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101 Lessons learned in Japan
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Hoser



Joined: 19 Mar 2005
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Location: Toronto, Canada

PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 7:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

49. Japan is an island country
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gaijinalways



Joined: 29 Nov 2005
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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50 is true, I've learned that first-hand. Many foreigners in Japan typically have some serious insecurity issues, so anything you say can or will most likely be used against you.


Yes, I have learned this on some bullentin boards where foreigners in love with their version of Japan will defend the right of right wing Japanese to present their own sanitized versions of WWII history.

And of course you're bashing Japan when you disagree and present evidence (even if it's from Japanese that were there in WWII) that shows them to be wrong.

Yes, Japan is a very peaceful place, just don't rouse the right wingers.
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Lyrajean



Joined: 19 Jul 2006
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Location: going to Okinawa

PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 1:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vince wrote:
66) An excellent and affordable public transportation system is much better than relying on a car.


I wish! We have no public transit except lousy, late buses, a monorail built for tourists that goes nowhere, and everybody has to have car!

Which brings me to...

48. Throw everything you know about Japan out the window if you're living in Okinawa -which is really its own little country, the Japanese (and many of the Okinawans) just don't know it yet.
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onesentiment



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 3:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

47. before leaving japan, prepare exactly what you wanna do.. know what skills you've acquired before applying for that next job.
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cvmurrieta



Joined: 10 Jul 2008
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Location: Sendai, Japan

PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 1:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

46. Japanese co-workers who virtually ignore 99% of the time can all of a sudden turn on the congeniality switch at end-of-the-year parties, New Year's parties, farewell parties, etc.

At least this has been my experience working with the prefectural government.
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johncanada24



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 5:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

45. Konchou with Elementary kids is normal here Shocked not so much in other countries.
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Apsara



Joined: 20 Sep 2005
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Location: Tokyo, Japan

PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

#46. I had that experience when I was at Nova years ago. Japanese staff who would outright ignore me at work suddenly became all friendly and chatty at work parties, but then the next day at work were back to blanking me if I said hi or asked a question. The next party again they started with what I by now recognised as tatemae only, false friendliness but this time I blanked them- you are either friendly to me or not, I can't stand that "turning it on and off when the occasion suits you" garbage.

#45- konchou? Do you mean the infamous kanchou?
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cvmurrieta



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 1:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apsara wrote:
#46. I had that experience when I was at Nova years ago. Japanese staff who would outright ignore me at work suddenly became all friendly and chatty at work parties, but then the next day at work were back to blanking me if I said hi or asked a question. The next party again they started with what I by now recognised as tatemae only, false friendliness but this time I blanked them- you are either friendly to me or not, I can't stand that "turning it on and off when the occasion suits you" garbage.

#45- konchou? Do you mean the infamous kanchou?


Regarding #46, I am the same way now to people who blank me at my primary place of work Wink However, at the other office I work at, since they at least greet me, when there is a party, I fully engage with them (and the ladies are all quite the lookers!)

The one time I went out with the NOVA gurlz (way back in the late 90s), I fully enjoyed my time with them since they were also friendly at work (too bad I was engaged to my ex-wife at the time!)
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The Dutchess



Joined: 03 Jul 2008
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

#44 If it's available in chocolate or vanilla flavour, chances are high that you can also get it in green tea flavour (including but not limited to: ice cream, waffles, and yogurt).

#43 What I would jokingly call "hooker boots" in Canada are just "boots" here in Japan.
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Ryu Hayabusa



Joined: 08 Jan 2008
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 1:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

#42 What I would jokingly call "hookers" in Canada are just "women" here in Japan.
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waterboy



Joined: 12 Dec 2008
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 3:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

#41

You can buy an incredible range of icecreams at conbinis or supermarkets.
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waterboy



Joined: 12 Dec 2008
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 4:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

#40

People have a very flexible attitude towards religion.



(I find this very refreshing)
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steki47



Joined: 20 Apr 2008
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Location: BFE Inaka

PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

waterboy wrote:
#40

People have a very flexible attitude towards religion.



(I find this very refreshing)


True dat. But they can stunningly inflexible on crucial issues like folding laundry and organizing office supplies.
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cvmurrieta



Joined: 10 Jul 2008
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 4:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

39. What are called "friends with benefits" in the US are just "sex friends" in Japan.
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cornishmuppet



Joined: 27 Mar 2004
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Location: Nagano, Japan

PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 5:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

39) whenever a company comes up with a decent flavor of ice-cream like Bitter Caramel you can rest assured that within a few weeks it'll be replaced with something nasty like sesame seed or milk tea.
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