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:gasp: The Maintainer Answers His Own Survey! [Jul. 3rd, 2006|11:06 pm]
We'd Rather Be In Japan: Gai-Nihonjin Unite!

dokool

The Epic Gai-Nihonjin Intro SurveyCollapse )

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I'm really glad to hear that I'm not one of the only people who believes they're better off living in Japan.  I first came across Japanese culture via anime in the summer of 2002, right before I started college.  A year later and I had taken a class on Buddhism and was taking Japanese courses over the summer at UPenn.  A year after that and I'd declared myself to be a film AND asian studies major and had decided to spend the year abroad in Tokyo.  A year after that and I was lying in bed following ankle surgery (made necessary by a previous health problem plus all of the walking you do in Japan), wishing I was still there.

I think I really figured out that Japan is where I belong on my last night in Tokyo when I lived there, April 18th 2005.  I went out in Shibuya for a meal at Matsuya (my favorite beef bowl haunt), one last visit to HMV and Tower Records (to spend what I had left on my point cards), and to get my keitai de-activated.  I remember walking out of the AU store, testing my cellphone to see if maybe, just maybe it still worked.  When I saw that it didn't, I felt this weight in my chest, I looked around and just felt so out of touch with everything around me to the point where I almost had to hold back tears.  And then the sky opened up a little and it started to rain - not enough for everyone to open up their umbrellas, but it was almost like the city was telling me that it would miss me too.

My most recent voyage made me realize how much I missed living there - I still remembered all of the hidden side streets in my favorite districts, I still recalled enough of the language to remember how to order food and do various things.  In referring to Japan's soccer team (I left the day the World Cup started), I referred to Japan as "we", causing my friends to say "Dan, you don't live here anymore."  I'd usually reply with something like "I'm a non-residential citizen, dammit," and that's where the idea of the gai-Nihonjin first came into my mind.

僕はダン.僕は外日本人.どうぞよろしくね。

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Survey~ [Jul. 3rd, 2006|10:14 pm]
We'd Rather Be In Japan: Gai-Nihonjin Unite!

kyouppe
The Epic Gai-Nihonjin Intro Survey
Name:
Cait
Age: 19

Number of times you've been to Japan: Sadly, only 1 time. I got back 2 days ago.
Amount of time you've stayed in Japan: 2 weeks, all I could afford
Where you've lived or where you've travelled in Japan: Tokyo, Kyoto, Iwaki (Fukushima-ken)
Reasons? (School, vacation, etc): Vacation, visiting my cousin
Japanese language fluency: at the moment, a year of intensive collegiate japanese

Favorite Japanese food: katsu curry rice
Favorite Japanese musical artist: ELLEGARDEN, Angela Aki, KAT-TUN
Favorite Japanese film/TV show: all dramas.
Favorite Japanese sports team: National Soccer Team. Nakata is a BABE.

Why do you miss Japan?: Because it's everything America isn't, and then some.
What's one thing you don't miss about Japan?: Squatting toilets = my hell.
What facet (cultural, technological, etc) do you wish you could bring to the US?: Cell phones and Vending Machines... being everywhere.
What facet (see above) do you wish you could bring from the US to Japan? toilets not being a hole in the ground, and toilets withough lots of buttons (my curiosity always gets the better of me)

Random memory of being in Japan: My 65 year old uncle being hit on by a little old Japanese lady while my aunt watched. "Oo, very handsome. How old is he? Oooh, we are the same age! I like this face, very handsome!"

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はじめまして、トラビスです。 [Jul. 3rd, 2006|10:23 pm]
We'd Rather Be In Japan: Gai-Nihonjin Unite!

lordameth
[music |Nagabuchi Tsuyoshi - Tomodachi e no Tegami]

The Epic Gai-Nihonjin Intro SurveyCollapse )

はじめまして、僕、トラビス。よろしく。僕は日本語が下手のを、すみません。 I studied abroad at 上智大学 (Sophia University) in the spring of 2003, and ended up majoring in East Asian Studies; I'm now a curatorial intern of Japanese Art at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and will be starting a Master's program in Japanese Studies this fall at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.

Now that all that formal stuff is out of the way - so you know where I'm coming from and all that... thanks for creating this community; I'm actually really psyched to get to share experiences and such with people.

I just love the Japanese culture and aesthetic - I love the feeling one gets of being there. It's exotic, yet Western, traditional but modern, and it's quiet and meditative and just beautiful, but then it's also crowded and hectic and concrete. As a historian, I imagine I'll be spending most of my time in books and offices. But what I would love so much more than books or paintings or the like would be to truly live in Old Japan (or, for that matter New Japan). You simply cannot appreciate properly the beauty of a geisha or the feeling of walking down the Ginza or meditating at Horyu-ji by reading a book or looking at a painting. I look at these images and I wish I could be there, in Genroku Edo or Meiji Tokyo or Heian-kyo of old.

I could go on and on forever about every aspect of what I love about Japanese culture, as I'm sure you could. And I'd love to share some of my stories. But I shall leave off for now. Pleasure to meet you all, and I cannot wait to hear your stories.
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MEMBER INTRO! [Jul. 3rd, 2006|09:53 pm]
We'd Rather Be In Japan: Gai-Nihonjin Unite!
winddjinn
[Current Location |Not Japan]

Name: Devin
Age: 16

Number of times you've been to Japan: 2
Amount of time you've stayed in Japan: 1) 2 years, 2) 2 weeks
Where you've lived or where you've travelled in Japan: I lived in Yokosuka for two years, and I stayed in Tokyo for 2 weeks
Reasons? (School, vacation, etc): 1) My family was in the military, 2) Vacation
Japanese language fluency: 0%, not really maybe first grade level, xDD

Favorite Japanese food: Gyoza
Favorite Japanese musical artist: Nakashima Mika, Koda Kumi, Angela Aki
Favorite Japanese film/TV show: Ouran Koukou Hosuto Bu
Favorite Japanese sports team: I'm not into sports, ^______^;;

Why do you miss Japan?: It's really my hildhood home~
What's one thing you don't miss about Japan?: All the pretty people, with straight hair *has frizzy hair of doom*
What facet (cultural, technological, etc) do you wish you could bring to the US?: Cell phone technology
What facet (see above) do you wish you could bring from the US to Japan? More meat in restaurants, >O>;;

Random memory of being in Japan: I went to Sex Pot ReVeNGe!!!

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First Post! [Jul. 3rd, 2006|12:01 am]
We'd Rather Be In Japan: Gai-Nihonjin Unite!

dokool
Okay, so I feel like there should be some sort of survey to A, allow everyone to introduce themselves (when the community gets around to eventually having members), and B, to allow members to prove their Gai-nihonjin-ness.

So, here goes:

The Epic Gai-Nihonjin Intro Survey
Name:
Age:

Number of times you've been to Japan:
Amount of time you've stayed in Japan:
Where you've lived or where you've travelled in Japan:
Reasons? (School, vacation, etc):
Japanese language fluency:

Favorite Japanese food:
Favorite Japanese musical artist:
Favorite Japanese film/TV show:
Favorite Japanese sports team:

Why do you miss Japan?:
What's one thing you don't miss about Japan?:
What facet (cultural, technological, etc) do you wish you could bring to the US?:
What facet (see above) do you wish you could bring from the US to Japan?

Random memory of being in Japan:

And finally, one picture you've taken in Japan below a cut.

Welcome to the community!
-Dan, your friendly co-maintainer
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