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« on: July 30, 2006, 06:23:25 AM »

So I just came back from over a month in Japan. Here are some things that I learned.



1. Japanese toilets are fucking evil. (I actually have a whole journal entry on this that I might post later)

2. Japanese tissues (when places have them, which is never) are waxed pieces of shit. (the only place that has regular American style napkins is McDonald's and where I went to grab a bunch every time)

3. 80% of Japanese girls dress up to go to school (as if they're going to a party or something). Also a significant percentage of them look very slutty by our standards. Not that I'm complaining.

4.If you wear baggy clothes at least 15 Africans on every block will try to lure you into either a strip club or their "hip-hop" oriented clothing store (in Tokyo).

5.You do not get more soda without ice in Japan (since the machine pours a set amount of liquid for each size)

6. There is a store called "Ghetto" where...wait for it...they sell "ghetto" clothes and $70 baseball hats

7.It rains every day in June and July. WTF.

8. Rice and noodles go with every meal - on top of your food, below our food, in between your food. They even put noodles in between hot dog buns (no joke)

9.You will on average have to buy at least one umbrella a week due to Japanese jacking your shit, them breaking or misplacing them in bars and various places.

10.There are 6 vending machines every 20 yards. Even on mountains.

11.Karaoking until 5AM will result in you losing your voice.

12.Japanese laundry machines play music. Err, yeah.

13. 99% of Japanese guys wear handbags (instead of backpacks). Also, about 5% of them wear hairclips in their hair.

That's it for now. More later.
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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2006, 06:28:16 AM »

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8. Rice and noodles go with every meal - on top of your food, below our food, in between your food. They even put noodles in between hot dog buns (no joke)

Suddenly, this makes sense.

And... Hairclips? What the hell? :P
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« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2006, 07:40:10 AM »

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4.If you wear baggy clothes at least 15 Africans on every block will try to lure you into either a strip club or their "hip-hop" oriented clothing store (in Tokyo).

9.You will on average have to buy at least one umbrella a week due to Japanese jacking your shit, them breaking or misplacing them in bars and various places.


Tokyo in this case probably means Harajuku/Aoyama, Roppongi, Shinjuku, Shibuya and possibly Ikebukuro :P. I dare to doubt this would happen to you in Kanda or Minato for instance.  

Been to Japan four times and lived there for a year and not once somebody jacked my umbrella or anything else for that matter. The only time I had to buy a new umbrella, was after I had forgotten my first one at the dorm.
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« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2006, 01:01:01 PM »

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13. 99% of Japanese guys wear handbags (instead of backpacks). Also, about 5% of them wear hairclips in their hair.


Yeah, I noticed they (Japanese males) were quite feminine looking while I was there as well.  I wouldn't even call it metrosexual.  Just feminine.  I remember looking at a shirt and saying to my friend "that looks kind of odd for a female shirt."  He then told me it was a male shirt.

Either that, or thugged out/try to look like a gangster.

I didnt have anything stolen either.  Though, I stayed in the countryside and was only in the cities in the day.  Only stayed in a city for a couple nights.
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« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2006, 03:54:50 PM »

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Tokyo in this case probably means Harajuku/Aoyama, Roppongi, Shinjuku, Shibuya and possibly Ikebukuro :P. I dare to doubt this would happen to you in Kanda or Minato for instance.  

Been to Japan four times and lived there for a year and not once somebody jacked my umbrella or anything else for that matter. The only time I had to buy a new umbrella, was after I had forgotten my first one at the dorm.


Tokyo in this case means just Roppongi, Shinjuku and Shibuya. But mostly Roppongi. I don't think I even saw any Africans in Ikebukuro and that's where my hotel was.

As for the whole umbrella thing, it wasn't because I stayed in Tokyo or something. I went to visit Tokyo for 4 days. I stayed in Kansai for pretty much all the time. See, in front of classrooms and stores and things, they have these bins where you're supposed to put your umbrellas before you enter. And since 75% of umbrellas look the same (those clear looking things) people tend to take your shit instead of theirs. Now I know that technically it should even out, but it doesn't. In the end you are out an umbrella and end up having to either a)go buy another one or b) having to jack someone else's. BTW, this happened to my friends more often than me since I used a portable one most of the time.

OK, I'll add a couple more to the list.

14. The Japanese will not leave the movie theater until the very last line of the credits is over. I dunno why. (Though going to the movies in Japan, aside from the ridiculous $18 dollar tickets, is quite nice since nobody makes any noise during the film.)

15. There are porno mahjjong games in some arcades. But for some reason they are incredibly hard...if you don't know how to play mahjjong.

16.Mister Donut is the greatest thing ever. I still don't know why they don't have em in the states...
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« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2006, 05:06:06 PM »

Admittingly this issue with the umbrellas can be tricky. One way to avoid it is just grabing a couple of those special plastic bags available in front of stores, so you can just put your umbrella into one of those. Then you won't have to leave it outside the room or store, but can just enter with the umbrella.

As for that movie thing, I guess it depends on which movie you are watching. I have been to the movies in Japan at least a dozen times and in one or two cases, a lot of people actually left before the credits were over. Then again one of those cases was Fahrenheit 9/11, which was apparently not that well received in Japan. As for the silence, keep in mind that the Japanese subtitles are really butchered versions, so it is hard for a Japanese moviegoer (whose English isn't very good) to understand all the jokes, because the subtitles don't do a good job of translating them. When I watched Pirates of the Caribbean in Japan, my four fellows and I were the only people in the audience laughing.

And as far as Roppongi is concerned, I make a point of avoiding that place :P. By the way in which hotel in Ikebukuro did you stay?
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« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2006, 07:02:47 PM »

About the jacking of stuff, I never ran into a problem with that.  Of course after having my clothes stolen in Costa Rica, I keep a close eye on all my stuff.  

As for the guys, a lot of them do look like girls.  They are super skinny and have the same hairstyles as the girls.  I have never been so confused in my life.  

For the movie thing, I don't think that is weird.  With the whole OMG an extra scene thing happening like X-Men 3, I'm paranoid I'm going to miss something.  

I never used an eastern style toliet while I was there.  Thank god there was always a western style one.  I quickly learned that there is a shortage of toliet paper and paper towels in the bathrooms of Japan.  So I wisely invested my money in a handkerchief.  The lack of tp wasn't a problem since if you walk down the street, you get handed a dozen packs of tissue.  What I found funny is that in some restrooms, there was a machine that makes noise (like a rushing sream) to cover the sounds of urination.
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« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2006, 07:25:20 PM »

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Admittingly this issue with the umbrellas can be tricky. One way to avoid it is just grabing a couple of those special plastic bags available in front of stores, so you can just put your umbrella into one of those. Then you won't have to leave it outside the room or store, but can just enter with the umbrella.

As for that movie thing, I guess it depends on which movie you are watching. I have been to the movies in Japan at least a dozen times and in one or two cases, a lot of people actually left before the credits were over. Then again one of those cases was Fahrenheit 9/11, which was apparently not that well received in Japan. As for the silence, keep in mind that the Japanese subtitles are really butchered versions, so it is hard for a Japanese moviegoer (whose English isn't very good) to understand all the jokes, because the subtitles don't do a good job of translating them. When I watched Pirates of the Caribbean in Japan, my four fellows and I were the only people in the audience laughing.

And as far as Roppongi is concerned, I make a point of avoiding that place :P. By the way in which hotel in Ikebukuro did you stay?


Yeah, except, they don't have those plastic bag things everywhere. Especially at school.

And the same thing happened with us when we were watching Pirates of the Carribean 2. Nobody in the theater cracked a smile.

As for the hotel, we stayed at two. The first two nights it was at the hotel right next to Parco near the station (can't remember the name of it). The last night we stayed at Toyoko Inn. Ikebukuro is sleazy as hell, though.

Speaking of sleazy, the impression I got of Tokyo after visiting the areas I did was far from favorable - too dirty, too smelly, too sleazy, too many damn foreigners, too many damn subway lines. This picture I took pretty much sums up Tokyo quite nicely:

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« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2006, 08:32:30 PM »

I hope that guy was just sleeping.Whoa,I didn't think Tokyo was supposed to be as dirty and sleazy as other major citys. I guess there are exceptions to everything. Still I would like the opportunity to take random photos of unconscious japanese guys passed out in alleys myself. Well maybe not that exact thing, but I still wanna have the experience of  a visit to Tokyo.
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