Myths about Japan Part 2.. A lot of you have messaged me asking what happened to part 1. I made part 1 after I had been working for 50 hours a week for the last Japan myths People culture simpsons
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Myths about Japan Part 2.

A lot of you have messaged me asking what happened to part 1. I made part 1 after I had been working for 50 hours a week for the last two months so my grammar was.....less than perfect. English isn't my first language and I have to work very hard at it to keep speaking it fluently, so if my brain is tired my foreign starts to show.
Despite explaining that I was tired and the next ones would be better, I received a lot of negative comments which I chose to pay more attention to then the good ones. This led me to take it down due to pressure and a crumbled pride. I deeply deeply regret it and I am going to make up for it by posting it again with BONUS CONTENT!!!. Since I was asked so many questions about schools in Japan, I'm going to add them with my answers.
I want to thank all of you who gave me praise and for your many many questions. It reminded me of why I love teaching and sharing cultures with other people. ^_______^
I'd also like to thank my friend infinitereaper for reminding me that haters gonna hate and that you should focus on the people who enjoy the material the most.
Because of that, if people decide to complain in the future I will kindly ask them to go learn two languages very different from their own so I can judge their writing. (Just kidding I won't say anything >_____>)

Good news everyone! Because the
First comp was so popular I
decided to make another. This
comp will be covering some myths
surrounding the Japanese people
and their culture. s
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answering some questions asked in them in the description.
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come " Being very cold in
public. The Japanese are very polite
and very VERY seldom speak to
people without honorifics or
Formalities. Like anybody. you
insult them they can lash out at you
or in most cases. simply ignore you
and walk away.
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important custom in Japan.
and alert companies hold
classes on how to do it
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Japan so course you can get
popular media there. Most ofthe
time you just have to wait it little
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to see the new movie until
May 30th when it opened here.)
Like in America, there are special
shops you can go to in order to get
popular American mantids, dnosic, toys,
and shows.
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Tokyo to get my Simmons
DVD' s since its not aired
here at all. Thankfully.
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want to marry their child For citizenship while
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into the Family. '
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more and more comfortable about the concept
marrying Foreigners into the Family. To be
honest, my parents where more skeptical about it
than my Future " get along now.) 'lrt
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It' s about to get psychological guys.
when you come From a society
where sex is a very private matter
and should never be spoken
outside the Bedroom, the natural
reaction is to break out OI-‘ that box
and explore. This is the best way I
can explain sexuality in Japan.
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that which is different From what is just the Best may}
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can explain it better please
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have it job here. Because Japan
does a lot trade with English
speaking countries, they Begin to
teach their students English "
early as preschool. Because
this, people assume they speak
English really well. Have you ever
learned a Foreign language! Unless
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and not everyone puts " much
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You want to know the honest to god
truth. Anime and mama in Japan is "
popular " any comic or cartoon in
America. Kids here get up on skaturday
mornings to watch anime cartoons geared
at children and adults stay up to watch
anime cartoons geared at adults.
Just like in America, you have to go to
certain shops in Japan to Find those
anime or mango that make the otaku
squeal.
Alright everyone that is
alli have For now. Join
me next time when I
cover the topic OF living
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Food culture.
IF I missed something
Feel Free to message me HF anyone has had a different
or leave it in the experience to share please Feel
comments 50193" Free to do SD. All I ask is that
answer it in Future you be polite about iv
comps. -Bizengaust
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#4 - evilhomer ONLINE (06/18/2014) [+] (18 replies)
Have you seen people doing this?    
 has this been done to you?
Have you seen people doing this?
has this been done to you?
#6 to #4 - bizengaust (06/18/2014) [-]
YES especially with school children. I've only had it happen to me once and I gave the kid such a look that  he never tried it again. I've found this happens with the male teachers the most so they are warned on the spot not to turn their backs to them. There is also this weird fascination with butt grabbing, and when I say but grabbing I mean with both hands. This is why I get nervous when people are behind me.
YES especially with school children. I've only had it happen to me once and I gave the kid such a look that he never tried it again. I've found this happens with the male teachers the most so they are warned on the spot not to turn their backs to them. There is also this weird fascination with butt grabbing, and when I say but grabbing I mean with both hands. This is why I get nervous when people are behind me.
User avatar #14 - Blargosnarf (06/18/2014) [+] (12 replies)
So, sexuality is very open and explorative... but yet they still censor their porn?
#28 to #14 - grogovic (06/18/2014) [-]
They don't censor their porn, their dicks are so tiny it comes out pixelated.
User avatar #57 - guiguito ONLINE (06/19/2014) [+] (3 replies)
So senpai did notice you.
#1 - anonimperiumreturn (06/18/2014) [+] (3 replies)
Next comp should be about all that tentacle porn
#71 - hudge (06/19/2014) [+] (5 replies)
If someone in a foreign country asks you your blood type, they probably want your kidneys.
#61 - mrweekends (06/19/2014) [+] (1 reply)
Pretty sure you mean that they'd rather commit SUDOKU
#26 - leadstriker (06/18/2014) [+] (9 replies)
i don't believe you, i think you're way to biased   
we had someone from japan come to our school and he told us everyone is pretty much robots at this moment. Only thing that matters is work and test scores, it is just guised by honor and tradition and all the other 						********					. Japanese people are very xenophobic and national pride is rampant. All technology and progress is payed by environment and he told us any where you walk all you see are buildings after building endlessly. Life is so miserable a lot of guys are pillow sex (he said that jokingly). Women have to work as hard as guys causing people to stop having kids. Anime became popular because people wanted escapism.    
   
well sadly he want back to japan 1 year later or something i didn't have too many class with him except math and chemistry i think.
i don't believe you, i think you're way to biased
we had someone from japan come to our school and he told us everyone is pretty much robots at this moment. Only thing that matters is work and test scores, it is just guised by honor and tradition and all the other ******** . Japanese people are very xenophobic and national pride is rampant. All technology and progress is payed by environment and he told us any where you walk all you see are buildings after building endlessly. Life is so miserable a lot of guys are pillow sex (he said that jokingly). Women have to work as hard as guys causing people to stop having kids. Anime became popular because people wanted escapism.

well sadly he want back to japan 1 year later or something i didn't have too many class with him except math and chemistry i think.
#75 to #26 - Fallingleaf (06/19/2014) [-]
You are absolutely correct.

I was born in England and lived there for the first 19 years of my life and have been living in Japan for going on 7 years now.
Your comment about everyone being robots is mostly accurate, with only a few "rebels" wearing and doing whatever they want in public, which usually involves some seriously strange attire, from princess dresses (yes, even on adults) to bizarre piercings and tattoos; such people do these things to stand out, as there are so many people in the central cities that it is equivalent to living in a beehive.

A lot of the Japanese simply do not know or care about outside cultures and lives, and speaking to them about such things can cause tensions to rise, especially when comparing to your own culture. I have been asked so many times "Do you like Japan?" and I have had to answer honestly - I like some things about it, like anywhere I have been, but there are also things that I don't agree with, which include - rising nationalism, especially among the younger generations

2) Complete ignorance or everything outside Japan for a large majority of Japanese people. "Who is Hitler?" is a question I have been asked before. Really.

3) They expect you to take on their culture 100% and completely disregard your own.

4) Thinking differently and having different opinions is not welcome in Japan. You will find yourself surrounded by hostile attitudes should you even attempt to hold your own views, especially if they differ from Japanese culture/religious views.

5) A lot of Japanese are unable to understand why "gaijin" find it so hard in Japan. If you attempt to take on their culture, think and act like them, they desire more, they literally desire the elimination of your past non-Japanese self for you to morph into a Japanese. If you cannot accept this, then "why don't you just go back to (insert your country here)?"

Japan is among the top 10 countries with the highest suicide rate in the world. Feel free to research why.
User avatar #63 - tehbomb (06/19/2014) [+] (2 replies)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1mnGkp34w4
>How is american culture viewed?
#68 to #63 - bizengaust (06/19/2014) [-]
That made my day.  I think it's funny how they think Americans swear too much, especially since Japanese youth swear just as much.
That made my day. I think it's funny how they think Americans swear too much, especially since Japanese youth swear just as much.
User avatar #79 - hugora (06/19/2014) [+] (9 replies)
I have a friend that works as an english/spanish teacher in High school. He's been in Japan for about 6 years, I think (He married a local).

He told me that other faculty don't take you seriously if you're foreign. For example, when they have meetings and he wants to contribute or speak his mind they would just toss him aside and completely disregard his opinion. Did you encounter any similar problems?

Sorry about the grammar. English is not my 1st language.
#85 to #79 - bizengaust (06/19/2014) [-]
you are forgiven as English isn't my first language either. This sort of thing certainly happens in the workplace. About three years after I started there was an opening for tutoring at an all boys school not far from where I lived for the summer.  The students where mostly from bad parts of town who needed extra tutoring to help them pass. I felt in my heart that I really wanted to reach out to them and show them it didn't matter where you came from, that you could still make a difference in life, but when I applied the director of the school told me they wanted someone Japanese because only Japanese people could understand them.   
It didn't matter that I had experience teaching kids of troubled back rounds in the states, all they saw was this foreign girl. Thankfully not every company does this and I've since gone to work for one that offers equal chances for everyone regardless of origin.  The person who they picked for that school over me quit after two weeks because they just couldn't handle troubled kids. To this day it annoys me.
you are forgiven as English isn't my first language either. This sort of thing certainly happens in the workplace. About three years after I started there was an opening for tutoring at an all boys school not far from where I lived for the summer. The students where mostly from bad parts of town who needed extra tutoring to help them pass. I felt in my heart that I really wanted to reach out to them and show them it didn't matter where you came from, that you could still make a difference in life, but when I applied the director of the school told me they wanted someone Japanese because only Japanese people could understand them.
It didn't matter that I had experience teaching kids of troubled back rounds in the states, all they saw was this foreign girl. Thankfully not every company does this and I've since gone to work for one that offers equal chances for everyone regardless of origin. The person who they picked for that school over me quit after two weeks because they just couldn't handle troubled kids. To this day it annoys me.
#46 - anonymous (06/19/2014) [+] (6 replies)
I'm curious, do Japanese high school girls like big black guys? I want to live my dream being covered in high school girl panties.

Terrible Jokes aside I love these comps keepem coming.
#51 to #46 - bizengaust (06/19/2014) [-]
I think they are curious more then anything. I had a really nice guy from Chicago student teach in my class and the first question he got asked was, "Do you play basketball very good?" He was a really good sport about it.
User avatar #198 - umaya (06/19/2014) [+] (1 reply)
"Look to Americans on how to speak English correctly" red thumbs are welcome
#67 - geckosean (06/19/2014) [+] (2 replies)
Holy 						****					 OP you 						*******					 rock.   
There are so many questions I've had about everyday Japanese life that I (sadly) lack a native Japanese friend to ask.   
This answers soooo much.
Holy **** OP you ******* rock.
There are so many questions I've had about everyday Japanese life that I (sadly) lack a native Japanese friend to ask.
This answers soooo much.
User avatar #166 - corso (06/19/2014) [-]
"No way to say surrender in Japanese"

translate.google.com/#ja/en/%E8%87%AA%E9%A6%96
#76 - tomthehippie (06/19/2014) [-]
Fun fact about the honorifics!

It is considered polite to use them, and not using them (depending on how well you know the person you are talking to) is seen either as rude and impolite, or almost like pillow talk between lovers, that is something very privet between people who know each other very well that is not really acceptable for public conversations.

There is a long theory that in the Anime Naruto most of the reason people don't like him is that he is very rude. He never uses honorifics except for calling his teachers sensei, Sasuke teme (which means bastard) or calling old folks old. They also thought that Hinata always got all red because she took it the other way, something very privet between people close to each other.
#70 - andrakian (06/19/2014) [+] (1 reply)
Allright... wall of text
I think the perversion thing has to do with what you said, but also with the japanese culture of submission.
I mean... here in the west, we have a vision of "you are human, you are special, you deserve to be free". In Japan that does not exist. You submit. To your society, to your boss, to your family... You are not special. You are only worth what other people think of you.
This creates a kind of...self-loathing, i guess. Japanese people at least the ones I had contact with, I live in a highly nissei/sansei area, with japanese culture still going strong tend to think of themselves as nothing. So when you go to explore your sexuality, you take all those ****** up ideas about how you don't deserve anything and you are just a little piece of **** , and the result is all the suffering and weird **** hentai seems to be so fond of. Just look at the harem animes, and how all the girls just submit to the masculine characters.

My opinion anyway, don't get angry >_>
User avatar #362 - imagnetsux ONLINE (06/26/2014) [+] (2 replies)
does Japan have their own version of weeaboos, that are obsessive fans of American culture?
User avatar #363 to #362 - malhaloc (06/26/2014) [-]
******* freeboos
#310 - needy (06/19/2014) [-]
"They can speak English very good."
Ah, the irony.
#173 - rectophobia ONLINE (06/19/2014) [+] (3 replies)
I think this explains #8 a little more
User avatar #228 - brobafett ONLINE (06/19/2014) [+] (3 replies)
>Their English is very good


Ha,
Haha,
HAHAHAAWWWWAHHHAAWWWHAW!
**** off with that **** weeb. I'm currently stationed in japan and I can say without a doubt they do not speak good english. However, I did learn they ironically hate weeaboos who worship their country more than anyone else on earth.
User avatar #66 - perform (06/19/2014) [+] (8 replies)
On the topic of formalities, you'll often see the Japanese address each other by their last name and then a suffix.

Suffixes:
-san: This is the more commonly used one among two strangers, usually following their last name and on occasion, their first name. This is the equivalent of Mister, Miss or Misses

-kun: This is used more among respected peers and follows their last or first name depending on how familiar they are and preferences. It's not as formal as strangers, but not as familiar as best buddies. Think of the relationship as a mutual friend who you've talked to on several occasions.

-chan: This usually follows the last or first name, once again based on preferences and/or familiarity. This is used when the recipient of the message is supposed to be cuter or wanting attention. For example, you'd use this on somebody's 6 year old sister. This is seldom used on males.

-sama: This is used to address someone very high up only following their last name. This is often used in hierarchies where there is a distinguishable leader who demands a lot of respect and praise from his/her peers.

-lack of prefix: This is reserved only for very personal and familiar friends/people. On occasion, it would be the last name, but very commonly their first name. This would mainly be used by your best friends, familly and/or coworkers.
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