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101 Lessons learned in Japan
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kerryn



Joined: 30 May 2005
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Location: africa

PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

38)japan has the the maddest,craziest,wildest trance parties!!!! EVER!
Yamerarenai!!!

3Cool Its a common classroom habit amongst small boys to try stick their fingers up eachothers bums! And laugh hysterically after..

37) When you in it(tokyo) it all seems to big.. when youve left it... nothing compares to it! And you compare everything with it! ahhhhhhh...(missin IT)
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GIR



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 7:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zzonkmiles wrote:

57. Summers are very, very hot. Winters are very, very cold.

Winter, cold? You must live in Hokkaido...or come from California. Winter in Kansai is ridiculously mild. It hardly ever even drops below freezing.

36) The tiniest obasan is still capable of taking up an entire sidewalk.

35) The train is a great place to catch up on sleep.

34) Fast food is really, really fast.

33) At some point in their education, all Japanese are taught to ask the following questions to foreigners:

a) Where are you from?
b) When did you come to Japan?
c) Why did you come to Japan?

"How old are you?" and "Do you have a Japanese girlfriend?" are optional.
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gaijinalways



Joined: 29 Nov 2005
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 4:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

32 When are you going back to your home country?
(I often get this one, as some of my students can't imagine more than a week away from their own)

31 Is your wife from England or the US?
(after being told she speaks English, sorry Kiwis, Aussies and S. Africans)

Of course the answer is none of the above, she's a through and through Edoite.
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sumyunguy



Joined: 17 Feb 2007
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 11:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

30: Benches are not in high supply. But you can always buy a drink.

29: Female custodians don't mind cleaning the men's room (while you're in it).

28: You should pass other (oncoming) pedestrians on the left, same side as driving. It's funny how we take after our cars even on foot.


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sumyunguy



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree, a thread like this isn't about bashing Japan, just making observations. Anyway, Japan is a strong/unique/fascinating enough culture it's not like poking some fun is going to kill it.
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sumyunguy



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 11:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

27) Customer service has in no way been overrated.

26) Dropping articles and limiting tense change is not only the easiest way to communicate, it starts to seem like a generally good idea after a while.

25) I've never seen Japanese sitting at one table listening in on Japanese at another. Never. They mind their business.
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cvmurrieta



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 12:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

24. Japanese are also taught to ask the following questions:

a.) Can you use chopsticks?
b.) Can you eat Japanese food?
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JabberJabber



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

23. For any job outside of teaching English, you must know how to speak Japanese.
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Vince



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

22. Living space is underappreciated back home.

21. A small living space is much more tolerable with intelligently designed amenities.
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anne_o



Joined: 30 Nov 2005
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Location: Tokyo

PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2009 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

20. japanese men are sexy....oh lesson.....japanese men are not what western men say about them!
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Conor_Ire



Joined: 22 Nov 2008
Posts: 34
Location: Tokyo

PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2009 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

19. The Japanese have always been more in tune with quality and always will be. They know what it is and it shows in most of what they do , even the vending machines! In heathrow airport I saw a woman kicking a vending machine in frustration before i left for Tokyo. HAHA
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David W



Joined: 17 Jan 2003
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2009 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sumyunguy wrote:


25) I've never seen Japanese sitting at one table listening in on Japanese at another. Never. They mind their business.

This is so wrong I literally stifled a guffaw. You've obviously never lived in a rural area here.
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Apsara



Joined: 20 Sep 2005
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2009 11:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought that was an odd one too. Japanese obasans- an inspiration to nosy busybodies the world over Wink
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cvmurrieta



Joined: 10 Jul 2008
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Location: Sendai, Japan

PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 1:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

18. Japanese co-workers who have never spoken a word of English to you can launch into nearly flawless English and tell you they improved their English speaking by living a year in Oz (I had known this co-worker in question for 8 months).

I am glad I never said out loud in the office that I wanted to grab her tush Laughing
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icehockey23



Joined: 28 Feb 2009
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

17) Japan is filled with some of the strangest non-Japanese "native English speakers" that you are ever likely to meet anywhere. I mean peple from but not limited to Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the U.K. and the USA. What is also interesting is that many of them will spend a significant portion of their life there and actually profess to hating the place.
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