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#1 Posted by sopachuco13 (392 posts) -

I was riding my bike home from Tsutaya, the local video rental store, and I realized that Americans and Japanese people really aren't that different. We each do many of the same things. I used to work at Blockbuster video and I noticed that being in the rental shop in Japan feels so much like Blockbuster back home.  
 
I could see the disdain in the counter jockey's eyes, after I walked into the store 20 minutes before time closing time. I remember the same look in my eyes when somebody would walk into the store right before closing. The people in the store are many times the same type of people that come to a video rental store in America. The couples that are wearing sweats after a relaxing day of laying about, pizza and sex. The film nerds that hang around the drama section looking at old films they love, while their left eye wanders towards the erotic covers of the 'skin-emax' releases.  
 
Other than the outside differences, the obvious things, we really are very similar in most ways. It is good to remind myself of this every now and again.
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#2 Posted by Xeiphyer (5602 posts) -

Except for tentacles.

#3 Posted by MrKlorox (11209 posts) -

And used teen panty vending machines.

#4 Posted by EveretteScott (1465 posts) -
@MrKlorox said:
" And used teen panty vending machines. "
#5 Posted by Romination (2777 posts) -

#6 Posted by FancySoapsMan (5820 posts) -

When it comes to porn, I think Germany (among other European countries) is the most fucked up. Some of the stuff they do over there. It's just not natural man D:

#7 Posted by BunkerBuster (1042 posts) -

Or when you go in a restaurant and everyone is chain-smoking, even in the "non-smoking section" oh wait. Fuck Japan.

#8 Posted by LiquidPrince (15917 posts) -
@Xeiphyer said:
" Except for tentacles. "
@MrKlorox said:
" And used teen panty vending machines. "
And vending machine that deliver teen panties via tentacles.
#9 Posted by Vitor (2815 posts) -
@Xeiphyer said:
" Except for tentacles. "
@MrKlorox said:
" And used teen panty vending machines. "
Pick on the niche habits and even the US can seem weird and exotic - fact is, this country is the same as anywhere else the vast majority of the time, only the unknown makes it something to be something more. People, culture and behaviour are a great deal more universal than we're lead to believe and that Japanese 'uniqueness' only applies if you accept the stereotype and fail to look beneath the surface. 
 
Although the prevalence of Tentacles is a thing that happens in far more comic book and model stores than I am entirely comfortable with...
#10 Posted by Hamst3r (4481 posts) -

You're lying to yourself. ;)

#11 Posted by Xeiphyer (5602 posts) -

Oh and all those train molestations. Thats pretty messed up.

#12 Posted by JA050N (133 posts) -
@Romination: that's not strange, that's flippin awesome.
#13 Edited by MrKlorox (11209 posts) -
@Vitor: I don't think it's the unknown that makes Japan seem strange. It's the things we do know.
 
But you do have a point. If I did not know better I would think all US citizens were fascists because of Fox News. edit: Also I would not know there was any difference between Fox Entertainment affiliated news broadcasts and Fox News.
#14 Posted by HitmanAgent47 (8576 posts) -

Yeah, however we don't have a hentai section for our blockbusters.

#15 Posted by TheHT (11155 posts) -

Hey man, people are people. Like wherever they are, people are just people. Like they're all just tryina live their lives, you know? Just tryina rent movies and wash dishes and sleep, you know?
 
/philosophicalstoner

#16 Posted by Romination (2777 posts) -
@JA050N: Yeah, but he branched more into America being similar to Japan.
#17 Posted by JonathanMoore (1858 posts) -

... Er...
 
Thank... you?

#18 Posted by mylifeforAiur (3483 posts) -
@HitmanAgent47 said:
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Yeah, however we don't have a hentai section for our blockbusters.

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My local video store has a hentai section, it's combined with the regular anime^^
#19 Posted by TheGeniousPlayer (111 posts) -
@FancySoapsMan said:
" When it comes to porn, I think Germany (among other European countries) is the most fucked up. Some of the stuff they do over there. It's just not natural man D: "
Interesting...
#20 Posted by Vitor (2815 posts) -
@MrKlorox said:
" @Vitor: I don't think it's the unknown that makes Japan seem strange. It's the things we do know.  But you do have a point. If I did not know better I would think all US citizens were fascists because of Fox News. edit: Also I would not know there was any difference between Fox Entertainment affiliated news broadcasts and Fox News. "
Even then, those things still need context and that's something that's hard to ascertain without first hand knowledge of both the culture and people, something you seldom get with just a cursory glance at all the supposed 'weirdness' that Japan pumps out. 
 
Totally agree with your Fox News point - I just hate the gross generalisations that people are so accustomed to make with regard to Japan. Even the positive ones irritate (such as it's technological splendour - fact is, due to the ageing population Japanese industry is pretty far behind the West in terms tech adoption in the work place with the national post office in particular having to hire people purely to type up documents as not enough of their basic workforce are computer-literate enough to have place the original data directly into the system to being with. Of the top 100 highest ranking companies with regard to tech adoption and implementation in the workplace, you'll only find 1 or 2 Japanese names. Even national records don't all necessarily have a unified system, forcing you to go to certain districts for simple tasks etc.).
#21 Posted by EVO (3894 posts) -

O RLY?
 

When I was living in Japan I used to see this bus everyday.
#22 Posted by KingPossum (236 posts) -
@FancySoapsMan: Agreed. When some of their top paid pornstars are a group of German Shepards then you know shits fucked up.
#23 Posted by scarace360 (4828 posts) -
@Romination said:
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America has giant other things japan has giant gundams.
#24 Posted by scarace360 (4828 posts) -
@mylifeforAiur said:
" @HitmanAgent47 said:
"

Yeah, however we don't have a hentai section for our blockbusters.

"
My local video store has a hentai section, it's combined with the regular anime^^ "
Yo what video store is this cause  i kinda sorta maybe wanna go there to get some anime >_> <_< Catch my drift.
#25 Edited by mylifeforAiur (3483 posts) -
@scarace360 said:

" @mylifeforAiur said:

" @HitmanAgent47 said:
"

Yeah, however we don't have a hentai section for our blockbusters.

"
My local video store has a hentai section, it's combined with the regular anime^^ "
Yo what video store is this cause  i kinda sorta maybe wanna go there to get some anime >_> <_< Catch my drift. "
I hear ya bro. I'm going to rent some Naruto........If you know what I mean ^____>
#26 Posted by Sin4profit (2924 posts) -

Your Japan's answer to Billy Joel

#27 Posted by Daveyo520 (6686 posts) -
#28 Posted by Old_Corncob (134 posts) -

I teach English conversation in Japan.
One time, as a conversation topic,  I asked my Japanese students, "Who is someone you admire?"
           The first answer someone came up with was "Hitler".  This is a true story.
 
It  isn't meant to illustrate that the Japanese are fascist. Rather, it is meant to show that the Japanese have a radically different sense of  history and a nearly opposite world-view on many subjects.

#29 Posted by lilburtonboy7489 (1948 posts) -

yes....yes they are

#30 Posted by OllyOxenFree (4970 posts) -
@mylifeforAiur said:
" @scarace360 said:

" @mylifeforAiur said:

" @HitmanAgent47 said:
"

Yeah, however we don't have a hentai section for our blockbusters.

"
My local video store has a hentai section, it's combined with the regular anime^^ "
Yo what video store is this cause  i kinda sorta maybe wanna go there to get some anime >_> <_< Catch my drift. "
I hear ya bro. I'm going to rent some Naruto........If you know what I mean ^____> "
I'm gonna go rent some naked cartoon pussy to watch for my own satisfaction if you are catching what I am throwing at ya.
#31 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18955 posts) -
@TheGeniousPlayer said:

" @FancySoapsMan said:

" When it comes to porn, I think Germany (among other European countries) is the most fucked up. Some of the stuff they do over there. It's just not natural man D: "
Interesting... "
   Shiza
#32 Posted by Jadeskye (4367 posts) -
@mylifeforAiur said:
" @HitmanAgent47 said:
"

Yeah, however we don't have a hentai section for our blockbusters.

"
My local video store has a hentai section, it's combined with the regular anime^^ "
i want to live where you live.
#33 Posted by Ignor (2372 posts) -

The fascination with rape certainly is.

#34 Posted by Termite (2398 posts) -

There are cer@Old_Corncob said:

" I teach English conversation in Japan. One time, as a conversation topic,  I asked my Japanese students, "Who is someone you admire?"            The first answer someone came up with was "Hitler".  This is a true story.  It  isn't meant to illustrate that the Japanese are fascist. Rather, it is meant to show that the Japanese have a radically different sense of  history and a nearly opposite world-view on many subjects. "
Well, that one person who said they admire Hitler probably was kind of a fascist, unless they admired him in a very abstract, "he was a leader of men" sort of way. Even then, there are so many other famous leaders that aren't Hitler that I can't even--
 
Anyway, while I agree that Japanese people have a very different sense of history, I'd hardly say they have a "nearly opposite world-view on many subjects." Outside of that one disturbed fellow that you mentioned, can you cite any examples of dramatic differences between Japanese and Western world-views?
#35 Edited by HitmanAgent47 (8576 posts) -

What about panties in vending machines? That's not weird. Or what they call pantsu in anime.

#36 Posted by scarace360 (4828 posts) -
@mylifeforAiur said:
" @scarace360 said:

" @mylifeforAiur said:

" @HitmanAgent47 said:
"

Yeah, however we don't have a hentai section for our blockbusters.

"
My local video store has a hentai section, it's combined with the regular anime^^ "
Yo what video store is this cause  i kinda sorta maybe wanna go there to get some anime >_> <_< Catch my drift. "
I hear ya bro. I'm going to rent some Naruto........If you know what I mean ^____> "
Hold on so your gonna rent a video about some fake ninjas and a poor kid who only has one set of cloths and wears it for like 9 years.
#37 Posted by yakov456 (1906 posts) -

I visit once a year to see my girl's family, and every time I realize more and more that the Japanese are very different. Especially the little things, some good some bad but always surprising.

#38 Posted by ShockD (2401 posts) -

I'd define them as rather practical and reasonable rather than strange.

#39 Posted by Jams (2960 posts) -

From what I understand, Japanese (I think both sexes but maybe just women) have serious trouble complimenting eachother. I forget where I read that, but say that one woman will never compliment the looks of another and that they treat eachother different emotionally than we do. Or that they just don't know how to express it.  Can anyone say if that's true or not or clarify?
#40 Posted by MsbS (12 posts) -
@Ignor said:
" The fascination with rape certainly is. "
 
This comment combined with your avatar (see below) kinda cracked me up: 
 
#41 Posted by BraveToaster (12590 posts) -

Did you just make this thread to point out that you're an American living in Japan or something? 
 
There are definitely some weird things that go on in Japan. A lot of people rent movies, have sex, and eat pizza.

#42 Posted by HandsomeDead (11863 posts) -
@jams said:
" From what I understand, Japanese (I think both sexes but maybe just women) have serious trouble complimenting eachother. I forget where I read that, but say that one woman will never compliment the looks of another and that they treat eachother different emotionally than we do. Or that they just don't know how to express it.  Can anyone say if that's true or not or clarify? "
I read some article a while back which was commenting on why Japan seems to be socially falling apart and one of the things is that in shops and service based industries, there's a type of tone or inflection or something used to enforce that the person behind the counter is inferior to the customer using their store and so it's not like you can ask the girl who works in the local 7-11 out without it being like you're shaming yourself, or something. I can't remember properly but it was a good read. I'll see if I can find it.
#43 Posted by Everyones_A_Critic (6296 posts) -
@MrKlorox said:
" And used teen panty vending machines. "
Seriously? Those exist? What the fuck man...
#44 Posted by MooseyMcMan (10919 posts) -

The only people who don't think Japan is weird are people who live in Japan. You've just gone crazy from all the Godzilla fumes. 

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#45 Posted by GIVEMEREPLAY (821 posts) -
@MooseyMcMan said:
" The only people who don't think Japan is weird are people who live in Japan. You've just gone crazy from all the Godzilla fumes.  "
#46 Edited by aceofspudz (937 posts) -

Japan is a strange place, but not because of tentacle porn or anything dumb and superficial like that. It's strange because it's a fundamentally different culture. Most JETs I've spoken to only stayed two years. Some profess to love it, but after a couple drinks they will talk your ear off about all the problems they had.
 
It's a face culture, something Americans (and Westerners) will never understand because of the Enlightenment. The west spent the last 300 years trying to figure out what is right and just, and doing level best to implement it with occasional stumbles. There are places in the world (most of them in fact) that don't give a shit about this, and Japan is definitely one of them. Whatever resemblance they bear to western society is pretty much skin deep.

#47 Posted by MsbS (12 posts) -
@MooseyMcMan said:
" The only people who don't think Japan is weird are people who live in Japan. You've just gone crazy from all the Godzilla fumes.  "
Who, at the same time, happen to be the only people to know anything about Japan for real. Rather than cliches about Japanese culture, bushido, honour, shinto, shoyu, pants-a-matics, and Godzilla. 
:-D
#48 Posted by Termite (2398 posts) -
@HandsomeDead said:
" @jams said:
" From what I understand, Japanese (I think both sexes but maybe just women) have serious trouble complimenting eachother. I forget where I read that, but say that one woman will never compliment the looks of another and that they treat eachother different emotionally than we do. Or that they just don't know how to express it.  Can anyone say if that's true or not or clarify? "
I read some article a while back which was commenting on why Japan seems to be socially falling apart and one of the things is that in shops and service based industries, there's a type of tone or inflection or something used to enforce that the person behind the counter is inferior to the customer using their store and so it's not like you can ask the girl who works in the local 7-11 out without it being like you're shaming yourself, or something. I can't remember properly but it was a good read. I'll see if I can find it. "
Oh please, that's a bunch of hogwash. The tone that Japanese people use when working behind a counter is essentially the same as the "customer knows best" attitude that employees in the West are taught to have. The article you read makes it sounds like they're in a lower caste or something, which is just silly.
#49 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -
@sopachuco13 said:
" I was riding my bike home from Tsutaya, the local video rental store, and I realized that Americans and Japanese people really aren't that different. "
I realized that when I read the gaijin article on Wikipedia.
#50 Posted by floodiastus (1262 posts) -
@FancySoapsMan said:
" When it comes to porn, I think Germany (among other European countries) is the most fucked up. Some of the stuff they do over there. It's just not natural man D: "
Don't wanna bust your bubble, but eating shit is alot more sane than putting living eels inside a womans asshole, have her shit them out, cook them and eat them (like in jap porn).