Yayoi Kusama – ‘My Eternal Soul’

Yayoi Kusama – ‘My Eternal Soul’
You can understand a lot about a person from their art. Whatever you assume might be true or not, but at that time, when you are in their exhibition, it is your realm not theirs. It is their container, but your filling. I don’t think that you are able to see art exactly like the artist intended to portray it unless you have the artist give you a personal tour! Even then, some of you still pours in.
My personal interpretation of Kusama’s ‘My Eternal Soul’.

Yayoi seems like a troubled soul. It was very hard for me to understand some of her work. In some, I did not know wether she intended to communicate something, or she was just drawing for the sake of drawing. Sometimes the portrait’s title did not really reflect what I saw, or what I tried hard to see; her intentions, after reading the title. Usually I try to inspect a portrait before reading the title, so that I see how I could interpret it without being tainted by the title. For certain portraits, titles narrows what you see.
It is without question that Yayoi passed through many periods of struggle, depression, sadness and hopelessness in her life. This might have stemmed from her loneliness or her being a misfit. However, she did not despise loneliness, on the contrary, she embraced it. “Art is better when living a solitary life”, She says.
She is a wonderer, who found happiness in dots and eyes. I felt as if she was saying that the eyes reflect what is in the heart.
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Being moved by the atomic bomb, she condemns war and always wishes for eternal peace. However, her peace is devoid of people. It seems that her idea about heaven and peace includes nature only! To her beauty is not eternal [for humans], except for nature. I’m not sure about her relationship with religion, but she believes in the after life and that eternal peace and hope comes from “above”. As mentioned before, after passing through several episodes of sadness and depression, she was continually thinking about suicide, she might have also attempted. Suicide had many meanings to Yayoi, one of which is silencing oneself. She continually thinks about the spirit leaving the body. Despite her fear of death she finds it quite beautiful. For her, life is full of repeated episodes of suffering, coming in different forms, yet having the same outcome. When she dies, she likes to have the things that she loved most buried with her. She also seems to thinks that she might actually go to hell, but that might just be one portrait drawn during her dark days. She sees beauty in suicide, and thinks that its ritual is spectacular. She believes that god has no form and keeps thinking about heaven.
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Yayoi tends to reference a broken heart in several of her portraits, she might have been heartbroken many times. She mentions that she showed a lot love that was not reciprocated, and even more love that was kept secret. “Love is destructive”. Her first love might have been a woman, which explains the many obstacles she had to face during. This lead her to give up on love. She finally argues that love is an illusion, she expresses it as if you put on glasses and see someone through them [See someone with new eyes].
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When you see her face you can tell that she is keeping her emotions in check. The more eyes are on her, the more difficult it is for her to control her emotions. She is very self aware, some of her portraits even show people as a walking judgment. She thinks that illusions are all around us [coming from people], which is why she finds solace in nature. She portrays that the fruits of earth are humans but those of heaven are plants. She is definitely nostalgic about her youth, and the beauty she has lost. However, sometimes she wishes she was a man! That is because she would be able to express her anger better if she were. Some of her portraits show that crying is not there to indicate sadness only, but happiness as well. She always finds beauty in a genuine smile.
When she represents her own eyes, she portrays them differently than others. She represents her own eyes as non judgmental, while others’ are. Especially woman, some of her work show that woman are kind of evil.
Sometimes she wishes she was living in an animated world..
Yayoi Kusama is a person who questions everything, has a lot to offer and based on her self portrait, is all knowing.
I think she is a little autistic.

Here are some select pictures.

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Onsen o Onsen wherefore art thou Onsen?

[[[This post contains some amount of rant, if you can’t handle it, please leave now!]]]

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Heaven on earth, bath of deities, soul and body cleanser… it is the Onsen!

Visiting my first onsen was an outstanding experience, it was a revelation, it’s like i was born for this particular experience..

I have never been addicted to anything in my life beyond Cheetos and Cho-co-late, but Onsen man!
It’s just da shizzle! <— good thing.

Moving on.. 

 

So you went to Onsen for the first time, if you are like me and you came from a country where you don’t have Onsens, then you might understand the awkwardness of your first time there! Yes, it’s Nude-a-tay! 

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However unlike nude beaches you don’t really wander around with your products en exposé, so thank god for that little towel eh?
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Wait which country laughs like this again?

Your first time though might have required more than just that little piece of cloth, you’d be telling the Onsen guy who gave you the towel,
[with the Queen of England’s accent]
“Sir, you do not expect me to wrap my belongings in that tiny piece of cloth do you?” holding the towel with the tip of your fingers, you continue “Please provide me with a proper towel”

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Your eye closed and eye brows and nose are all up in your forehead by now.
You peek after few minutes of silence. Guess what, you have been ditched a long time ago and the vendor whom you were talking to, has already finished dealing with 3 more customers that came after you.
You understand by then that this is all you get..

 

You went to the shower room, scrubbed, got into the onsen,  experienced heaven, went out, got the scrubbing going again, showered, wore your cloth, and left!
Woohoo, Onsen 101 is complete!

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Now that you have been there, you directly promote yourself into a Japanese Obachan and start judging new foreigners experiencing Onsen, as if you were born in one and didn’t go through any of this before. Like 5 mins ago… 

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Anyway… This is not the point.
Let’s talk about you as an experienced onset user. A “gaijin” experienced Onsen user…

What ticks you off as an Onsen experienced foreigner?

New foreigners experiencing onsen tick you off, that’s what!pGyhLLG.gif Especially those who do not reside in Japan, and are here on vacation for few days and they came to “get the experience”.
They are looking in every direction,  they are lost, they didn’t shower or clean themselves “properly” before getting in, they got the towel in the water, they are swimming as if in a pool, they are shouting, they are self aware, they are basically signalling to everyone with a megaphone “WE ARE NEW HERE, BUT WE ARE NOT GOING TO ACT LIKE WE DON’T KNOW WHAT WE ARE DOING, EVEN THOUGH WE ARE”.

 

I honestly stopped going to Oedo Onsen Monogatari because it’s like it has this imaginary neon slogan that says “Experience onsen for the first time here as a foreigner”.

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I tend to go to onsens far away from the city, secluded onsens, or those that are less likely to be visited by foreigners.

However, this is also a problem!

Please see the figures below..

The further away you are from the city, the more people will stare at you [1]!

Yes, unfortunately.

 

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Also, the older the people are the more they will stare at you too [2]!

 

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You just have to live with it.

It feels awkward when you step into the onsen and everyone is looking at you, and you are like, is something wrong? am i doing a faux pas? do i have a tattoo i don’t know about?
..it can get annoying sometimes..
Also you might wonder where to look while “all eyes are on you”.. not something to be very excited about btw..

You could be just standing there looking at a wall knowing that everyone is staring at you and you want to act like it’s not happening, but one of your eye balls shifts and sees that they actually are, and then you bring the one eye ball back to continue staring at the wall. *couldn’t find the Homer Simpson gif where he does that!*
Oh well..

Another thing that you might dislike about Onsens are kids..

Sorry, i am not the grinch or anything, but when i go to onsen, i go there for peace and quite, for relaxation, and to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and life in general.

You get those parents sometime though.. 

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Those particular parents want to exhibit their children’s skills. So they start by telling them to count till 100 for example, or recite the ABCs, or recite the whatever it is they want them to, but frankly no one cares in the Onsen about your child’s skills and abilities. Keeping  them quite is the best ability to show off for both you and your children.

The last part of the rant goes to the cleaning lady that goes into the mens shower rooms, changing rooms etc.. Like what the actual F**********************?!!
It’s not that I’m shy or anything, but it’s just, well..

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Ya know?!

 

Anyway, despite these, more or less, minor inconveniences, Onsen will remain one of the best things i appreciate about Japan!

If you ever visit Japan, visit an Onsen. It is an experience like no other!

Tips about Onsen:

-Best Onsens are those that are NOT in major cities, go to the mountains! 
-It is better to experience Onsen in winter than in summer.
-Go to  places where it snows and experience Onsens there! You might also be joined by cute little monkeys!
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-Visit Onsens with breathtaking views, like the ones in Shizuoka 
-Visit Onsen near volcanic grounds.. too minerals, much healthy!
-Onsen has many health benefits, for mind and body!

So… LIVE, LOVE, ONSEN!!!

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References:

[1] Legit citation

[2] Really Legit citation

Trains in Tokyo

Trains, trains, da trains man! (Read this in Jamaican accent)

I’m not here to write about the typical Japanese train ettiequte that you already know by now! Something like, don’t eat, don’t talk, don’t use your phone while in the train..etc.
This goes beyond, way beyond!

Let’s start from the beginning.

1- Purchasing a ticket.

Please buy a train card instead! Put it in your wallet or inside of your phone’s cover, and swim through the crowed like you are Pocahontas dashing through the leaves!
It makes life easier for you and everyone else!

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On that note, make sure that there is always money in it! When you are dashing through the leaves, there are 10,000 other ballerinas trying to dash behind you. If that awful, awful sound of the card machine rejecting you goes off, we are all automatically mad at you. You know it, we know, but no body will show it (It-a-rhymes)! (because it’s Japan 🙂 )

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2- Walk as if yo mama called you with your full name!

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People here are trying to get somewhere, and they want to get there fast; yesterday if possible! If you are a slowpoke, people
will basically run you over. Just walk as fast as possible and get out of people’s way!

 

3- Royal guards, anyone?

You are now at the platform waiting for the train. Stand where indicated by the lines on the floor. Please contribute to making a proper queue, don just stand like an outlier! Do you know what researchers do to outliers? THEY REMOVE THEM! MUAHAHAHAH! (I make bad jokes all the time!)
Once the train arrives, ‘royal welcoming’ begins!
You move your body and stand sideways as if you are welcoming someone to your house, “please come in, we have been expecting you” to make room for them to get out, so that you can go in.

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If you think there is no space on that train, think again! People tend to stand by the door, while the middle part where people are sitting is typically not as full. Push your way through!

4- In da train! (You read that in Jamaican accent didn’t you?)

Now that you are in the train, you want to find seats. This is how you do it.

You actually have to start looking while you are outside the train, and if that cart you were waiting for is packed, just go to the next one!
What if the next one was also packed?
a- Your legs are screwed! (s-zone; s for standing)
b- You hunt for a seat like you are on an expensive safari and haven’t seen a single wild animal yet, and can’t Facebook/Instagram your money’s worth!
c- All of them are full? You wait until someone leaves and attack that empty seat.
Attack it i say!!!
If you had to be in the ‘s’ zone throughout the trip, then there is no helping it, sorry… (しょうがない)。
S-zone. Just stand near the door if you are getting off at the next station, if you are going for a long ride, stand facing someone that you will likely inherit soon. Someone who looks like he/she is ready to go, like your grandparents for example! haha (sorry, that was an inappropriate joke). Standing can sometimes get tricky, just so you know, it’s bad ettiequte to sit on your luggage, to sit on someone else’s lap, etc..

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5- The holy seat!

You found that empty seat, shining like the imperial japanese flag! You actually sat down. Oh, your tushy is now warm and everything is nice and cosy! You look up and there is someone looking at you and you are looking at them too. It’s awkward, what should you do? You look to the left/right but it’s weird, also there might be someone looking at you from that side too. Darn it.. You look up, but you realise that you switched to prayer mode, all you need is to put your hands together and AAA~men!. Ok, next best option is to play with your phone. Argh, i don’t have anything to do on my phone now. I guess i’ll just text mom. >_>
Worst is when your battery is low or you need it later, what do you do then? sleep ma man, just sleeping beauty all the way, waiting for the kiss of that speaker to wake you up at your next destination.

Seating unwritten rules. Let’s say you are seated in the middle of a 7-person train seat, and there are 2 people sitting at the corners, when one of them leaves, you get up and fill that empty corner! You dig?
Even though you can’t hear it, but that corner is screaming load, it’s annoying and won’t shut up until it is occupied! Please occupy it if you are closest to it. It’s your duty! Also, there might be a prize awaiting you there! The corner handle makes a great umbrella holder! You deserve that! Don’t be like the girl in the picture below! 😡

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Other things when sitting down include, falling in love. Yes, when she looks at you and you catch that, you look back, she keeps looking, you look again, you smile, she smiles, fireworks, tsunami, blood off noses “Shiodome, Shiodome desu” the speaker utters..
It’s her stop :/
She leaves as if she was standing on a hoverboard, waving goodbye like Miss USA. Tears in your eyes while you wave back to your only chance of dating (Japan’s work load #what’sup?)

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If you are sick, wear a freaking mask! wear it, wear it, wear it! No body cares how good looking you are at that point really! If you are a great looking girl who can woo any guy on earth, once you have those coughs, people are seeing you a virus, a green slimy round organism (not an accurate description of a virus, i know). So wrap those cheeks, cover that mouth and nose, and let’s be friends for now

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6- Getting off the train

Just stand up (If you were lucky to sit down) and leave gracefully. nothing to see here!

 

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Japan, I still love you!

 

Oh japan…

My friends have been asking me to write an article about Japan for so long, I can’t even remember how many have asked me and since when, but I never really had the privilege that is free time to just sit down and write it. Here I am awake in the middle of the night and can’t go back to sleep, your prayers have been answered.. Oh shoot! I have to finalize that public health report! But you know what, it can wait (It can’t really..)!

Anyway, I would like to think of myself as one of the best promoters of Japan! I probably do a better job promoting Japan than the Japanese government! I post so many great things about Japan on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.. I make people want to fund building a teleport machine just for the sake of being there with me when I post! I love Japan; I mean really, I am one of those people who are in love with Japan! In fact, for those who don’t know already, I liked japan so much, I created my own miniature japan in my country, a project that was later adopted by the Japanese embassy! BAMMM.. How’s that for love? 😉

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Japan is a wonderful place, it is, but there is quite the discrepancy between the Japan you know from the Anime, movies, news or your friend’s Facebook feeds and Japan the country you LIVE IN!

As an outsider, when you hear about someone who is eager about japan, you will directly think Anime freak, or an “Otaku” (even if you don’t know what Otaku means, It is what you have first assumed in your native language or abstract thoughts)! This thinking cannot be more wrong! I mean, I used to watch anime, but I wasn’t an otaku! Seriously though, who hasn’t watched Miyazaki’s movies or Death Note? If you haven’t, go watch them NOW!!!

One reason this thinking is utterly wrong is that Japan has way too many things to be fanatic about other than anime! It could be the land itself, robots, bullet trains, subcultures, Onsen ❤, shrines.. Ahh it’s an endless list of this and that!

Ok, now that we have made some things clear, let’s do this!

Before stepping foot in the land of the rising sun, you have probably seen it before. As I mentioned earlier, it could be from the media, movies or your friends who have visited telling you stories about their adventures in Japan, and there are always stories to tell! “We totally saw someone get out of the actual wall in the train station to give us directions, OMG where was he hiding?!”Gargamel_Comic_Book.jpg
An idea about this “ideal country” forms in your head and it gets to you, it does! You become really curious and you make up your mind. “I am visiting that country, even if it’s the last thing I ever do!” #What’sUpSmurfLovers!

 

You pack your samurai sword, your straw hat and your handmade “Kimono” (which is probably a Yukata by the way, but who’s judging), and you venture towards this wondrous island.

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As you land, the airport looks great! You walk towards your exit and you start seeing the vending machines, the interactive monitors, organization everywhere, politeness, cleanliness and much more.. Oh joy, but you also have had your first non-English speaking person encounter!!! Wait what? In Japan, there is someone who is an adult and educated, but doesn’t know English? Ok maybe it was that one person. La~la, la la, you go outside of the airport and finally you are in Japan! Hooray!!!

57113057.jpgThis non-English speaking pattern grows exponentially right after, and then you realize, “shit, it might not be that easy to get around!” But rest assured, you will most probably find someone who will guide you, no matter how bad their English is. People here are awesome that way! Of course, some tend to totally ignore your existence, especially if you landed in Tokyo in comparison to Kansai areas for example!

 

Now, there are several types of people coming here, but i’ll discuss three of them. Those on short trips either for business or vacation; a period that is typically less than 6 months. The language and short term programs, which are 6 month up to one year, and there are the rest of us, living there one year up to permanently…

geisha_maiko.jpgThose who were on short trips, they will tell you the most beautiful stories about Japan, the breathtaking sites they visited, the weird things they did in Haraju
ku and the Geisha they saw walking right across them on the street in Kansai! “Yeah I saw a geisha, she was just like in the movies man!!!” (They probably saw a Maiko.. maybe a Geisha, but most probably a Maiko 🙂  )

 

Those who lived here for one year might tell you all about what the 6 “month-er” did, but with a touch of hawt chili (I assume you don’t keep hot sauce in your bag?..)
They might say that the bills were hard to pay as they were in Japanese, or that fruits and vegetables are expensive, Oh and “Did you know you have to pay money for the land lord to “allow” you to rent one of his rooms he so desperately wants you to rent?” Mind blowing I know!!! It’s called “Key money” and it could go up to 3 month rent if not more! You don’t get this money back either! Ok, housing is a whole new blog, trust me, there are so many things you have to pay, you would rather pay with a blank look on your face (without giving it much thought) accompanied with a big smile put on by a chopstick placed sideways in your mouth…

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Finally, the long-term inhabitants!!!

These come in all forms, shapes and sizes andddd tantrums! There are the ones who are here to study, and study their ass off is what they do. You can call them “Basic nerds”; we’ll get back to them in a few, because I was one of them! Others are here to find better job opportunities, let’s call them “Job hunters”! And those in between, I call these “English teachers”… There are also other types of people that I came to notice in the horizon; I call them the “Runaways”.

Let’s start with those who came to study (The basic nerds).geek.jpg

They come expecting the times higher ranking to be accurate, back when UTokyo was ranked amongst the top 10 universities in the world, (well the ranking is more accurate now..) and that in Japan they are getting world-class education, working along Nobel laureates, and laureates to be! Woohoo! Who could possibly not be in for that, eh?

Well once they get here, they see the harsh truth facing international students in Japan! This could go from the very few select of English courses, very few seminars and conferences in English, no extracurricular activity involvement whatsoever unless you are really, really and I say really keen to do so!
Other problems they might face, include neglect by their professors and/or supervisors, suppressing their opinions (we’ll get to “the nail that sticks up gets hammered down” later), feeling that they are not using their full potential, feeling undermined, feeling “not included”, feeling lonely (we’ll get back to this later too), and also the feeling that they can’t reach out, a.k.a. their tentacles are cut by the harsh and sharp edges of the language barrier katana.. Shlllllkk!!! ~I’m guessing this is the sfx for sword slashing? Anyone?!
These are some of the reasons why neither the Global30 program, nor the other international student oriented programs have been working! I can’t believe that MEXT can’t see this yet after several failed attempts!
What is currently happening is that students are gaining the skills in Japan (In universities and training programs) and probably go use them in the U.S. or Canada (Somewhere where they can be more comfortable with language probably or somewhere they think is a better place for them to sharpen those skills)!
Congrats japan, you are officially spending taxpayer’s money to help build some other country academically, without proper use of the talented human resources that you have invested in!
Grasp on to the students you have spent so much money on with your hands and teeth Japan! With your hands and teeth!

Of course, there are those who come here and start hardcore Japanese language studies, but aside from those whose major is Japanese language or culture, or who studied Japanese language intensively before coming to Japan (in their undergrad) and Chinese students (Yes, I know that Chinese and Japanese are very different, but you know most of the kanji, so go sit in the privileged kids’ corner, thank you!), some of us have a lot of things to study in the first place! Like science, economics, and business models for example, etc..

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I can’t stress enough how important it is to learn Japanese before coming to live here, but still don’t expect to be a science, engineering or any other workload intensive major and end up writing Japanese poetry as a side job! If you do, then kudos my friend, I don’t know who you are, but you are already my hero!!

Some of the students, who are not as nerdy, have a relatively good life. They come here expecting nothing, they simply want a degree, they don’t care to produce much science or effort in academia, they go find a part time job and barely go to class, they make money, get a degree and care less about giving back to the community or about japan as a whole. They can’t wait to leave when they are done! These are the majority of students Japan’s lousy scholarship selection criteria is fetching for unfortunately! The good students go down the reputation of the majority, so on and so forth!
PS: If you are a Japanese government official related to MEXT, please fix the selection criteria for international students coming to Japan now! Fix it now!

Moving on to those who are here to work (The job hunters)!

What do they whine about?

One thing is Americans, yes, you read that right! If you are an American, you probably haven’t heard this or maybe you did and you’re playing that card load and proud!
See japan has this thing where if you are an American, you are automatically labeled as a skilled individual! “You know that American who never mad8cc2e84249140691a8086590cdf5eddd.jpge it through community college?” “Yeah, he must be better than that Indian Harvard grad!” “Yes definitely!” :/
I actually haven’t experienced this one since I’m not an employee yet, but it’s 99.
9% of what my employed friends report! One day, Japan will get over this complex, hopefully…

Anyway this is one problem, but foreign workers here whine about many other things! Americans are foreigners too! So let’s talk foreigners in general!

Language goes a long way.. Even here!
Yes, language despite how international the company is, will come back to haunt you. I repeat, study the language, study the language, language, language, language!!!
You get how important it is now?
Some of those who are working also get a taste of neglect or feeling marginalized or that they can’t reach their full potential..
Ok aside from that, I’m not so sure about the workforce as I am not part of it yet.
Maybe I can write another blog when I am!

Then comes the English teachers! I separated those from the above section for one reason! These people seem like they are in La La land! They are happy, jolly and sparkly at all times! They are practicing their hobbies, and living their lives to the fullest (Well not fullest, fullest, but still)!

They do crash however when they see someone with a “real job” especially those who are not English teachers to begin with! English teachers who are “legit” English teachers, meaning they were educated to be so, are satisfied, those that are intruding, are not! Some of those intruders start feeling that it’s becoming a humdrum and they make the pivot, which is why it is better to employ legit teachers! That, and many other reasons such as proper qualification for example?

And finally you have the Runaways.. The runaways could belong to any category of the above, but they are in Japan because they are running away from the reality of their own country or their situation in it!

This is true! So I’m in the field of psychiatry, but many mistake me for a psychologist and start venting! Being a great listener makes it even easier for them to talk to me, and I’m never bothered. Actually, even though I don’t give advices, I do like to listen, if that eases things up for them.. Japan could get lonely for foreigners you know..
In fact, most of the foreigners’ problems registered in the consultation and psychiatric clinics, in two of the universities I have attended at least, are because of loneliness! (*Sigh* if only all these lonely people talk to each other then the problem would be solved, but of course as everything else in life, it’s not that easy!).
Moving on, these people found japan to be a sanctuary! “Why?” You might ask? because there is no outward judgment! This is perfect for them! But the interesting thing is, even though they know that people in Japan, like any other country in the world, will judge you; but they do it ever so discreetly that you don’t even feel it, they don’t really mind! I have to investigate this in a study one day…
Everything is hidden, subtle, and “hush, hush” here. So you can live the way you want, but it’s like being a 5 year old in hide-and-seek really; if you close your eyes, it doesn’t mean that others can’t see you!
Anyway, as long as you are happy, that’s all what matters right?

We have been talking about foreigners for sometime now, so let’s give Japanese some intros too! He he he..

Japanese are so diverse, so please stop painting them with the same brush! And guess what, there are some that are nicer than the pope and some that are worse than Hitler!
>>I hope that we all agree that Hitler was a bad person?<<

But I came to see some pattern amongst some…

There are the genuinely nice Japanese that the world knows from their international reputation. The really nice and caring people that will go out of their way, soooooooo much, to provide you with what you want. They help you with this and that and a cherry on top! These people might even invite you to their homes (Not something Japanese people do often), cook for you and much more!

There are the ones who love to think of themselves as crème de la crème! You can usually catch them by the way they talk or the way their eyes squint and their barely visible smile on! These people don’t portray arrogance, they portray opulence, and their sentences almost always end stressing a lot on the su part of desu! Kind of like the Kyoto people if you know what I mean… *Eye roll* (Be careful though, these are most likely to be the most 2 faced people in Japan)
建前「貴方が着ているシャツは、とても素敵です~~~~~~」
本音「君のシャツは破れている。別のシャツを着た方がいい。」

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There is also the bubbly group, who are smiling at all times, well most of the time and crack jokes here and there and just damn fun to be around! They are typically Osaka jin and people around that area (The Japanese with Latin blood!)

Unlike popular belief, about modesty and humility in Japan, surely there must be some uptight people here and there! There are! And I always recommend that these people need to have a group enema, to loosen up, given to them by a multi enema injector, kinda like that of a multi-pipette! Because it ain’t worth the time to give it to them individually! Bwhahahaha!

There are more and more types of people to mention, but I can already see the sunrise, so I have to stop writing, or at least move to another section..

What about the Japanese government?

You know what, I sometimes agree with the Japanese government.
I mean, Japan is a very organized place, or at least much more organized relative to other countries! They made this effort and they don’t want foreigners to mess things up. Of course, you might have seen Japanese TV showing foreigners doing bad things, many, many times? There are even shows dedicated for that! God…
>>A disclaimer here is that “People of color, Chinese and some Koreans (but less) might be discriminated against unfortunately.<<

The Chinese however do things sometimes… *sigh*

I like China a lot, both of my X- Chinese girlfriends and most of my Facebook friends know this fact about me, and it pains me so much to see someone do something very wrong in front of my own eyes, and I directly assume they are Chinese and guess what? They happen to be Chinese! I’ll be like, Confucius must be turning in his grave right about now..

Anyway, the Japanese government is yet to know the importance of foreigners in their country! But foreigners should also respect some basic vales in Japan! My message for some foreigners is, “When in Rome people, when in Rome!”

Diversity is beautiful for sure, but the things, or yet the personality traits that you pick up in Japan are priceless! If you allow that to happen that is!
It is very nice to practice your own beliefs in Japan, show your country’s national celebrations, bring forth you Dogon mask, or traditional Bulgarian dress adding diversity to the country, that is the most beautiful thing! But leave some traits that you think might not be acceptable in Japan, back home! Do not jump on tree braches and shake them harshly to make it seem like it’s raining Sakura petals for example, ok? Just wait for Hanami and take that picture!

Ok, i’ll stop here! I know I didn’t cover everything I wanted to, but I have to go nerd up! Check back later when I add things here!

Please let me know in the comment’s section if there is a particular topic you want me to cover and i’ll add it later.
Also let me know if you agree or disagree with some of the points i mention here.
I really hope I didn’t offend anyone with this article, if I did, please let me know as well!

Until then, peace out people!