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Old 05-07-2017, 12:00 PM   #1
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Lilligant UPN AMA: Masked Madman's Shenanigans in Japan!

Hey guys, if you've had a chat with me before, you'll know that I'm crashing in Japan for a year of exchange studies. Naturally, you'd also know that I'm mildly a nut for Japanese culture as well so that basically makes me like this internally:


I'm at the one month mark of my year stay and also just had my birthday 'ere in Japan so that's all cool and dandy. I've been asked to answer any questions you might have for this crazy masked man, so if there's something that you'd like to know, shoot those questions over and I'll see if I can answer them for you.

See ya! I'm dead from today's hike.

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1. What's the #1 thing Japan does better than home?

2. What's the #1 thing you miss about home that Japan can't match?

3. What's the craziest thing you've witnessed since arriving in Japan?

4. What has been the biggest surprise for you so far?

5. In your experience, how friendly have the locals been to you? (And how do they compare with locals at home?)

6. What do you do in your spare time?

7. What can you tell us about the prefecture you're staying in?

8. What one word, phrase, or expression have you encountered is used by everyone everywhere but it didn't come up in your studies much or even at all before arriving in Japan?
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-How do they treat foriegners?
-Did being there help you learn Japanese?
Seriously I have so many more questons.
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Oh, this is so fun! I'm actually studying Japanese and right now my goal is to move there and teach English for a year after I get my degree. I might stay longer than a year if I like it enough. I have also played around with the idea of going to University there as well. So here are some questions!

- Now that you've experienced it, do you think you'd want to live there long term?

- Have you had any awkward moments because of cultural differences?

- Was there anything that was a major culture shock to you?

- Has it been hard to make friends?

- Do you have to be fluent in the language in order to survive going to school there?

- Is there anything that you find difficult about living in Japan?

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Bit of an odd question, however, are there any radio stations in Japan that play non-Japanese music?
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1. What's the #1 thing Japan does better than home?

2. What's the #1 thing you miss about home that Japan can't match?

3. What's the craziest thing you've witnessed since arriving in Japan?

4. What has been the biggest surprise for you so far?

5. In your experience, how friendly have the locals been to you? (And how do they compare with locals at home?)

6. What do you do in your spare time?

7. What can you tell us about the prefecture you're staying in?

8. What one word, phrase, or expression have you encountered is used by everyone everywhere but it didn't come up in your studies much or even at all before arriving in Japan?
1. Customer service. The stories of them being surprisingly understanding of foreigners when they buy things are true to an extent. It really does help if you can strike a conversation with them if it's a small shop. I've ended up with way more free things than I am used to in Australia, ranging from just a bit more extra change to a box of Pocky to a pack of two fish heads and other things that you could easily make a meal for four out of. I'm not joking about the fish heads btw, I ended up making fish head broth which lasted me half a week or so.

2. Home cooking. My cooking is nowhere as good as my mum's cooking. Also sriracha *which is damn good chilli sauce for those who don't know*. THEY DON'T SELL IT HERE IT MAKES ME SAD.

3. Seemingly frail old men hiking up Nishizawa Gorge really damn fast. That or my group was just silly levels of slow. I guess a lifetime of hiking gets you stronk even in the elderly stages of life.

4. The roads are so damn small, I really wouldn't be able to drive here without running off the road and into fields / fences / buildings etc.

5. Any small shops that I frequent usually have the shopkeeper(s) remembering me. Hence the freebies. I wish Australia did that for me lol. No, I'm kidding. On the surface, they happily greet you and give you directions if you're lost, but if your Japanese isn't too excellent, you'll have a hard time if you're not in the big metropolitan cities like Kyoto and Tokyo. You can tell that the locals really do try to help you if you ask them but usually there's this incredible air of shyness about them. Australia's pretty multicultural as is so you usually don't have to go to far out of your way to find someone who does understand you.

Basically, they've treated me pretty well. Haven't been hit by the homesick truck yet, and it's a very different atmosphere compared to Sydney.

6. Shrine and temple hopping. There's this thing where you can just collect all the prints from each temple and each one is unique. About 300-500 yen per print though.

7. I'm staying in Kofu, which is in the Yamanashi prefecture (?). Biggest point of interest is this was where Takeda Shingen was based. There's like five shrines which have strong connections to his history, including where the Takeda clan used to live, homes of his ruling relatives, etc. Two dishes that I've taken a liking to are houtou, which is sort of like hot pot but with really thick noodles, and torimotsuni, which is uh... chicken gizzards stewed in miso. It's still pretty unsettling how they casually have a chicken with a hole in it as one of their mascots. Also grapes are very popular whenever in season here.

8. I honestly got no clue. Probably Okinawan Japanese but that was from an izakaya.

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-How do they treat foriegners?
-Did being there help you learn Japanese?
Seriously I have so many more questons.
I dunno about being able to answer a million questions but fire away.

1. Instant yakisoba and convenience store food. It's literally death but you just can't stop eating. (Also ice cream that I like to call Zebra Bars - they're actually called Bari Bari Ice or something - because the chocolate is swirled into the vanilla ice cream like a zebra's stripes.

2. I've been to a bathhouse with an outdoor bath, but not an actual hot spring, no. Plans have been made to go once in every season.

3. See Talon's Question 5.

4. Definitely. Hopefully I'm at least competently fluent by the time I get back home.

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Oh, this is so fun! I'm actually studying Japanese and right now my goal is to move there and teach English for a year after I get my degree. I might stay longer than a year if I like it enough. I have also played around with the idea of going to University there as well. So here are some questions!

- Now that you've experienced it, do you think you'd want to live there long term?

- Have you had any awkward moments because of cultural differences?

- Was there anything that was a major culture shock to you?

- Has it been hard to make friends?

- Do you have to be fluent in the language in order to survive going to school there?

- Is there anything that you find difficult about living in Japan?

Difficult but possible. The rate of pay for a low tier job is pretty low (around 700 yen an hour), but I wouldn't know. I know it can get expensive very quickly if you're not careful just because of the amount of food you end up buying.

There's a fellow from Morocco in one of my international classes and he and I (or me and him?) have massive disagreements. Which leads to our Japanese group mates being incredibly nervous since aforementioned shyness. Other than that, the Japanese folk sadly don't get my puns more than half the time so a sad mask I am indeed.

See Talon's question 4. To be honest, it's probably not culture shock and more just shock. Japan is reasonably Westernised at this point in time.

It helps to have someone introduce you to their small circle of friends first, then it starts to snowball really fast. There's a club where international students help Japanese students speak foreign languages and that's been a massive help in making friends.

You don't have to be fluent. Most universities have beginners classes that accommodate for those who aren't at a level to read and write kanji well. I'm one of those people.

Trying to not spend money on ALL THE MERCHANDISE. *glances nervously at Love Live / Pokemon / Fate etc*

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There probably is but lollisteningtoradiowhenyouonlyeverwalkorbikeinJapa n.

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What's the traffic like compared to places such as Sydney and Melbourne? I assume it's much less hectic when it comes to volume, however, what rules are the same and what rules are different from what you've seen?
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What's the traffic like compared to places such as Sydney and Melbourne? I assume it's much less hectic when it comes to volume, however, what rules are the same and what rules are different from what you've seen?
It's not backwards like MURICA, there's less volume but it's still congested here and there. Golden Week made it literally hell to travel anywhere near or through the big tourist sites.

Also the cars are generally A LOT SMALLER. They have a micro category for cars which in all honesty could probably fit in my room if I removed my bed. Provided I could get it in there in the first place.

Notably slower in comparison, the highest speeds I've seen here are 70km/h. Also locals really love to give way. Rrrrrrreeeeeaaaally love giving way. Try doing that in Australia and you're honked to hell and back lol.

Traffic crossings are one of those ones where you can cross if your line of traffic has the green light. So it's quite possible to not need to press the crossing button at all before using a street crossing.
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So how did you spend your Birthday in Japan?
I spent the night before my birthday at an izakaya all-you-can-drink. Didn't actually get drunk at least. I really like cassis orange cocktails. Also a good beer. And nihonshu. (Help)

I spent my actual birthday hiking the Nishizawa Gorge, which was quite gorgeous. Hell of a hike but not brutal. Very nice sights. Will upload gallery when I can. It was basically a steep thin trail with massive drops on the way up but after that it was a wide old railroad track on the way down, with a small shrine for the mountain god along the way.
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Ngl this AMA thing is an awesome idea and more people should do it lol

1. Favorite Food you've had there?
2. Coolest thing you've seen that you'd never see anywhere else?
3. How the hell did you go hiking after getting sloshed on your birthday?
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Ngl this AMA thing is an awesome idea and more people should do it lol

1. Favorite Food you've had there?
2. Coolest thing you've seen that you'd never see anywhere else?
3. How the hell did you go hiking after getting sloshed on your birthday?
1. My personal favourite is inarizushi since it's 50 yen a piece and pretty filling if you get 6. Hiroshima style okonomiyaki comes a close second because GIANT SLICES OF BACON AND EGGS ON MY OKONOMIYAKI FUCK YEAH.

2. Giant Gundam. 'Nuff said.

3.Very carefully. And by that I mean slipping on rocks numerous times and almost falling down cliffs a few times.
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if i were to, for whatever reason, go to school in Japan for, say, a year, being trans female, would it be advisable for me to present that way, or would I be asking for trouble?
I understand this is proooobably super hard to answer, but hey, first...and only...thing that came to mind.
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if i were to, for whatever reason, go to school in Japan for, say, a year, being trans female, would it be advisable for me to present that way, or would I be asking for trouble?
I understand this is proooobably super hard to answer, but hey, first...and only...thing that came to mind.
To be completely honest, I have no bloody clue. I suppose there might be a stigma for things out of the norm (forgive me for saying that), but this doesn't really fall into that category. I'm sure it's highly dependent on where you go, so I would advise you to just go with your gut feeling. The elderly folk might have a difficult time with it, but the young folk (i.e. around our age) will probably be way more understanding.

Again, I am probably the worst person to ask for this since I don't understand the predicament you have on a personal basis, nor am I experienced enough to actually give you a competent answer.
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Thank you for your answers! A couple more questions since last time:

9. Have you opened a bank account in Japan? If so, with whom? Describe the process.

10. Do you have a hanko (personal stamp)? If so, describe it for us.
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10. Do you have a hanko (personal stamp)? If so, describe it for us.
I've opened an account with the locality's bank, Yamanashi Chuo Bank, where you needed to bring your residence card and passport if you had it on you. A few forms here and there, mostly you needing to fill out your home address several times. Overall, a simple process with really fast turnarounds of two to three days.

Before I could do the banking stuff, I would naturally need a hanko. My one is a small one which just reads フー since my name is way too long to put on a hanko without the cost becoming stupidly high. I also have a stamp case from Daiso which I keep it in because convenient.

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Now this, I had to leave to stew for a month or so.

I would probably have to say that anime and manga generally aim to emphasise the modern urban landscape, such as the myriad stores lining Shinjuku, the ordered chaos of Shibuya's pedestrian crossings etc., or focus on the natural scenery Japan is absolutely loaded with. It wouldn't be wrong to say thay anime and manga reflecting Japan would be more of a caricature of its culture and lifestyle. Once you get out of the big city, you come to realise the suburbia around Japan is much like places such as Sydney's outskirts. It's certainly not the sticks but it's not an urban jungle either.
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Old 06-21-2017, 07:34 AM   #19
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How did travel lag affect you, if at all? I'm figuring it might be kinda odd to travel 12+ hours to a country which is 1 hour behind Syd-Melbourne
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Old 06-21-2017, 10:54 AM   #20
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The most lag I had to deal with was not being able to sleep on the plane because BIG GUY SMOL SPACE. Also I was dead as heck but didn't have time to be dead as heck because I had a test and numerous sheets of paperwork to do on my day of arrival.

My nocturnal sleeping habits also help with readjusting to Japan time so I didn't just die outright from lack of sleep.
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Old 06-21-2017, 11:27 PM   #21
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i've got the most important question out of everyone here for you kamen

see any cute girls
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Old 06-21-2017, 11:37 PM   #22
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^ Crys asking the real questions. ;O *shot*
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Old 06-22-2017, 03:25 AM   #23
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Both of the 2D and 3D kind

Girl who works the register at nearby Lawson convenience store is extra cute.
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Old 06-22-2017, 05:20 AM   #24
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Well then, Kamen, go use the Aussie charms. ;o
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Old 07-02-2017, 02:00 PM   #25
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Saw this on imgur and not too sure where to post this, be it on the discord or here. Was figuring here because kamen is in Japan atm, and might know something about it.

Anyone know the whole big story behind it? I'm curious about the whole thing. Also clearly kamen should go do it and become a warrior
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