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101 Lessons learned in Japan
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steki47



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 1:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

icehockey23 wrote:
many of them will spend a significant portion of their life there and actually profess to hating the place.


This gets my goat as well. Japan is not perfect. Accept and move one. We are not indentured servants. Accept and move on.

Or you can stay here for years and spew about Japan sucks because their potato chips are different. Wink
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cvmurrieta



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 7:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

icehockey23 wrote:
17) Japan is filled with some of the strangest non-Japanese "native English speakers" that you are ever likely to meet anywhere.


What's even stranger is that some of these people have minimal social skills whatsoever but are raved about by their Japanese colleagues.

Fortunately most of the non-Japanese I have met have ample social skills. Nevertheless, it boggles my mind how many lacking social skills can be raved over. Shocked
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gaijinalways



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it depends on the culture. Some of the social skills 'raved' about in Japan seem pretty ordinary to me. Some almost seem anti-social. But, again, it depends on the culture that you are looking at.
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TJA



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2009 5:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

16) Japan has some of the most amazingly crazy TV shows on Earth.

TJA
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steki47



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2009 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TJA wrote:
16) Japan has some of the most amazingly crazy TV shows on Earth.


And it makes American TV seem clever and sophisticated in comparison.
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seklarwia



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2009 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

steki47 wrote:
TJA wrote:
16) Japan has some of the most amazingly crazy TV shows on Earth.


And it makes American TV seem clever and sophisticated in comparison.


You telling me that you don't think that shows about animals, sasuke tournament type shows, other pointless game shows, food shows where every other word is "umai" or "oishi", anime, bad dramas and adverts about either breath freshners or funky green health drinks makes for clever and sophisticated TV.... what's wrong with you?!
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Sweetsee



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2009 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A couple of weeks ago someone tried to steal my scooter, but couldn't thanks to the anti-theft mechanisms. Unfortunately, this morning between 8-10 a.m. my helmet was stolen off of my bike while I was playing tennis a few meters away.
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gaijinalways



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 2:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry to hear that buddy, but that is pretty rare here. I see people leaving things on their motorbikes/bicycles all the time, and the only extra things I usually see is a lot of garbage piling up in any basket they may have Laughing !
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Sweetsee



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 2:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Howdy, Gaijinalways, good to hear from you again! Yes, I too was lulled in to a false sense of security here in Japan, but don't you believe it. They are taking everything that isn't nailed down these days, trying every sort of scam they can think of to make a buck. Times have changed. Also, this country has one of, if not the highest rates of bicycle theft in the world, not to mention umbrellas. Beware: things are not what they seem.
What do you think of me setting up a sting operation next weekend with my new helmet?
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TJA



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 4:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

seklarwia wrote:

You telling me that you don't think that shows about animals, sasuke tournament type shows, other pointless game shows, food shows where every other word is "umai" or "oishi", anime, bad dramas and adverts about either breath freshners or funky green health drinks makes for clever and sophisticated TV.... what's wrong with you?!


Crazy is not necessarily a bad word Smile And I did also say "amazingly" Smile

TJA
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seklarwia



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TJA wrote:
seklarwia wrote:

You telling me that you don't think that shows about animals, sasuke tournament type shows, other pointless game shows, food shows where every other word is "umai" or "oishi", anime, bad dramas and adverts about either breath freshners or funky green health drinks makes for clever and sophisticated TV.... what's wrong with you?!


Crazy is not necessarily a bad word Smile And I did also say "amazingly" Smile

TJA


I feel you on the craziness of TV here. There's rarely a dull moment. Actually, I was referring to steki47's comment about it making American TV seem sophisticated.
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