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Japanese Twitter users share entertaining anecdotes of their experiences with foreigners

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By Meg Murphy, RocketNews24

At the end of the day, no matter where we’re from, we’re all human and each have our own views and personalities. But at the same time it’s hard to deny the fact that the culture in which we were raised can play a huge part in shaping the way we see the world.

For many, this fact makes travelling and meeting people of different countries and cultures so fascinating, and can even further change our own views. In a largely homogeneous island country like Japan, extended contact with foreigners is generally limited to their own experiences studying abroad, travelling, or working in a field that deals with foreign clients or tourists.

Below are a number of stories that Japanese tweeters shared of their contact with foreigners, and the resulting surprise, shock, change of mind, or just plain silliness that ensued.

▼ “A friend of mine asked his Indian acquaintance ‘What do you think of Japanese curry?’ to which his acquaintance replied with a stern expression: ‘Japanese curry isn’t curry!’ My friend felt a bit downhearted when his Indian friend continued, saying slowly, ‘Well, it isn’t curry, but… it is really good. What is it, really?”

▼ “A friend of mine told me that on the subway in France, most people were reading books, and no one was playing on their phones. ‘Such a sophisticated country,’ my friend was telling her French friend. The French friend then apparently replied, ‘Oh, that’s because it’s hard to get reception down there.'”

▼ “Today, our guest – a geologist from the Netherlands – said in surprise, ‘I hear that there are almost no high schools in Japan that teach geology! You know that 10 percent of the earth’s volcanoes are in Japan? Geology should be required here more than anywhere else in the world.’ That’s the most I’ve been inclined to agree with an opinion for a while.”

▼ “I was asked directions by a foreigner carrying an iPad in front of the station. Even though it was the beginning of spring he was wearing a long scarf and a big heavy coat. I asked him, ‘Where are you from?’ to which he replied, ‘From Norway. Japan is really cold.’ Um, I’m pretty sure your country is colder!?”

▼ “Foreigner: What’s an ‘ikumen’? Japanese: It’s a man who helps with taking care of his children. Foreigner: …you mean a ‘father’? Japanese: ……….”

▼ “Apparently, to foreigners ‘ゅゅゆゅ‘ (yu yu yu yu) looks like a school of fish. ・ゅ.。ゆ.・ゅ・.。ゅゅゆゅ"

I’ve never thought about that before, but now that I see it I can’t see anything else.

Alright readers, now we’d like to hear from you. Do you have any anecdotes involving your Japanese (or other foreign) friends or acquaintances? We’d love to hear them!

Source: NAVER Matome

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that second to last one though xD hahahahahaha

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I found that everyone eat lunch REALLY, REALLY, fast in Japan.

At the time, sinks in Narita toilets has non-potable water. That was unexpected too. Haven't have time in NRT recently to check since thanks to extremely tight layovers.

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“A friend of mine told me that on the subway in France, most people were reading books, and no one was playing on their phones. ‘Such a sophisticated country,’ my friend was telling her French friend. The French friend then apparently replied, ‘Oh, that’s because it’s hard to get reception down there.’”

Maybe the 3 Japanese people I know should have taken books onto the French subway instead of their phones. They could have relaxed the day after returning instead of going to the store to buy a new one.

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Those last two were brilliant. All I can see now is a school of fish too. Never occurred to me before either. But the ikumen one... that's going to have me chuckling for weeks.

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Japanese friend came to Glasgow for a holiday... we were out sightseeing one day and mounted police officers clopped past... and she was off! She asked the police if she could take photos of them sitting on their horse... I wanted to hide.

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I have been that guy from Norway. We had a great warm spring in Norway, and then I visited Sendai, but it was so cold. I had to buy a coat! In Norway I had used a t-shirt. In Sendai, I needed a coat.

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What the geologist didnt mention that the dutch version of geology also includes the study of geography and not just geology wich I am guessing they do teach in Japan but it would not hurt to teach them some geology.

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About 15 years ago or so I was drinking by myself in an izakaya. I was reading a book with my nihonshu. The izakaya was almost all women with the exception of one table that had a group of young men at it. One of the guys struck up a conversation with me in a calm and friendly voice asking me some simple questions and I answered amiably.

Then, all of a sudden, (I swear to god out of the blue) he shouts reall loud, "DO YOU HAVE BIG CHIN CHIN?!! I FINK FORINA HABU BERY BIG CHIN CHIN!!!!!! The last word was screamed out even louder. All the other tables stopped talking and looked at us. I wanted to shrink to the size of a mouse and disappear. Whatever pleasant buzz I had was gone..

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