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I swear these types of threads appear every month.
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Were you being stared at for being a foreigner?
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Did you meet any Gaijin Lovers?
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I just came back from japan (my 3rd visit) and I'm astounded by how different it is. I mean teh rest of the world is seemingly merging together but Japan is a trip Torsten @ http://www.mightytravels.com
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Can you speak the language?
If not was it hard to get around and communicate with people?


No, we had a guide most of the time so we wouldn't be lost. Although along the way we learned to speak a little. Also alot of them know enough to help you if you have a problem. Communication was not near as hard as it is if an American goes somewhere that is not as advanced as Japan is.
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Did you go the Akihabara?


No, I was in a group that is not interested in anime so I will just have to go on my own someday
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What was the best thing You ate? Mmmmm~ just thinking of Japanese food makes Me drool.


The best thing I ate was at a very traditional small restaurant. Their most famous dish is a deep fried pork cutlet that is breaded. They also give you a bowl of seaseme seeds and two different sauces(one sweet, the other spicy) and you crush the seeds with the pestle you are given and mix in your own ratio of sauces. You can dip your pork into this sauce and it is SO amazing. I also had many other foods because I am very adventurous, and all of it was super good. I got back to America and was very sad at the lack of tasty food lol. Also they have alot of convenience stores which sell Japanese junk food...they have only one Doritos flavor, and it is one we don't have in America!!!!
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If you were to go there with no knowledge of the language would you be able to get around okay? Do enough people speak English for language barriers to not pose a problem?


Their English is not horrible, the hardest thing for most people is understanding the accent if they are not used to hearing it. I ended up being very good at communicating, and picked up quite alot of Japanese which has made watching anime way more fun
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Hexahe wrote:

I'll be visiting Japan for two weeks. Could you tell me everything I need to know when visiting?


Lol big question. Have a ton of fun, keep your eyes open and be respectful. There are lots of good videos to watch on youtube that can enlighten you on some things, but most of those people exaggerate some things. But here are some good things to know. right now 100yen is about 1$, this makes it easy to keep track of how much you are spending. Where to transfer currency? Go to your bank, I went to regions and there was a flat 5$ fee and that was it, it is way better than transfering at some kiosk with a crazy percentage rate of some crap. Also, move through crowds fluidly. Most Americans are not used to moving through small places effeciently, but the Japanese are great at it. Study how they move, and when waiting to get on the train, move to one side or the other, that way the people getting off go through the venter of two lines and can get out quickly. Last thing, people on bicycles there are extremely skillful, just trust them because they know what they are doing. I will not tell you anymore because you have to discover things for yourself. P.S. the night life is amazing, get out there in the busy shopping and eating areas at night, it is much more lively. You might even see some street racers with amazing cars after about 10:00 or so.
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How's the culture shock?


For me, not that bad at all. It actually felt like home, I have never felt safer or more calm. Most people don't actually have too much of a problem. It is very similar to America, just cleaner and everyone is nicer. I got back to America and ended up hating America. Now I am working on getting into a career to move there
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did you witness the dark side?


Only in the temples. They are very misguided into believing that giving money to the already filthy rich monks will give them happiness. I felt the most sad while visiting the "holy" areas.
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What part or parts of Japan did you visit? How long was your vacation?


One week, and everywhere in Tokyo lol. Except Akihabara sadly. Too much to explain, but it was amazing, you need to go
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Zachman wrote:

Was it as um...Xenophobic wouldn't be the right word I think but...Um, closed?

I've heard from many that Japan is indifferent to foreigners for some and the closest I can think of is racist for others. Which camp did you fall into? Did you get weird looks and bombarded by stereotypes about your country or did they leave you alone and treat you well for the most part?

Seeing as I plan to go to Japan in a few years, after I finish college to be precise, this kind of stuff would help me be prepared for the culture shock and blending in and all.


Absolutely best question I have seen so far, this is what I wanted to talk about(buddy me?)

They do have a lot of racism because they believe they are a a superior race. They are disgusted by other Asian countries and just have to deal with European and American foreigners. Just like you said basically. The thing you have to remember is that they will not do anything to embarrass you on purpose. So while they don't exactly like Americans too much, they are still very respectful and kind because that is what their culture is based on. They do not give anyone looks, not even their own, for the most part they won't make eye contact with anyone, they are very closed and are reluctant to let anyone into their lives. I wish you the best of luck in your travels, Japan is a wonderful place.
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jordancharacter wrote:

Did people run up and grab your junk?


LOL!! no, there was no fondling. Physical contact isn't very common for them.
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Hachikobubble wrote:

Did you get to feed the cute deer wandering about? They aren't very docile there, because it's illegal to hunt them, right? My Japanese teacher has told me they're annoying, but they're so cute I'd probably give into it.


I was in Tokyo the whole time, so I can't really answer this lol. sorry
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