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I'm 21 and plan to go to Japan. Though I may wait until I am 23 hmmmmm..... Well anyway, all I need to know is how will Japanese people react to a "Black" man? let's be honest a lot of black people don't know how to act.... "NOT ALL!" but "A LOT"..... And I don't want to be judged based on ethnicity or what country I am from.


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First and foremost, I wouldn't say that they are racist towards people who have a different skin color. They are more interested than anything else. I am a fair-skinned woman living in Japan and so I don't get a lot of interest in me due to my skin color. It's mostly hair. I've had a few people remark about how white my skin is and how much they wish they had skin as white as mine (currently there are a lot of Japanese women, perhaps men now too, who BLEACH their skin with special products to get that desired white-skinned look. During the summer they walk around covering their arms and face with gloves and umbrellas to protect their white skin they've worked so hard for).

For black people, or people who have dark skin, they are interested. Some people who have never seen someone who has dark skin before, they want to touch. Yes, they may ask to touch you arm or shake your hand or they may just out-right stare at you. But that's not because they're racist (USUALLY) it's because they're very curious.

But depending on where you go in Japan, it's likely that you will not be the first black man they've seen. If you go to Tokyo they won't give you a second glance. Harajuku is filled with black men from all over the world. They work there selling clothing. So the big cities, and even the smaller ones, have seen people who have dark skin. If you go to the country side, then you might get stared at, but it really isn't as bad as people make it out to be.


Thank you for the information. I feel a little less worried now. Another question I have is..... Well I wanted to know If Japanese women would be interested in dating a black guy...... lol...... Seriously
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Posted 4/24/13

D-Roy92 wrote:


Kerensa wrote:


D-Roy92 wrote:

I'm 21 and plan to go to Japan. Though I may wait until I am 23 hmmmmm..... Well anyway, all I need to know is how will Japanese people react to a "Black" man? let's be honest a lot of black people don't know how to act.... "NOT ALL!" but "A LOT"..... And I don't want to be judged based on ethnicity or what country I am from.


You want to know?

First and foremost, I wouldn't say that they are racist towards people who have a different skin color. They are more interested than anything else. I am a fair-skinned woman living in Japan and so I don't get a lot of interest in me due to my skin color. It's mostly hair. I've had a few people remark about how white my skin is and how much they wish they had skin as white as mine (currently there are a lot of Japanese women, perhaps men now too, who BLEACH their skin with special products to get that desired white-skinned look. During the summer they walk around covering their arms and face with gloves and umbrellas to protect their white skin they've worked so hard for).

For black people, or people who have dark skin, they are interested. Some people who have never seen someone who has dark skin before, they want to touch. Yes, they may ask to touch you arm or shake your hand or they may just out-right stare at you. But that's not because they're racist (USUALLY) it's because they're very curious.

But depending on where you go in Japan, it's likely that you will not be the first black man they've seen. If you go to Tokyo they won't give you a second glance. Harajuku is filled with black men from all over the world. They work there selling clothing. So the big cities, and even the smaller ones, have seen people who have dark skin. If you go to the country side, then you might get stared at, but it really isn't as bad as people make it out to be.


Thank you for the information. I feel a little less worried now. Another question I have is..... Well I wanted to know If Japanese women would be interested in dating a black guy...... lol...... Seriously


Your answer to that question would be the same if you were to ask someone who Caucasian or anyone else that comes from a different ethnic background. It depends on the woman but the obvious answer is yes.
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Posted 4/24/13

Kerensa wrote:


D-Roy92 wrote:


Kerensa wrote:


D-Roy92 wrote:

I'm 21 and plan to go to Japan. Though I may wait until I am 23 hmmmmm..... Well anyway, all I need to know is how will Japanese people react to a "Black" man? let's be honest a lot of black people don't know how to act.... "NOT ALL!" but "A LOT"..... And I don't want to be judged based on ethnicity or what country I am from.


You want to know?

First and foremost, I wouldn't say that they are racist towards people who have a different skin color. They are more interested than anything else. I am a fair-skinned woman living in Japan and so I don't get a lot of interest in me due to my skin color. It's mostly hair. I've had a few people remark about how white my skin is and how much they wish they had skin as white as mine (currently there are a lot of Japanese women, perhaps men now too, who BLEACH their skin with special products to get that desired white-skinned look. During the summer they walk around covering their arms and face with gloves and umbrellas to protect their white skin they've worked so hard for).

For black people, or people who have dark skin, they are interested. Some people who have never seen someone who has dark skin before, they want to touch. Yes, they may ask to touch you arm or shake your hand or they may just out-right stare at you. But that's not because they're racist (USUALLY) it's because they're very curious.

But depending on where you go in Japan, it's likely that you will not be the first black man they've seen. If you go to Tokyo they won't give you a second glance. Harajuku is filled with black men from all over the world. They work there selling clothing. So the big cities, and even the smaller ones, have seen people who have dark skin. If you go to the country side, then you might get stared at, but it really isn't as bad as people make it out to be.


Thank you for the information. I feel a little less worried now. Another question I have is..... Well I wanted to know If Japanese women would be interested in dating a black guy...... lol...... Seriously


Your answer to that question would be the same if you were to ask someone who Caucasian or anyone else that comes from a different ethnic background. It depends on the woman but the obvious answer is yes.


Ahhhh, I seee thank you. I have always thought Japanese and Asian women overall to be attractive. I was just nervous that they would never look my way..... Besides me being a little on the shy side (crazy right? lol).
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Posted 4/25/13

D-Roy92 wrote:


Kerensa wrote:


D-Roy92 wrote:


Kerensa wrote:


D-Roy92 wrote:

I'm 21 and plan to go to Japan. Though I may wait until I am 23 hmmmmm..... Well anyway, all I need to know is how will Japanese people react to a "Black" man? let's be honest a lot of black people don't know how to act.... "NOT ALL!" but "A LOT"..... And I don't want to be judged based on ethnicity or what country I am from.


You want to know?

First and foremost, I wouldn't say that they are racist towards people who have a different skin color. They are more interested than anything else. I am a fair-skinned woman living in Japan and so I don't get a lot of interest in me due to my skin color. It's mostly hair. I've had a few people remark about how white my skin is and how much they wish they had skin as white as mine (currently there are a lot of Japanese women, perhaps men now too, who BLEACH their skin with special products to get that desired white-skinned look. During the summer they walk around covering their arms and face with gloves and umbrellas to protect their white skin they've worked so hard for).

For black people, or people who have dark skin, they are interested. Some people who have never seen someone who has dark skin before, they want to touch. Yes, they may ask to touch you arm or shake your hand or they may just out-right stare at you. But that's not because they're racist (USUALLY) it's because they're very curious.

But depending on where you go in Japan, it's likely that you will not be the first black man they've seen. If you go to Tokyo they won't give you a second glance. Harajuku is filled with black men from all over the world. They work there selling clothing. So the big cities, and even the smaller ones, have seen people who have dark skin. If you go to the country side, then you might get stared at, but it really isn't as bad as people make it out to be.


Thank you for the information. I feel a little less worried now. Another question I have is..... Well I wanted to know If Japanese women would be interested in dating a black guy...... lol...... Seriously


Your answer to that question would be the same if you were to ask someone who Caucasian or anyone else that comes from a different ethnic background. It depends on the woman but the obvious answer is yes.


Ahhhh, I seee thank you. I have always thought Japanese and Asian women overall to be attractive. I was just nervous that they would never look my way..... Besides me being a little on the shy side (crazy right? lol).


Where I live in Japan the Japanese boys are fairly shy and it's usually left to the women to be a little bit more outgoing from what I've heard. It's also partially why I haven't decided to give a guy here a chance. They're too shy for my tastes.

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i think they're changing any past prejudices against foreigners or non-Japanese.

Sentai just unveiled the first ever Caucasian Sentai "Kyoryu Cyan" from the new "Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger", and the first non-japanese/non-monster to be a Sentai warrior (an not a one episode wonder either, he re appears periodically to assist them).
I think in terms of television, since our humors tends to be different, foreigners are usually comedy relief, since we're so different, it creates for great awkwardness.
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nihongo seem not racist to foreign people,
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I know a plenty of white and black celebrities in Japan that are extremely popular. We're not racist, but just like any other country in the world, there ARE racists in Japan. It's reality, but that doesn't mean everyone or even most of Japan is racist. Also, every country and person has a stereotype that they hold of each race. This is whether you consciously think about it or not. It's simply how our brain works. Now, what differentiates people is whether or not they act upon these stereotypes and how they do so.
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i'm sure they're splendid people.

great opportunities for tourists & locals to enlighten each other
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