foreigners. Something tells me if you at least make an effort to learn the language and respect the culture, they'd be a little better about it.

Either way, I'm still going sooner or later
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Posted 1/15/17
I think anybody with the time and money should explore other places and cultures.

Even if japan does not care for tourists personally, they will still welcome your looser then a crazy goose cash, just like any country with anything decent in tourism.
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Posted 1/15/17
The word "otaku" is pretty cringy imo
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Posted 1/15/17

MonoDreams wrote:

The word "otaku" is pretty cringy imo


Agreed. Westerners took it and destroyed it.
Posted 1/15/17
4 years later people still get trigger by this thread? OP should be making ad revenue from this.
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Posted 1/16/17 , edited 1/16/17

Zephaas wrote:


MonoDreams wrote:

The word "otaku" is pretty cringy imo


Agreed. Westerners took it and destroyed it.


How did westerners destroy it. It was an insult to begin with...? Or at least held a negative stigma
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Well, I lived in Tokyo for two years and although it's true you are always regarded as an outsider and the culture is strict so it's hard to fit in, I think that what you say about them still being hang up on WWII is absolutely wrong. They are actually quite embarrassed about what Japan did and are not pissed off at the US or any other country for that matter. That is a serious misconception.

Also, although they might be sometimes surprised that one is into manga etc., they do not see it as a bad thing. I'm an otaku and my Japanese friends never had a problem with that. It's true I have not many since it;s hard to arrive to that level of intimacy but you know they actually just find it amusing. And if one knows the language well they are just impressed.
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