- 15 Nov 2002
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Kirei_na_me,Originally posted by kirei_na_me
I guess I'm just really particular about stuff like that. I'm always really careful to say thank you when checking out in a store or restaurant, always say excuse me if I accidentally bump into someone, go out of the way to get out of the way of someone else....maybe I'm just a doormat?
Well, the problem is that while most of the gaijins take their best efforts to understand Japanese culture and society and respect their difference, the opposite is rarely true.Originally posted by budd
a lot of this is just culture though, huh?
Gaijin have a really bad reputation in Japan, especially in Tokyo. Gaijin crime is a BIG problem. Also gaijin trashing hotel rooms etc etc.....Originally posted by Marc
Well, the problem is that while most of the gaijins take their best efforts to understand Japanese culture and society and respect their difference, the opposite is rarely true.
When I go to a different country, like Japan, I try to learn as much as possible how to behave correctly in their society, so to not hurt anyone's feelings or act like a jerk.
Do you mean mostly Chinese and Koreans living in Japan? I rarely see stories on suspected Western criminals in Japanese papers (although only through online ones now) -- in the same way that most Westerners would never believe the types of Japanese-Japanese crimes are just as horrendous as in the US and Europe. Only with knives, arson, homemade explosives, etc rather than guns. Good and bad everywhere indeed.Originally posted by nzueda
Gaijin have a really bad reputation in Japan, especially in Tokyo. Gaijin crime is a BIG problem.
It is if you believe the media. Crime by both Japanese and non-Japanese are going up. However, the per capita rate of crime by foreigners is going DOWN. (Total crimes by non-Japanese is going up because there are more non-Japanese in Japan than ever before; but a on per-person basis -- total crimes divided by number of non-Japanese -- it's actually lower than ever).Gaijin have a really bad reputation in Japan, especially in Tokyo. Gaijin crime is a BIG problem.
Try leaving a $50 umbrella outside in Japan. You might get away with it for a while but it won't last long.And also, i was amazed when in kyoto I went into a video game arcade opposite the train station and saw a place outside to leave your unbrella. I left my unbrella in the slot outside. I went back after 10 minutes to see if it was still there. It was. And so were many other unbrellas. I then stayed in the arcade for another hour and when i came back my unbrella was still there!!
Well, my husband has no idea about this tradition. Of course, he says every area of the country has different New Year's traditions. Obviously, it's done for good luck, because that's what all New Year's traditions are centered around...Originally posted by SalaryMan
On another note , rather that create another thread about it, Does anyone have any knowledge of a weird thing my spouse has the habit of doing :
The pan in which the first meal of the year was cooked DOESN'T get thrown away , even if it loses all it's non-stick surface and becomes useless. Why do people do this ?
I heard slurping somen was supposed to mix it with the oxygen of the air and enhance the flavour. Especially since high mountain noodles take longer to cook through. :Originally posted by SalaryMan
Fact : The Japanese have certain traditions or belifes that sound , with your meal , makes it taste better thus they suck noodles up. This was an explanation given to me a few years ago when I complained to my brother in-law for sucking up his pasta.