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Hello intrepid forum viewer! I'm KurisuSensei.

I spent almost 6 years living in Japan. I traveled a lot, made a lot of friends, and worked in a few different jobs. I don't know everything, but I know Things. Ask me about Things and I'll do my best to answer you.

Ask me anything you like about visas, working, everyday life, food, booze, travel, boys, girls, politics, economics, religion, nuclear radiation, or anything else you think might be interesting to talk about. I'll do my best to answer.

I'll give you any information I have. Warts and all. Every country has good and bad. I've experienced a lot of both.
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Did you ever see the Yakuza?
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Crazyace90 wrote:

Did you ever see the Yakuza?


Yeah. All the time.

Yakuza are organised crime syndicates, but they operate much the way local wealthy families did all over the world in the past. Think of it like the Mafia were before the drug revolution. A local family with wealth and power basically protects and operates businesses out of the area. They get a tidy profit and a bit of a blind eye from authorities for looking after the locals. That's a bit of a simplified view of things, but that's to a certain extent how it goes. We've removed that from most western societies now, but Asia still has a lot of it. Japan is no exception.

Local Yakuza pour a lot of money into local schools, hospitals, temples, and cultural events. They're an integral part of modern Japanese society, despite being a huge syndicate of illegal businessmen. They have both legal and illegal businesses and strong ties to government at pretty much every level. You see them all the time. You may not know that they are Yakuza unless someone tells you, or you know what to look for.

On more than a few occasions, I had Yakuza from one place or another strike up a conversation with me. They either wanted to practice English, or just talk to an interesting person. It usually ended up with me and anyone I was with getting a lot of free food and booze as guests of the local "Legitimate Businessmen".



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How Is The Weather?


I'm not there right now, but my old town? Apparently it was snowing yesterday. There's usually only one or two days of snow a year there. Up in the north, the snow is the best I've ever seen.
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You ever buy used undergarments from a vending machine? I'm not a perv or anything (opinions vary), just morbidly curious.
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Have you been to one of their famous soapy "massage" parlors?!
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KurisuSensei wrote:

Yeah. All the time.

Yakuza are organised crime syndicates, but they operate much the way local wealthy families did all over the world in the past. Think of it like the Mafia were before the drug revolution. A local family with wealth and power basically protects and operates businesses out of the area. They get a tidy profit and a bit of a blind eye from authorities for looking after the locals. That's a bit of a simplified view of things, but that's to a certain extent how it goes. We've removed that from most western societies now, but Asia still has a lot of it. Japan is no exception.

Local Yakuza pour a lot of money into local schools, hospitals, temples, and cultural events. They're an integral part of modern Japanese society, despite being a huge syndicate of illegal businessmen. They have both legal and illegal businesses and strong ties to government at pretty much every level. You see them all the time. You may not know that they are Yakuza unless someone tells you, or you know what to look for.

On more than a few occasions, I had Yakuza from one place or another strike up a conversation with me. They either wanted to practice English, or just talk to an interesting person. It usually ended up with me and anyone I was with getting a lot of free food and booze as guests of the local "Legitimate Businessmen".


That is so cool, I want to join the Yakuza! XD
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Skreig wrote:

You ever buy used undergarments from a vending machine? I'm not a perv or anything (opinions vary), just morbidly curious.


The Tokyo government put a stop to that pretty damn quickly. It became worldwide news, so they freaked out and stomped it into the ground in a matter of weeks.

I never bought any myself, but I know you can still get them from slightly shonky retailers. In tokyo, Akihabara and Shibuya are apparently the places with the most for sale.
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Have you been to one of their famous soapy "massage" parlors?!


Not me, no. I know people who have.

They call them Soaplands locally and they're usually staffed by Chinese, Korean and Philippina immigrants. they're owned by Yakuza as a rule, but there are some areas with Soaps owned by Chinese or Korean triads. apparently the Russian organised crime families are moving in on a lot of that turf in the Kansai region, but I don't know that for sure.
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KurisuSensei wrote:


madmejis wrote:

Have you been to one of their famous soapy "massage" parlors?!


Not me, no. I know people who have.

They call them Soaplands locally and they're usually staffed by Chinese, Korean and Philippina immigrants. they're owned by Yakuza as a rule, but there are some areas with Soaps owned by Chinese or Korean triads. apparently the Russian organised crime families are moving in on a lot of that turf in the Kansai region, but I don't know that for sure.


Lies with that GTO avatar I can never believe you've never tried it! It's ok we don't judge here.
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I like GTO

I lived about a 10 minute walk from a huge red-light district for about 3 years. If I'd gone, I'd say so. I think sex workers perform a service to a huge and appreciative market. I honestly wish the whole thing were legal and had no social stigma. It would make things better for everyone.

I said ask me anything. I'll give an honest response. Sorry man, I can only give you second hand information from friends and what i know about the industry.
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Did you meet any lovely ladies over there that where kawaii in the streets and senpai in the sheets?!
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Ever had sake at a restaurant?
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madmejis wrote:

Did you meet any lovely ladies over there that where kawaii in the streets and senpai in the sheets?!


I lived there a long time. I had several relationships. They were as a rule pretty good. If you want to know about dating or something like that, I'll answer. But I'm not going to tell brofive stories about hot nippon bitchez. That shit is dumb. and sexist. But mostly dumb.



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Ever had sake at a restaurant?


Drank a stupid amount of sake, but to be honest, I still don't know what brands are good. Mostly my bosses, or older coworkers would order it and we would drink it until someone started doing whisky orders. There is a cool city in my prefecture that had a lot of sake places, though. That town is really good for it.
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1) Is non-Japanese animation liked? (Other than Disney)

2) Are people more aware of Japanese war crimes or is it still denied/unknown for the most part?

3) Do the majority of people like anime or no? (Is it looked down upon?)

4) How is real, authentic, Japanese cooking?

5) Would you say Japan is more modern than traditional, or is the country a fine balance of both?
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Is it true that instead of movie posters and sex ads, they have like 90% anime ads on the billboards? Also whats TV like in japan? The layout of the ads, and the content etc etc
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