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I just lived in Japan for a year...any questions about life there or stereotypes?
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Are karaoke and love hotels really common and popular there?

And are there really vending machines for everything?
I heard they even sell underwear in some vending machines]. (i feel like thats a rumor but still its its real i would want to know)
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I would not say ANY household.
My friend was living in a western style place. It had treated hardwood floors with no risers. The only thing I can think that wasn't similar to here (it was closer to European style than American) was the restroom/bathroom. Though I am sure western style only makes up less than 5% of homes. The other 95% of non-public places do have floors that would scar / damage from the hard soles of shoes

I would say almost ANY household


Wearing your shoes into somebody else's home is a cultural thing that applies to all types of homes. It's not so much only a matter of the potential of damaging the floors but respecting their home by not dragging dirt in from outside and leaving it everywhere.

That's not to say that nobody is okay with you wearing your shoes in their home, but you should ask if it's okay if you're under the impression that you can. Don't fall into the false belief that it's okay just because you don't believe you'd damage their property.



Thanks for the correction! i've never really studied the culture, only the language and geographical relations.

I assumed it was because of damage, from a time when i was visiting a friends and we went to his cousins house. His mother came into his room and started yelling at him and he mentioned something about smashing the carpet on the floor to me so i took my shoes off and left them in my backpack. i hardly spoke any Nippongo at that time and what i understood was parsed.

But the place i did stay at all of the residence were perfectly fine with shoes on.
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Posted 6/19/14

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Wait wut? CR not in japan how you did to watch anime? VPN? or you just undertand japanese so good to be able to enjoy TV there?


I tried some vpn but nothing was really working..and at this point I can understand most of an anime..maybe 60-70% depending on the show..like if it's a slice of life anime where most of the dialogue is between friends then yeah, easy enough. But if it's like a scientific anime or philosophical or something like that...HAHAHAHA maybe 10%.

So yeah, no means of getting access to eng-subbed anime in Japan right?
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Anime show so many latch key kids. Parents that are hardly ever home because they're away at work. Pay the rent via the mail and send money to the kids for expenses, and relatives come in once in a while to check up on the kids.

What's the real deal with that? Is that really a common thing over there? Or does it happen at all?
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Did You get to Wine and Dine a Geisha?
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Posted 6/21/14

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One last thing. How the Japanese people treat you or any other when they know that you are from America or when you speak in English?


Well most Japanese students love Americans. Especially the girls. You're automatically cool.
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blackthunder7377Well, it depends on if you live in an apt or dorm...if you live in a dorm..most like you will have to pay for everything..I had to pay for water, electric, gas, food, rent, internet, and some other stuff as well. Per month I was looking at like..$150 about. Not bad at all. Dorm rooms are usually single rooms but super small and the bathrooms...well...lets just say if you're overweight at all..you'll have problems using your rooms bathroom haha like just to shower you have to swing the sink over the toliet and stand where your sink was. Then you have to swing the sink back to use the toliet..


._. Wow that's a surprise, never expected it to be so low (Sure you're not missing another 0? Haha). And honestly with me being a recluse I'm always in my room to begin with lol.

How much was food and other types of media? Also was the learning experience better compared to an american college? And was there any culture shock involved?


Let me be more clear, sorry...I meant like 150 for bills...and for food anywhere from 200-300 per month. Thats with a pretty decent balance of going to the grocery store and eating out with friends. I ate out maybe 2-3 times per week.
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Posted 6/21/14

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I heard from someone who went to be visit there that in stores all the clothes for women are size 0 because it is unacceptable to be fat in Japan, is this true?


I never shopped for womens clothes so I dont know haha
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Posted 6/21/14

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This one is personal, so i'd understand if you'ed rather not answer it.

Did you form a relationship out there?

Most times in Anime, the transfer student falls in love. lol The real world is almost never like that, but I thought I'd ask.


Umm I didn't fall in love or crush on anyone..but I'll say that most of the japanese girls are cute...but I of course had my fair share of experiences...
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blackthunder7377 wrote:


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So many questions, but i'll go with this one, what are the bentos like?


Lets just say...the bento saved my life haha I was eating one pretty much every day unless there was a party.


Man i wish i could try one.


Yeah I miss them a lot...but the best lunches were the one the girls homemade for me


wait, are you serious!?


haha yeah...girls made me lunches all the time..and some even knitted my mittens for the winter!! I thought it was just in the anime..but that stuff actually happens. haha
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Posted 6/21/14

HeavenBlaze wrote:

Sorry it it was already answered but what did you study while you were there?

And would you reccomend having basic Japanese or could you go about without any background knowledge?

How did you learn your Japanese? Or did you take classes?

I want to study abroad in Japan and I'm currently learning the language in my free time.

Sorry about all the questions lol thanks.


I studied on my own and took some classes at my university. And yes, obviously the more you know about the language the easier it's going to be for you to do...well, everything. But then again, if you're going to stay there for an extended period of time, then it doesn't make a difference.
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Posted 6/21/14

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Is the public transportation still pretty good in rural areas, or is it basically a single road that gets you where you need to be?

Did you study abroad through a specific university (like a sister college) or did you do so with an alternative method?

Where did you go and see outside of where your college was based (in Yamanashi)? What was your favorite 'tourist' locale if you have one?

Is the food almost always fresh (or at least tastes/looks fresh)? I tend to have a belief that Japanese food is almost always fresh compared to their international counterparts, and I was wondering if this was true (at least in your experience).

Public transportation is pretty good anywhere..it's almost always a train no matter where you go.

Yes, it is a sister school that I went to.

Just go to Tokyo. In Tokyo, go to Shibuya and shinjuku. There's also a place called roppongi...you can do your own research on that
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Posted 6/21/14

CutieBunny1998 wrote:

Are karaoke and love hotels really common and popular there?

And are there really vending machines for everything?
I heard they even sell underwear in some vending machines]. (i feel like thats a rumor but still its its real i would want to know)


Yes, there's usually "red light districts" in any decent sized city. Usually a few blocks cluttered with love hotels and the like.

Karaoke is also super popular. I mean, you know how popular it is in the anime...it's not exaggerated.
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Posted 6/21/14

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blackthunder7377 wrote:


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Wait wut? CR not in japan how you did to watch anime? VPN? or you just undertand japanese so good to be able to enjoy TV there?


I tried some vpn but nothing was really working..and at this point I can understand most of an anime..maybe 60-70% depending on the show..like if it's a slice of life anime where most of the dialogue is between friends then yeah, easy enough. But if it's like a scientific anime or philosophical or something like that...HAHAHAHA maybe 10%.

So yeah, no means of getting access to eng-subbed anime in Japan right?


Yeah I streamed it on random sites...its just to access sites like this one I had no vpn
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What did you see more A, B, C or D cups?
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