people from JAPAN please

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  1. superkatalog macrumors regular

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    i'm looking for people from japan.

    can you please tell me 5 things that you are proud of being japanese and 5 things you are ashamed of being japanese. in other words: a simple what's good and what's bad list about japan from your personal perspective (society, politics, media, food, nature, technology,.....). whatever you like.



    we have a course at university about finding some kind of japan. not the real japan, but our personal japan.

    thanks very much in advance.!

    adrian.
     
  2. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    I would like to help.

    However, I am a US citizen who happens to live in Japan.

    BTW, I am not sure exactly what you are looking for. You might want to clarify things a bit so that our Japanese MR members will understand what you want.
     
  3. superkatalog thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks.! that would be very helpful.!

    (and i added some additional words for clarity. i hope it helps.)
     
  4. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Remember, I am not Japanese, so this comes from a foreigner's perspective.

    Here are some pros and cons.

    Pros:

    - Food. It's simply fantastic and all kinds. Japan takes from the rest of the world and makes it her own.

    - Safety. It is a very safe country. You don't have to worry about situations like you do in the states for example.

    - Public transportation system. Simply put it is fantastic. Safe and efficient method of traveling.

    - Electronics. If you like electronics, this is heaven. And if you are a gagget freak, well this is beyond heaven.

    Cons:

    - Fake politeness. They smile and bow politely but that doesn't neccesarily indicate what they mean.

    - Roads are crowded. Traffic is slow. This would be a great place for electric cars since you spend most of your time stopped in traffic. Probably why they have such a good public transportation system.

    - Toilets. Traditional ones are squaters so you have to squat to use them. Not the easiest thing to do mind you.

    - Polution. I live near Tokyo. Sometimes it reminds me of a big city in the US like LA. You can see the smog.

    One that is both a Pro and a Con is that they are process oriented. When the process is good, it's fantastic. When it's not, it sux.

    Well I hope this helps. Again, this is from a foreigner's perspective. I think that it would be much better to get a local Japanese person's view if possible.
     
  5. superkatalog thread starter macrumors regular

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    thank you very much sushi. that was really helpful.
    i hope someone who is Japanese will respond too.
     
  6. G99 macrumors 6502

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    I'm half Japanese, and lived in Japan for 9 years, so I'm pretty close to a "japanese" person.
    5 things I am proud of:

    1. Not a single Japanese person is a jerk. Thats what I like about Japanese. Of all the japanese people I met, they were all really easy to become friendly with. I find that in England (where I live now), lots of people drive me nuts :mad:

    2. Tokyo is, in my opinion, the most organised city in the world. It's the only city I feel relaxed in, unlike London, which is a sham. Public transport is excellent, and the roads, and pavements are amazingly maintained. This maintenance also makes you feel really safe.

    3. Japan is a very technologically advanced country. Technology, such as buying stuff from stores by "swiping" a card, makes me proud. Tokyo, especially makes any other city (with a few exceptions :p ), look decades behind.

    4. To me, I find London has some very stupid people. i.e "chavs" :rolleyes: If you live in London, please don't take this offensively, after-all, I live in London, and am English! When, in Japan, I feel everyone is a lot smarter, and I don't feel in danger of people in public :p . In London, if you walk past some chavs, they stare at you, trying to be intimidating, when really, they are making a fool of themselves ;)

    5. Food is amazing. I love all Japanese food, be it sashimi, or "suki-yaki". What more can I say!?

    1 thing I don't really enjoy:

    1. The stereotypical view everyone has of japanese people. What I hate is when people think I'm half chinese.

    Thats pretty much it. I'll think of more later ;)
     

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