10 Japanese Travel Tips for Visiting America
Advice the Japanese give their own countrymen on how to handle the peculiarities of American culture.
Gosh, it’s always so discomfiting to see ourselves as others see us.
How is this discomforting? Most of these are just pointing out cultural differences and are actually saying POSITIVE things about American culture.
I like what a lot of it said. It’s nice to hear something about Americans that doesn’t make us all sound purely fat and lazy. I would also like to point out that they make a point about the vending machines. We need cooler vending machines…
This is actually really fascinating!!
I think someone told me I should look at this article recently, and I have to say I’m a little disappointed by it. The author who wrote it seems to not be a Japanese speaker, and their writing method seems to be “run some pages through Google translate, and I’ll take the horrible English and mash things together to make these 10 points you see below you.” The narrative of “10 points that are sewn together nicely” is the English author’s alone.
I mean, seriously, the pages they link to at the top of his article mostly deal with the custom of tipping, and tipping doesn’t make it into the article anywhere at all. And then the 10 points they “translated” from the linked pages are things I can’t find in those pages for the most part. Take for example point 2: “Beware Rough Areas Where Clothes Demand Attention.” The first two lines of that point I can kind of find in a smaller section of the Japanese sources - although the translation is very liberal and not what I would consider accurate - and the whole last paragraph about “avoid areas with graffiti and broken windows” I can’t find anywhere. There are no mentions of graffiti anywhere in the linked articles, and it’s like that for many of the 10 points that were “translated” from Japanese. True, it’s possible that they didn’t link to the article they used, but who does that in a professional writing setting?
My point is: to me this reads more like the author looking at a bunch of mishmashed machine-translated garbage and interpreting it in a way that fits their own views of American culture. In my experience, Japanese curiosity about America is mostly in line with what the Japanese articles actually covered: tipping, levels of formality, anything they need to know that will keep them from public embarrassment.
So, take this article with a grain of salt. Because as a scholar of Japanese culture I can assure you that the methodology and conclusions are pretty much sensationalist bullshit.
ue ni noru
tada kumo no umi
anata omou to
iro ga deru koso
I ride on top;
This sea of clouds
Is so gray.
It’s when I think of you
That the color comes out
-The Ninjkabat. Composed while flying to America.
I wrote this waka poem for Lizzy while I was flying home to America. It’s not very good by waka standards, but I’m actually kind of proud of it. In Japanese poetry, the word “iro,” or “color,” is usually a metonym for love. The phrase “iro ga deru" is used in a few poems, such as poem 40 of the Hyakunin isshū, to describe the act of blushing, or more like “the color [of love] has come out.” So, in the poem, I was flying over endless, gray, flat clouds, but thinking of Lizzy brought out the color - both around me and in my face.
Psssssst…… Hey Aquacadets, you can discover the joys of The Aquabats website all the way back to 1998.
(Some of them don’t work as well due to the ancientness.)
(You also need your pop up blocker off for some of them.)
(Pop up windows were a big thing in the early 2000s.)
Have fun on a trip down internet nostalgia:
Do it. It’s definitely worth a look at how they’ve changed over the years, even if the first few don’t really have any images left.
My favorites are looking back at the mid 2000’s. That was seriously one of the high points of Cadet Culture.
If you assign every English letter a number value (ie: A=1, Z=26) then somewhere within the number pi is your entire life, including all the thoughts you’ve ever had, will have, and didn’t know you had. Your childhood, career, and eventual anticlimactic death are all there, supporting the fabric of the universe.
this gif in there too
I feel like for this to be true, you’d have to rewrite pi in base 26, though; otherwise there wouldn’t be a unique identifier for each letter (the gif you could write in base 2).
Not impossible to do, sure, but I don’t want people to think that this can be accomplished with the good ol’ 3.14159 that we all know. It’d be like, (sorry, in my head) 3.3GQ (I can’t do any more like this).
*edit* ok, someone has already done the work of transcribing it in base 26. If you wrote out pi in base 26 and replaced all numerals with letters (0=A, 1=B, 2=C, 3=D etc) you’d get
Hey, I at least got the first decimal right in my head (and ok close on the 2nd one. Written in numerals and letters like I was doing in my head, it’d be 3.3IJH)…
Obama’s dream of space travel is unbelievably kickass. A good cartoon.
I’m sorry but WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?
The white house has cut NASA funding so many times, I’m surprised this country has any rocket scientists left. He scrapped a manned mission to the moon, and has cancelled the Constellation program, the Ares 1 and Ares V rockets, and the Orion spacecraft, wasting the nearly $10 billion that were put into those programs.
He keeps saying that he wants to increase NASA’s budget, but he gives minuscule gains at terrible prices. He says we’ll have a manned mission to an asteroid by the 2030’s; the president of the Mars Society says that if he hadn’t scrapped the Ares program, we’d have one by 2016.
He has been criticized for destroying space exploration by Neil Armstrong, Jim Lovell, and Eugene Cernan, and I think they know a thing or two about space and why we need to explore it (hint: they commanded Apollo missions).
Even Bill Nye has lambasted the president for his policies. Remember this video? I sure do. I think it’s one of the greatest things Bill Nye has ever done, and I’ve idolized him as a scientist for nearly 20 years.
The point is: the president has some how found a way to technically increase the budget for NASA, and manage to get nothing done. I don’t even know what NASA is working on these days because basically all of their amazing the world-changing programs are gone. And so I have no idea what this comic is trying to say.
*edit* I realize now that it’s from 2010, but I still think this is a good post to make because a lot of people don’t know the current status of our space program.