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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.
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.
I cool to drop any culture ive picked up. Being a white Australian i didnt really have any to begin with, all id be giving up is lamintons and pavlova.
I actually enjoyed your opinion and believe it or not, I have seen a lot of the points you shared. I tried to focus on some of the positive about Japanese culture but I've certainly had my fair share of bad experiences, especially when it comes to adapting to their culture.
I could write a book on the awkward questions I've been asked when my co-workers found out I was Russian-American.(Mostly about communism.) Because of this for the first two years I kept my origins to myself. After having been asked so many questions when I came to America, I simply didn't want to repeat that in Japan.
Over time I got over this and became more comfortable sharing both cultures with the people around me.
What are japanese views on russian peoples?
I am thinking of visiting japan, because I am fan of culture and samurai culture ...
I have been a few other countries also, but mostly because of work ...
Also, what is it like in amerika? is it like they show on tv? are stereotype real?
what age did you leave russia and what reasons?
Nobody replied to you yet? OK, I'll tell you. Horrible news broadcasters can make anything same bad (Fox News is our example) so don't believe it all. As for "what it's like..." Hm...not really sure what in particular you want to know. A lot of fast food and large supermarkets where I'm from (and it's a small city) yet obesity isn't as big as people let on. Electronics are a big thing here and so are sports (especially our version of "football," which baffles me why it's called that considering the feet only make contact with the ball maybe 5% of the game as opposed to "soccer" where it's almost always touching a foot, so yes, I feel a name change is in order, but not many others do) and this country is admittedly wasteful. Like, VERY wasteful. Where in Japan respecting your elders is a must, here it seems to be a suggestion nowadays, and here it seems to be more open-minded than other places (but you still have racists and bigots, but what country doesn't) Anything else?
I have always been a fan of foreign movies, especially american movies and japan movies
I wish to know, does japan still follow samurai traditions?
Do people still follow codes of bushido?
are there people still live like old ways of feudal japan?
Sorry if I overwhelm you with questions ...
I expect his views on his home country would be very different, just like how I view mine is different on how you may view it. I'm certainly not trying to imply that this is how it is everywhere (Stereotypes are bred from a source) Just how my experiences seeing many different people in many different situations have shown me that they aren't all true. I'm sorry if you didn't like it.
i should've wrote this in but he also said a lot of westerners (see: davido kun) go to japan because of the anime and culture. In real life it's nothing what they expect
I've actually worked with a few people like that and they didn't last very long due to the culture shock hitting them harder then they expected. I'm serious when I say that it looks like something died inside of them when they realize it's nothing like what they built it up to be in their heads. Research before you go anywhere a good thing.
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