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User avatar #226 - azraelthemage (06/19/2014) [+] (6 replies)
I've heard that they view the "Peace" sign a little differently than we do here in the states. Someone once told me that they view it the same way we do the "Middle Finger". Is this true? And why is that?

Another question I have is, whenever they make any work of fiction based on a foreign country (I'll use the states as an example), do they really have any idea how things work here? No seriously, in the video game "Catherine", everything about it screams "He lives in a Japanese town", but they pass it off as being set in an American city. Normally, I'd just write it off as bad localization, but that's hard to say when every characters is anything but Japanese. Do they even have a clue as to what other countries' cultures are really like?
#285 to #276 - livefromtokyo (06/19/2014) [-]
Well, the peace sign photo pose could be compared to the tradition of saying "cheese" before a photo (in the Untied States).

Saying "cheese" for a photo tends to make people smile. In Japan, the peace sign has become a visual "cheese" — a cue to the photographer that you're ready for the photo. Like saying cheese — it makes them feel more photogenic somehow.
User avatar #210 - fjusernumberone (06/19/2014) [-]
They hold classes to teach how to bowl properly.....but they bowl very very oddly compared to the rest of the world.

Source: I work for a bowling ball manufacturing company and I've been bowling in leagues for 17 years.
#196 - anotheroneonearth (06/19/2014) [-]
you'll be Nakamura-sensei? then you must become a science teacher!
#181 - feratrox (06/19/2014) [-]
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#50 - Womens Study Major (06/19/2014) [+] (2 replies)
9) They can speak English very good.
#52 to #50 - bizengaust ONLINE (06/19/2014) [-]
I wrote it that way on purpose. When you ask someone in Japan if they can speak English , they will say they speak it good because that's how it translates to them.
User avatar #40 - mhden (06/19/2014) [+] (1 reply)
From what anime has taught us is that Japanese SUCK at english .
I dont know were you got that misconception that we think otherwise .
User avatar #42 to #40 - bizengaust ONLINE (06/19/2014) [-]
This is more of a misconception in the teaching field as apposed to whatever group "we" covers. A lot of teachers who come to Japan to teach English think that if they pick junior high or high school, than teaching will be a snap because the kids already know so much. This is seldom the case as how good you are at it depends on how much time you spent learning it.
#17 - angelusprimus (06/18/2014) [+] (2 replies)
I asked this the last time, so I'm trying again.
Did you have problems for being russian descent? During my visits I noticed that Russians have a very bad reputation for being loud and rude and not following the rules.
User avatar #23 to #17 - bizengaust ONLINE (06/18/2014) [-]
I'm sorry I meant to work this one in but it got lost in the cracks. When I first came to Japan and they saw on my application that I was Russian-American I was introduced to this stereotype. The funny thing is that in Russia people are very polite. Men carry bags for woman,people give up their seats for the elderly, woman help out around the house,ect. We are also a very stubborn people though and most Russians hate when you try to tell them what to do. I think this is where that notion was birthed from, and the fact that when we party we party loud and have fun.
As long as you respect them and their culture they will be understanding and do the same to you so I don't get treated any different then my other teachers. Except for a few awkward questions about communism but I get that anywhere.
#12 - evilredmuffin (06/18/2014) [-]
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User avatar #11 - icewizardftw (06/18/2014) [+] (4 replies)
I'm curious as to how women stand in Japanese society. I know they have equal rights but are still stuck to stricter social standards than men. What was your experience like? Also congrats on your engagement
#332 - hpboy ONLINE (06/19/2014) [-]
Girls being fondled/groped on public trains. Is this anywhere near the sterotype you see in anime?
User avatar #279 - pulluspardus (06/19/2014) [-]
I don't really know why westerners find any other city other there own like its from another planet "DO THEY BREATH AIR IN JAPAN? OMG SO DO WE!!!"
#273 - Womens Study Major (06/19/2014) [-]
I'd say when it comes to sexuality, the Japanese culture has been repressed for so long under formality and polite or honourable ways of acting, that the sexual frustration is starting to seep through. Japan never really had a swinging 60's release of a sexual identity crisis like the west did.

So all the weird stuff we see coming out of Japan, is sort of a more restrained Japanese 21st century version of 60's swingers culture. Where they're trying to let themselves go and discover their sexual identity, but also be polite and maintain their strong cultural standards. So it gets all confused and we have huge debauched hentai sex scenes, but the genitals are still blurred out, even though we know it makes no sense in the context of what is happening.
User avatar #201 - freebrainsforall (06/19/2014) [-]
A good friend of our family married a Japanese person and tried to move there.

It took them a good dozen tries before they found someone willing to rent to a woman who married a foreigner. Even then they basically had to trick the owner, only mentioning it at the last possible minute.

Xenophobia is very much alive there.

I'm not saying most western countries (or my country) are perfect about it but going as far as to blatantly state that you wont rent to someone because they're married to someone foreign is pretty horrid.
#200 - Womens Study Major (06/19/2014) [-]
Only the 1st and 9th were myths....
User avatar #195 - sinconn (06/19/2014) [-]
Tutorial on Weeb Culture.
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#147 - anticitezenone (06/19/2014) [-]
So you were born russian, moved to japan and then america and then possibly back to japan?   
I wanna hear about what it's like in russia, or what it was like going from 2 formal ass countries to 						*******					 america
So you were born russian, moved to japan and then america and then possibly back to japan?

I wanna hear about what it's like in russia, or what it was like going from 2 formal ass countries to ******* america
User avatar #146 - YoursTruley ONLINE (06/19/2014) [-]
i love living here in Japan, so nice
#141 - stimtheone ONLINE (06/19/2014) [+] (2 replies)
I know you probably have no way of answering this, but what do you know about the yakuza there?
I mean, outside it has a specific image, but mayb it's viewed differently in Japan.
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