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User avatar #302 - kschmidty (06/19/2014) [+] (3 replies)
Do you have any advice for learning how to read the language?
#357 to #302 - dapperclapper (06/26/2014) [-]
www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZEA54VJEdE

Watch this. It's a Japanese course by an American guy who teaches English in Japan. He is wasted off his ass roughly 100% of the time, but his videos are surprisingly good for somebody who drinks his own weight in alcohol.
User avatar #260 - chimpaflimp (06/19/2014) [-]
Do Japanese people believe vaginas do, in fact, look like mosaics?
User avatar #243 - Awesomecarrot ONLINE (06/19/2014) [+] (4 replies)
This was really informative.
I'd LOVE to go one day but I'm just afraid of seeming ignorant or rude!
User avatar #249 to #243 - livefromtokyo (06/19/2014) [-]
I sure you will be fine. It depends on where you go (I live in tokyo) but they do give a lot of leeway to gaijin (or foreigners).
I think I'm going to try to make a comp. on the Do's and Dont's for gaijin coming to Japan since people seem interested though...
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!
#150 - percy (06/19/2014) [+] (4 replies)
So i'm just curious if i understand the sex thing, were you saying that because they are so uptight about sex, that they over emphasis it in media. Also curious if the "you only accept after refusing twice" thing is real?
#154 to #150 - xxxsonic fanxxx (06/19/2014) [-]
The sex issue is so confusing in Japan right now.
1) OP is quite right about people being in gerneral embarrassed to talk about it. I'vebeen living in Tokyo for around half a yeah now and I still have only seen 3 people kiss. SHowing public displays of affection is not done in japan. In fact, it isn't even really shown in the homes. Japanese people do not have sex in their homes normally (I mean, I'm sure some do) But from what i have been told by my japanese friends married or single people go to "love hotels" when they want to have sex. They told me this is parlay due to the thin walls in japanese homes. The japanese pollution is also dwindling because…people have just stopped having sex. they aren't interested in it anymore. Why? I can really only guess but:
1) women are staying in the work force and creating careers for the first time. if you get pregnant you are as good as fired for the rest of your life.
2) masturbation is at a whole different level here.
User avatar #94 - mangostormlegend ONLINE (06/19/2014) [+] (1 reply)
My geography professor went to a conference in Kyoto, and he told us that the street address systems are virtually devoid of any official order or classification. Many suburban residential streets are unnamed (being symply written as "near XXX-street"), postal codes are non-existent, and buildings are often numbered in the order in which they were built. Can you confirm/deny this, bizengaust?
User avatar #96 to #94 - bizengaust (06/19/2014) [-]
This is very true. I met my fiance, who is from Kyoto, here in Osaka when we began teaching in the same building and when we dated long enough for him to want to introduce me to his family he gave me their address in Kyoto. I cannot begin to tell you how lost I got because the address system was so complex. WIkipedia explains it a lot better than I ever could so feel free to read more about it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_addressing_system I eventually found his family house after arriving two hours late. They forgave me and understood much to my thanks.
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 (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 (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 ONLINE (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
User avatar #5 - iamgriffman ONLINE (06/18/2014) [+] (2 replies)
nice comp, gives good detail about japan that most wouldn't know despite watching a lot of content from Japan (mainly anime which could give the wrong impression).
question for the next comp, are western foods easily available in Japan or can they be tricky to import, things like sweets, drinks and other snacks?
User avatar #7 to #5 - bizengaust (06/18/2014) [-]
The quick answer is yes, and I will go into more elaboration about it in the next one
#2 - nwbballplayer (06/18/2014) [-]
Nice comp, pretty interesting.
User avatar #324 - SuperHyperCrazy (06/19/2014) [+] (1 reply)
Goddammit when did this turn into CompJunk?
User avatar #322 - sovietsamurai (06/19/2014) [-]
I have always wanted to visit Japan ...

It is country of which I the most wanting to visit ...
#258 - Minnesota ONLINE (06/19/2014) [-]
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#256 - xxxsonic fanxxx (06/19/2014) [+] (2 replies)
Sorry, they hire Americans to teach them how to speak English correctly?
I'm so ******* mad right now.
#216 - teranin ONLINE (06/19/2014) [+] (3 replies)
All 3 of the former Axis powers (Japan, Germany, Italy) federally allow ephebophilia down to age 14, 13 is legal in some areas. Now, I've also heard that in Japan you are not considered an Adult until age 20.

So... what's the deal with that, Japanese Myth Buster-chan?
#267 to #216 - racistracist (06/19/2014) [-]
JEW!
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