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bizengaust

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Gender: female
Age: 25
Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfXam3LliZbSBxHFX
Consoles Owned: playstation,nintendo, nintendo 64,
Interests: I have loads of interests
Date Signed Up:12/03/2011
Last Login:7/29/2015
Location:Kyoto Japan
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My name is Anya, I'm 25 years young and I'm currently working as an English language instructor for an elementary school in Kyoto Japan. I have also been known to make some pretty interesting comps

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#9 - This brought back pleasant memories of visiting my grandmother…  [+] (1 new reply) 01/21/2015 on Life in Rural Russia +8
#34 - anon Comment deleted by bizengaust
#7 - One of my first dogs was blind and I got him because It was in…  [+] (1 new reply) 01/20/2015 on Three legged puppy +4
#13 - anon (01/20/2015) [-]
I like you. Just for that.
Got a Picture of him?
#15 - When I was in High school I knew I wanted to teach in another … 01/20/2015 on Butterfly effect 0
#19 - I check up on this site every day. Even during my breaks when …  [+] (1 new reply) 01/18/2015 on best fj period? +1
User avatar #60 - Fgner (01/18/2015) [-]
My color brother.
#35 - There are a good armful of us on this site 01/13/2015 on Russia reminds me of fallout +5
#54 - Picture 01/11/2015 on Cringe Compilation 5! 0
#21 - Picture 01/10/2015 on Le joke +4
#30 - I could probably make a comp on it's own of all the different … 01/08/2015 on Hokkaido Japan 0
#29 - I'm just used to using it when I talk to people on here. Usual… 01/08/2015 on Hokkaido Japan 0
#25 - if the deer destroy the crops it will take a long time to get …  [+] (1 new reply) 01/08/2015 on Hokkaido Japan 0
User avatar #33 - twofreegerbils (01/09/2015) [-]
This is what happens when you have no easy and legal avenue to hunting.
#17 - Huh I didn't notice that I put is instead of are. Ah well typo… 01/08/2015 on Hokkaido Japan 0
#12 - I knew it was only a matter of time before I encountered Godzi… 01/08/2015 on Hokkaido Japan +2
#11 - I've heard of it but alas I haven't been there myself. That's … 01/08/2015 on Hokkaido Japan +2
#10 - if it makes you feel better when my husband and I got back to …  [+] (1 new reply) 01/08/2015 on Hokkaido Japan 0
#13 - anon (01/08/2015) [-]
sometimes winter in japan is fine, sometimes winter just says "fuck you"
#7 - I have heard that but thankfully it is so far a very warm wint…  [+] (5 new replies) 01/08/2015 on Hokkaido Japan 0
User avatar #27 - meganinja (01/08/2015) [-]
Wait if you're Russian why are you using Fahrenheit?

Or are you? If you aren't then I'm scared.
User avatar #29 - bizengaust (01/08/2015) [-]
I'm just used to using it when I talk to people on here. Usually when I do metric I get asked to give fahrenheit.
User avatar #8 - friedgreenpomatoes (01/08/2015) [-]
Dammit, Japan gets a nice warm winter and I'm freezing my ass off here in Pennsylvania.
#10 - bizengaust (01/08/2015) [-]
if it makes you feel better when my husband and I got back to Osaka we were suddenly bitch slapped with below zero weather. It's supposed to warm up next week but for now it's -1
#13 - anon (01/08/2015) [-]
sometimes winter in japan is fine, sometimes winter just says "fuck you"
#2 - I want to say those deer which literally walk up to you like c… 01/08/2015 on Hokkaido Japan 0
#42 - Picture 01/06/2015 on Naggers +29
#20 - I've quoted this scene so many times it's a little ridiculous.  [+] (1 new reply) 01/05/2015 on thug aim +8
User avatar #33 - letriggs (01/05/2015) [-]
out of sheer boredom I have taken to playing knifey spooney with my little brother

any time day or night I can just walk up to him and say "that's not a knife, this is a knife"
#161 - If I could get one that would be really swell. If not I suppos… 01/05/2015 on anyone want a personal... 0
#44 - I had hoped for the little pizzas that would expand into a nor…  [+] (1 new reply) 01/04/2015 on Drops phone in outrage... +1
#57 - lookatmyhouseofwax (01/04/2015) [-]
#213 - That sounds like Kohls. My cousin worked there for years and h… 01/04/2015 on I would relish it! +3
#212 - I've moved on since then and now work as a teacher which is a … 01/04/2015 on I would relish it! +1
#208 - That's exactly what I thought at the time. Don't you want some…  [+] (3 new replies) 01/04/2015 on I would relish it! +4
User avatar #211 - the one and only (01/04/2015) [-]
deeerp.... Patience*
User avatar #210 - the one and only (01/04/2015) [-]
well... keep up the patients, sounds like you're gonna deal with more in future. I feel if I was in that situation, I'd act sassy to make them feel dumb.
User avatar #212 - bizengaust (01/04/2015) [-]
I've moved on since then and now work as a teacher which is a new level of patience. In a sense I feel like the patience of retail helped me with my patience as a teacher. I will take a troubled parent over a crazy bitch any day. At least with a parent I can say, "hey he/she is wanting the best for their child, try to work with them."
#163 - I worked in the Jewelry section of a department store as a sup…  [+] (5 new replies) 01/04/2015 on I would relish it! +10
User avatar #204 - the one and only (01/04/2015) [-]
You'd think if you work in jewelry you'd have to be like... literally a know it all about jewelry?
#208 - bizengaust (01/04/2015) [-]
That's exactly what I thought at the time. Don't you want someone who knows what their talking about instead of someone that's like, "well um...you know...cause...its yellow???" I had to actually take classes before I became a supervisor to ensure that I could answer every question thrown at me because it was very easy for customers to take advantage of your lack of knowledge. Which leads them to getting a gemstone ring worth 400 for 80 just to shut them up.
User avatar #211 - the one and only (01/04/2015) [-]
deeerp.... Patience*
User avatar #210 - the one and only (01/04/2015) [-]
well... keep up the patients, sounds like you're gonna deal with more in future. I feel if I was in that situation, I'd act sassy to make them feel dumb.
User avatar #212 - bizengaust (01/04/2015) [-]
I've moved on since then and now work as a teacher which is a new level of patience. In a sense I feel like the patience of retail helped me with my patience as a teacher. I will take a troubled parent over a crazy bitch any day. At least with a parent I can say, "hey he/she is wanting the best for their child, try to work with them."
#68 - shipping things overseas is worse. I sent my stepmother a tea …  [+] (1 new reply) 01/02/2015 on The Glory of Post 0
#92 - xboxonerules (01/02/2015) [-]
I take pictures of my items and date it before I send anything. If it ends up broken, even after harsh wrapping, I'll tell them to pay me for it and refund my order or I'll sue for damages.

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User avatar #122 - admin (04/01/2015) [+] (1 reply)
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great japanese comp. please make more
#164 - didimighty (06/12/2015) [-]
I know where that header is from.
User avatar #150 - lightspeedtooslow (05/14/2015) [-]
pick a color between infrared and ultraviolet
User avatar #151 to #150 - bizengaust (05/14/2015) [-]
bright ass water blue
User avatar #152 to #151 - lightspeedtooslow (05/14/2015) [-]
isn't water clear?
User avatar #153 to #152 - bizengaust (05/14/2015) [-]
Good point. I retract my previous statement in favor of dirty ocean florescent blue.
User avatar #154 to #153 - lightspeedtooslow (05/14/2015) [-]
I'm gonna need a picture
#155 to #154 - bizengaust (05/14/2015) [-]
Best I could find
User avatar #157 to #155 - lightspeedtooslow (05/14/2015) [-]
There are so many different shades in those photos
User avatar #158 to #157 - bizengaust (05/14/2015) [-]
Let's say the color that's between the darkest and the lightest.
User avatar #159 to #158 - lightspeedtooslow (05/14/2015) [-]
I'm picking a single pixel here
User avatar #160 to #159 - bizengaust (05/14/2015) [-]
we'll just say florescent blue then. I'm sorry I'm failing around every corner
User avatar #161 to #160 - lightspeedtooslow (05/14/2015) [-]
What do you mean?
User avatar #162 to #161 - bizengaust (05/14/2015) [-]
I'm not good with colors as stupid as that sounds. I'd say sky blue or ice blue of the florescent variety if I had to pick one.
User avatar #163 to #162 - lightspeedtooslow (05/14/2015) [-]
Alrighty, thank you
User avatar #142 - lightspeedtooslow (04/23/2015) [-]
Hello
#143 to #142 - bizengaust (04/24/2015) [-]
Hello friend
Hello friend
User avatar #144 to #143 - lightspeedtooslow (04/24/2015) [-]
How goes it?
#145 to #144 - bizengaust (04/26/2015) [-]
It goes I suppose. Neck deep in a case study for my school on bullying. I thought it would be fun but so far I've just walked up steep hills and sweated myself to death to have doors slammed on my face because Japanese people are so reluctant to talk about such things. So is my life.
It goes I suppose. Neck deep in a case study for my school on bullying. I thought it would be fun but so far I've just walked up steep hills and sweated myself to death to have doors slammed on my face because Japanese people are so reluctant to talk about such things. So is my life.
User avatar #146 to #145 - lightspeedtooslow (04/26/2015) [-]
It's alright, life wouldn't be life without random obstacles to get in our way. Just keep trying, you'll get the information you need soon enough
User avatar #147 to #146 - bizengaust (04/26/2015) [-]
Thank you : ). I'm doing my very best and I plan to go back tomorrow and try to get the last bit I need. I've learned the key is being compassionate and assertive at the same time.
User avatar #148 to #147 - lightspeedtooslow (04/26/2015) [-]
That's the spirit, also if it helps: try to assure them that the information is very valuable and will be used for the greater good or something like that
User avatar #149 to #148 - bizengaust (04/26/2015) [-]
I do usually. With Japanese people though it's like talking to people in the hood in the sense that they have a no talking policy. Most don't want to get involved and unless I can explain in a really quick breath that its confidential and nobody will know about it they slam the door in my face.
It's either that or they want money but when I explain it's a case study and any retribution will be small at best because it's a small study and again, door in the face. I suppose though if I don't try nothing will be fixed. Seriously though climbing up hot hills in a black blazer and slacks is hell I'd wear something else but that's the dress code here.
User avatar #139 - nameihavetochoose (04/13/2015) [-]
Hey Bizengaust, I just got back from a class trip to Japan today, so I wanted to thank you because your comps were really helpful. I had your Useful Japanese Phrases comp saved on my phone and referenced it all the time.
User avatar #141 to #139 - bizengaust (04/13/2015) [-]
Your welcome. I'm glad they were able to help you ^_^.
User avatar #140 to #139 - helpful (04/13/2015) [-]
he had comps of me what
User avatar #129 - joshlol (04/02/2015) [-]
great japanese comp. please make more
#127 - tarabostes (04/02/2015) [-]
What is the japs's impression on animu? Do they think it was a mistake?































btw i love your comps keep up the good work!
#130 to #127 - bizengaust (04/04/2015) [-]
Anime is the same as cartoons in the states. There are some that are really good and get a lot of praise and there are some where you look at it and wonder, "what the hell where they thinking.    
 Iruka is my favorite anime character and I don't even know why he just is
Anime is the same as cartoons in the states. There are some that are really good and get a lot of praise and there are some where you look at it and wonder, "what the hell where they thinking.
Iruka is my favorite anime character and I don't even know why he just is
#132 to #130 - tarabostes (04/04/2015) [-]
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Well he might not be the strongest, but he's a very good teacher and helped Naruto in many ways! <3




















what's a bizengaust cheeki breeki?
#133 to #132 - bizengaust (04/04/2015) [-]
Probably why I liked him. He was a normal teacher and tried to help him despite his past. Bizengaust is my maiden name(it means deep forest in old slavic) . Just seemed like an ok username at the time
#134 to #133 - tarabostes (04/04/2015) [-]
Heh i get you! My favorite's probably Itachi or Nagato...   
 SS-So cc-can i enter your sacred Bizengaust??    
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 I'm Bogdan btw    
 in the gif it's The wood style move Bizengaust bloom   hue
Heh i get you! My favorite's probably Itachi or Nagato...
SS-So cc-can i enter your sacred Bizengaust??




























I'm Bogdan btw
in the gif it's The wood style move Bizengaust bloom hue
#137 to #134 - bizengaust (04/04/2015) [-]
Alas I am spoke for.  I like Itatchi to but his backstory is full of many plot holes
Alas I am spoke for. I like Itatchi to but his backstory is full of many plot holes
#138 to #137 - tarabostes (04/04/2015) [-]
pjgipwgjoehoiwoh9wwwwww3gj9w3asuhdaushfusafgaisfiuasghauhgasdfgt what is that supposed to mean?? HUH???
User avatar #123 - amonlavtar (04/01/2015) [-]
In light of your last Jap comp, what typical Slavic habbits are bad in japan?
I want to go there once, so im curious
#126 to #123 - bizengaust (04/02/2015) [-]
It's funny because a lot of our habits are close to those of Japanese. The only thing I'd recommend is not being very loud and brash. In Russia I was always told it's ok to be vocal when your in private but in public it's not ok and you always have to keep a stoic expression I assume it's the same with slavic? but in Japan you must keep such things to yourself even in private. It can be a little smothering but you soon grow used to that calm way of living.
User avatar #128 to #126 - amonlavtar (04/02/2015) [-]
What about social occasions?
or family meals?

Down here in the south west only one side of the family brings about 20 people,
toddlers, babies, grandparents and alcohol and meat, and that leads to a ruckus
sooner or later, even if the kids are quiet
User avatar #131 to #128 - bizengaust (04/04/2015) [-]
It depends. If you know the family well you can expect a big family gathering, especially if its a special occasion like a festival, birthday, party ect. If you don't know the people so well than your expected to keep it somewhat small. When I first met my husbands family the get together was very small just us and his parents. These days whenever something big is going on I expect to be feeding the entire clan of a family and plan around such.
#124 to #123 - anon (04/01/2015) [-]
Don't wear ****** tracksuits, they have no place in the civilized world
User avatar #120 - ironsoul ONLINE (03/24/2015) [-]
Have you heard of Duolingo?
If you have, is it any good? I am hoping to use it to learn Spanish, as it will help me pick up jobs where I live.
I know there is a version for Japanese speakers trying to learn English.
User avatar #121 to #120 - bizengaust (03/29/2015) [-]
I haven't but after googling it I can see it's like others I've practiced on before. I did Rocket Japanese myself when I was learning.
User avatar #118 - plerp (03/12/2015) [-]
"Japan is very lovely (I work there as an english teacher) and I know you would have loved it. at the next festival i'll light a lantern boat for you. (they do this as a way to help spirits find their way home) Godspeed"


That was a post you made on Jett's content, and it made me tear up pretty good.

Hope you kept your word, thank you for saying that at least.
User avatar #119 to #118 - bizengaust (03/13/2015) [-]
I always keep my word. I lit one for him and sent it sailing : )
User avatar #111 - ironsoul ONLINE (03/03/2015) [-]
There is a japanese monster whose name I can't remember.
It is female with super long spidery limbs and teeth like an angler fish, it crawls on walls. I don't know who else I could ask; I don't suppose you know what it is called?
#112 to #111 - bizengaust (03/03/2015) [-]
That would be the Jorogumo. I consulted the folklore book for that one.
That would be the Jorogumo. I consulted the folklore book for that one.
#113 to #112 - ironsoul ONLINE (03/03/2015) [-]
Thank you, but i don't think that's it. This thing is more like slenderman with teeth than a literal spider.
Thank you, but i don't think that's it. This thing is more like slenderman with teeth than a literal spider.
#114 to #113 - ironsoul ONLINE (03/03/2015) [-]
Here is one from a haunted house in an anime, if that helps.
#115 to #114 - bizengaust (03/03/2015) [-]
hmmm can't seem to find anything else.  Maybe it was a created monster inspired by slenderman. Scary as 			****		 looking though.
hmmm can't seem to find anything else. Maybe it was a created monster inspired by slenderman. Scary as **** looking though.
#116 to #115 - ironsoul ONLINE (03/03/2015) [-]
Thank you for looking.    
pic unrelated
Thank you for looking.
pic unrelated
#117 to #116 - bizengaust (03/03/2015) [-]
your welcome homie
your welcome homie
#108 - zhlandir (02/20/2015) [-]
Thanks ~
#109 to #108 - bizengaust (02/20/2015) [-]
It's all good my friend. ^_^
It's all good my friend. ^_^
User avatar #104 - mrsnowballs (02/13/2015) [-]
so what's up with Japan and cicadas?
User avatar #105 to #104 - bizengaust (02/13/2015) [-]
They signify the start of warm summer days and the strange past time of children catching them for fun.
User avatar #106 to #105 - mrsnowballs (02/13/2015) [-]
Are there really a lot of them there?
User avatar #107 to #106 - bizengaust (02/14/2015) [-]
in the summer they are all over the damn place.
User avatar #92 - joshlol (12/27/2014) [-]
Are you a Russian living in Japan to teach English or have I got that wrong?
User avatar #93 to #92 - bizengaust (12/27/2014) [-]
That's correct.
User avatar #94 to #93 - joshlol (12/27/2014) [-]
interesting
can I ask your age?
User avatar #95 to #94 - bizengaust (12/27/2014) [-]
25 years young.
User avatar #96 to #95 - joshlol (12/27/2014) [-]
oh nice, it's a big culture shock starting again in a new country huh?
User avatar #97 to #96 - bizengaust (12/27/2014) [-]
Yes and no. America was the biggest culture shock of them all so when I came to Japan the blow was a lot softer. A lot of Japanese customs are like Russia ones to so after a couple of months I settled in just fine.
User avatar #98 to #97 - joshlol (12/27/2014) [-]
did you speak the Japanese well before you moved to Japan?
User avatar #99 to #98 - bizengaust (12/27/2014) [-]
I had taken classes while getting my teaching degree and listened to many tapes so when I got there I could get my point across at least and I was paired with Japanese teachers until it got more smooth. You adapt very quick when your surrounded by the language so I was speaking it pretty good five months in.
User avatar #100 to #99 - joshlol (12/27/2014) [-]
Oh nice, can I ask which part of Russia you're from? and which state you lived in in the US?

and out of all three countries where were you the happiest
User avatar #101 to #100 - bizengaust (12/27/2014) [-]
I am from Ishimbay which is in the Republic of Bashkortostan and when we came to the states we lived in the suburbs of Chicago in Illinois. Hard to say which I felt happiness in. Each one holds special memories. I suppose right now I am very content with Japan and see myself spending perhaps the rest of my life here.
User avatar #102 to #101 - joshlol (12/27/2014) [-]
Ah okay, thanks for answering : )
User avatar #103 to #102 - bizengaust (12/27/2014) [-]
Youuuuuur welcome
User avatar #82 - ironsoul ONLINE (12/24/2014) [-]
If I have a short question on the accuracy of a translation, is it okay to ask you about it?
User avatar #83 to #82 - bizengaust (12/24/2014) [-]
Sure what do you want to know?
User avatar #84 to #83 - ironsoul ONLINE (12/24/2014) [-]
Would kaminariningyou be the best/shortest way to say lightning doll? It is for a game I am running where one of the characters is basically playing an ancient japanese golem.
User avatar #85 to #84 - bizengaust (12/25/2014) [-]
That's the best way I can think to translate it. Since there is no one word for it, it will translate out as two which makes it kaminari ningyo. That's the literal translation. Otherwise it would be "kaminari no ningyo" which is "Doll of lightning".



User avatar #86 to #85 - ironsoul ONLINE (12/25/2014) [-]
Thanks, I appreciate it.
Obviously google translate is my first destination for translation, but not everything translates the way it is intended.
Case in point, translating putting the English expression "The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak" into Russian and back produces something along the lines of "The vodka is good but the meat is rotten", which has a totally different meaning. Thank you for your time.
User avatar #87 to #86 - bizengaust (12/25/2014) [-]
No problem happy to help ^_^. With Russian you have to be careful with internet translators. We do not say things so simply like "I went to the store". For us its more like, "To the store I went, yesterday." Some words you have to will also translate different and spirit is almost always meaning alcohol to us and flesh will indicate food. So for us it would be more like, "the soul is strong but the body is weak."
User avatar #88 to #87 - ironsoul ONLINE (12/25/2014) [-]
What is the most ridiculous mistranslation you have seen? I imagine the potential for hilarity increases with the number of languages you speak.
User avatar #89 to #88 - bizengaust (12/25/2014) [-]
I was with someone once who went through the trouble to learn to say that I looked very nice that day in Russian but they said a few wrong words and it came out like "you're turtle like." To this day I often wonder what it is to be "turtle like" and I often use her broken up phrase with my brother.
User avatar #90 to #89 - ironsoul ONLINE (12/25/2014) [-]
The worst ones I am personally responsible for are English to Spanish ones.
I meant to say "I am hungry" (I have a hunger) but I mispronounced the second word so it came out "I have a man"
I then, upon discovering my error, attempted to say that I was embarrassed.
"Embarazada" is the Spanish word for pregnant.
User avatar #91 to #90 - bizengaust (12/25/2014) [-]
My Japanese was like that for the first year. I'd want to say "oh really?" hontou ni? but instead I would say something more along the lines of "i guess so" which is both very rude and makes me sound like I'm calling them a liar.
or I'd try to say "do it go on" which is a simple "dozo dozo" I said what came out as "just **** it."
#80 - fistpump (12/08/2014) [-]
So uh... Hey. I came seeking advice about living in Japan... If you're willing to give it, of course. Feel free to ignore me. I can't help but notice how many others have commented on your profile looking for exactly the same thing, haha. You're like some kind of patron saint of outsiders living in Japan, you should be proud of that.   
But anyway, yeah... My girlfriend 			*******		 loves Japan, for the anime and the food and the culture, and I kinda like the traditional side (the earthquake-proof houses that have been around hundreds of years, the warring states period, the art and legends, that sort of thing) and it occurred to me that I'd actually love to visit Japan in a few years, so I was wondering a couple of things. Again, you can just ignore this. So like, when you first moved there, as an outsider, did you find it difficult to... live (buy food, have fun in town, that sorta thing), without knowing any of the language? (I have assumed that you went to Japan only speaking Russian and English, correct me if I'm wrong). Was it difficult to travel to places? And learn to use the money and whatnot? I'm sure that when I go there it'll probably be for one to two weeks, not enough time to warrant learning a new language (if I travel to places I intend to stay for a long time, I learn the basic language. I've done this for Italy, Germany and France.  ) Is it enjoyable for people who don't like things that people typically like about Japan? I'm not really an anime person, I only like a few video games, you know, that kind of thing.  I'm sure it is a wonderful place, I just don't know enough about modern Japan. I don't know. I hope you like it there, anyway. Again, feel free to ignore me, I know I've written a lot. You have a good day, now!
So uh... Hey. I came seeking advice about living in Japan... If you're willing to give it, of course. Feel free to ignore me. I can't help but notice how many others have commented on your profile looking for exactly the same thing, haha. You're like some kind of patron saint of outsiders living in Japan, you should be proud of that.
But anyway, yeah... My girlfriend ******* loves Japan, for the anime and the food and the culture, and I kinda like the traditional side (the earthquake-proof houses that have been around hundreds of years, the warring states period, the art and legends, that sort of thing) and it occurred to me that I'd actually love to visit Japan in a few years, so I was wondering a couple of things. Again, you can just ignore this. So like, when you first moved there, as an outsider, did you find it difficult to... live (buy food, have fun in town, that sorta thing), without knowing any of the language? (I have assumed that you went to Japan only speaking Russian and English, correct me if I'm wrong). Was it difficult to travel to places? And learn to use the money and whatnot? I'm sure that when I go there it'll probably be for one to two weeks, not enough time to warrant learning a new language (if I travel to places I intend to stay for a long time, I learn the basic language. I've done this for Italy, Germany and France. ) Is it enjoyable for people who don't like things that people typically like about Japan? I'm not really an anime person, I only like a few video games, you know, that kind of thing. I'm sure it is a wonderful place, I just don't know enough about modern Japan. I don't know. I hope you like it there, anyway. Again, feel free to ignore me, I know I've written a lot. You have a good day, now!
#81 to #80 - bizengaust (12/08/2014) [-]
Whenever people tell me their going to come visit or live in Japan the first advice I feel is necessary to give is to do lots of research. I came here working for a company  I work for a different one now  that brought teachers in from all over the place. Some would have a great experience like I did and would stay long term while others would flee after a month or so. I found that most of the people who fled where the ones who didn't do research and set their expectations to unrealistic levels.   
I had the same interest you and your girlfriend share when I was about to come here and I did TONS of research via books,films,documentaries, the works.  I took a lot of classes to learn the language as well but like learning English when I came to the states from Russia, you learn your best when your in the culture. Though knowing some words and phrases when you go over certainly helps  Since I came over here via a company that put me up in housing I'm not sure how hard it would be to find a house if you just hopped over. Apartments are about the same pricing as they are in the states and the closer you are to the city the more expensive they will be. A good thing to keep in mind to is that apartments  unless you want to fork out a lot of money  are pretty small. My first one was literally a single space the size of a modest living room with a stove in the corner, a closet with a washing machine, and a bathroom. This is very very normal and takes some getting used to but you'll find it's actually rather cozy.   
I think the food is amazing and I always look forward to trying something new when I can.  People here really enjoy when your open to trying the different foods they offer and will always try to coax you to do so.   
Most things like money and travel I had to get used to over time but I was always able to find someone willing to offer a bit of advice as long as I asked nice. It takes a good deal of patience to adjust to Japanese society and life but if you show that patience and work for it I promise you the outcome is so worth it!.   
It's amazing here and I think everyone should get to experience it sometime in their life whether they go to the beautiful countryside or the culture of the city. I hope I was able to answer some questions. If you have any more please don't be shy about asking.   
P.S. If your looking to visit for two weeks or so I'd recommend googling tour groups. They have these during different parts of the Japanese holiday year and they go around and see all sorts of sites depending on which one you choose. You always travel in a group and they help you with things like money and the like.
Whenever people tell me their going to come visit or live in Japan the first advice I feel is necessary to give is to do lots of research. I came here working for a company I work for a different one now that brought teachers in from all over the place. Some would have a great experience like I did and would stay long term while others would flee after a month or so. I found that most of the people who fled where the ones who didn't do research and set their expectations to unrealistic levels.
I had the same interest you and your girlfriend share when I was about to come here and I did TONS of research via books,films,documentaries, the works. I took a lot of classes to learn the language as well but like learning English when I came to the states from Russia, you learn your best when your in the culture. Though knowing some words and phrases when you go over certainly helps Since I came over here via a company that put me up in housing I'm not sure how hard it would be to find a house if you just hopped over. Apartments are about the same pricing as they are in the states and the closer you are to the city the more expensive they will be. A good thing to keep in mind to is that apartments unless you want to fork out a lot of money are pretty small. My first one was literally a single space the size of a modest living room with a stove in the corner, a closet with a washing machine, and a bathroom. This is very very normal and takes some getting used to but you'll find it's actually rather cozy.
I think the food is amazing and I always look forward to trying something new when I can. People here really enjoy when your open to trying the different foods they offer and will always try to coax you to do so.
Most things like money and travel I had to get used to over time but I was always able to find someone willing to offer a bit of advice as long as I asked nice. It takes a good deal of patience to adjust to Japanese society and life but if you show that patience and work for it I promise you the outcome is so worth it!.
It's amazing here and I think everyone should get to experience it sometime in their life whether they go to the beautiful countryside or the culture of the city. I hope I was able to answer some questions. If you have any more please don't be shy about asking.
P.S. If your looking to visit for two weeks or so I'd recommend googling tour groups. They have these during different parts of the Japanese holiday year and they go around and see all sorts of sites depending on which one you choose. You always travel in a group and they help you with things like money and the like.
User avatar #79 - thewulfman (12/05/2014) [-]
Can't believe it took me this long to subscribe to you.
User avatar #76 - sketchyz (11/29/2014) [-]
Hey, bizengaust, what do the Japanese think of Mexicans? If you don't know off the top of your head I can wait until you ask someone.
User avatar #77 to #76 - bizengaust (11/30/2014) [-]
I asked a few, even my fiance, and they always seem to the same reaction. They just kind of shrug and say they are alright. You don't really see a lot of mexicans here so people don't know what to think of them too much
#78 to #77 - sketchyz (12/01/2014) [-]
Well, it's better than nothing, I guess. At least if I ever go they won't have too many silly prejudices.
#71 - europe (11/19/2014) [-]
By the way, what's up with the introductions in anime? Is it normal when you introduce yourself to a fellow high school student to give him/her your last (or in Japan, first) name as well?
#72 to #71 - bizengaust (11/20/2014) [-]
Unless you are given permission  and even then I probably wouldn't unless they really really insist it  it is VERY rude to call someone by their first name or even without an honorific. Doing either shows a great lack of respect and makes you appear childish.  People will always introduce you last name first because that is what you are expected to call them unless your allowed.   
I didn't start calling my fiance by his first name until we had been dating for two years. That being said if someone asks you to call them by their first name they are attempting to get closer to you then a mere acquaintance.
Unless you are given permission and even then I probably wouldn't unless they really really insist it it is VERY rude to call someone by their first name or even without an honorific. Doing either shows a great lack of respect and makes you appear childish. People will always introduce you last name first because that is what you are expected to call them unless your allowed.
I didn't start calling my fiance by his first name until we had been dating for two years. That being said if someone asks you to call them by their first name they are attempting to get closer to you then a mere acquaintance.
#74 to #72 - europe (11/24/2014) [-]
Can't help but notice how in anime certain English words are used such as 'originality' (or something that sounded much like it). Does this mean that the Japanese language didn't originally have a select few of these words or have they chosen to use those words for other reasons?
#75 to #74 - bizengaust (11/24/2014) [-]
Some of the problems English translators have when making subtitles and moving one language to another  I had this problem to when I had to learn English when my native language is Russian  is that some words simply do not translate the same.  When you have phrases like &quot;yoroshiku&quot; that means so many different things depending on the circumstance and doesn't really have a translation it can be hard to put a word there.   
Because of this translators usually have to pick a word to put in those gaps so it can make sense to western audiences.
Some of the problems English translators have when making subtitles and moving one language to another I had this problem to when I had to learn English when my native language is Russian is that some words simply do not translate the same. When you have phrases like "yoroshiku" that means so many different things depending on the circumstance and doesn't really have a translation it can be hard to put a word there.
Because of this translators usually have to pick a word to put in those gaps so it can make sense to western audiences.
User avatar #73 to #72 - europe (11/20/2014) [-]
Ah, noted
Thanks
#68 - europe (11/01/2014) [-]
In Yotsuba& they celebrate Halloween
I know christmas is celebrated in Japan to a certain degree, but how about Halloween?
#69 to #68 - bizengaust (11/03/2014) [-]
Halloween is a huge commercial holiday in Japan. There are very few places you can go without seeing pumpkin this or ghost that and there are many fun halloween exclusive foods that come on the market. That is usually where it ends though. You can find some late night Halloween parties in the nightlife districts of most cities and few people will throw their own but that's it. Alas there is no trick or treating here which I found to be a bit of a bummer.
Halloween is a huge commercial holiday in Japan. There are very few places you can go without seeing pumpkin this or ghost that and there are many fun halloween exclusive foods that come on the market. That is usually where it ends though. You can find some late night Halloween parties in the nightlife districts of most cities and few people will throw their own but that's it. Alas there is no trick or treating here which I found to be a bit of a bummer.
#70 to #69 - europe (11/03/2014) [-]
That's a shame
Thank you
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