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Drifting. i really wanna live there for that reason
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animegirl2222 wrote:

This is a stereotype, but they seem to have a penchant for tea?


whats penchant?
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that its better than every other country especially north korea
Posted 2/21/15

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GayAsianBoy wrote:

geisha, sushi, hello kitty, anime, manga

just kidding


well apparently, it's insulting to offer tips to people in Japan... is this true? I read it off dailymail.co.uk, I don't trust that website.


Yes, it's true. My cousin lived there for a couple of years since he was in the military. He said that if you leave tip at a restaurant, it would mean that their food and service wasn't good enough or something like that.



lolwut...
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kokosakurasou wrote:


animegirl2222 wrote:

This is a stereotype, but they seem to have a penchant for tea?


whats penchant?



A strong liking of.
Basically, they really like tea from what I hear.
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kokosakurasou wrote:

Drifting. i really wanna live there for that reason :)


Go run shine in the south
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not only japs tho... i love tea a lot! its more of personal preference i think maybe a lot of asians love tea more than the western people
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kokosakurasou wrote:

not only japs tho... i love tea a lot! its more of personal preference i think maybe a lot of asians love tea more than the western people


Yeah i agree, i pretty much only drink tea when i can. It tastes better and makes you feel better.
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That anime protagonists are everywhere.
Posted 2/21/15
Don't leave tips.

Don't understand why not, but whatever. I'll just keep my money then.
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They have good food and delicious teas :-). I know plenty more buuuut I'm going to go to bed instead of type it all.
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Lets see... colorfully weird and cool. You can buy cigarettes from vending machines, there are robot cafes, they got some perverted stuff..
Cool Visual Kei bands, weird mix of food/candies, girls and guys who wear tons of makeup, cross dressers/players, people with imperfect teeth are considered cute, almost every guy is musically/instrumentally talented, easiest way of folding t-shirts, host clubs, radiation is huge there.

Thought this may be a bit different from all the common stuff? Added a few of common obv. answers cause we love Japan xD
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Tea workers in Japan are one of the few places in the world where you aren't abysmally poor.

While tea is very common in Japan, the stigma of excessive ceremony has made coffee extremely common, and is argued to be much more the everyday drink of Japan. Fun fact, Japan had the first international coffee shop franchise, but it didn't last too long.

The Japanese people as we know today are very different than the Japanese people who had some of the oldest pottery in the world. Those people (jomon) are most likely related to extinct groups like the Emishi or were assimilated into the east asian groups that moved into Japan.
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Posted 2/22/15
Vending Machines sell drinks and cigarettes for about 120 yen (when I was there last year)
Also, they have a 1 yen coin - however no vending machine will take them (so you are stuck with 30 or so 1 yen coins).
Also, there are a few stores that rent out DVDs and Music. There was one I walked past that rented out books / manga as well for a week.
The supermarket I went to also provides a plastic knife / fork in the bag if you buy a bento.
Most stores open at either 10am or 11am
The streets are usually clean - people are constantly cleaning.
There are no rubbish bins so you have to carry your rubbish with you.
Everytime you enter a store (and I mean EVERYTIME) you will hear irasshaimase. - This is a basic greeting to the customer.
Weather changes constantly during the summer months, bring an umbrella with you.
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It's considered bad luck to transfer food between chopsticks.

Not sure how it is now, but usually the oldest son ends up taking care of his parents, living with them. My Dad said he didn't have to, most likely because he was born and raised in the US.

The Japanese appreciate any effort foreigners use to speak Nihongo. They rather hear you try.

Not really a general fact, but my great grandfather was part of the percentage of Japanese people who died after the Hiroshima bombing due to radiation.

At funerals, close family sits at the front. Most people carry juzu, which is like a bead prayer type of item. Oh, I guess it's important to mention that I'm talking about a Buddhist funeral. So the priest chants part of a sutra and then we get up to offer incense to an incense urn that is placed in front of the casket. At the end, we place flowers in the casket and say our last goodbyes before the cremation.
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