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B.E.A.T.! ☆ Café [Oct. 7th, 2007|02:38 pm]
We'd Rather Be In Japan: Gai-Nihonjin Unite!

seramew
HELLO!HELLO!
I figured some of you would be interested, I'd like to share with you all a new internet Jpop girlgroup community!

B.E.A.T.! ☆ Café

We are a small girlpop group who does Jpop numbers from all sorts of musical Japanese names and groups: Primarily Hello!Project, but many, many others as well.

Members and fans here can expect single covers, compilations, interviews, comic strips, and much more. =]
This is a fun place for fun music and cute things. n.n

Please do check us out! Auditions are being held, hope to see people there. n.n-

-seramew, group leader and coordinator. &hearts
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(no subject) [Aug. 13th, 2007|02:33 pm]
We'd Rather Be In Japan: Gai-Nihonjin Unite!

mylastmemory
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(no subject) [Feb. 28th, 2008|10:52 am]
We'd Rather Be In Japan: Gai-Nihonjin Unite!
deiru_kun
Name: Dale ( my japanese friends call me deiru! ^_^)
Age: 18

Number of times you've been to Japan: i havent been there yet...T_T
Amount of time you've stayed in Japan: errrr....wish I could spend just a year or so.
Where you've lived or where you've travelled in Japan: Refer to the above answer...
Reasons? (School, vacation, etc): Refer to the above anser...
Japanese language fluency: i have passed the Level 4 -JLPT!!! i got the results just yesterday! yokatta!
Favorite Japanese food: takoyaki!
Favorite Japanese musical artist: Larc and Ciel and HY!!!
Favorite Japanese film/TV show: i like their animes
Favorite Japanese sports team: none...T_T

Why do you miss Japan?: miss? i havent been there yet! T_T
What's one thing you don't miss about Japan?: Refer to the above answer...
What facet (cultural, technological, etc) do you wish you could bring to the US?: i'm no american and i havent been there either. T_T sorry
What facet (see above) do you wish you could bring from the US to Japan? refer to what i said above ^_^

Random memory of being in Japan: i really want to go but as i have said, i havent...T_T
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(no subject) [Feb. 5th, 2007|10:36 pm]
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masaki_kobashi
[Current Location |Not in Japan... I can tell you that right now... T_____T]
[mood |crazycrazy]
[music |Misirlou - Dick Dale]

Name: Laura (Masaki, Masa, or Masa-chan as my friends call me XDD)
Age: 18

Number of times you've been to Japan: Never been, but my cousin promises to take me there when I turn 21. W00T! ^___^
Amount of time you've stayed in Japan: Refer to the above answer...
Where you've lived or where you've travelled in Japan: Refer to the above answer...
Reasons? (School, vacation, etc): Refer to the above anser...
Japanese language fluency: Only a few VERY basic things. I can read kana and romaji (heh, I should hope I do) quite well, but kanji... I get stumped. I want to take Japanese classes when I get into college.

Favorite Japanese food: Chicken yakisoba ^^
Favorite Japanese musical artist: GLAY! (I just adore Teru!) I also like Ayumi Hamasaki, Key-a-Kiss, Angela, and Yoko Ishida... among a plethora of others.
Favorite Japanese film/TV show: Death Trance
Favorite Japanese sports team: Muh... the volleyball team that played in the summer Olympics a couple years ago...? O.o

Why do you miss Japan?: Mehehe I've never been, but I wanna go.
What's one thing you don't miss about Japan?: Refer to the above answer...
What facet (cultural, technological, etc) do you wish you could bring to the US?: All the unique fashions, purikura, and... um, the sexy men? XDDD Eeeeh, not that there aren't good-looking Americans, but really, I find myself more attracted to Asian men. It's a fact of life for me.
What facet (see above) do you wish you could bring from the US to Japan? GUITAR HERO!!! XDDD And movie theater popcorn that's actually good. (I heard from a friend that theater popcorn is pretty nasty over in Japan)

Random memory of being in Japan: I've never been, but boy do I wanna go!
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(no subject) [Nov. 30th, 2006|11:40 pm]
We'd Rather Be In Japan: Gai-Nihonjin Unite!

myles_away
I made this little movie about Tokyo which I'd like to share. Going back in 3 weeks - can't wait :)


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Hello All!! [Nov. 28th, 2006|04:42 pm]
We'd Rather Be In Japan: Gai-Nihonjin Unite!

littlepixieloli
[Current Location |At home *sigh*]
[mood |contentcontent]
[music |Arashi]

Name:Lindsey (Or Rin-chan my host familys couldn't say my name!)
Age:16

Number of times you've been to Japan: Once
Amount of time you've stayed in Japan: 2 weeks and two days
Where you've lived or where you've travelled in Japan: Southern end of Kyushuu in Sasebo and then I stayed in Nagasaki City as well as two days in Fukuoka.
Reasons? (School, vacation, etc): It was a summer cultural exchange trip and I've always wanted to go and my friend Sara begged me to go too!
Japanese language fluency: Not much to be quite honest I can get by speaking wise but I'm almost dead when it comes to reading,so I'm by no means fluent! I will keep studying hard!

Favorite Japanese food:I only can pick one?? Oh I'd have to say Udon with the tempura shrimp!!
Favorite Japanese musical artist: Don't laugh, I really enjoy X-Japan (They are pretty classic)even though I have like a bazillion others that I adore! Both J-Rock and J-Pop)
Favorite Japanese film/TV show: I just started watching Gal Circle and I do like to watch Utaban from time to time.
Favorite Japanese sports team: I don't really have one, but I did follow the soccer team for the World Cup, even though I'm not a big sports fan.

Why do you miss Japan?: I miss my host family in Sasebo especially my sister Manami and how nice and kind the people are and then of course there is the music, food and the Puri Kura!!
What's one thing you don't miss about Japan?: Natto (sp?) That nasty gooey green bean stuff!
What facet (cultural, technological, etc) do you wish you could bring to the US?: The musical/visual culture it's soo lively and different!
What facet (see above) do you wish you could bring from the US to Japan? Oh goodness I don't know... Probably the school uniforms!!  They are just too cute!

Random memory of being in Japan: The small herd of high school boys that followed Manami and I around one day in the Yonka-cho shopping mall. One of them (Yuki) we ended up at dinner with his family (apparently my host aunt was friends with his father).  There were like twenty people crammed into one tatami room in a really nice resturant.  My host aunt was drunk but a happy one and I nibbled on squid and talked to Yuki who flirted a bit but was pretty shy and he asked if I would marry him, it was embaressing because I don't think that was what he meant to say but afterwards everyone but the two of us had a good laugh and spend a half hour saying we'd make a good couple, at least that's what Manami told me because I couldn't understand everything that was being said.

And I can't wait to go back!  My savings account says I'm halfway there!!!
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Studying in Japan [Nov. 20th, 2006|10:22 am]
We'd Rather Be In Japan: Gai-Nihonjin Unite!

lordameth
I don't know how relevant this will be to many of you, but I'm thinking of trying to get to Japan as part of my postgrad work, and I'm wondering if any of you are currently doing that sort of thing, or would have any ideas or suggestions as to how to go about it.

I've applied to eikaiwa programs a number of times & been rejected; I really don't think it's the place for me anyway. Similarly, I've thought about applying to a Japanese university either as a non-degree 研究生 or as a proper PhD student, and I just don't think it's worth the money and such - various professors and such have suggested that I not enroll in a Japanese university directly. (No offense intended to any of you, of course.)

Right. So, do any of you know how it works to enroll at an American/British/Australian/other university and to then go to Japan to do your research? I'm thinking this may be particularly difficult for me since my Japanese language skills are so poor (precisely the reason I want to go and get better by being immersed rather than continuing to just sit in classes, not learning anything), and since I'd be studying history and art, not the kind of contemporary cultural/sociological studies that one could more easily research among the people... even in Japan, I'd be sitting in some library or archive somewhere with books and papers.

Any thoughts or suggestions would be most appreciated. Thanks.
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(no subject) [Oct. 26th, 2006|11:05 am]
We'd Rather Be In Japan: Gai-Nihonjin Unite!

sellsex
[Current Location |home]
[music |karen elson and cat power i love you]

Name: Denise F
Age: 18

Number of times you've been to Japan: 1
Amount of time you've stayed in Japan: 6 weeks
Where you've lived or where you've travelled in Japan: in the aichi prfecture, the city of toyokawa in sakuramachi (cherry blossom town) but i went to Tokyo, Nara, Nagoya, Kyoto
Reasons? (School, vacation, etc): Study Abroad
Japanese language fluency: Minimal The basics

Favorite Japanese food: Ume Boshi, udon and cc lemon!
Favorite Japanese musical artist: koda kumi and coco
Favorite Japanese film/TV show: Battle royale
Favorite Japanese sports team: nagoya dragons?

Why do you miss Japan?: duh
What's one thing you don't miss about Japan?: taking of m y shoes all the time
What facet (cultural, technological, etc) do you wish you could bring to the US?: that we can smoke anywhere!! just like japan and school uniforms

What facet (see above) do you wish you could bring from the US to Japan? aim and sidekicks

Random memory of being in Japan: smoking while riding my bike

And finally, one picture you've taken in Japan below a cut.
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Intro Survey Thingummy [Jul. 23rd, 2006|02:36 am]
We'd Rather Be In Japan: Gai-Nihonjin Unite!

euphoriafish
Name: Tracey
Age: 22

Number of times you've been to Japan: once
Amount of time you've stayed in Japan: the 2005-6 academic year
Where you've lived or where you've travelled in Japan: Tokyo, with side trips to Chiba, Yokosuka, Yokohama, Kamakura, and Kyoto for a week at the end of the trip
Reasons? (School, vacation, etc): study abroad-- art and Japanese at Temple University Japan
Japanese language fluency: I've been studying for three years. I can read and understand pretty well but am still nowhere near fluent. I'm starting to translate manga and can usually dissect subtitles pretty well while watching anime.

Favorite Japanese food: donburi
Favorite Japanese musical artist: The Pillows
Favorite Japanese film/TV show: the Crayon Shin-chan movie I saw on TV while I was there (the one where they all turn into superheroes), I've also become something of a SMAP fan...
Favorite Japanese sports team: didn't follow sports, but seeing news stories about the Bulgarian(?) sumo wrestler always made me happy

Why do you miss Japan?: One thing I miss is that community spirit. Sometimes it exhausted me, but overall it was comforting to know that every time I did something with friends, everyone wanted to make sure that each person had a good time and was taken care of.
What's one thing you don't miss about Japan?: Japanese men.
What facet (cultural, technological, etc) do you wish you could bring to the US?: public transportation via trains, including the ability to store credits on your cell phone and just point that at the gate instead of buying a ticket. I didn't get to use that, but I wish we had it here. And where I live in the States, we hardly have mass transit at all because it's too rural. If your car breaks down, you are just stranded til it gets fixed.
What facet (see above) do you wish you could bring from the US to Japan?
Tolerance for differences that can't be helped (racial differences, homosexuality, disability, etc.). Accessibility for disabled and elderly people. And I'd remove some of the group shame.
Random memory of being in Japan:
I was living in a hotel and using the public computers there, and didn't know that the computer room had been designated as a temporary dressing room for a singer giving a concert in the lobby. I didn't understand quickly enough that I should probably have left (there wasn't a sign on the door and nothing like this had happened before as far as I could tell), and she was in a hurry so she wound up dressing with me there. I apologized when she came back after the concert, and offered to leave, but she gestured that she didn't mind me staying there and I wound up staying again while she changed back out of her costume. I could choose to be embarrassed, but it was just a misunderstanding and I've chosen to laugh about it instead. I didn't watch her, and I think people are too uptight about nudity anyway.

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Reminder:  Fill out the Survey! [Jul. 20th, 2006|05:11 pm]
We'd Rather Be In Japan: Gai-Nihonjin Unite!

dokool
So, we have a lot of people... and nobody's posting!  So, I encourage those who haven't to fill out and post the Epic Gai-Nihonjin Intro Survey

And if you've already posted that... well... post other stuff!  I assume everyone's here because we all wish we were back in Japan, so let's share some reasons why.
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