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Old 2007-03-27, 11:10   Link #261
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Me, I'm in love with the language. In LOVE. I can understand about 5 languages, but out of them all, Japanese has hooked me like no other. I don't know why, I just love it. My dream of going to Japan relates to my intention of becoming a Japanese/English/Spanish (my mother language) literary translator. In fact, I begin my studies on English translation this year, so I guess I'm a little closer to the goal.

Anime was only a medium through which I could have contact with a language that I was kind of "destined" to love.
It's exactly the same for me. I also understand 5 languages (German being my mother-tongue); as soon as I stumbled across Japanese it interested me more than any other language for no obvious reason. I started learning and am now in love with it to the point of obsession.
I don't know what kind of jobs I could aim for that would go with this attachment to the language yet though.
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Old 2007-03-29, 03:57   Link #262
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19 and you know 5 languages. Nice. You really have an edge in the world even with just that single fact.
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Old 2007-03-29, 05:11   Link #263
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I friend of mine just arrived in Japan yesterday and he sent me this message:

"Man oooh man!! I love Japan!! the very first thing that met my eye's when I got into the airport here was a huge group of school girls wearing uniforms with short skirts!! I LOVE JAPAN!! "


I had just one thing to say to him at this point:
"I hate you"

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Old 2007-03-29, 16:45   Link #264
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Last fall my son's japanese language high school class hosted a high school girl's class from Japan. They were all in uniform (yes, short skirts though from what I know this is more an urban thing than a country thing), all cute, only one remotely plump. My son said they couldn't get over how fat *so many* Americans were ...

Ah well... I got to help parent chaperone them around and that was a whole level of entertainment just to hear the chorused "Ne!!!!?" when they'd agree on something. And, of course they got to laugh at my attempts at the language which made them feel better about trying english out on me.

Ooops, off track -- it was a lot of fun though. Japanese is my first non-western language. I guess its fascinating that the linguistics map to western languages as well as they do and I'll take the counters and irregulars over that damned noun-sex and 4/6/+ cases any day
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Old 2007-03-29, 17:25   Link #265
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I had just one thing to say to him at this point:
"I hate you"
Yeah, me too.
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Old 2007-03-29, 19:54   Link #266
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You can buy anime anywhere in the world, and quite frankly it's not the best for of animation at all. It's not exactly highly skilled, most of the time there's simple crappy sketches just thrown together, shit plots and stupid stereotypes.
I don't love most anime at all.
Neither do I. Yes, you can buy anime almost anywhere. However, the difference between walking into a store with 1000 yen and wading through foreign websites, charging it to a credit card, which you may or may not even have, and then running the risk of having it lost or damaged while you wait 2 weeks for it to show up at your door is what I'm talking about when I say "easier."
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Old 2007-03-30, 11:59   Link #267
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I just go to Forbidden Planet, or a store like that they have everything without leaving the country.
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Old 2007-03-31, 21:01   Link #268
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I friend of mine just arrived in Japan yesterday and he sent me this message:

"Man oooh man!! I love Japan!! the very first thing that met my eye's when I got into the airport here was a huge group of school girls wearing uniforms with short skirts!! I LOVE JAPAN!! "


I had just one thing to say to him at this point:
"I hate you"

Perhaps...but he didn't say if they were cute or not.

Just like every other country in the world, Japan has some ugly people and girls who wear tighter clothing than they should be...
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Old 2007-04-03, 07:57   Link #269
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I've been to a lot of places and all I can say from my travelling experience is that the grass isn't greener on the otherside. Most things are extremely similar worldwide, ok I understand there's culture and other factors, but when you get down to the real bare bones of human life. Everyone is the same, some just speak a different language.
Yeah ermm I've been to Japan and it's a hell of a lot different to London... You'll just have to trust me on this... Obviously this isn't refering to the whole you have to work to get money situation......

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I just go to Forbidden Planet, or a store like that they have everything without leaving the country.
Holy crap.... You're comparing Forbidden Planet to getting anime in Japan? Wow.... O.o;; You're comparing a crappy 2 floor shop (assuming you're talking about the one in central) with a poor selection of everything to the many 6-8+ floor places in Tokyo that are actually dedicated to anime unlike forbidden planet? lol


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I friend of mine just arrived in Japan yesterday and he sent me this message:

"Man oooh man!! I love Japan!! the very first thing that met my eye's when I got into the airport here was a huge group of school girls wearing uniforms with short skirts!! I LOVE JAPAN!! "


I had just one thing to say to him at this point:
"I hate you"
:-/ Not exactly worth the price of the plane ticket though is it? lol Hopefully that won't be the highlight of his trip.
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Old 2007-04-03, 10:55   Link #270
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I think it is Japan's culture we are fascinated with.
With the first hand taste to anime culture, the short skirts, the maid cafes...

You will need bombs to live there as the things there cost bombs.
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Old 2007-04-03, 11:59   Link #271
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I'm sure many people think you can avoid the passport issue by defeating a ninja at the Mortal Kombat station in the immigration office
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Old 2007-04-03, 15:41   Link #272
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I'm sure many people think you can avoid the passport issue by defeating a ninja at the Mortal Kombat station in the immigration office
that is the most random sentence i have ever experienced in my life....

loves it
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Old 2007-04-04, 10:14   Link #273
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I'm sure many people think you can avoid the passport issue by defeating a ninja at the Mortal Kombat station in the immigration office
that is the most random sentence i have ever experienced in my life....

loves it
Our friend Vexx is well read.

I can't believe I remembered where that was from...
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Old 2007-04-05, 01:46   Link #274
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Alas, rarely can I actually take credit for any clever lines I spout ... I just happen to bleed trivia from my pores....

I actually started reading that strip at like ep#9 ... I blame Fred for getting me all wrapped up in this silly hobby we all yammer about (I've always been a studier of japanese culture and religion but the pop scene I had pretty much ignored til Fred derailed me into Kanon and Love Hina, etc).
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Old 2007-04-21, 02:03   Link #275
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I want to go to Japan one day when I have saved up enough. I want to go there cause of a whole variety of things. Their fashion, some parts of their culture, dormitories, and of course all the Asian/Anime stuff that I *think* is relatively cheap compared to how much they cost here in Australia. @__@

Plus, as a Chinese I want to see just how different Japan is from China (the country that literally taught Japan how to speak...if my history lessons are correct...).

Then again, I also want to visit China again, especially where I was born, Shanghai, due to the recent boom. Hopefully inner-city Shanghai won't have any of those pot-holes for public park-and-school toilets. ^^;;
And a visit to France, cause their language sounds awesome. And America, cause it's big and stuff is relatively cheaper than in Australia. A Large Big Mac Meal in America probably costs the same as our Small/Regular Meals.

Thanks for all the information and pointers too! $40-$50 rail passes is scary. @__@
But I'll be spending most of my money on the UFO Catchers there! Here in Australia the only places to find them are in the City, and only in two places, Capitol Square and Galaxy World, with Capitol Square being the only one with Asian plushies and Gashapons. Galaxy World only has Disney characters. T__T
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Old 2007-04-23, 03:36   Link #276
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I was in Japan on JET, and have been back many times since. It's an ordinary place with ordinary people. I didn't find it hard to understand at all; in fact, in many ways I find it less hard to understand than home. People still hold on to some sense of community and propriety, although that's slowly disappearing as television gradually turns us all into a sort of homogenous mush.

Go. Enjoy. If you think of it as exotic and inscrutable, you'll only be isolating yourself. Follow the Golden Rule they taught you in Sunday School, don't be an obnoxious loudmouth (which nobody likes, but the Japanese seem particularly averse to), and you'll be fine.
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Old 2007-04-23, 18:10   Link #277
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My dad is a flight attendant so I can fly for free.

But he has only taken me around the continental US and to Germany (which I loved).

But in May, I'm going to go to Japan and finally make use of my language skills.

I'm excited. :3
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Old 2007-04-23, 18:36   Link #278
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i plan on going there when i become an adult because i want to become an videogame designer and well... my friends beg to come along so me and some of my friends are going to room togheter in a house in japan and hopefully in tokyo
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Old 2007-04-23, 18:43   Link #279
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I think it would be fun to visit japan for maybe a month or so (an extended trip). In general I want to travel, and see all sorts of different people, and cultures.
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Old 2007-04-25, 15:42   Link #280
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(I've been repeating myself a lot... ) Once again, I'll say that hopefully I'll get to go there for school next year. I'm just waiting to hear back from the university I applied to...

I think I began wanting to go there ever since I had to stop there once on my way to Korea. I remember stepping out into the terminal... and being overwhelmed by cute things everywhere. I love *cuteness*, and Japan is like the motherload of it all. I also got to ride in a car there, which I know isn't that big of a deal, but I loved getting freaked out at being on the "wrong" side of the road (I want to try that in England, too). XD
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