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So i have a few questions about the stuff I see in anime. I wonder if it is true or just in anime. First do girls in Japan really ask out the guys. You know like confessions. Second do kids in school really say senpai. I had more question but i forgot.
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*Take my information with a grain of salt, as I am not extremely well versed in Japanese culture.

-I can't answer your first question.

-Senpai (prounounced 'Sem-Pâi') is a regularly used honorific. Unless I recall incorrectly, it is typically used for people that are A: a more experienced person; and B: People who are older. Honorifics are very important to show respect to people, especially to those in a much higher position (similar to how your would address a college/university instructor as 'Professor' or a VIP as 'Sir).

Extra/Additional information: People do bow as well in Japan (though, keep in mind that Anime/Manga is made more dramatic. People only bow 90° for very specific situations). Similar to honorifics, bowing is important to show respect. Most impressive though is the fact that it can be used in any situation: Greeting, thanking, apologizing, etc.
*I am not completely sure about the honorifics, but I do know that bowing extends to other East Asian cultures (eg: I unconsciously bow as an extra respect to certain people; I bowed and received a positive comment about it from a Korean instructor at my university).

Hope this information is to your liking (tried to do a Google search on a couple of these to check my sources; though all I got (for honorifics) was anime/manga related topics. I can see why this can be confusing now ...)
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close to answering. I was just wondering if people actually do this in real life Japan or its just in anime.
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Posted 3/3/15

Dago0060 wrote:

close to answering. I was just wondering if people actually do this in real life Japan or its just in anime.



They certainly do this in real life. Though looking around I believe Senpai is only/mainly used in the education system (and martial arts).

Hope this information helped ^_^

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Ya it does. Still wondering if chicks really ask out the guys in Japan. Seems weird its like a shift in relationship dynamics.
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I wouldn't imagine that the country would affect whether a girl or boy confess too much, I believe that for the majority it comes down to the individual like whether they're the kind who like to take lead in a relationship. Japan could have a higher percentage is such a survey was done but I think it would just come down to sheer coincidence tbh.

In Curb your Enthusiasm, Larry is told by an asian, when a bow isn't done a full 90 degrees, it can be taken in an offensive nature & is known as a "Sh*t Bow" lol

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUubgv3_ps0

I don't know whether this is really true but I don't imagine Larry David wouldn't just throw it in to the show randomly, he usually does his research or bases his episodes on past experiences.
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Posted 3/3/15
In terms of girls asking the guys out... It the same as everywhere else. Sometimes the guys ask and sometimes the girls ask.
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Posted 3/4/15
Thought you were going to ask about superstitions or mythology...
I guess I never really put much thought into those questions.
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Posted 3/4/15
This is the best answer I can find, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0bnaxv8d_w
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bufoman wrote:

This is the best answer I can find, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0bnaxv8d_w


EVERY THING IN ANIME IS A LIEEEEEEEEEEEEE! I don't know what to believe anymore. MY ideal Japan with cute girls.....is a lie they don't act how they do in anime. I don't know what to believe any more.........................
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sandpunk wrote:


bufoman wrote:

This is the best answer I can find, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0bnaxv8d_w


EVERY THING IN ANIME IS A LIEEEEEEEEEEEEE! I don't know what to believe anymore. MY ideal Japan with cute girls.....is a lie they don't act how they do in anime. I don't know what to believe any more.........................

Take heart, cute girls are still cute girls. There really are maid cafes and from the same source as above some school girls really do wear short skirts. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47SRwl8tY_I

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