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My family may freak me out sometimes but I am honestly happy to have them sharing my love of Japan this year. Happy Holidays everyone!!!!comment
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My name is Anya, I'm 25 years young and I'm currently working as an English language instructor for an elementary school in Osaka Japan. I have also been known to make some pretty interesting comps

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#91 - believe it or not I'm walkin on air they actually hav… 08/02/2014 on Useful Japanese Phrases 0
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User avatar #87 - unclebourbon (07/31/2014) [-]
Получить меня рады..

#81 - I know aren't fj kids great? I know it sounds over bearing whe…  [+] (2 new replies) 07/31/2014 on Useful Japanese Phrases +1
#90 - bestfoxgirl (08/01/2014) [-]
I especially love americans who literally flip out when you state a fact contradicting their small worldviews.

So, the main problem would be having to learn a completely new set of symbols, eh? I kinda expect that to be a challenge. But the worst part would be the fact that I have absolutely nobody to talk to in Japanese, I mean, it will be kinda difficult to even find a good language school in my vicinity which would have Japanese in their offer. So people tend to discourage me from trying (I kinda see their point, I mean, the only time I had to do with Japanese was in anime/manga, so chances are I won't even have an opportunity to put my skills to use).
#91 - bizengaust (08/02/2014) [-]
believe it or not I'm walkin on air they actually have some programs online where you can speak to native speakers. It's not the same naturally but it really helps. In the end the best way to get a grip on it is to simply settle in the society. Before I came to America I spoke ok English, but after at least a year it got better and better. Japanese was the same, I started really learning it when I was set in the society. It's very scary at first and at times a little too much but you soon get comfortable as you settle into how people live. Open mindedness is the key.
#78 - I bet your a bitch ****** 07/31/2014 on Useful Japanese Phrases 0
#75 - When I think about it I probably should have but at the same t… 07/31/2014 on Useful Japanese Phrases +1
#74 - a wonderful combination of both 07/31/2014 on Useful Japanese Phrases 0
#73 - I suppose I could have added an extra block explaining phoneti… 07/31/2014 on Useful Japanese Phrases 0
#72 - I would take a class for the writing at least simply because t…  [+] (4 new replies) 07/31/2014 on Useful Japanese Phrases +1
#80 - bestfoxgirl (07/31/2014) [-]
So it is possible, then?

I was kinda afraid after our last conversation (the one about how they divide classes in English and how it's dictated by the complexity of Japanese)

I don't know anyone who uses Japanese, does anime count?

Ps. I see kids call you a 'weeaboo' too... oh, the irony <3
#81 - bizengaust (07/31/2014) [-]
I know aren't fj kids great? I know it sounds over bearing when you hear it's two classes but honestly it's not as black as all that especially when getting a grip on the speaking part isn't that difficult. Writing is a bit of a challenge though I will not lie BUT only because things translate into writing differently. Russian can be the same in the sense that two symbols can make up three or four words depending on when your using them, in what context, and who your using them to. You can also have situations where you may have two symbols that make up the word "police station" but then you take away one symbol and it suddenly becomes "mountain side" it seems very complicated but it all starts to make more sense with practice.
#90 - bestfoxgirl (08/01/2014) [-]
I especially love americans who literally flip out when you state a fact contradicting their small worldviews.

So, the main problem would be having to learn a completely new set of symbols, eh? I kinda expect that to be a challenge. But the worst part would be the fact that I have absolutely nobody to talk to in Japanese, I mean, it will be kinda difficult to even find a good language school in my vicinity which would have Japanese in their offer. So people tend to discourage me from trying (I kinda see their point, I mean, the only time I had to do with Japanese was in anime/manga, so chances are I won't even have an opportunity to put my skills to use).
#91 - bizengaust (08/02/2014) [-]
believe it or not I'm walkin on air they actually have some programs online where you can speak to native speakers. It's not the same naturally but it really helps. In the end the best way to get a grip on it is to simply settle in the society. Before I came to America I spoke ok English, but after at least a year it got better and better. Japanese was the same, I started really learning it when I was set in the society. It's very scary at first and at times a little too much but you soon get comfortable as you settle into how people live. Open mindedness is the key.
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#70 - well my native language is Russian which is the angriest sound…  [+] (4 new replies) 07/31/2014 on Useful Japanese Phrases 0
User avatar #85 - unclebourbon (07/31/2014) [-]
Did I hear Russian?
User avatar #86 - bizengaust (07/31/2014) [-]
может быть
User avatar #87 - unclebourbon (07/31/2014) [-]
Получить меня рады..

User avatar #82 - sovietsamurai (07/31/2014) [-]
my native language is Russian also ...

I also know a few others languages but I haven't practiced them in a LONG time
#67 - you know nothing jon snow 07/31/2014 on Useful Japanese Phrases 0
#47 - Travel to Westeros a place where everything is the thing of nouns 07/31/2014 on We Can All Save Him +4
#160 - if it's oc yeah I do. I'm sorry I didn't mean to make you feel… 07/31/2014 on Thoughts on FJ's community? 0
#144 - true but eventually when people start seeing the same *…  [+] (2 new replies) 07/31/2014 on Thoughts on FJ's community? 0
User avatar #150 - vegeta (07/31/2014) [-]
I'm not discounting your aptitude and it's importance to fj.
you made that assumption, I'm just giving my two cents.
but let me ask, do you get more excited when you see your content got to the front page, or "211 new comments added to ________"?
be honest.
User avatar #160 - bizengaust (07/31/2014) [-]
if it's oc yeah I do. I'm sorry I didn't mean to make you feel like I was assuming. I really do feel good when my oc makes anything really because that means even a couple hundred people were happy with it
#131 - I know this has been said a million times but more oc needs to…  [+] (4 new replies) 07/31/2014 on Thoughts on FJ's community? +1
#136 - vegeta (07/31/2014) [-]
I hear what you're saying.
But FJs biggest game...
comments.
funny jokes can get you a laugh
quick gags like on other gag sites or vines get your attention
but commentary keeps me coming back to fj for more.
tumblr posts are fucking stupid, but the vulgar trash mouths in the comments get me wet.
#144 - bizengaust (07/31/2014) [-]
true but eventually when people start seeing the same shit over and over even the cleverest of comments will save the site. Some of my favorite things on this site are the fact comps which encouraged/inspired me to make my own fact comps. Sure it's not always hilarious but it's something nobody else has. You can still get high rated comments on oc to, lord knows I've had some of the highest rated on my oc before, you just have to be creative.
User avatar #150 - vegeta (07/31/2014) [-]
I'm not discounting your aptitude and it's importance to fj.
you made that assumption, I'm just giving my two cents.
but let me ask, do you get more excited when you see your content got to the front page, or "211 new comments added to ________"?
be honest.
User avatar #160 - bizengaust (07/31/2014) [-]
if it's oc yeah I do. I'm sorry I didn't mean to make you feel like I was assuming. I really do feel good when my oc makes anything really because that means even a couple hundred people were happy with it
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#21 - Disclaimers yo: I didn't phrase this well when I made the intr…  [+] (4 new replies) 07/30/2014 on Useful Japanese Phrases +13
#59 - akirafudo (07/31/2014) [-]
it is "wakarimasen", not "iie wakarimasu"
User avatar #42 - irhaddy (07/31/2014) [-]
#9 Is not translated as "How are you?" though it's used in that sense
"genki" generally means to be happy/cheerful, all round well.
so "genki des ka?" means "are you happy*?" *insert alternate synonym



#37 - germed (07/31/2014) [-]
I'm sorry, this comp is great and all but those attempts at helping pronunciation gave me fucking aids. Is pic related you by any chance?
I love how half way through you realised how bad they were and added in the actual romanized spelling, and then forgot again 2 minutes later, without adding it to the previous phrases at all.

I get the fleeting feeling you didn't actually read this before you uploaded it.
User avatar #67 - bizengaust (07/31/2014) [-]
you know nothing jon snow
#20 - It's ok I should have probably worded it better so I thank you… 07/30/2014 on Useful Japanese Phrases +3
#19 - true, I meant it mostly if your visiting and you get lost. I t… 07/30/2014 on Useful Japanese Phrases +2
#12 - it's all good man. Sorry if I called you out on something you …  [+] (1 new reply) 07/30/2014 on Useful Japanese Phrases 0
User avatar #13 - icollectraresbro (07/30/2014) [-]
I did like the comp indeed. I need to change my text barely anyone can read it
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User avatar #82 - ironsoul (12/24/2014) [-]
If I have a short question on the accuracy of a translation, is it okay to ask you about it?
User avatar #83 to #82 - bizengaust (20 hours ago) [-]
Sure what do you want to know?
User avatar #84 to #83 - ironsoul (17 hours ago) [-]
Would kaminariningyou be the best/shortest way to say lightning doll? It is for a game I am running where one of the characters is basically playing an ancient japanese golem.
User avatar #85 to #84 - bizengaust (8 hours ago) [-]
That's the best way I can think to translate it. Since there is no one word for it, it will translate out as two which makes it kaminari ningyo. That's the literal translation. Otherwise it would be "kaminari no ningyo" which is "Doll of lightning".



User avatar #86 to #85 - ironsoul (8 hours ago) [-]
Thanks, I appreciate it.
Obviously google translate is my first destination for translation, but not everything translates the way it is intended.
Case in point, translating putting the English expression "The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak" into Russian and back produces something along the lines of "The vodka is good but the meat is rotten", which has a totally different meaning. Thank you for your time.
User avatar #87 to #86 - bizengaust (7 hours ago) [-]
No problem happy to help ^_^. With Russian you have to be careful with internet translators. We do not say things so simply like "I went to the store". For us its more like, "To the store I went, yesterday." Some words you have to will also translate different and spirit is almost always meaning alcohol to us and flesh will indicate food. So for us it would be more like, "the soul is strong but the body is weak."
User avatar #88 to #87 - ironsoul (7 hours ago) [-]
What is the most ridiculous mistranslation you have seen? I imagine the potential for hilarity increases with the number of languages you speak.
User avatar #89 to #88 - bizengaust (7 hours ago) [-]
I was with someone once who went through the trouble to learn to say that I looked very nice that day in Russian but they said a few wrong words and it came out like "you're turtle like." To this day I often wonder what it is to be "turtle like" and I often use her broken up phrase with my brother.
User avatar #90 to #89 - ironsoul (7 hours ago) [-]
The worst ones I am personally responsible for are English to Spanish ones.
I meant to say "I am hungry" (I have a hunger) but I mispronounced the second word so it came out "I have a man"
I then, upon discovering my error, attempted to say that I was embarrassed.
"Embarazada" is the Spanish word for pregnant.
User avatar #91 to #90 - bizengaust (7 hours ago) [-]
My Japanese was like that for the first year. I'd want to say "oh really?" hontou ni? but instead I would say something more along the lines of "i guess so" which is both very rude and makes me sound like I'm calling them a liar.
or I'd try to say "do it go on" which is a simple "dozo dozo" I said what came out as "just **** it."
#80 - fistpump (12/08/2014) [-]
So uh... Hey. I came seeking advice about living in Japan... If you're willing to give it, of course. Feel free to ignore me. I can't help but notice how many others have commented on your profile looking for exactly the same thing, haha. You're like some kind of patron saint of outsiders living in Japan, you should be proud of that.   
But anyway, yeah... My girlfriend 						*******					 loves Japan, for the anime and the food and the culture, and I kinda like the traditional side (the earthquake-proof houses that have been around hundreds of years, the warring states period, the art and legends, that sort of thing) and it occurred to me that I'd actually love to visit Japan in a few years, so I was wondering a couple of things. Again, you can just ignore this. So like, when you first moved there, as an outsider, did you find it difficult to... live (buy food, have fun in town, that sorta thing), without knowing any of the language? (I have assumed that you went to Japan only speaking Russian and English, correct me if I'm wrong). Was it difficult to travel to places? And learn to use the money and whatnot? I'm sure that when I go there it'll probably be for one to two weeks, not enough time to warrant learning a new language (if I travel to places I intend to stay for a long time, I learn the basic language. I've done this for Italy, Germany and France.  ) Is it enjoyable for people who don't like things that people typically like about Japan? I'm not really an anime person, I only like a few video games, you know, that kind of thing.  I'm sure it is a wonderful place, I just don't know enough about modern Japan. I don't know. I hope you like it there, anyway. Again, feel free to ignore me, I know I've written a lot. You have a good day, now!
So uh... Hey. I came seeking advice about living in Japan... If you're willing to give it, of course. Feel free to ignore me. I can't help but notice how many others have commented on your profile looking for exactly the same thing, haha. You're like some kind of patron saint of outsiders living in Japan, you should be proud of that.
But anyway, yeah... My girlfriend ******* loves Japan, for the anime and the food and the culture, and I kinda like the traditional side (the earthquake-proof houses that have been around hundreds of years, the warring states period, the art and legends, that sort of thing) and it occurred to me that I'd actually love to visit Japan in a few years, so I was wondering a couple of things. Again, you can just ignore this. So like, when you first moved there, as an outsider, did you find it difficult to... live (buy food, have fun in town, that sorta thing), without knowing any of the language? (I have assumed that you went to Japan only speaking Russian and English, correct me if I'm wrong). Was it difficult to travel to places? And learn to use the money and whatnot? I'm sure that when I go there it'll probably be for one to two weeks, not enough time to warrant learning a new language (if I travel to places I intend to stay for a long time, I learn the basic language. I've done this for Italy, Germany and France. ) Is it enjoyable for people who don't like things that people typically like about Japan? I'm not really an anime person, I only like a few video games, you know, that kind of thing. I'm sure it is a wonderful place, I just don't know enough about modern Japan. I don't know. I hope you like it there, anyway. Again, feel free to ignore me, I know I've written a lot. You have a good day, now!
#81 to #80 - bizengaust (12/08/2014) [-]
Whenever people tell me their going to come visit or live in Japan the first advice I feel is necessary to give is to do lots of research. I came here working for a company  I work for a different one now  that brought teachers in from all over the place. Some would have a great experience like I did and would stay long term while others would flee after a month or so. I found that most of the people who fled where the ones who didn't do research and set their expectations to unrealistic levels.   
I had the same interest you and your girlfriend share when I was about to come here and I did TONS of research via books,films,documentaries, the works.  I took a lot of classes to learn the language as well but like learning English when I came to the states from Russia, you learn your best when your in the culture. Though knowing some words and phrases when you go over certainly helps  Since I came over here via a company that put me up in housing I'm not sure how hard it would be to find a house if you just hopped over. Apartments are about the same pricing as they are in the states and the closer you are to the city the more expensive they will be. A good thing to keep in mind to is that apartments  unless you want to fork out a lot of money  are pretty small. My first one was literally a single space the size of a modest living room with a stove in the corner, a closet with a washing machine, and a bathroom. This is very very normal and takes some getting used to but you'll find it's actually rather cozy.   
I think the food is amazing and I always look forward to trying something new when I can.  People here really enjoy when your open to trying the different foods they offer and will always try to coax you to do so.   
Most things like money and travel I had to get used to over time but I was always able to find someone willing to offer a bit of advice as long as I asked nice. It takes a good deal of patience to adjust to Japanese society and life but if you show that patience and work for it I promise you the outcome is so worth it!.   
It's amazing here and I think everyone should get to experience it sometime in their life whether they go to the beautiful countryside or the culture of the city. I hope I was able to answer some questions. If you have any more please don't be shy about asking.   
P.S. If your looking to visit for two weeks or so I'd recommend googling tour groups. They have these during different parts of the Japanese holiday year and they go around and see all sorts of sites depending on which one you choose. You always travel in a group and they help you with things like money and the like.
Whenever people tell me their going to come visit or live in Japan the first advice I feel is necessary to give is to do lots of research. I came here working for a company I work for a different one now that brought teachers in from all over the place. Some would have a great experience like I did and would stay long term while others would flee after a month or so. I found that most of the people who fled where the ones who didn't do research and set their expectations to unrealistic levels.
I had the same interest you and your girlfriend share when I was about to come here and I did TONS of research via books,films,documentaries, the works. I took a lot of classes to learn the language as well but like learning English when I came to the states from Russia, you learn your best when your in the culture. Though knowing some words and phrases when you go over certainly helps Since I came over here via a company that put me up in housing I'm not sure how hard it would be to find a house if you just hopped over. Apartments are about the same pricing as they are in the states and the closer you are to the city the more expensive they will be. A good thing to keep in mind to is that apartments unless you want to fork out a lot of money are pretty small. My first one was literally a single space the size of a modest living room with a stove in the corner, a closet with a washing machine, and a bathroom. This is very very normal and takes some getting used to but you'll find it's actually rather cozy.
I think the food is amazing and I always look forward to trying something new when I can. People here really enjoy when your open to trying the different foods they offer and will always try to coax you to do so.
Most things like money and travel I had to get used to over time but I was always able to find someone willing to offer a bit of advice as long as I asked nice. It takes a good deal of patience to adjust to Japanese society and life but if you show that patience and work for it I promise you the outcome is so worth it!.
It's amazing here and I think everyone should get to experience it sometime in their life whether they go to the beautiful countryside or the culture of the city. I hope I was able to answer some questions. If you have any more please don't be shy about asking.
P.S. If your looking to visit for two weeks or so I'd recommend googling tour groups. They have these during different parts of the Japanese holiday year and they go around and see all sorts of sites depending on which one you choose. You always travel in a group and they help you with things like money and the like.
User avatar #79 - thewulfman (12/05/2014) [-]
Can't believe it took me this long to subscribe to you.
User avatar #76 - sketchyz (11/29/2014) [-]
Hey, bizengaust, what do the Japanese think of Mexicans? If you don't know off the top of your head I can wait until you ask someone.
User avatar #77 to #76 - bizengaust (11/30/2014) [-]
I asked a few, even my fiance, and they always seem to the same reaction. They just kind of shrug and say they are alright. You don't really see a lot of mexicans here so people don't know what to think of them too much
#78 to #77 - sketchyz (12/01/2014) [-]
Well, it's better than nothing, I guess. At least if I ever go they won't have too many silly prejudices.
#71 - europe (11/19/2014) [-]
By the way, what's up with the introductions in anime? Is it normal when you introduce yourself to a fellow high school student to give him/her your last (or in Japan, first) name as well?
#72 to #71 - bizengaust (11/20/2014) [-]
Unless you are given permission  and even then I probably wouldn't unless they really really insist it  it is VERY rude to call someone by their first name or even without an honorific. Doing either shows a great lack of respect and makes you appear childish.  People will always introduce you last name first because that is what you are expected to call them unless your allowed.   
I didn't start calling my fiance by his first name until we had been dating for two years. That being said if someone asks you to call them by their first name they are attempting to get closer to you then a mere acquaintance.
Unless you are given permission and even then I probably wouldn't unless they really really insist it it is VERY rude to call someone by their first name or even without an honorific. Doing either shows a great lack of respect and makes you appear childish. People will always introduce you last name first because that is what you are expected to call them unless your allowed.
I didn't start calling my fiance by his first name until we had been dating for two years. That being said if someone asks you to call them by their first name they are attempting to get closer to you then a mere acquaintance.
#74 to #72 - europe (11/24/2014) [-]
Can't help but notice how in anime certain English words are used such as 'originality' (or something that sounded much like it). Does this mean that the Japanese language didn't originally have a select few of these words or have they chosen to use those words for other reasons?
#75 to #74 - bizengaust (11/24/2014) [-]
Some of the problems English translators have when making subtitles and moving one language to another  I had this problem to when I had to learn English when my native language is Russian  is that some words simply do not translate the same.  When you have phrases like &quot;yoroshiku&quot; that means so many different things depending on the circumstance and doesn't really have a translation it can be hard to put a word there.   
Because of this translators usually have to pick a word to put in those gaps so it can make sense to western audiences.
Some of the problems English translators have when making subtitles and moving one language to another I had this problem to when I had to learn English when my native language is Russian is that some words simply do not translate the same. When you have phrases like "yoroshiku" that means so many different things depending on the circumstance and doesn't really have a translation it can be hard to put a word there.
Because of this translators usually have to pick a word to put in those gaps so it can make sense to western audiences.
User avatar #73 to #72 - europe (11/20/2014) [-]
Ah, noted
Thanks
#68 - europe (11/01/2014) [-]
In Yotsuba& they celebrate Halloween
I know christmas is celebrated in Japan to a certain degree, but how about Halloween?
#69 to #68 - bizengaust (11/03/2014) [-]
Halloween is a huge commercial holiday in Japan. There are very few places you can go without seeing pumpkin this or ghost that and there are many fun halloween exclusive foods that come on the market. That is usually where it ends though. You can find some late night Halloween parties in the nightlife districts of most cities and few people will throw their own but that's it. Alas there is no trick or treating here which I found to be a bit of a bummer.
Halloween is a huge commercial holiday in Japan. There are very few places you can go without seeing pumpkin this or ghost that and there are many fun halloween exclusive foods that come on the market. That is usually where it ends though. You can find some late night Halloween parties in the nightlife districts of most cities and few people will throw their own but that's it. Alas there is no trick or treating here which I found to be a bit of a bummer.
#70 to #69 - europe (11/03/2014) [-]
That's a shame
Thank you
User avatar #63 - Indoknight (10/22/2014) [-]
When you said you had to prep your home for the winter, what does that entail? You don't live in a hut or something, right?
#64 to #63 - bizengaust (10/22/2014) [-]
Japanese homes aren't insulated like homes in the states are so prep involves calling the heating company and making sure we are set up for the months we will need it  everything is very organized like this. They pretty much have a list of everyone who needs heating and how long they will have it, and I stick to my Russian roots by hanging tapestries on the wall to keep the cold out. This takes a big chunk of my time.
Japanese homes aren't insulated like homes in the states are so prep involves calling the heating company and making sure we are set up for the months we will need it everything is very organized like this. They pretty much have a list of everyone who needs heating and how long they will have it, and I stick to my Russian roots by hanging tapestries on the wall to keep the cold out. This takes a big chunk of my time.
User avatar #65 to #64 - Indoknight (10/23/2014) [-]
Any reason for not having insulation? I'm sure the japanese have been dealing with cold for a long time and it is not something relatively new.
#66 to #65 - bizengaust (10/23/2014) [-]
This reason I sadly am not so sure about. In Russia and other European cultures it varies from simplicity to just being poor and without the resources. I've asked a lot of people and answers vary from one of those three to just living a modest lifestyle amongst a tech wonderland.    
For this I suppose I don't have a straight answer because I've never been given one. All I can do is make sure the heat is turned on  and it will be  and make sure my walls are covered  which I'm working on .
This reason I sadly am not so sure about. In Russia and other European cultures it varies from simplicity to just being poor and without the resources. I've asked a lot of people and answers vary from one of those three to just living a modest lifestyle amongst a tech wonderland.
For this I suppose I don't have a straight answer because I've never been given one. All I can do is make sure the heat is turned on and it will be and make sure my walls are covered which I'm working on .
User avatar #67 to #66 - Indoknight (10/23/2014) [-]
Oh in that case, I wish you many warm nights! not in a creepy way
User avatar #62 - Indoknight (09/12/2014) [-]
i lubz u bizengaust!

pls be waifu...
#60 - bestfoxgirl (09/04/2014) [-]
Didn't want to spam both your status and your comment section, so I deleted these 2 posts.

But from what I've heard, the photos weren't on her phone, but on cloud, so it's not like they hacked her phone. Your nudes are safe <3
#61 to #60 - bizengaust (09/06/2014) [-]
It's all good in the hood
User avatar #56 - ironsoul (08/23/2014) [-]
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZT2z0nrsQ8o
As somebody from Russia I don't know if you would find this amusing or not.
#57 to #56 - bizengaust (08/23/2014) [-]
I actually get a big kick out of epic rap battles  my brother sends them to me often  and this one I find very amusing. That:s the Russian history of politics in a nutshell for you
I actually get a big kick out of epic rap battles my brother sends them to me often and this one I find very amusing. That:s the Russian history of politics in a nutshell for you
User avatar #58 to #57 - ironsoul (08/25/2014) [-]
It makes me sad that I learned more about Russian history from that video than I ever did in school. I mean come on, its the biggest country in the world.
#59 to #58 - bizengaust (08/26/2014) [-]
What's sadder is being from Russian and only learning half of that when you come to the states
What's sadder is being from Russian and only learning half of that when you come to the states
#50 - bestfoxgirl (08/19/2014) [-]
Oh, and btw, I just noticed your comment about dakimakuras (the body pillows) and the loli/lolicons.

Just wanted to clear up, the term loli is misused on every occasion now. It actually refers to the 'small body frame' and can be used in reference to adults, of course. Also, in anime there are often characters which seem underage, but are actually of legal age. The term 'loli' is also connected to a dressing style (and it's absolutely not something a child would wear, believe me...). I don't know why it bugs me when people associate loli with pedophilia (which is totally gross, absolutely disgusting and omg kill it with fire). Because... it doesn't have any relevance, right?

That's what I noticed, at least. I haven't been to Japan, so I'm not an expert.
#51 to #50 - bizengaust (08/20/2014) [-]
My knowledge of the subject is actually very limited. The only time I've been exposed to it is when I see it in anime stores  my cousin loves anime so I send her stuff often  or when I see people cosplaying. I did have some prior knowledge to lolita fashion since it's actually a retro fashion trend in Russia  although it's not as popular as dolls are associated with being stupid and empty headed . When I came to Japan I was actually very interested in girls dressing in Lolita fashion. I'm a sucker for Victorian era dress or anything so that sort of thing was right up my ally. I cannot lie though, when I first saw grown men fawning over underage girls I was very unsettled. I think part of this was because 1.) I've had times when I tutor junior high and I've had to call the cops because grow men were harassing my students and 2.) Because I just didn't understand the culture.   
I've since learned a ton about the fascination with &quot;cute culture&quot; and the fact that the age of consent is very different  it's 13 for anything that isn't intercourse which is 18 but you can get married at 16. It's very sticky business     
Since I come from a culture were sexual violence is a big issue I do get a little freaked out but in learning the culture I'm starting to see that It's not all associate with pedophilia. After all, the story Lolita wasn't about that sort of thing at all either. It was simply about a man trying to relive the memory of someone he lost in his youth  I get angry when people associate that story with him being a pedophile to. I feel like their missing the bigger picture.
My knowledge of the subject is actually very limited. The only time I've been exposed to it is when I see it in anime stores my cousin loves anime so I send her stuff often or when I see people cosplaying. I did have some prior knowledge to lolita fashion since it's actually a retro fashion trend in Russia although it's not as popular as dolls are associated with being stupid and empty headed . When I came to Japan I was actually very interested in girls dressing in Lolita fashion. I'm a sucker for Victorian era dress or anything so that sort of thing was right up my ally. I cannot lie though, when I first saw grown men fawning over underage girls I was very unsettled. I think part of this was because 1.) I've had times when I tutor junior high and I've had to call the cops because grow men were harassing my students and 2.) Because I just didn't understand the culture.
I've since learned a ton about the fascination with "cute culture" and the fact that the age of consent is very different it's 13 for anything that isn't intercourse which is 18 but you can get married at 16. It's very sticky business
Since I come from a culture were sexual violence is a big issue I do get a little freaked out but in learning the culture I'm starting to see that It's not all associate with pedophilia. After all, the story Lolita wasn't about that sort of thing at all either. It was simply about a man trying to relive the memory of someone he lost in his youth I get angry when people associate that story with him being a pedophile to. I feel like their missing the bigger picture.
#52 to #51 - bestfoxgirl (08/20/2014) [-]
Well, grown men fawning over underage girls is a totally disgusting, inhumane act which doesn't really have anything to do with liking 'loli', right? Cause, you know, in many 'loli' cases the girls are actually adult, or sometimes even ancient (when it comes to mythical creatures, etc. Picture related to that btw) only looking young (or 'petite' as some people call it). Grown men harassing your students? Was it back in Russia or in US? I know that US has a big problem with that one, I mean, you know about US and the crime rate. They're all ****** up degenerates who don't understand the concept of morality (I've had some unpleasant experiences with them, not only their manners are pitiful, they're also very noisy and rude).

Actually, the age of consent in Japan was a mystery to me. 13 seems like too little for me, and intercourse at 18 is a bit... unrealistic in nowadays societies. Of course I know that Japanese are far more moral when it comes to relationships and don't start their sexual lives at 15 like most western kids (I'd love it if more societies took example from Japanese, the 'Sleeping in one house? But we're only in highschool!' lines are just too cute. Totally not like the moral failure of the US and a good deal of Europe), but I can't help but notice the great dissonance between 13 and 18 when the... interactions could be perceived in various ways.

Also, doesn't getting married automatically mean you are treated as an adult? I know legal systems like that, where normally you have to be 18 to do something, but when you get married, you are treated as if you were 18.
#53 to #52 - bizengaust (08/20/2014) [-]
Like I said the consent rules are very strange and there is a lot of fine print and it always throws me off, especially since your considered a legal adult at 20 which is when you have your coming of age day which takes place on the second Monday of January after you turn . They say it's helped crack down on a lot of sex crime in that age group but I don't know the gritty details of it.
The harassing of the students happened about two years after I came to Japan and it was the first time I was offered to tutor Junior high. We had just finished up and let them go when another student ran over to me and told me there was a creepy guy in the school yard. When I got out there he was trying to give them money to lift up their skirts for him these girls were only 14 mind you . I was so horrified that all I could think to do was run over and hit the guy with my bag over and over while someone called the police. It wasn't long after this that I learned that there were establishments in the cities where you can go and see school girls and do lewd acts with them their ages range from 13 to god knows where and it's all perfectly legal.
This is why I always tell my students to go home in either pairs or groups and to carry something that they can defend themselves with if they have to. Even if it is acceptable in establishments I simply cannot stomach the concept of someone asking that of a child legal or not.
#54 to #53 - bestfoxgirl (08/22/2014) [-]
Oh, I guess it is kinda strange. I don't know how it 'helped', since that course of actions always work just to cover up the problem with inaccurate statistic than avert the social issues themselves.

So it was in Japan? I didn't know such things happen there, I mean, Japan society seemed far too... moral to do such things.

Yeah, asking a child to do that is more than disgusting... and I hope they still treat it as harassment if someone asks for that outside these 'legal establishments', otherwise there would be no way of defending against such... creatures (sorry but I won't call them humans)
#55 to #54 - bizengaust (08/22/2014) [-]
Japan is very moral but they are also very traditional which I don't think is horrible considering I come from a culture where men are gentleman and woman are ladies but in Japan they take it as an excuse to treat woman as second class. Things have gotten better though and they crack down on sexual harassment more then they used to in the past. People actually get jail time whereas in the past they would have to simply pay a heavy fine and they've created woman only train/subway cars to avoid the groping problem. In my eyes it's one thing if someone comes up to me and slaps my ass I'll just turn around and slap the **** out of them but to do that to a child is just disgusting. It's like....whats wrong with you? Do you have no sister or mother? How would you feel if someone treated them like that?
User avatar #48 - applecopy (08/08/2014) [-]
omg a japanese
#49 to #48 - bizengaust (08/09/2014) [-]
No, a Russian
No, a Russian
#46 - mrsnowballs (08/07/2014) [-]
I very much enjoyed your latest comp. Well done.
User avatar #42 - bestfoxgirl (08/03/2014) [-]
Read about your corgi. I'm sorry for your loss.
#43 to #42 - bizengaust (08/03/2014) [-]
Thanks....we put him down today. He was just in too much pain and there wasn't anything we could have done. I guess I have to take stock in the fact I gave him a good life.
Thanks....we put him down today. He was just in too much pain and there wasn't anything we could have done. I guess I have to take stock in the fact I gave him a good life.
#44 to #43 - bestfoxgirl (08/03/2014) [-]
It's just good that he didn't suffer. You know, there was nothing that could be done, so there's no blame on anyone.   
   
That's why I wouldn't bear to have a pet. Other than the fact that I'm not responsible enough.
It's just good that he didn't suffer. You know, there was nothing that could be done, so there's no blame on anyone.

That's why I wouldn't bear to have a pet. Other than the fact that I'm not responsible enough.
#45 to #44 - bizengaust (08/04/2014) [-]
Funny enough I used to think the same. Before I got him (his name was Oskar) I was a pretty selfish person and I cared only about myself. But I found him one day at shelter where he was a runt and my father convinced me to get him to teach me to be responsible. It was really 						******					 at first and I hated how much work he was, but over time I grew to love him and when I came to Japan he was my rock when I got nervous or scared. Looking back I am glad for the time I had with him and I wouldn't have changed it for anything.  I'm a firm believer of everything happening for a reason
Funny enough I used to think the same. Before I got him (his name was Oskar) I was a pretty selfish person and I cared only about myself. But I found him one day at shelter where he was a runt and my father convinced me to get him to teach me to be responsible. It was really ****** at first and I hated how much work he was, but over time I grew to love him and when I came to Japan he was my rock when I got nervous or scared. Looking back I am glad for the time I had with him and I wouldn't have changed it for anything. I'm a firm believer of everything happening for a reason
#38 - mrsnowballs (07/30/2014) [-]
This is what you've killed
This is what you've killed
#39 to #38 - bizengaust (07/30/2014) [-]
I can't help that I have a bat phobia.......I'm sorry bat-chan.....i'm sure I just stunned you T________T
I can't help that I have a bat phobia.......I'm sorry bat-chan.....i'm sure I just stunned you T________T
#40 to #39 - mrsnowballs (07/30/2014) [-]
Yeah I'm sure the bat feels sorry too
#33 - satrenkotheone (07/24/2014) [-]
I'm here because I love your comps.

And to say hi.

#34 to #33 - bizengaust (07/25/2014) [-]
I appreciate your praise ^___^
#35 to #34 - satrenkotheone (07/25/2014) [-]
So how do I become the Japanesiest?
#36 to #35 - bizengaust (07/28/2014) [-]
Just be polite and very kawaii
Just be polite and very kawaii
#41 to #36 - satrenkotheone (07/31/2014) [-]
I am back again.
User avatar #29 - freaxxshow (07/22/2014) [-]
Really love your comps, randompersonontheinternet

Just wanted to say that. Yea.

Based on your comps I'd be pretty much ****** in japan because they seem to be the ******* opposite of germany.
#30 to #29 - bizengaust (07/22/2014) [-]
Yes they are very different. You're from Germany? I spent a summer going around there when I was out of college. I went around Munich and Berlin. It was very lovely  also I love you're beer halls
Yes they are very different. You're from Germany? I spent a summer going around there when I was out of college. I went around Munich and Berlin. It was very lovely also I love you're beer halls
User avatar #31 to #30 - freaxxshow (07/22/2014) [-]
My family is from denmark, although I can't speak a single word danish and was there only once last year, but yea, I'm from germany, bavaria to be exact (If anyone tells you anything about beer and he isn't born in bavaria, chances are he's lying)
User avatar #32 to #31 - freaxxshow (07/22/2014) [-]
You shouldve gone to cologne, THAT is a great city. In my opinion anyways.
User avatar #28 - xombiemike (07/19/2014) [-]
I think your life might be my wife's dream.
#25 - anonymous (07/15/2014) [-]
こんにちは, random Japan-interested anon here. I really liked you're comps about Japan and I was wondering about something. When I went to Osaka 2 years ago, I was really shocked that there were hardly any free wi-fi spots anywhere (which doubled when I found out there weren't any at McDonalds or Starbucks either). Did you have a similar reaction when you first moved to Japan?

P.S. Could you include vending machines in a future comp? I'm still a little confused as to why they seemed to have one at every block.
#27 to #25 - bizengaust (07/15/2014) [-]
I was at first yes, especially in the cities where you'd think it would be all over the place. The reason for this though is because they have special wi fi cafes where people can go and use computers or a wi fi connection. They are pretty much cyber cafes. They also have book shops like this to. I plan on working the weird vending machines into a comp in the future. I just want to get enough photos of them together first.
#26 to #25 - anonymous (07/15/2014) [-]
you're*
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