Sponsor Message:
Non Aviation Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
One Reason Living Abroad Is Great  
User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8224 posts, RR: 26
Posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2227 times:

There will always be annoying things about Japan and life abroad in general. But some things are undeniably fantastic. Like falling asleep drunk on the street, and still having all your belongings in the morning. And not getting punched, kicked, or sexually assaulted too.

I have co-workers who have been out on the town and misplaced wallets filled with as much as $400 in cash in train station toilets and one even left his bag with laptop in it by a bench on a major thoroughfare. They all got their stuff back the next day, nothing damaged or missing. You can't buy security and peace of mind like that. Takes a massive chunk out of daily life stress and can't be beat.

http://www.cnngo.com/tokyo/none/adri...-storeyphotos-cnngo-gallery-933878




If you need someone to blame / throw a rock in the air / you'll hit someone guilty
22 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7859 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2204 times:

Japan is one of those rare countries where petty thefts don't happen. If they do happen, there's so much stigma behind it that all 4 cases I've heard of, the money was returned- with an apology note and with one, flowers.

It's amazing, isn't it?

I'm planning to transfer to Japan in March for school and I'm looking forward to every minute of it.

When I was in Japan this year, I accidentally left about ¥4000 in an envelope on the train and someone chased after me to give it to me. They missed the train and had to remain on the platform for the next train. I responded by buying them a tea from the vending machine.

Amazing article too.


But I think Superfly might give you another reason why living in Asia is nice  



我思うゆえに我あり。(Jap. 'I think, therefore I am.')
User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2201 times:

This makes me want to go to Japan for vacation. It seems like they have some really nice folks over there. Count me in!

Quoting Aaron747 (Thread starter):

Whats the story with the woman on the stairs, Aaron??



A Safe Flight Begins With Quality Maintenance On The Ground.
User currently offlinefr8mech From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 5600 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2187 times:

It is nice and the Japanese have a lot to proud of. I haven't been to Japan in over 20 years, but would go in a heartbeat if the opportunity presented itself.

One question: why are these folks sleeping in public like that? I mean, I understand someone nodding off on a park bench or on the subway, but laying down on the stairs or curling up around a lamp post? What's that all about?



When seconds count...the police are minutes away.
User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8224 posts, RR: 26
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2184 times:

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 2):
Whats the story with the woman on the stairs, Aaron??

She probably had a few too many, missed the last train at midnight, gave up and slept on the stairs. Happens all the time.

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 1):
If they do happen, there's so much stigma behind it that all 4 cases I've heard of, the money was returned- with an apology note and with one, flowers.

A few months back was watching four teenagers who were obviously in the "bad" crowd flouting the rules by blocking the station stairs while smoking - both of which are big no-no's. A girl who was waiting for a train and had two huge bags with her was oblivious to them doing iPhone with her headphones on. One of the d-bags noticed her, inched closer to her, and started messing with the zipper on one of her bags, as if he wanted to see if he could get at whatever was inside. One of the other dudes gave him a WTF look and gave him a hard smack upside the head with an open palm. Even among their crowd, it's not OK to mess with other people's stuff apparently.



If you need someone to blame / throw a rock in the air / you'll hit someone guilty
User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7859 posts, RR: 19
Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2126 times:

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 4):

Even in the Yakuza they have strict rules to follow- no drugs, no arrests that are unrelated to their higher-up activity (actually one is no arrests at all or you're kicked out and forced to remove your tattoos) and definitely NO stealing stuff. It's interesting, huh. The honor that Japanese live by.

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 2):
This makes me want to go to Japan for vacation. It seems like they have some really nice folks over there. Count me in!

If either of you are in TYO and need some respite from speaking or attempting to speak Japanese, my buddy runs an English Cafe in Takadanobaba. Just google those words and you'll find it (and maybe beginning in march, me   )



我思うゆえに我あり。(Jap. 'I think, therefore I am.')
User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2115 times:

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 4):
She probably had a few too many, missed the last train at midnight, gave up and slept on the stairs.

Hope she was good looking!!!  
Quoting PHX787 (Reply 5):
If either of you are in TYO and need some respite from speaking or attempting to speak Japanese, my buddy runs an English Cafe in Takadanobaba.

I'm sticking to my English speaking tongue... However, I just might take up your offer if it involves a really cute and sexy japanese girl that I could play with....   Oops! Gotta keep this G rated......  



A Safe Flight Begins With Quality Maintenance On The Ground.
User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7859 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2104 times:

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 6):
I'm sticking to my English speaking tongue... However, I just might take up your offer if it involves a really cute and sexy japanese girl that I could play with.... Oops! Gotta keep this G rated......

Oh god -_- don't join 'Fly's ranks!

There only needs to be one pervasive Japanese tail chaser and that's me  



我思うゆえに我あり。(Jap. 'I think, therefore I am.')
User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 20241 posts, RR: 59
Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2082 times:

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 7):
Oh god -_- don't join 'Fly's ranks!

Why not? He seems to have fun!


User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15812 posts, RR: 27
Reply 9, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2030 times:

Quoting Aaron747 (Thread starter):
Like falling asleep drunk on the street, and still having all your belongings in the morning. And not getting punched, kicked, or sexually assaulted too

Isn't Japan the place where they have had women only train cars because of groping concerns?



Why do Aerospace Engineering students have to turn things in on time?
User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7859 posts, RR: 19
Reply 10, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2028 times:

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 11):
Isn't Japan the place where they have had women only train cars because of groping concerns?

Well that's been going away....the 80s and 90s were very perverse times for japan.

I sometimes still see signs around that say "watch out for upskirt" and show a flipped-open cellphone with the prohibition circle around it.



我思うゆえに我あり。(Jap. 'I think, therefore I am.')
User currently offlineAeri28 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 709 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1988 times:

I remember seeing a program where you could find womens used / unwashed panties wrapped in plastic sold openly on the streets.

I've always wondered if the Japanese had some sort of repressed sexuality or were just overtly kinky and or into fetishes. lol.

When I lived in San Francisco, I rented out a spare room to students for a bit and in that time had two Japanese . One a girl, who had some graphic and violent drawings of Japanese nude women being dominated by nude men plasted on her walls. SHe had two Japanese guys stay over once in a while too., lol. I am very familiar with some extreme Japanese erotic art, gay and straight, so this definitely exists and I wonder how much into the Japanese consciousness.

Another guy who was a roommate had a very odd fetish, I never looked into anybodys rooms, but one day his door was ajar and I noticed bottles and bottles and bottles of PISS on the floor, on his TV, on the window sill, almost every inch of space was taken over by capped and UNcapped bottles of piss. Bottles and bottles. I didn't know what the heck to think . I kept thinking what if they spilled? ON the hardwood floors?? I ddin't want to cause any shame or embarrassment, as I didn't understand the situation, and realized I rarely saw him in the bathroom. He was leaving soon so I just said I was going to show the place in 3 days to give him time to do whatever to the room and lo and behold, it was cleaned up in that time.

Even some of my experiences here in Honolulu lend me to question them sexuality wise. But the Japanese are very sweet and friendly from what I've always known mostly.


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40030 posts, RR: 74
Reply 12, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1954 times:

Quoting Aeri28 (Reply 11):
When I lived in San Francisco,
one day his door was ajar and I noticed bottles and bottles and bottles of PISS on the floor

When I lived in San Francisco, I had a roommate that pissed in jars. He wasn't from Japan, he was from Missouri.
He would get too drunk to walk upstairs to the bathroom so he would pee in jars.

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 4):
She probably had a few too many, missed the last train at midnight, gave up and slept on the stairs. Happens all the time.

..and the hotels are very expensive.



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineaerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7335 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1948 times:

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 1):
Japan is one of those rare countries where petty thefts don't happen

So when I had my drink spiked and money (not much) stolen in Tokyo that wasn't in Japan??   I know what you mean, but still there are exceptions to every rule. I have been safe in 'dangerous' countries and in danger in 'safe' countries... Whenever I go out anywhere I only take what I can afford to lose, and luckily I left my main wallet and credit cards in the hotel.

Japan is great though, I love it. Heading back in sept-Oct for 8 days.


User currently offlineAeri28 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 709 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1948 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 12):
When I lived in San Francisco, I had a roommate that pissed in jars. He wasn't from Japan, he was from Missouri.
He would get too drunk to walk upstairs to the bathroom so he would pee in jars.

yeah, I could envision that..I've done that too. But I did'nt leave approx 70 bottles laying all around the room, uncapped and capped. I just wonder if he had some aversion to shared bathrooms,, although it was just him and I and the bathroom was clean.


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40030 posts, RR: 74
Reply 15, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1926 times:

I love Japan very much and would be my favorite country if money wasn't an issue. Japan is a very expensive place. I'm very happy with Thailand which is my favorite country overall but there are some things I miss such as snow & cold weather. Japan, particularly Sapporo gets lots of it and I hope to visit there in the winter.
I also like the politeness and quietness of Japan. Here in Thailand, it can be very noisy and some of the older Thais and long time expats say that the place is becoming less and less courteous. I haven't been here long enough to compare.

Quoting Aeri28 (Reply 14):
I just wonder if he had some aversion to shared bathrooms,, although it was just him and I and the bathroom was clean.



That was probably the case. I've become the same way too.

Quoting Aeri28 (Reply 14):
But I did'nt leave approx 70 bottles laying all around the room, uncapped and capped.


When we finally kicked him out, we found about 70 bottles tucked away in his room and thought the garage and storage cabinets. In his case, he was just depressed and a social outcast.



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineDarkSnowyNight From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 1397 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1924 times:

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 5):

Even in the Yakuza they have strict rules to follow- no drugs, no arrests that are unrelated to their higher-up activity (actually one is no arrests at all or you're kicked out and forced to remove your tattoos) and definitely NO stealing stuff. It's interesting, huh. The honor that Japanese live by.

Yeah, it's a different world all right. In fact, these guys went all out to rescue a town after that major quake in 1995. A bit tough to imagine MS13, The Bloods, or the Latin Kings topping this.

Seriously, a helicopter?



Posting without Knowledge is simply Tolerated Vandalism... We are the Vandals.
User currently offlinebookishaviator From Australia, joined Jun 2009, 246 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1878 times:

Quoting Aaron747 (Thread starter):
http://www.cnngo.com/tokyo/none/adri...-storeyphotos-cnngo-gallery-933878

Great little photo article - thanks for sharing.

Street crimes/assaults happen frequently enough over here to make one feel uncomfortable after a certain time of night. Every time I hear of an incident I actually think of Japan. I honestly cannot recall ever feeling unsafe during my time there.

Indeed there is generally much to love about Japan. I often find myself missing the place. Lucky for me I have six weeks in the country coming up later this year! WOO! 

[Edited 2012-08-15 01:58:38]


When I die, when I die, I'll rot. But when I live, when I live, I'll give it all I've got.
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40030 posts, RR: 74
Reply 18, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1871 times:

Quoting DarkSnowyNight (Reply 16):
Yeah, it's a different world all right. In fact, these guys went all out to rescue a town after that major quake in 1995. A bit tough to imagine MS13, The Bloods, or the Latin Kings topping this.



  
That's the damn truth!
Even the Japanese gangs are nice! 

All I need is about $100,000,000.00 and I could retire there comfortably.



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineBraybuddy From India, joined Aug 2004, 5793 posts, RR: 32
Reply 19, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1762 times:

Amazing! I've only ever been to Tokyo for five days so only dipped my toe in the water, but we're heading to Japan for our main hols this year at the end of October. After reading this I'm looking forward to it even more.

User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7714 posts, RR: 21
Reply 20, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1720 times:

Yup, have to agree. Japan feels really safe to be around late at night, even as a know-nothing-know-no (but not a barbeque-wrecking-know-nothing-know-no for those who know their Simpsons) in the middle of Tokyo. Makes a very refreshing change from other places we are used to.


✈ Every strike of the hammer is a blow against the enemy. ✈
User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 21, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1665 times:

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 7):
Oh god -_- don't join 'Fly's ranks!

Why is that bad?? 'Fly is fun....his adventures are quite fun to read on here!

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 7):
There only needs to be one pervasive Japanese tail chaser and that's me  

Didn't your momma teach you how to share??  
Quoting DocLightning (Reply 8):
Why not? He seems to have fun!

   True, that!



A Safe Flight Begins With Quality Maintenance On The Ground.
User currently offlineSHAQ From Panama, joined Jun 2007, 381 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1644 times:

Wow!
Japanese should feel very proud IMHO.
Panama isn't dangerous , but it has some red zones, like any city.



Studying hard, for flying right!
Top Of Page
Forum Index

This topic is archived and can not be replied to any more.

Printer friendly format

Similar topics:More similar topics...
Surely California High Speed Rail Is A Great Idea? posted Thu Jul 19 2012 03:34:46 by icanfly
Another Reason Why Vigilantism Is Wrong posted Sat Sep 15 2007 20:02:48 by Falcon84
One Of My Friends Is In Crap.... posted Fri Apr 13 2007 02:31:25 by Ajd1992
"One Of My Parents Is A Famous Musician/Singer" posted Mon Jan 16 2006 00:34:44 by Diesel1
Sorry James Blunt Bashers, "High" Is Great! posted Wed Jan 11 2006 13:19:14 by Kay
IE Probs When FireFox Is Great. posted Sat Dec 17 2005 13:21:21 by Sevenair
Blogging Is Great... Where To Find Them? posted Thu Sep 9 2004 00:23:21 by Shawn Patrick
Why Dallas Is A Great Place To Live posted Thu Jul 29 2004 17:10:09 by Sleekjet
Tallest Living Person Is 8'4" Tall, Not Kidding posted Sun Apr 18 2004 03:38:38 by SSTjumbo
Could This Be *the* Reason Why Europe Is Antiwar? posted Sun May 4 2003 08:40:48 by MD-90