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For one year, 6 MEK members lived in Japan. Here they share pictures, answer questions from members, and talk about their experiences as 'gaijin'.

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Re: riddle me this???

Postby tallasse » Wed Oct 26, 2005 2:55 am

Sorry - I missed the question about Briana. <br>
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Yes, she's alive, unless she was buried under her mountain of doujinshi, but I generally see her several times a week, and we all go to karaoke Fridays.<br>
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Re: riddle me this???

Postby Cor » Tue Feb 28, 2006 12:47 pm

Question: Do they show anything on TV? And I mean like they don't care what age is watching. Me and my friends discuss this sometimes about TV's restrictions, and then compared them to other nation's TV shows. So we were wondering if there is a big censorship over there. <p>I'll be finished with you just before class.<br>
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Re: riddle me this???

Postby tallasse » Tue Feb 28, 2006 1:52 pm

Japan has weird censorship laws... breasts seem to be okay for whatever time, but genitals aren't allowed anywhere ever, not even in porn. So, TV can be just as bad as porn, but porn can't show bits. Weird laws. <p><!--EZCODE HR START--><hr /><!--EZCODE HR END--><br>
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Re: riddle me this???

Postby TPE » Tue Feb 28, 2006 7:15 pm

I think those laws have been either lifted or aren't enforced as much. I remember someone at Akon telling me all about the Japanese censorship porn laws when I was trying to buy some (clean) manga.<br>
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Anyhoo, my question. What can you tell me about Japanese movie theatres? Do they show predominently Japanese or American films? Do they have quotas like South Korean theatres (ie you must show Japanese films a certain amount of days in the year)? Are they a socially popular place to go like here in America?<br>
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Re: riddle me this???

Postby Romulus » Tue Feb 28, 2006 7:45 pm

From what you can tell, does it really seem like Japanese people are afraid of American beef? I just find it a bit over the top the first time to ban all American beef when the cow wasn't even from America (it was from Canada). After they started recieving beef again, they banned it again after two weeks. I read a poll on a news site that 85% of Japanese wouldn't eat American beef (or any beef for that matter)(keep in mind that news polls are usually very inacurate). This question isn't terribly pertinent, but it's been bugging me for a while. I know you can't speak for any significant portion of the populace but you seem to be a very observant guy. <p><!--EZCODE IMAGE START--><img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v225/Romulus_Ramennoodlehead/Primula.gif"/><!--EZCODE IMAGE END--><br>
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Re: riddle me this???

Postby tallasse » Tue Feb 28, 2006 9:53 pm

<b>TPE:</b><br>
The censorship laws are still very much enforced, just to the exact letter of the law and no farther. I went with some people to find Gundam doujinshi for a certain MEK officer I know, and in the stairwell to the shop were posters with the most incredibly foul and offensive images... but little black boxes over certain parts of the anatomy. Also, when I went through customs after visiting America over the break, they asked me about 3 things: am I carrying alcohol, am I carrying drugs, am I carrying American porno. It's weird.<br>
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I have yet to go to Japanese theaters, (though we are planning to go this semester) but they seem to show a fair amount of both Japanese and American movies. I don't think they have any sort of native movie requirement, because one time we were in Teramachi I know I saw the theater there with no Japanese movie posters. I do know they have assigned seats, which sounds amazing. They seem popular, but they're not popular like cheap-date-popular, because tickets often cost $25-$30. Fortunately, there's a theater near here that sells international students tickets for $10. ^_^<br>
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I dunno about in the rest of the country, but beef is hella popular in this area. The beef section at the store is usually half empty, and when we went to Costco in Amagasaki this weekend to stock up on cheap beef, the beef section had dozens of people in front of it, like raiding pirates. Beef pirates. Eew, innuendo. <br>
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But yeah, American beef is <b>not</b> highly regarded, which I think is not so much because people think it will have BSE, but because people feel the American government is trying to strong-arm the Japanese government into accepting lesser inspection standards than everyone else. Which is, well, true. American foreign policy irritates most of the world, and Japan is no exception. So most beef here is Australian. I imagine if the U.S. agreed to inspect all slaughtered cattle like the rest of the world, Japanese would eat American beef more often. In the meantime, beef is freaking expensive, and I'm cursed to go without steak for an entire year. I had hopes when the ban was lifted. They lifted it the day I left to come to America over the winter break, and I hoped I would be able to get cheaper meat when I got back... so of course the ban was reinstated the exact day I arrived back in Japan, because lazy-ass U.S. inspectors managed to violate the new agreement in just a few short weeks. Fucking beef industry. -_- <p><!--EZCODE HR START--><hr /><!--EZCODE HR END--><br>
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Re: riddle me this???

Postby FirReforle » Sat May 20, 2006 12:01 am

Wait, who all was (or is) in Japan? If you've already returned, how have you taken reverse culture shock?<br>
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You know, I was pretty upset that I wasn't good enough to get into the program, but now that I examine it, I think I lucked out actually. I ran out of money pretty fast, so I can imagine what would have happened being broke and in Japan.<br>
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Actually, I've heard reports that economic status is more defined than it was before because of financial woes in various sectors of the Japanese economy. Did any of you see this firsthand? <p></p><i></i>

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Re: There's 6 of us here... ask away.

Postby saigo_soul » Wed Feb 10, 2010 2:38 am

Wow. I'm really late.

Did you guys have any experience with homosexuality there? Like, is okay to be out and do homosexual couples stay hush hush or were some of them brave enough for PDA? I would imagine with Japanese culture, they're pretty closeted.

Anyway, if this is inappropriate, just remove it. :D I just wanna find out what's okay and taboo for when I go there.
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Re: There's 6 of us here... ask away.

Postby tallasse » Wed Feb 17, 2010 7:47 pm

While Japanese culture traditionally has had no problem with male homosexuality, in modern times a definite bias has sprung up. Sort of. Women embrace a stereotypical view of effeminate men, while men tend to view homosexual men as not being otoku-rashii, or manly. I would say that actual homosexuality is viewed with sort of a mild distaste by the average person. Of course, foreigners are often viewed as a bizarre curiosity, and being homosexual will just be seen as part of the weirdness.

Honestly, the average Japanese are VERY reluctant to express something so personal as their sexuality in public, so the issue never really comes up, and won't matter either way. In general talking about anything as personal as your sexual orientation (or being so flamboyant as to make it obvious) would be frowned upon by most people, and ANY sort of PDA, no matter what orientation you are, would be disapproved of by the majority of people, would be considered inappropriate, and may result in being hassled by the police.
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