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Old 2007-12-05, 17:11   Link #401
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I kind of have a random cultural question. Do they have cereal in Japan? I tend to only see hot meals for breakfast, but it could just be an anime only thing.
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Old 2007-12-05, 17:21   Link #402
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Cereal is rather rare apparently ... one of our posters who is in Oita University there complains that the grocery stores only have 3 brands of cereal and they all have Snoopy on the box.

A typical japanese breakfast is rice with sprinkles (nori, bonito, sesame, etc), pickled veggies (e.g. daikon), and a bit of some fish/protein. Also usually hot tea.

A japanese 'western' breakfast would be something like a rice-filled egg omelet with some ketchup. .... bacon would be a luxury of sorts. I've heard noises that the dish where you fry an egg inside a piece of holed out toast is a treat of sorts. Sandwich bread is available but again, not massively used/seen.
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Old 2007-12-05, 18:19   Link #403
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Cereal is rather rare apparently ... one of our posters who is in Oita University there complains that the grocery stores only have 3 brands of cereal and they all have Snoopy on the box.

A typical japanese breakfast is rice with sprinkles (nori, bonito, sesame, etc), pickled veggies (e.g. daikon), and a bit of some fish/protein. Also usually hot tea.
You forgotten Miso soup, you can't start the day without a bowl of miso soup.
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Old 2007-12-05, 20:09   Link #404
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Cereal is rather rare apparently ... one of our posters who is in Oita University there complains that the grocery stores only have 3 brands of cereal and they all have Snoopy on the box.

A typical japanese breakfast is rice with sprinkles (nori, bonito, sesame, etc), pickled veggies (e.g. daikon), and a bit of some fish/protein. Also usually hot tea.

A japanese 'western' breakfast would be something like a rice-filled egg omelet with some ketchup. .... bacon would be a luxury of sorts. I've heard noises that the dish where you fry an egg inside a piece of holed out toast is a treat of sorts. Sandwich bread is available but again, not massively used/seen.
Ah, then I'm going to have to change that. What would you say is the quickest and dullest meal somebody could have for breakfast in Japan? Something that doesn't need to be heated with minimal preperation?

Sorry if these are weird questions. I wrote a book in October set in Japan, and I am trying to fix a whole bunch of cultural mistakes, as well as writing and stuff. I'm asking this because I'm trying to show that his mother stopped being a mother to him when he stopped being her child.

Out of curiosity, is there a place on this forum to post a story? Or should I look for another forum for that?
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Old 2007-12-05, 20:34   Link #405
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Ah, then I'm going to have to change that. What would you say is the quickest and dullest meal somebody could have for breakfast in Japan? Something that doesn't need to be heated with minimal preperation?

Sorry if these are weird questions. I wrote a book in October set in Japan, and I am trying to fix a whole bunch of cultural mistakes, as well as writing and stuff. I'm asking this because I'm trying to show that his mother stopped being a mother to him when he stopped being her child.

Out of curiosity, is there a place on this forum to post a story? Or should I look for another forum for that?
http://forums.animesuki.com/forumdisplay.php?f=14

You should post there: I got a warning for making a thread on my proposed stories here in General Chat >_>


I'm interested in what you wrote so far, so do post.
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Old 2007-12-05, 21:02   Link #406
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Cereal is rather rare apparently ... one of our posters who is in Oita University there complains that the grocery stores only have 3 brands of cereal and they all have Snoopy on the box.

A typical japanese breakfast is rice with sprinkles (nori, bonito, sesame, etc), pickled veggies (e.g. daikon), and a bit of some fish/protein. Also usually hot tea.

A japanese 'western' breakfast would be something like a rice-filled egg omelet with some ketchup. .... bacon would be a luxury of sorts. I've heard noises that the dish where you fry an egg inside a piece of holed out toast is a treat of sorts. Sandwich bread is available but again, not massively used/seen.
Cereal isn't that rare.
In fact, we have Kellogg's Corn Flakes TV commercials.
And yes, Tony the tiger goes "GUUUUUREITO!" with Japanese accents.

It's just that not many types of cereals are around.
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Old 2007-12-05, 21:11   Link #407
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Cereal isn't that rare.
In fact, we have Kellogg's Corn Flakes TV commercials.
And yes, Tony the tiger goes "GUUUUUREITO!" with Japanese accents.

It's just that not many types of cereals are around.
Over here, cereal is common store-wise, but most people go for bread.
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Old 2007-12-05, 21:43   Link #408
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Cereal isn't that rare.
In fact, we have Kellogg's Corn Flakes TV commercials.
And yes, Tony the tiger goes "GUUUUUREITO!" with Japanese accents.

It's just that not many types of cereals are around.
So having the charecter living a boring morning with cereal every day is not that far off? Or would it be a little off?

Kang Seung Jae: OK, so that forum is fair game for stories? All righty. I'll post the first 2 chapters, since those are the only fully edited ones in v 2.0. All the others are in 1.0 or 1.1.

Also, what time does school start/end for a typical high school in Japan?
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Old 2007-12-05, 22:06   Link #409
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Also, what time does school start/end for a typical high school in Japan?
April to Janurary.
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Old 2007-12-05, 22:08   Link #410
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April to Janurary.
Oh, I mean time, like day by day. Like, in America it was 8:00-14:40, but I don't know about Japan
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Old 2007-12-05, 22:20   Link #411
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Oh, I mean time, like day by day. Like, in America it was 8:00-14:40, but I don't know about Japan
A typical school day lasts from 8:30 a.m. until approximately 3:50 p.m, after which you have class cleanup and activities.
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Old 2007-12-05, 22:25   Link #412
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A typical school day lasts from 8:30 a.m. until approximately 3:50 p.m, after which you have class cleanup and activities.
Alrighty. Thank you. Looks like I'll have to do some editing there too, since I had it at 8:00 AM.

Guess I'll get right on those edits... tommorow.
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Old 2007-12-05, 22:26   Link #413
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Alrighty. Thank you. Looks like I'll have to do some editing there too, since I had it at 8:00 AM.

Guess I'll get right on those edits... tommorow.
Well, normally a student would have to arrive at 8:00, so no real need to change that.
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Old 2007-12-06, 03:08   Link #414
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Also, don't forget that there's an intense amount of pressure to belong to *some* afterschool club - so school often isn't really over at 15:50.... and then there's 'cram classes' ... and Saturday 'cram'

It might save you some time just to watch a few high school romance series and catch the underlying cultural and daily life routines (which may be exaggerated but better than nothing)

As for the cereal, I just go by what people tell me. I'm sure the cereal manufacturers are doing their damnedest to conquer the market but I also understand that many western products are "not doing so well lately" in Japan (fast food, etc).
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Old 2007-12-06, 05:46   Link #415
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Also, don't forget that there's an intense amount of pressure to belong to *some* afterschool club - so school often isn't really over at 15:50.... and then there's 'cram classes' ... and Saturday 'cram'

It might save you some time just to watch a few high school romance series and catch the underlying cultural and daily life routines (which may be exaggerated but better than nothing)
Well...the majority of high school romance protagonists seem to avoid clubs like the plague. I guess that leaves more time for romantic misunderstandings and afterschool outings, but it's rather unrealistic.

Also, I heard from my Japanese friends that some schools are phasing out the Saturday in the Japanese school week. Cram classes are most often attended by 3rd years about to test into Uni, so it's not a problem that most high school students have to deal with.
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Also, I heard from my Japanese friends that some schools are phasing out the Saturday in the Japanese school week. Cram classes are most often attended by 3rd years about to test into Uni, so it's not a problem that most high school students have to deal with.
Regular schooling on Saturdays was phased out in 2002.

Naturally, as part of the World Conspiracy to Harass Children, reinstatement has been a discussion point, and other classes and activities can find their way into that previous school-time.
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Old 2007-12-06, 10:29   Link #417
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A typical school day lasts from 8:30 a.m. until approximately 3:50 p.m, after which you have class cleanup and activities.
Oh, wow, that's a killer. I can barely get my arse off from the bed at 8am and anything before that is just plain suicidal. I could almost pity the japanese peeps who have to do so.
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Old 2007-12-06, 11:08   Link #418
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Also, don't forget that there's an intense amount of pressure to belong to *some* afterschool club - so school often isn't really over at 15:50.... and then there's 'cram classes' ... and Saturday 'cram'

It might save you some time just to watch a few high school romance series and catch the underlying cultural and daily life routines (which may be exaggerated but better than nothing)

As for the cereal, I just go by what people tell me. I'm sure the cereal manufacturers are doing their damnedest to conquer the market but I also understand that many western products are "not doing so well lately" in Japan (fast food, etc).
Oh, I've seen many high school romances. ^_^ They just never quite showed the clock at the time school started or ending, so I didn't know the exact times.

But, as was later confirmed, I thought that Saturday classes were phased out. So, it all works.
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Old 2007-12-06, 14:58   Link #419
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Aye, they were phased out about 5 years ago though the resulting drop in performance and test scores has the government considering the idea of reinstating it.

So you're good for now Yeah the anime usually show the characters heading home and very subtly one might notice that dinner is right after they get home in some series (implying they arrived around 5 or 6pm).
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Old 2007-12-06, 18:15   Link #420
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Oh, wow, that's a killer. I can barely get my arse off from the bed at 8am and anything before that is just plain suicidal. I could almost pity the japanese peeps who have to do so.
Korean (high school) students have it tougher: 8 AM to 5~6 PM.
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