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What's it like being a "gaijin" (sp?) in japan, did it ever come up? Was it a big deal?
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Are women in Japan generally approachable to foreigners, or are they more reserved? Kinda curious, especially for areas with a lot of tourists. I've heard so many "otaku" on the internet talking about going over to Japan to find a hot Japanese wife, so I'm kind of hoping those individuals haven't given foreigners in general a bad rap...

Thanks for doing this, by the way. I have a feeling I'll be following this thread for a good long while.
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what is your least and most favorite thing about japan?
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did you ever go to the penis festival ?

no really i'm curious, i've read about it and want to go myself lol
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What if you don't wear your uniform to school?
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In japan when some one make you anger how do you deal with it?
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1) Is non-Japanese animation liked? (Other than Disney)

Not really. They don't know a lot of non-Japanese stuff. Things like Miffy and a couple of other non-english language ones do pretty well, but that's mostly for merchandising. They generally watch anime, or Disney. Although, the Powerpuff Girls were pretty big for a while.

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

That depends on who you talk to. Most people know it, but don't like talking about it. To be fair, China, Korea and Japan all did some terrible things to each other over the years, so it's just generally a bit of a delicate issue. However, there is a really strong nationalist political party that likes to demonise everything non-Japanese. They like to pretend all kinds of insane things to make World War 2 look like Japan was a pacifist nation that was ruined by Western violence.

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

Tough question. everyone watches some anime. It's everywhere. The moe craze is looked down on by some and people who are really nerdy are, too. Though I never hid that i watched anime and it never caused me any issues. As long as you are reasonably socially apt, people won't hate you for it.

4) How is real, authentic, Japanese cooking?

That's like asking how is authentic European cooking. It varies incredibly by region. Generally, traditional food is pretty full of vegetables and fish, with very little meat. Though, meat is kind of there in small portions in everything. Vegetarians find eating out in Japan very difficult. Food flavours are generally quite mild. A lot of traditional foods are a bit hard for foreigners to get used to. Japan has no problem with slimy or gooey food. I really like traditionally prepared Japanese food. Most of it is pretty good for you. There's a lot of salt in the diet, though.

5) Would you say Japan is more modern than traditional, or is the country a fine balance of both?

It depends. That varies wildly depending on where you are. In the major cities, it's mostly very modern. But if you go out to say, rural Shikoku you'll find people who have never left the island and have never met a foreigner. They farm and live old school country lives.
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Do you have to know Japanese to get your way around Japan? (Getting a job, asking for directions, reading news, etc.)

Is Japan as it is in anime or manga?

Is it really the norm in Japanese society that people die from "karōshi"? AKA overworking?

Do you know why some Japanese commercials are so weird? (Even though they're more awesome)

What place would you recommend to go see once in Japan?

If a person is from a different culture, and they are not asian whatsoever, do people in Japan make a big fuss about it? (E.g. Indian, Jamaica, Muslim, etcc!)


I AM REALLY CURIOUS. Sorry for so much questions! :3
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Have you been to any sumo matches?! There have been no Japanese Yokozuna's in the past decade they have been Hawaiian or Mongolian. Are any Japanese sumo wrestlers aiming for that top spot anymore?
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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


they have advertising for all kinds of stuff on billboards, just like everywhere else. They advertise booze, cosmetics, food, suit stores, movies, new albums, prestigious universities, local politicians... there's 128 million people there. They advertise a hell of a lot of things.

Japanese tv is pretty much the worst thing ever. It's a constant stream of watching pretty girls eat food and other celebrities in a studio watching them do it saying things like "Oh man... that looks good." They have completely pointless 'variety' shows where celebrities do dumb things. Comedians come on stage and talk about the same dumb shit again and again. No matter what you watch, there's giant, fluorescent writing all over the screen. All the fucking time.

On the other hand, their dramas are good if you like that kind of thing, there's tonnes of anime, and their childrens shows are some kind of special awesome. Pitagora Suichi has these Rube Goldberg devices made from household goods and it is INSANE.
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Do most Japanese people live in apartments and condos, or does about half of the population live in houses?

I know Japan is highly developed. Some people think Japan hardly has any rural areas or small towns that are rural or somewhat rural. Have you seen a decent amount of less developed areas, or is Japan really as highly developed as foreigners think it is? This question is more for Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu. Correct me if I'm wrong, but Hokkaido has a lot of rural areas, right?
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Thank you so much for taking the time to reply. About the moe part...I'm not fan of it either lol.

Thanks again!
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Lucky. You got to travel to another country regardless of what it is.
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Bablioteca wrote:

What's it like being a "gaijin" (sp?) in japan, did it ever come up? Was it a big deal?


That's a huge question. It comes up. Every day. Many times. Sometimes in a positive way, sometimes in a negative way. One thing anyone who wants to move to Japan needs to realise is that they will be essentially a zoo animal for their entire time there. Sometimes it's fun as hell. Being a celebrity is great. Sometimes you get sick of being told you are fat, or tall, or have big feet, or have round eyes, or blue eyes, or being told that you are amazing because you learned the forgotten arcane secret of eating with chopsticks.

I don't know where you are all from or what you look like, but if you ever wanted to see what it's like to be a minority, live in Japan for a year. The constant feeling of being 'other' and different will help you see why X minority wants this or that all the damn time. I'm happy to get into specifics on this if anyone asks.


orcmonkey2000 wrote:

Are women in Japan generally approachable to foreigners, or are they more reserved? Kinda curious, especially for areas with a lot of tourists. I've heard so many "otaku" on the internet talking about going over to Japan to find a hot Japanese wife, so I'm kind of hoping those individuals haven't given foreigners in general a bad rap...

Thanks for doing this, by the way. I have a feeling I'll be following this thread for a good long while.


People are people. there's definitely a local dating culture that you need to get used to, regardless of gender or preference. Foreigners in certain circles are given a bad rap and to be honest, it's often earned. But discrimination and stereotyping is the same everywhere. People worth knowing will take you on your merits. Once you get to understand the accepted ways of being social, your biggest barrier is language. That can be overcome with time.

No problem. I see so many people say they want to live there. I did it, so why not share? I'm happy to answer anything.



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what is your least and most favorite thing about japan?


That's... really open. er... I'll try and give you something interesting.

Most: Every single day is an adventure. My life there was so different from my life at home. I learned new things every time I interacted with anyone or anything. It was endlessly fascinating.

Least: Sometimes doing really simple things is an exercise in patience. Simple things can take forever, or be impossible. Rules are adhered to, even when everyone hates them and they make no sense. Procedure is practically worshiped by all but a few. Oh and one of those procedures is to never give a straight answer if it is negative. You are supposed to just 'know' that this is not something you should ask for or talk about and everyone will tiptoe around the topic and then thnk you are an asshole for not "getting it".


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did you ever go to the penis festival ?

no really i'm curious, i've read about it and want to go myself lol


3 times. It's fucking awesome! I used to have a picture of me riding a 9 foot long dick.
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Were you able to find the majority of cooking ingredients that you were used to in Australia, or did you need to dramatically adjust to the market variety? Somewhere in between?
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