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#246 - tharoon (06/19/2014) [-]
I am from Japan and we love Americans.
Thank you again masters for giving us two gifts from the sky. A-bombs you ばか
We are still breathing the sweet air from them.
Sometimes it hurts.

#270 to #246 - smokekusheveryday (06/19/2014) [-]
Your welcome
Your welcome
#58 - worldofwarcraftdog (06/19/2014) [-]
i like this
User avatar #254 - olias (06/19/2014) [-]
I grew up in northern Japan. This makes me happy. Especially the one about anime. I get a little irritated at weaboos who think they will be able to just jet off to Japan and be accepted with open arms.

Nope, you'd be a weird weaboo over there too.
User avatar #305 to #254 - ironsoul (06/19/2014) [-]
My roommate last semester would watch nonstop (and I do mean nonstop, all hours) anime and was taking japanese classes because he intended to move there. I was woken up more than once by the flute from the opening of kiki's delivery service in the wee hours of the morning. It comforts me to know that he will stick out like a sore thumb.
#207 - freegzuz (06/19/2014) [-]
User avatar #212 to #207 - fagnut ONLINE (06/19/2014) [-]
I think OP is a girl
User avatar #229 to #212 - brobafett (06/19/2014) [-]
>A girl on the internet.

freegzuz picture still correct though.
#187 - lxaje (06/19/2014) [-]
Okay, so as this is a comp. about Japan, I feel this might be a good place to vent my feelings about the place.
I've been living here for close to a year now as a high school exchange student, and I've found a lot of things about the culture that really "rustles my jimmies", so to speak. Mind you, a majority of these things apply to high school and the younger generation, so you older がいじん's might not have had the same experiences.
1) They live for work/ school.
- I mean they seriously have no interests outside of their workplace or schoolgrounds. Way to often have I suggested going to a cafe or heading for the shopping districts to some of my classmates, but it's almost always met with either, "sorry, have club activities", "sorry, EC activities today" or "sorry, have homework". And some of you are probably thinking "well hey, good thing they've got something they like doing, instead of ending up on the internet like us" but a lot of them get forced into clubs they don't like due to peer pressure. Anyone who's not in a club is seen as a deliquent student, and usually ends up as an outcast altogether.
(cont. in another comment, this'll be long)
#191 to #187 - lxaje (06/19/2014) [-]
2) They're incredibly immature
-I get that this is a matter of opinion, but when you're 18 and you're still afraid of holding hands with your boy/ girlfriend, and when talking about sex seriously makes you giggle, you need to do something. they also rely way to heavily on their parents. This also continues into working life, so for example, if a Japanese person goes in for a job interview, they often have their parents with them, and if they happen to dislike something in the job description, they'll usually decline, even if it's well paying. Had a classmate who told me his brother declined a job offer at a Toyota factor as a project manager, due to the fact that he didn't enjoy the tone of his interviewers voice.

3) Women's position in society.
-Oh man would tumblr feminists have a field day here. Firstly women are supposed to be stupid and cute, because anything else scares the **** out of the men here. I've got way to many female exchange student friends who've been trying to go on dates with Japanese guys, but they just weren't able. Women are also supposed to walk behind the man when out somewhere, which I got explained to me by one of my dates when I noticed her walking a couple of steps behind me at all times. And one's she'd mentioned it, I couldn't stop noticing it everywhere. And finally on this point, a majority of the women are still stuck as house wives, even though they have good educations behind them. Two of my homestay mothers were a professional barber respectively concert pianist, who spent their days at home, cleaning or watching the kids. Granted, some people might enjoy such a lifestyle, but at least these two were dreaming of getting to work again.
User avatar #199 to #191 - crispyfever (06/19/2014) [-]
Haha highschool life. You got balls to try to integrate into Japanese society at that level. Japanese college life is wayy more relaxed and chill. ところでとこに住んでいるの?
#203 to #199 - lxaje (06/19/2014) [-]
名古屋に住んでいる。あなたは?Also yeah, heard that from some of my friends in another programme, seems so much more chill, especially the other students.
User avatar #261 to #203 - crispyfever (06/19/2014) [-]
Ahh Nagoya, nice. I live in Tokyo and go to ICU in Mitaka. If you chose to go to college here in Japan, Id recommend choosing one that is international. The students tend to be much more globally minded and are much more open to foreigners.

Plus during highschool, students are way to obsessed about getting into a good uni and are always in juku and stuff. They are also really uptight and suck.

Also Tokyo is where its at =)
#346 to #261 - lxaje (06/20/2014) [-]
Couldn't agree with you more stranger. I wish you the best of luck!
User avatar #348 to #346 - crispyfever (06/20/2014) [-]
You too!
#193 to #187 - lxaje (06/19/2014) [-]
4) The school system is outdated
-The teachers for one, seldom have any idea what they're doing, it seems. I don't mean every single teacher, but when 50% of my schools teachers can't answer questions that apply to anything that isn't written in their book, something's seriously wrong. The english teachers are also horrible at english, so I understand why a lot of foreigners take work as teachers here. I'm not saying my English is perfect in any way, but when an 18 year old finnish guy knows more than a 40 year old teacher who has spent years teaching, there's something wrong. This also means that the students aren't learning what they should.

So basically I just **** talked a lot about japan, and there' still more I could mention, like schooluniforms and their strict laws and such, but I feel this is enough.
I might sound like I really dislike Japan, but quite the contrary I really like it here. Like many foreigners here say, there's good and bad sides about Japan, but the good greatly outweighs the bad.
If anyone has any questions I'd love to answer them, and if anyone's considering going as an exchangestudent in the future, do it. it's the best thing you could do for yourself, though your wallet will suffer.

TL;DR: Japan's schoolsystem's **** , Japan's still a great place, do exchange. Peace
#206 to #193 - anon (06/19/2014) [-]
For being a Utopia for tourists, it has a lot of downsides when it comes to actually living and growing up there.

Anyone saying you're wrong has never been outside the big cities.
#176 - copycopy (06/19/2014) [-]
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#148 - owemiegawd (06/19/2014) [-]
Bizengaust, i plan on moving to Kyoto in the following year, and im curious as to how much it costs to live their? and how hard is it to get a job? is there homesteads there where i can rent just a room but have access to a kitchen/bathroom?
Bizengaust, i plan on moving to Kyoto in the following year, and im curious as to how much it costs to live their? and how hard is it to get a job? is there homesteads there where i can rent just a room but have access to a kitchen/bathroom?
#156 to #148 - anon (06/19/2014) [-]
go to You need to login to view this link (for jobs)
and you should probably look into "sakura house" for a place to live. You will find it difficult, especially in Kyoto to rent a place.
User avatar #159 to #156 - owemiegawd (06/19/2014) [-]
awesome thanks, i don't know any Japan savy people so any help is welcome. thank you again
#163 to #159 - anon (06/19/2014) [-]
No worries, mate
Glad to be of survive. Sakura house is truly a wonderfully simple way to rent in Japan.
User avatar #158 to #148 - the one and only ONLINE (06/19/2014) [-]
I hear when you rent there, you have to give rent money 2 weeks worth of rent straight up and something called gift money. Idk if it's true.
User avatar #233 to #148 - livefromtokyo (06/19/2014) [-]
I live in a guest house that is run by the company called "Sakura house." It is exclusively for foreigners. It's nice, we all have our own rooms but share common spaces like the kitchen and living room.
You will find it difficult to rent through someone else as most Japanese people do not trust foreigners enough to rent to us. I'll ask around and get back to you if there are actually any kind of homesteads there…although I have a feeling that there might not be :/
User avatar #115 - superanonymouspers (06/19/2014) [-]
I want to thank you again for putting up this comp, as I said in the last comp, I've been very interested in learning about the japanese culture. I've been very curious to visit/live there for quite some time.

Here's a question, ever since learning about the japanese hornet, I've been... well, TERRIFIED of it. How common are they?
User avatar #119 to #115 - bizengaust (06/19/2014) [-]
I remember my father calling me 4 in the morning Japan time to ask me about this after he saw a special about Japanese hornets. In my time here I have yet to come across them. I also live in the city though so I don't know how it varies for people in the country. I think Japanese hornets are a lot like killer bee's in the states. When's the last time you heard of them killing people?
User avatar #168 to #119 - superanonymouspers (06/19/2014) [-]
a quick google search told me that in 2013 42 people were killed by them and 1500 injured.
User avatar #102 - independantnight (06/19/2014) [-]
Since your next compilation seems to be geared towards food, could you shed some light on this for me?
In the U.S. Sushi has become very popular in recent years, but as always it has become very 'Americanized', and we see a lot of variations. Here Rolls are the most popular Sushi, and often what people think of first upon hearing the word, (the Posterchild if you will).
I happen to know that Nigiri, (I don't know the Japanese characters) is 'proper' traditional Sushi, originating in Edo and whatnot, and what I would like to know is if rolls hold a similar significance in Japan as they do in the Americas?
Also, I have read that Sushi actually refers specifically to the rice, is this how the word is used in Japan regularly?
User avatar #106 to #102 - bizengaust (06/19/2014) [-]
I'll totally be addressing this in my next comp : ).
#109 to #106 - independantnight (06/19/2014) [-]
Much appreciated!
Much appreciated!
User avatar #97 - zomaru (06/19/2014) [-]
I had a theory that that Otako came from how restrictive Japanese families might be compared to modern day. How they hold such a tight leash as to what is considered normal, that when someone escapes those bonds they go balls deep.
Might be kind of what you are describing. But that's just the observations of what I have seen of Japanese culture. Differing from American in that such a wide range of things are accepted as normal.
#101 to #97 - bizengaust (06/19/2014) [-]
I support that theory. I once had student who came from a very prestigious family who expected her to get the highest grades and to rise above everyone. As an outlet she drew both simple drawings and manga during her free time. She actually drew me one, I'd post it online but I promised her I'd keep it close to just me, about how she felt like a puppet and it was the deepest thing I've ever seen. It was something that really made me think about the life she came from. Good news though, the last I heard from her she moved out of her family home and is doing comics for local newspapers. I am so proud.
#297 - ironsoul (06/19/2014) [-]
Got any advice for somebody who just wants to visit the country for a little bit? Not moving there or anything, I just think it would be cool to visit. I don't speak the language.
Got any advice for somebody who just wants to visit the country for a little bit? Not moving there or anything, I just think it would be cool to visit. I don't speak the language.
User avatar #300 to #297 - bizengaust (06/19/2014) [-]
If you don't speak it I'd recommend cities and tourist areas where you have a bigger ratio of English speakers
User avatar #301 to #300 - ironsoul (06/19/2014) [-]
Any places in particular you recommend visiting? I am a big fan of the outdoors, so I was considering Mt Fuji.
User avatar #306 to #301 - bizengaust (06/19/2014) [-]
Mt Fuji is quite the climb but very worth it. Kyoto is also very nice for outdoors. They have very lovely parks, same with Hokkaido.
#308 to #306 - ironsoul (06/19/2014) [-]
One more question, then I am done (thank you for your input). I am 6'4" barefoot. How much am i going to tower over the locals?
User avatar #312 to #308 - bizengaust (06/19/2014) [-]
There are some talk people here but chances are you will tower over them
#240 - steppenwolfvg (06/19/2014) [-]
"They would rather die than bring shame or dishonor to famiry."

But what's with the weird commercials and TV shows?
User avatar #213 - megatrollinator (06/19/2014) [-]
The Japanese word for Surrender is 降伏 (Kōfuku)
User avatar #204 - pitifulsoul (06/19/2014) [-]
I had a Japanese girlfriend (who grew up in Japan). To make it better, she was a rising model studying to become a seiyuu (VA, or voice actor). Apparently people go to take college classes for that... I knew they took voice acting seriously, but it's still a bit surprising... A lot of the stuff from these comps are generally the same responses she gave me when I asked her about stereotypes. We were planning on getting married, and her parents were very supportive of us, but... She died from the flu very shortly after that
#121 - CXJokerXD (06/19/2014) [-]
I like this post.
#117 - sortoathepenguin (06/19/2014) [-]
Oh man, these comps are perfect. I did know a bit of this beforehand, as I have been doing a load of research of Japan on my own, but it's still awesome to learn some new things as well.

If I may ask, did you receive a degree, and in what subject was it?

My dream is to go to college and obtain a Bachelor's and make my way over to Japan, and eventually make a career out of teaching English over there, and I've been getting as many different opinions on the matter as I can.

Any replies appreciated, thanks OP, you da best.
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#143 to #117 - anon (06/19/2014) [-]
I would advise you to go to "GaijinPot.com" to look for Job in Japan. Sadly, there are a lot of people in my area who taken advantage of being an english teacher and have unfortunately given english teaching a bad name. (They don't care about their students, they don't bother to learn japanese, the don't bother about trying to follow customary politeness) And because of that sometimes english teachers are looked upon as leaches of society.

May I ask what degree you want to get in college? (May i presume you are a fellow american? ;) I have developed the practice of using the world "university" whenever i talk about myself to anyone from europe now)

And I guess perhaps I should make an fb account now. I didn't realize that people would be so interested in Japan.
User avatar #153 to #143 - sortoathepenguin (06/19/2014) [-]
Well, actually, i'm going into my junior year of high school, so i've got two more years before I go to college. I myself am looking towards either a degree in English Writing / Composition, Teaching, or ESOL.

I'm really unsure as to what would be the best option and what would help me the most, but i've got plenty of time. There is also a pretty good University in my town, and I have relatives who work there and are on good terms all over and can hook me up with people to talk to, so that's pretty nice.

And yes, i'm American, haha.
#160 to #153 - anon (06/19/2014) [-]
oh pppsssh. Yeah you've got plenty of time

Check out "GaijinPot" though. It should help give you a little bit of an idea what kind of jobs are in demand here in japan right now. It will also answer a lot of questions you might have about resumes and setting up for Japan.
#120 to #117 - bizengaust (06/19/2014) [-]
I received a bachelor's degree in elementary teaching with a minor i psychology in the states. While I've been in Japan I've moved onto getting my masters in teaching so I could teach many different school levels.
I received a bachelor's degree in elementary teaching with a minor i psychology in the states. While I've been in Japan I've moved onto getting my masters in teaching so I could teach many different school levels.
User avatar #126 to #120 - sortoathepenguin (06/19/2014) [-]
Thanks for replying, mang.

I'm only in High School at the moment, and i'm still really unsure as to what sort of degree I would want, whether I should go for teaching or English, or even both.

Sorry to bother you again, but just curious, are there any degrees that you think would be beneficial? You got yours in elementary school teaching, has that helped you a lot in your endeavors, or would you recommend anything else?

Sorry if i'm being a bit too specific with these, but this is honestly my biggest dream, and I am doing whatever it takes to get as much information as I can to gear myself up to it.
User avatar #128 to #126 - bizengaust (06/19/2014) [-]
No no it's ok to be specific. In the end it all depends on what you feel most comfortable with. I've always felt too stubborn too teach college level,even though that's what my parents wanted, because they are too set in their ways. With kids it's like starting on a clean slate. You just have to pick what speaks to you., no matter what you do.
User avatar #129 to #128 - sortoathepenguin (06/19/2014) [-]
I see, that does sound pretty good to me. I feel like I want to spend a lot of time teaching middle school / elementary schools, especially when I first start out.

The only real reason I want to consider going into Uni teaching is because the money, i'm sure, grows substantially, and if everything goes well, I intend to settle down and marry with children in Japan one day.

It's all a long way off, as I have probably a minimum of 6 whole years before i'll even be able to go.

thanks again for answering my questions btw
User avatar #130 to #129 - bizengaust (06/19/2014) [-]
No problem I like answering questions. You can always build up to university as well as you go on. I currently do a lot of lectures at university's about the subject of bullying and I hope to do more in the future about other topics.
A lot of people feel discouraged about starting at square one, but if you keep at it , you can move higher and higher.
#145 to #130 - anon (06/19/2014) [-]
ohoh! Sorry- But I'm currently making a documentary in Tokyo about bullying and the cultural differences.
What most surprises you about the bullying in Japan?
User avatar #122 to #117 - saltyfries (06/19/2014) [-]
I've never been there but I'm always fascinated by Japan, between the mix of their history and how they've accepted certain American traditions just astounds me! look at my comment below on how they've accepted Baseball and Pro Wrestling of all things! And they mix this in with Sumo Wrestling and Kendo!
Fun fact, they hold a pro wrestling pay per view at the Tokyo Dome every year on January 4th (regardless what day of the week) called Wrestle Kingdom, think of it as their Wrestlemania, and it's not just for 1 promotion, it's for 3! They have 3 promotions that at some point or another get as big as WWE, All Japan Pro Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Noah (newest one), and New Japan Pro Wrestling (current top promotion). It's amazing! The matches they put on put WWE to HARD shame!
User avatar #36 - devilofscience (06/18/2014) [-]
It feels like you may be exaggerating the honor one specifically on the suicide side.
#38 to #36 - anon (06/18/2014) [-]
what he heard from his OLD japanese neighbor. younger generations might not have the same view of honor.
User avatar #43 to #38 - bizengaust (06/19/2014) [-]
I will be doing a part 2 for the honor one since it does seem to change from generation to generation. I just get along so well with my neighbor he was the only one I felt comfortable asking without worrying I'd offend him. also I be a she : )
#289 - anon (06/19/2014) [-]
Don't want to be that guy, but it's irritating me.

It's not "They can speak English very good", it's "They can speak English very well.
#335 to #289 - Zyklone (06/19/2014) [-]
If you honestly didn't like being that person then you wouldn't be.
User avatar #290 to #289 - bizengaust (06/19/2014) [-]
I wrote it that way on purpose because that's how they tend to say it because of how it translates
User avatar #80 - VincentKing ONLINE (06/19/2014) [-]
I forgot all about part 1, and now it looks like it was deleted
#86 to #80 - bizengaust (06/19/2014) [-]
Don't worry I will be uploading it again with some added bonus content. I deeply regret taking it down and I hope the added material will make up for it.
Don't worry I will be uploading it again with some added bonus content. I deeply regret taking it down and I hope the added material will make up for it.
#105 to #86 - kibbleking (06/19/2014) [-]
Why'd you take it down?
Why'd you take it down?
User avatar #107 to #105 - bizengaust (06/19/2014) [-]
I was tired when I made it and made a lot of grammar mistakes(English isn't my first language.) so under pressure I took it down.
#110 to #108 - bizengaust (06/19/2014) [-]
I do deeply regret it. I will be posting it again with some bonus facts and contents. Hopefully this will make up for it.
I do deeply regret it. I will be posting it again with some bonus facts and contents. Hopefully this will make up for it.
User avatar #18 - lastweek (06/18/2014) [-]
I read the one about suicide and I felt a need to call ******** on "there is no word for surrender" because there is and depending on what role one had it has been considered more honorable to commit suicide in order to prove ones innocence than to live on with the shame in other cultures (it could also be the only way to protect your family and so on and so on) I don't know much about the topic though.
User avatar #21 to #18 - bizengaust (06/18/2014) [-]
This was just how it was explained to me by my neighbor, or at least the short version as he went on for a very long time about it. I mean to do a little more research on the subject as I found it very interesting
User avatar #22 to #21 - lastweek (06/18/2014) [-]
I've read something similar before so I'm not really surprised to see it again.
User avatar #30 to #22 - bizengaust (06/18/2014) [-]
I'll probably do a follow up part two on the subject later so I can elaborate a little further. There really is a lot to say on the subject.
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