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Japan Myths

Updated on June 14, 2010

You all may be aware that I'm living in Japan. I have to wonderful perspecive to be Nisei (The generation of people born in any country outside of Japan either to at least one Issei or one non-immigrant Japanese parent.) in this wonderful country. With that in mind My friends/family in America tend to have some of the most ridiculous ideas of Japan. I decided to make a little hub to dispell some of those myths.

**This is just for ammusement please do not be offended*

  • You CAN buy beef in Japan. And its not ridiculously priced to buy any kind of beef product. Yes, there is some beef that is expensive but not all. Just look at places like Mos Burger and McDonalds.
  • Every person in Japan is not a computer wiz with an insaine IQ
  • All of Tokyo is not Urban
  • Everyday in Tokyo is not like in the movie "Tokyo Drift"
  • We do not eat sushi everyday
  • Everyone dosen't walk around in kimonos.
  • You can buy some American products but it is a bit expensive. HELLO....ITS IMPORTED!
  • Japanese people are not racist. But depending on where you live, they aren't use to having gaikokujin living next door.
  • NO not every store and bare has the "No foreigners" sign displayed. In fact very few if any places have it. And lets be honest folks. Why would you think they have to have that kind of sign? Because too many foreigners have gone into that establishment acting like fools.
  • All electronics are not dirt cheap in Japan. In fact a netbook here seems to be more expensive then one back home.
  • No you cannot come to Japan and be an instant super star just because you are foreign.
  • Everyone does not speak perfact English
  • Everything is not written in English and Japanese. In fact where I live everything is written in English
  • All¬†Japanese girls do not all go crazy for guys who are foreign.



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    • luvintkandtj profile image

      luvintkandtj 7 years ago from USA

      I live in Tokyo. And my entire family is from Tokyo. So I guess I'm basically generalizing.:-)

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      vaguesan 7 years ago from Osaka, Japan

      I think you are generally right on, but I would say that a lot of it has to do with where you are at in Japan. In Tokyo or Osaka these are definitely myths. The rest of Japan... Some of these things can be true. At least from my experience.

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      luvintkandtj 7 years ago from USA

      BkCreative you are so right. Some of my friends ae in the US Navy and when they found out that i moved here the first thing they said was "they dont like foriegners". Thats not true they just dont like people coming to their country and ruining it. Anyways, I like it here. i get a few sideways looks but then again, I dont look like your average gaijin lving in tokyo. I dont live in the city, i am not an exhange student, and I have kids attending J school. People are more curious than anything

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Love the info - and about those signs at bars that say "No Foreigners" - well S. Korea has done it and sure Westerners have complained - but it is a fact that foreigners have gone in and acted like drunken violent fools - really disgusting. Hey, you are a guest in another country.

      I lived in S. Korea for many years (I'm a native New Yorker) - and I'm convinced that Americans do not know how to drink. My first family when I went to work there told me that it is the dad's responsibility to teach his sons (now daughters too) how to drink - and if they acted a fool, society would look at him. He asked if that was done in America. Actually, it's not - we just tell kids not until age 21 but no guidance, no lessons, no discussions, nothing - no parental responsibility. Hmmmmm. It's time we changed that.

      Always good to read one of your hubs. I'd love to hear more about your experiences in Japan!

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      Mystique1957 7 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela


      Waratte sugitte, onakaga itakunatta...Hahahaha! I remember, I lived six years in Japan, and that´s correct! It´s funny how things can change when people decide to mystify them. However, I miss Japan a lot, and My son who lives in Hiroshima. thanks for sharing...

      Ki wo tsukete na!

      Warmest hugs and infinite heavenly blessings,


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      luvintkandtj 7 years ago from USA

      lol thanks. these are just random things people asked me

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Very cool info, who knew? I enjoyed your Japan Myths facts. Thanks and Peace :)