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(Mental Floss)   10 Japanese travel tips for visiting America. "In Japan, hip hop clothes are considered stylish. But in the United States, it is wise to avoid them, as you might be mistaken for a member of a street gang"   (mentalfloss.com) divider line 14
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2014-02-20 01:54:42 AM
What city in the US did the article writer visit?  I'd love to live there.
 
2014-02-20 07:42:53 AM
"In the U.S., they do not have a sense of superiority if they are able to drink a large amount. Rather, if you drink a lot, there is a sense that you cannot manage yourself. There is something close to contempt toward someone who must drink a lot to be drunk. To drink alcohol habitually is to have alcoholism. Alcoholics are weak people mentally, to be one means you have spanned the label of social outcasts that can't self-manage.

Non-smokers are more important than smokers in the US. Smokers capture the concept that they are not able to control themselves, and are the owners of weak character."

Wise people, those Americans.
 
2014-02-20 09:36:21 AM
These make me happy:

Manners with cars in America are really damn good. Japanese people should be embarrassed when they look at how good car manners are in America. You must wait whenever you cross an intersection for the traffic light. People don't get pushy to go first. Except for some people, everyone keeps exactly to the speed limit. America is a car society, but their damn good manners are not limited to cars.
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In America, you can make mistakes, fail, and it doesn't matter. It is a fundamental feeling that to sometimes be incorrect is natural. In addition, rather than thinking about mistakes and failures, American's have curiosity and say, "Let's try anyway!"
 
2014-02-20 09:39:15 AM
You don't want to be mistaken as one of the Clips.
 
2014-02-20 10:45:26 AM
Gotta love travel advice based solely on limited observations and cultural stereotypes.

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go buy some tentacle rape repellant spray and get some quarters from the bank so I can buy some dirty panties from vending machines. I got a plane to Japan to catch!
 
2014-02-20 12:03:18 PM
I like and agree with the last point. As a Canadian, I'm always impressed by how "fark Ya! Let's do it! USA!" a lot of you guys and gals are almost all the time.
 
2014-02-20 01:53:25 PM
Well, I have been to Japan for a whole month, maybe I too should write insightful travel tips and see if they are up to par with those tips.

/gaijin smash all the way
 
2014-02-20 02:42:46 PM
Point of order:

10. But darn it all, they're so weirdly optimistic you just can't stay irritated at them.
In Japan, there is great fear of failure and mistakes in front of other people. It is better to do nothing and avoid being criticized than to taste the humiliation of failure. As a result, there are things we wanted to do, but did not, and often regret.
In America, you can make mistakes, fail, and it doesn't matter. It is a fundamental feeling that to sometimes be incorrect is natural. In addition, rather than thinking about mistakes and failures, American's have curiosity and say, "Let's try anyway!"


This should be number one.  As Adam Savage says, "Failure is ALWAYS an option".  And I should know.  The day I succeed at something will be the day I have a heart attack and drop on the spot.  *sigh*
 
2014-02-21 03:46:59 AM
I loved the 4 Russian tips... Oddly enough both articles make sense, if you don't visit Chicago or Detroit.
 
2014-02-21 08:03:40 AM
Manners with cars in America are really damn good. Japanese people should be embarrassed when they look at how good car manners are in America. You must wait whenever you cross an intersection for the traffic light. People don't get pushy to go first. Except for some people, everyone keeps exactly to the speed limit. America is a car society, but their damn good manners are not limited to cars.

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2014-02-21 12:23:23 PM
"Reading pornographic comic books involving pubescent girl rape on the bus may draw unwanted attention."
 
2014-02-21 01:57:16 PM
I would make an addendum: Americans are lazy and inconsiderate when it comes to escalators. Americans will not walk up (or down) an escalator, nor will they move aside for those who do. The same goes for motorized walkways in airports.

I lived in Japan for a year, and the etiquette for using escalators and walkways was to climb or walk. If you moved slowly (or for some aged people, not at all) you made room to let people pass on your right. People in Japan didn't try to smugly block you if you're in a hurry, they sympathized and moved to let you pass.

This also really bothered the Japanese exchange students I befriended while in college (In the states).

Charles.
 
2014-02-21 02:37:21 PM
That because the Japanese don;t mind getting pushed around.buzzsmile.com
 
2014-02-21 03:13:30 PM

ChopperCharles: Americans will not walk up (or down) an escalator, nor will they move aside for those who do. The same goes for motorized walkways in airports.


WALKING?

That's what stairs are for!
 
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