日本は大好です! (I love Japan)
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28-07-2011, 10:14 AM
日本は大好です! (I love Japan)
On this forum we seem to have a lot of people that live in Japan, lived in Japan, or want to visit/live in Japan. It seems to come up in a lot of threads, so I figure we could have a place where we can discuss all things Japanese.

Post personal stories, places you been, places you want to go, adventures in NIHONGO!

Also more serious discussion is encouraged, like Japan-foreign relations, the Tohaku earthquake, and Fukashima disaster, as well as SOFA status issues.

That being said...

行きましょう! (let's go!)

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28-07-2011, 05:19 PM
RE: 日本は大好です! (I love Japan)
やった!!!
然し今これのフォラムが在ります、何も話てを考えつくない。。。
誰もアイヌを研学しますか?何歳から日本のことが面白いに探り当ていましたか?

Yay!!!
But now that there's a forum I don't know what to talk about....
Who studies the Ainu? At what age did you start finding things about Japan interesting?

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28-07-2011, 09:05 PM
RE: 日本は大好です! (I love Japan)
I want Lobster cola...

Hey brother christian, with your high and mighty errand, your actions speak so loud, I can't hear a word you're saying.

"This machine kills fascists..."

"Well this machine kills commies!"
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28-07-2011, 09:30 PM
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カルピスウワター!!!
Calpis Water!!!

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29-07-2011, 06:26 AM
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I actually got a bit addicted to their hot coffee from vending machines, don't quite remember what it was called... Wandas or something similar...

I have to say I'm not as good at written Japanese as you guys seem to be, luckily there's always google translate Smile
I did learn how to read hiragana when I studied Japanese before going there, but that's about the extent of my knowledge. I remember about as much of their language that I probably would be able to ask for directions somewhere or ask the price in a store and understand the answer...

If we are speaking about Japan in general I'd say the Japanese are from another planet Big Grin
I was there for three months in -99 on a tourist visa, working illegally first as a waiter in a bad strip-club (I quite after a bit more than a week but had to keep working for another two just to get any pay), then as a telemarketer for a British investment company calling foreigners in Tokyo and asking if they want any financial advice...

After these months I went back-packing in South East Asia for a while, met up with my gf from home and when we ran out of money we went back to Tokyo to work. We managed to get a one room apartment (with a sleeping loft) that we shared with some other people, we were never fewer than 5 people living there at the same time and never more than 8 Big Grin We couldn't really afford anything larger since we still had to pay around 1500 Euro/month.

Anyway, this time around I worked as a telemarketer, an English teacher, HTML teacher and finally as a bartender in a bar that had a very good PR-guy, he got all the famous people who visited Tokyo to stop by the bar which was somewhat strange since the bar was one of the worst bars I've been to (they had planks behind the bar disk because the floor was to dirty, they hadn't renovated the place since the 70's, the bar disk was actually rotting in placed but that was taped over, the drinks were served in plastic glasses and the beer was served in one-use plastic cups that we washed in between uses :o). I did kind of enjoy working there and meeting famous people like Iron Maiden (went out and sung karaoke with them) even though I've never liked their music Smile

All in all I would say that Tokyo is a very vibrant and interesting place to visit, I absolutely love it and someday I'll get back there. When working there I was partying quite a lot and it was amazing knowing that you could listen to almost any type of music you wanted in a big club at any time of day or night, any day of the week Smile I prefer to dance to heavy trance-music and usually the best parties started at 5 in the morning which suited me fine since I usually got off work around 3.
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29-07-2011, 07:00 AM
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本当に東京は変な凄いだろう。 私を思念でこれが面白くないでした、上は沢山大きな街が面白くないですよ。だけど東京は違うんだろう、私は感無量になて。これが休らな情調ですね。

Tokyo really is an odd kind of great. I was sure it would be a letdown as I was not a big fan of big cities elsewhere. Somehow it's quirky enough to still just be great for lounging.

(Yeah the two paragraphs aren't exactly the same but they are similar enough I'm not perfect with the language =p)

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20-09-2011, 08:54 AM
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本当に日本語で?やれやれ、難しすぎ...Tongue
じゃあ、あたしは愛知県の日進市に9ヶ月住んでいました。名古屋外国語大学の留学生でした。授業は大変でしたけど、日本に住んでることは最高でした、本当に!色んな友達を​作ったし、色んな食べ物を食べたし、色んな旅行に行きました。忍者が大好きなので、伊賀上野の旅行は本当に最高でしたわよ。Tongue
でもね、1番日本の大好きなことは...
カツ丼!!!
カツ丼懐かしーい!
日本へ帰るつもりです!大学の後で、愛知県に住んでいきますよ!アメリカはちょっと...^^; Michele BachmannとかRick Perryのような人が大変なので、アメリカはだめですよね。

英語で? Wrote:In Japanese, really? Ugh, this is too hard... Tongue
Wellll, I lived in the City of Nisshin in Aichi Prefecture for 9 months. I was an exchange student for the Nagoya University of Foreign Studies. Classes were a pain, but living in Japan was the best, really! I made various friends, ate various things, and made various trips. Since I love ninja, the trip to Iga Ueno was the best. Tongue
But hey, the number one thing I loved about Japan...
was Katsudon!
I miss Katsudon!!!
I plan on returning to Japan. After uni I'm going to go live in Aichi Prefecture. America's a little... ^^; People like Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry are a pain, so America's no good, right? Tongue

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21-09-2011, 02:09 AM
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ねええ =p

次に日本に行きますから東京に在りますけどカナダは始めるよ。アタシの愛情と日
本にいっしょう。

Right =p

The next time i go to Japan it will be to Tokyo, but first is Canada. I'll go to Japan with my lover.

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21-09-2011, 04:48 AM
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I like the old, feudal Japan, not this modern thing that lost it's tradition. I studied Aikido martial arts in my hometown, Aikido is quite traditional, so together with martial arts, breaking joints and proper use of katana, we learned a lot about the history, tradition, ceremonies, but mostly wars and samurai ways. I also love Japanese movies (samurai) like 7 Samurai, Miyamoto Musashi, Zatoichi and 13 Assassins, as well as mangas and anime, but not the childish ones, normal, grown up ones, and no, I do not mean porn.

i am quite fascinated with their history and skill, I would like to study more things, like calligraphy and language, but unfortunately I have nowhere to study that, so I manage with things I gather from Internet. Some of my friends study Ninjutsu, that is also great to learn about Japans history, but unfortunately I am not in position to do that either... I am a bit obsessed with their weapons and weapon use.

If I ever visit Japan it will be either for the purpose of learning Aikido in some Japanese school (and that will never happen, it is no place for gaijin) or to visit some countryside where I can still see something traditional and old, I don't care for their modern cities at all.

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21-09-2011, 05:32 AM
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I just had two Japanese friends living with me and my gf for a week. They have been out travelling for 15 months and now they were in Sweden for a while so we offered them a bed in our living room.

I have to say that they were the easiest house-guests I've ever had :-D
Every day when we got home from work they had folded and put away the bed and they had dinner ready for us so we got to eat home-made Japanese food. Some of the ingredients they had been carrying in their back-packs for quite a while and most of it they found and bought here. It was really nice to eat tempura again, the way it's supposed to be made :-)

They kind of did make us a bit uncomfortable from time to time when they were so adamant about not letting us take care of anything concerning cooking or washing the dishes or even letting us carry the plates from the room, but after a while I just figured that if it makes them happy I'll just let them Smile

What I found a bit funny was that when we discussed movies, they hadn't heard of most of our favourite Japanese directors and favourite movies...
We had to teach them about Kitamura and his fantastic movies Smile
They did know and appreciate Sabu though and also some of Miike's work.

Filox: Have you seen Azumi?

I also practised Ninjutsu for 6 years here in Sweden and I know that they let gaijins train with them in Japan, even for longer periods of time, why wouldn't that be possible with Aikido?

If you ever get to Japan I would recommend that you stay in Tokyo for a while anyway, it is an absolutely fantastic city no matter if you think you don't care for modern cities Wink
One of the aspects I loved about Tokyo is that you usually don't have to walk very far to see that it's not only a modern city, it still keeps it's historic roots with all the little shrines that are in place between the skyscrapers or the parks that are so huge you can stand in the middle and not hear the bustling city...
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