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Posted 8/10/14 , edited 8/10/14

Oh dear, it would appear that you've taken offence. I'm actually just reporting things I've heard from other Japanese people, not claiming to know them to be true myself. I want to hear your side of things, as a Kyoto native. The referring to a war in the 15th century as 'last war' is something I find charming, as it definitely speaks of an insular culture - which is by no means something pejorative.
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Posted 8/10/14 , edited 8/10/14

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Oh dear, it would appear that you've taken offence. I'm actually just reporting things I've heard from other Japanese people, not claiming to know them to be true myself. I want to hear your side of things, as a Kyoto native. The referring to a war in the 15th century as 'last war' is something I find charming, as it definitely speaks of an insular culture - which is by no means something pejorative.

I didn't feel too offended, however, I did feel very much like someone was trying to test my knowledge just to be irksome.
If you want to know what I think about "outsiders," whether of my ethnicity or not, then I can honestly say that I have no reason to think any more or less of other people because of the way I was raised.
Also, I have nothing to say about Ōnin War other than to again say, "use your mind." I don't want to look for any type of symbolism that may correlate to how we act towards ourselves and others because of something that should be left in the past.

Hope I helped at least a little--if not, I apologize.
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Posted 8/10/14 , edited 8/10/14

It's unfortunate that you read into my post that way. I suppose I'm curious about Japan's cultures, and when I talk about cultures I know well I tend to poke fun at them and not take things said about them constructively to heart. I like using my experiences to fill in the blanks in people's knowledge and welcome it when others do me the same favour; I wouldn't really tell someone to "use their head" if they found it fun that in England we call the events of 1688 the 'Glorious Revolution', particularly as the names we give things are historical artifacts in their own right that are usually revelatory about a people's outlook on their history. It is of course obvious why Kyotoites would refer to that war as 'previous war', but I'm intrigued by it and about what might be inferred from it. I'm also intrigued by why you would refuse to analyze something like that, it's one of the joys of studying cultures/histories to do so, and to talk about things that happened in the past is no bad thing unless one is still undergoing some form of trauma because of it.

Either way, I think the Kyoto I've heard about is that of the really old families who have been living there since the Sengoku period and such, and apparently have their own very traditional and exclusive lifestyles between themselves. At the very least, your response speaks of a different face of Kyoto that has little to do with the more elitist aspects I was talking about, so at least I've found something out.
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Posted 8/11/14
I was there just recently for 14 days and everyone was welcoming there to me and my friends, there was only once this one instance in an electronic shop whereas I was trying to buy an visual novel and they didn't let me cause it was for "japanese only" which is either what you mean or that it was region restricted and somehow didn't wanna sell the copy to someone living outside that region <.<!

Though I wasn't in every part of Japan xD I was in Tokyo and Kyoto, tokyo for 13 days and kyoto for 1, whereas I was in Kyoto in the main tourism areas <.< In Tokyo, I were in many places, Akihabara, Shinjuku, Name it! xD Only place we didn't go to was Rappongi, where I heard that it is somewhat anti-foreigner as you said, but I dunno, didn't see for myself :P

though if you are going to travel to Japan, don't worry There are more nice people there than people against foreigners!
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Thank you everyone for responding to the OP, I plan on going regardless within the next year or so, but the general positive responses are encouraging.
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