STOP believing these 10 LIES about Japan

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Hello Everybody! This is the Uwaga Pies! RYO AND KRIS Today we’re gonna talk about
something very interesting which is… stereotypes about Japan that are not necessarily true, IN FACT most of them are very explicitly FALSE If the internet is your main source of knowledge
about Japan, then it’s very likely that you believe in some misconceptions and we’re gonna
debunk them today! ALL JAPANESE PEOPLE LOVE TO READ MANGA AND
WATCH ANIME I think it comes from the fact that anime and manga in general is very big
in America and a lot of the Western countries Not that it (otaku culture) doesn’t exist,
it obvious exists in Japan It’s not everybody it’s mostly certain individuals
or younger generation I think Japan is very strong with subcultures and Japanese people can get very deep into their passions So whatever hobby you might
see happening in Japan you might have an idea that its very ubiquitous; Because there’s
just so many people who are very deeply into it but there’s a lot of people in Japan and,
you know, if something’s niche, it can mean a few million people… Yeah! It is a big country 😉 EVERYONE IS POLITE,
AT ALL TIMES Yeah… kore wa… If you have the time to get on a crowded train
at a very early time or in the afternoon you can see how people push you, nobody says ‘sumimasen’ when they hit your shoulder or step on your foot These kinda thinks also happen on the
street; It is still a VERY VERY VERY polite country! I guess you can complain about people
being kinda rude, it happens. It’s not like everybody is hundred percent
perfect in Japan EVERYONE EATS SUSHI EVERY DAY It’s kinda interpreted as a really
expensive meal most of the time, SUSHI Really? Yeah! Unless it’s like a spinny kind, where like
you can’t really tell whether its good sushi you really want to spend money on, so a lot of Japanese families save sushi for like holidays or the weekend Is there a meal Japanese people
eat every day? Everyday? I think like just in general… RICE! When you think about, for example,
hanami season! Cherry blossom, people getting drunk in parks,
you often see a sentence like ‘AH EVERYBODY IS DRUNK ON SAKE’ Which is not really true! sake is a word which generally means ‘alcohol’ Popular alcoholic beverages in Japan include BEER WINE WHISKEY Cocktails as well Mixed drinks are very popular here Exactly! In Japan people don’t drink straight shots
for example, as much as in Western countries There’s also a thing called CHU-HI which is
a favorite of every student that’s on a budget, and every young tourist It is a cheap way
to get yourself pretty wasted, pretty happy… It’s $3, and when you go to the store to buy
it, it’s like 9%, really close to wine almost… On one hand you have this really strong dress
code for the salaryman culture But on the other hand you have all these people known
from photo albums of street photography in Tokyo, who are really expressive They’re very
flashy, colorful That exists in Tokyo, but then you have these two contradictions, and
what is true and what is false you think? I think it’s like both ways you’re kinda seen
really… a little bit… negatively, in a way? Because if you wear like lolita clothing,
from like that to maybe a cosplay of some kind, you might be seen like a little bit
of… Like a nerd? Yeah, a nerd, or a little bit… absurd! That’s weird cuz Japan invented this clothing! A lot of people tend to be like, judgmental? But at the same time you have to wear a lot
of the same clothing, there’s a conception of what ‘casual’ is in Japan You get a job
and you have to wear ‘casual’, so you go to google and search ‘casual’ online it’s like
white tshirt and chinos, and that’s ‘casual’ OKAY! We got a bit confused! To sum it up! The truth is just somewhere in between because
in life things are not black and white yeah SAMURAIS AND NINJAS STILL
EXISTS unfortunately… or fortunately? They don’t? I don’t know which one is the positive one! You can’t really meet a real ninja in Japan There are places like theme parks that offer some ninja or samurai experience There was
actually a very nice, old samurai school that we visited with Kasia in Aizu You can see,
I know that it is very dumbed down when it comes to Japanese culture to put things like
that but when you’re a foreign tourist and you see an older Japanese gentleman wearing
an expensive kimono, he looks very dignified He looks very strong and mighty! In reality, he’s probably not doing any samurai
things, he’s just attending his daughters wedding or something like that and with ninjas,
there’s… there’s just not much to talk about when you see somebody dressed in black…
yeah with their eyes open they’re probably trying to get into your wallet… or someone’s
house… if they’re climbing the wall you’re probably wanna call the police MAYBE the ninjas
just go so good you can’t even see them anymore! Yeah, they’re blending in! They’re SO good! It’s not like people in Japan eat whales and
dolphins everyday It’s a rare delicacy, sometimes it happens but it’s… I think there’s obviously the fact that we
as a race haven’t had much opportunity to see a whale or a dolphin… in a way, there’s
no cruise ship that take you to go see dolphins or whales… So, I don’t think there’s much empathy involved
in that process Ah, okay I was having a sushi lunch with a friend and our sushi master was
very excited to have a foreigner because it wasn’t in the popular area, he just gave me
free whale meat (piece of sushi) I don’t have a problem with this, I can try whale meat I won’t like… cry… but I think many foreigners would actually disapprove of getting this kind of gift Yeah, I think so! EVERY JAPANESE PERSON KNOWS HOW TO READ EVERY SINGLE KANJI If I have foreign friends asking me how to read this kanji or how to read this on the
menu I just go like this when I don’t know and I get my phone out and just search it I think that occurs a lot, even in Japanese setting Imagine you go to
an onsen, and they use ALL complicated kanji there’s just no way to read the specific type
of reading that’s required for the exact set In my experience it’s a… Japanese people sometimes get confused when
you ask them about signs and it’s kind of taken out of context I remember asking a Japanese
friend what’s the kanji for ‘matcha’ or something and he was just like You’d know it when you
see it but then when you have to snap-recall a sign and there’s over 2000 signs… I guess it can get confusing… It is rude that you give a tip in the restaurant
or when you don’t slurp noodles In the case of tipping, it is not offensive, it’s just
confusing There’s no procedure to deal with tips When you tip, it’s just gonna be like
they wouldn’t know what to do with it I think you just can’t accept it, I think it’s WAY outside of regulations… Yeah, it just feels wrong to take… someone’s money Slurping noodles is just for your comfort when you eat Maybe in some cases it could
be taken as a compliment, in specific, old-fashioned soba shops they might take it as a compliment but it’s just the norm, I don’t think it really matters if you slurp or not People assume
that Japan is super-futuristic country, with all the latest technology, it’s in the 22nd
century already… all the while there are aspect of everyday life where Japan is pretty far behind the West… Banking system is HORRIBLE! Fees are high and the online access to you
account is very complicated As a company based in Japan, we often have to go to the bank to get something done, all the while in Poland I can’t remember the last time I actually
went to the physical bank location You can’t do anything without actually going to the location I think what’s funny is the fact that what you might find super futuristic are the toilets Yeah, that’s true, that’s true… When you build your opinion of Japan based
on the toilets… it’s going to be amazing! SUPER WEIRD THINGS ARE ACTUALLY PRETTY NORMAL IN JAPANESE CONTEXT Maid cafes, host clubs… figures of naked girls… How big high school costumes are… it’s weird…
but it’s also super weird if you find someone’s phone display to be a photo of a… schoolgirl Things like robot restaurant or all these types of themed cafes that are popular in
Japan, they also come from a sense of humor… and it’s not something Japanese people just
enjoy as a casual dinner option A lot of the things that are confusing to westerners about Japan are just as confusing to the majority of Japanese people JAPAN IS SUPER CLEAN AND
THERE IS NO TRASH ANYWHERE It is clean, can agree with that! But it’s not like you can’t find trash or
disgusting things Especially in nightlife areas there’s drunk people, there’s lots of vomit everywhere, the mess of bottles, cans and puke and everything… RATS! So it just looks like a total mess! Usually, you know, Shibuya is a MESS at night,
but at like 10AM everything’s clean again I must admit, I am impressed at how quickly
this dirt gets disposed of JAPANESE PEOPLE LOVE LINING UP IN QUEUES We’re not lining
up because we like lining up… It’s just the fact that everything is really
crowded, and very tiny sometimes so that’s why we HAVE TO I think Japanese people though,
they have a lot of patience for lines, compared to other countries, I noticed that when I
started living here, that in Poland, for example, if I saw a line of 25 people I would just
say ‘EH, IM NOT DOING WHATEVER IS AT THE END OF THIS LINE’ and here it’s a normal procedure,
you just walk into the restaurant, ask how much time you’re gonna have to be waiting they give you an answer of 45 minutes and you’re like OKAY Our last and final point,
is… JAPANESE PEOPLE ALL LIVE IN HOUSES WITH TATAMI OR SHOJI Tatami are the floor mats and shoji are the Japanese sliding doors I would explain
this in a way that a lot of dramas, movies, mangas, anime, a lot of times the setting
is in a house where at least one room has a tatami floor with the shoji OR I think it
comes from the conception that all Japanese people sleep on the floor and no one’s gonna
do that on hardwood floors I can think of one more stereotype that relates to this one, which is In the West people often assume that Japanese apartments, they’re super clean,
super minimalists, kinda zen, they’re pretty messy, I don’t mean to be rude but, you know
what I mean right? In Japanese culture you don’t really invite
people over to your house that much because you usually spend your time out, so this is
like your cave with your own mess. So I think we, Westerners have this idealized
vision of this perfect, minimalist Japan I myself am guilty of that, when I came to Japan
I believed in some of these things, and it took me a few years to understand how wrong I was Yeah, I think that happens to a lot of people I think it would be really nice
for them to just see this video and then they can enjoy Japan better. With all that said, Japan is a great place
to visit, it is an amazing country full of super interesting things, and there’s more
than enough to keep you satisfied for years when you come here. Just do a small reality check with The Uwaga
Pies and don’t expect the things that are just NOT here. Thank you!

 

100 Responses

  1. kumasuke1

    April 9, 2019 3:20 pm

    Ive met a few people who had wildly unrealistic expectations of japan that they were disappointed, whilst others who just loved it for all it truly is. I have no disappointments whatsoever about japan. When I get back to London after a month away in Japan im dying to get back on the flight. I even start to feel depressed when I'm boarding my 12 hour flight and feel like weeping the moment I hit the arrival gate at heathrow airport

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  2. Renae Carter

    April 20, 2019 5:32 pm

    ok i know i've been to japan before so that may alter my perception a bit… but i don't think i knew any of these were even things that foreigners though of as real

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  3. OhhZevoh

    April 26, 2019 12:43 pm

    ill tell you japanese people are much more polite than american people ive been to japan 3 years in a row now and theyre so fricken nice its unreal

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  4. Cargregor L. Cerero

    May 17, 2019 7:37 pm

    I hit the like button at the very start of the video JUST because of the dog.

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  5. Cornelius Dr Vanderbilt

    May 24, 2019 2:34 pm

    Sushi is just boiled rice with vinegar, salt and sugar …however, it is Japanese Rice that is grown for Sushi …it is actually su shi …anything put on the lump of rice is Sa sha mi …depending on the toppings and the geographical place sets the price …not unlike the West ..Su Shi is the ultimate apex of dishes …it is unique and extremely beautifully arranged. It is eaten by your fingers …

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  6. Lorrie Smith

    June 3, 2019 10:42 pm

    Mr. Red Shirt has picked up a Japanese accent. He must have been there a long time… Or he's faking it. I know I can fool anyone I'm from Australia… But, unfortunately, I've never been. Just fun messing with people. (Ireland, Scotland, and England too.) It just takes time, practice and immersion in the dialect.

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  7. Chuchi Chäschtli

    June 14, 2019 8:36 pm

    omg, I think I have to move to japan, I hate to invite ppl to my place so much, haha.

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  8. Maria Rossy

    June 21, 2019 8:10 pm

    Everyone: Ryo is so hot!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

    Ryo: I got the perfect shirt for that

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  9. DarkShadowsX5

    June 23, 2019 2:08 pm

    i haven't heard of any of these lies.
    but actually i recently seen a video on the last ninja in japan, so they do still exist. or at least one guy that was trained by a real ninja back when and still practices the art.
    You should say ninja dont exist as people think they do. I got the impression he was just a trained thief. not in a very glamorous or cool way like anime.

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  10. john doe

    July 12, 2019 8:19 pm

    TheUwagaPies

    iits very similiar to my country so i subcribe yea rice also we eat it in the morning with side dishes and for lunch we put rice and side dishes in tiffin box then eat it and at night it goooes the same way that part is like our cultural and school uniform is alo the same as us…also about the pay in card here also i dont know who used it atm is every even if 1 atm is finish others atmmmm is always closed by so no problem should be all payed in cash too just compare my country with Japan the country i look above soo much hehe about the restaurant also its the same rules but much water sea food here cause we dont have good river to hunt and no sea near our country…school rules also same even if we bring it summit it name and take it when goin home nody cant lie about there phone like taking some else cause name is there and thye have student idi would one day wanna go to Japan cause its an awsome country but when that ha;;en ithe only think i believe we have better then japan is sake we it a local only that will be better

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  11. Leth Fuil

    July 19, 2019 2:36 am

    "Japanese apartments are more kind of like messy."
    My house is very japanese style. Yes, yes. *nods * (sounds nice :D)

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  12. Leth Fuil

    July 19, 2019 2:38 am

    I have one more. "All japanese Food is super healthy." A lot of people really believe it, but…no. xD

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  13. bonfire302

    July 21, 2019 8:22 pm

    his talk of the banking system sounds like how it is in the u.s. too, europe's advanced in this case

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  14. HikariNoYume07

    July 23, 2019 5:12 pm

    1:41 SO related with this! Actually it was a cultural shock for me because we're used to think that japanese people are like almost 100% polite, but they're not… They're just people like anyone else, and not perfect… I mean, no one is…

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  15. Blue Valor

    July 31, 2019 7:42 pm

    I don't understand why americans think that eating whale or dolphin is bad when they kill animals for fun and don't even eat them, hunting purely for their own entertainment, THAT disgusts me.

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  16. Sean Shimamoto

    August 1, 2019 8:11 am

    It’s REALLY disappointing that you guys had an opportunity to say “samurai” correctly and you guys said it like white people. 😡

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  17. Pasta Master

    August 1, 2019 8:38 pm

    A question regarding the first item. I know there are large displays and celebrations for certain anime and it often takes up blocks on the news or a landmark or something.

    What do non fans of anime (specifically older ones) think of stuff like this? Is it annoyance? Or is it just a normal part of existing in Japan to see things like this?

    I know in America if there was a 10m tall Gundam statue being unvailed in the middle of town, old people would have something to say about it.

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  18. Yumi Akibara

    August 5, 2019 2:13 pm

    I've been to Japan and the most embarrassing and awkward thing the happened was when I was walking down Yamashita Dori Street and I made the mistake of going at like 12pm and it was full of people I was walking by and the guy with his gf accidently touched my butt and I was like :0 but one person did apologize when I was walking down the street it was a older man though

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  19. Harry Roger

    August 5, 2019 6:24 pm

    Dude. Nothing wrong with eating whale. If eating whale is evil then eating beef is just as evil.

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  20. Londinium Armoury

    August 9, 2019 9:20 am

    I like how the advert to this video is a Japanese comedy and language lesson, I thought it was the actual video before I see skip ad at bottom right.

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  21. Franck Yan

    August 9, 2019 1:00 pm

    Nice try but I'm still gonna believe in my Google search mithological Japan 🇯🇵 👈👈😅. Lol black clothes ninjas, everyone is polite in Japan 👉😆👈 that's classic.

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  22. Franck Yan

    August 9, 2019 1:04 pm

    No-one poops in Japan 🇯🇵 the high tech toilets 🚽 poops 💩 for you 🛀🚿👈😁👌

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  23. pierusofpella

    August 11, 2019 5:11 am

    Queuing. When did the Japanese start this habit? Back in the early 1980’s, when I was going to university, I had some Japanese who were close. Two were post-doctoral fellows, one a classmate, and one was a fiancée. At that time, all were so impressed that Americans always lined up for everything. When I asked what it was like in Japan, they all told me the same thing: it was a free-for-all. The girls told me that sales at department stores were dangerous because of the infamous opening day stampedes. They all told me that you took your life in your own hands trying to use the subway system. One girl, a dear friend named Masami, went back to her home in Tokyo after 6 years in the US (3 years high school and a junior in university) and found that she kept missing train after train in the subway system, because she was used to queuing up in the US, and couldn’t wrap her head around the aggressive, stampeding herds that she was encountering. So when did it change in the past thirty-odd years? And it just wasn’t the girl from Tokyo. My fiancée was from Yokohama, but grew up in Kyoto, and the researchers were from Osaka and Sapporo. So it wasn’t just a local Tokyo thing. My fiancée said that Britain was another country that queued. Understandable. US culture is on a large part based on British culture, but augmented by Italian, French, Spanish, German, and Nordic cultures. So queuing is pretty natural for us. But I had it from too many separate sources from different parts of Japan, that queuing was NOT a part of Japanese culture.
    So again, when did it change, and what triggered this change?

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  24. Roza Ogrodowa

    August 11, 2019 3:15 pm

    You are a young Polish guy and do not remember queuing for hours to get a piece of butter or some bread. Now, we have everything so close and quick and still we complain how difficult life is.

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  25. Josh Whipkey

    August 13, 2019 4:56 pm

    I'm don't dislike that Japan wants to eat dolphins or whales but they should farm raise to help sustain there nubers till they have grow in population. Dolphins in particular take well to captivity, and give the prices people will pay for seafood there it could still make a profit!

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  26. Katie Arbuckle

    August 17, 2019 2:49 am

    A lot of these Myths are just Stereotypes true for some but not the majority of the whole country. It's also a lot of cultural differences.

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  27. Ken narville

    August 22, 2019 9:16 pm

    I love Japan itself, not at all its locals. I met on the internet several Japanese who their arrogance. among them, a girl named yumiyamura, she claimed that I was a cool person and that Indonesian people are too, but she was a liar. she advised me to go to her country but I learned nothing good there, between exorbitant prices, radiations, and the general lack of openess that the Japanese have with the outside world combined with their racist nationalism. I wanted answers from someone else, but this little pest suddenly got mixed up while the conversation went fine with her. it is because of her that I hate the Japanese. No comparison with other people around the world please. i would prefer to watch their series , movies , mangas and video to "travel" instead

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  28. woo woo

    August 26, 2019 12:59 am

    I am a 65 year old black woman married but I love that shirt Ryou have on about marriage. You guys are very knowledgable. Thank y'all and be blessed.

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  29. ZarlanTheGreen

    August 28, 2019 1:50 am

    Of course ninja still exist! "Ninja" simply means spies (they were never fighters or assassins. They'd occasionally be told to assassinate someone they had access to, due to the place they had infiltrated …if it was important enough, to warrant the risk to, or loss of, their place there) and surely you're not naive enough to think that spies aren't used any more?

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  30. Kuuziez

    August 31, 2019 2:44 pm

    wouldn't it be that tipping like a ''judgement'' of their performance. As like in Japan workers always try give their 110% Efforts at their work place?

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  31. steve gale

    September 2, 2019 8:45 am

    The otaku to manga was misleading because that is not what the word means. The word otaka refers to anything that a person is dedicated to, which in English would be called a hobby. So due to that I opted to leave the rest of the vid.

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  32. Momotaicho

    September 3, 2019 11:07 pm

    Well of course every country has it's cliches but to an extent. Cliches exist all around the world but not every American is fat and dumb, not every Frenchman is smelly and rude and not every Scotsman is drunk…well…I am a little drunk.

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  33. Sasukei Kun

    September 4, 2019 2:07 pm

    there is no social life in japan
    wake up jesus thinking japan as if it was the same place as you seen in the anime is no different than us thinking America is the same as they show it in the movies

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  34. Inimp N

    September 4, 2019 5:45 pm

    Japan is a paradise on earth!

    https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20190801/p2a/00m/0na/003000c
    http://theconversation.com/despite-japans-low-crime-rates-its-seen-a-number-of-mass-stabbings-in-the-past-decade-117910
    https://www.livestrong.com/article/361804-japanese-diet-stomach-cancer/
    https://www.nippon.com/en/japan-topics/c05702/dangerous-rendezvous-a-history-of-japan’s-hookup-industry.html...

    Etc..etc..etc..

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  35. TheNewGreenIsBlue

    September 4, 2019 7:06 pm

    I love the polite comment… however, I will say that most of the time a Japanese person being rude is usually more subtle… and is expressed in the language or words used to express contempt etc. Of course, a foreigner won't usually get the cues of rudeness if they don't speak Japanese.

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  36. Animiles

    September 11, 2019 6:26 pm

    When you see someone who looks like a ninja, then they're not a ninja. That's the thing of Ninjas. They are there, but you wont see them.

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  37. goowik

    September 12, 2019 4:04 pm

    I don't get why people are against Japan hunting down dolphins. First of it's a different culture, different food, different in every aspect. Go vegan if you are against that. I mean we eat cows, pigs, sheep, horse, rabbit, … Does that make us any different? No

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  38. Linda Nicolausson

    September 17, 2019 8:03 pm

    Not to sound rude but I never realized how yellow and unhealthy his teeth looks… I cant unsee that now..

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  39. Cody Suzuki

    September 20, 2019 6:53 pm

    True: Over 200 NEW anime are produced and aired each year in Japan. However, most of those are aired after Mid-night. Sometimes 2 in the morning. Still, anime is considered as sub-culture.
    Ninjas ,originally thieves turned intelligent agents later on.. no longer exists. But you can see Ninja attractions in Uzumasa,Kyoto.

    True. They keep budget and maintain historical monuments. I do highly evaluate their effort.

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  40. Katnipkitkat (Cthülhu Kthûl'hu)

    September 26, 2019 5:19 pm

    There's a guy that goes to the same grocery store as me and he always has this odd stuffed animalish shark hat with an open mouth like biting his head. If you are exiting a taxi and in a real hurry there doesn't really seem to be a problem with saying "keep the change" and rushing off. And no, I won't slurp, I can't slurp, I have asthma, I refuse to subject myself to not being able to breathe just to conform to culture. People in Nagoya have zero ability to form anything resembling a line on train platforms!

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  41. Lenore talon

    October 22, 2019 9:51 pm

    Who thinks ninja exist lol. Maybe USA has better sushi?. I would like to know why Japanese men don’t date Americans? Seriously 😒

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  42. watrgrl2

    October 30, 2019 7:55 am

    If Ryo is part of the presentation panel I will gladly watch and like your video because He is like a fragrant warm breeze on a spring day with the birds singing cheerfully. Or a clear summer night with a bright full moon. He just plain makes me smile. So I guess I’m joining his obviously skyrocketing fan club😻

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  43. Claire Lawrence

    November 19, 2019 9:26 pm

    I would like to believe that all Japanese men are as good looking as Ryo.so that I can go to Japan and not be disappointed.

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  44. Ambient Relaxation

    December 4, 2019 6:11 pm

    So the toilets are futuristic, but they don't even have decent online banking apps? Oh lord, what is this place…

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  45. salvatore mannino

    December 7, 2019 10:07 am

    Two things I would like to expand on. One is the fact about lines: true, nobody likes lines, not even Japanese people but they are prepared to stand in a line for more than one hour to get into a restaurant. I don`t think that is a necessity, as you can go to another place to have your meal. So to a certain extend they " like " lines. No way in Italy people would do that, lines would just not occur, naturally, so to speak, certainly not outside a restaurant. Conversely when they get into a line at an office or at a bus stop, well that is the norm.
    The second thing is about cleanliness in the streets and in cities i general. People throw a lot of garbage around, believe me. The fact is that there are people picking it up, either because they are payed to do that, or because they are volunteers doing that or because locals living there don`t want that discarded empty plastic bottle sitting in front of their houses. I cycle for fun around Japan a lot and let me tell you that the countryside is a mess of discarded objects: electrical appliances, couches, motorbikes, cars, and the amount of plastic and bags of every kind is just stunning and get me in despair to see beautiful spots just used as dumping ground. So in my opinion Japan is definitely a dirty place except where it is on show for the people of other country to see ( typically cities ). They keep it clean for maintaining a reputation as clean a country as they come but is just not to "lose face"

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  46. salvatore mannino

    December 7, 2019 10:14 am

    After reading comments about politeness I would also add that if everybody would be apologising on trains and crowded spaces, that would be kind of crazy. There would be a cacophony of: Sumimasen, sumimasen, sumimasen… just impractical and everybody is normally very tired at rush hours, so thanks god for that… for once practicality wins over manners in Japan. Refreshing!

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