Cultural Dangers: Some Sketchy/Weird/@.@ Things to Watch Out for in Japan

WARNINGS ABOUT 痴漢 (CHIKAN/LECHERS WHO GROPE ON PUBLIC TRANSIT)

20141219_21204220141223_211316There has been so many reports of the wanted hand on crowded public transportation systems that sprouted these warning signs around the stations. There are also small police stations (“consulting clinics”) specifically designated to help these victims.

Where to find: On walls everywhere around public transit stations

STRANGE ADVERTISEMENTS/SERVICES THAT MAKE FOREIGNERS GO “HUH?”

20141219_210507For example, services that provide you with a (presumably) comfy lap to rest on while its owner, a (presumably) young female, dressed in cosplay gently clean out your ears with earpicks.

Note: Almost every East Asian child has been privileged to experience this when they were young, only that our service providers were our mommies, not strange ladies 🙂

Where to find: Just turn and walk into some of the darker alleys on popular streets

SCHOOLS THAT TRAIN GIRLS ON THE ART OF “LOVE AND SEDUCTION” (MOE STYLE!)

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They will prepare you well for working at maid cafes, hostess clubs, and other similar sectors in this entertainment industry 😉

Where to find: Random. Why, just outside the 熱田神宮 (Atsuta Jingu/Atsuta Shrine), you can spot such a “Love Academy” for girls~!

FOODS THAT ARE LITERALLY OUT OF THIS WORLD

20141221_171423Takoyaki made into space food so that you can pack it for your journey to outer space! Other dishes include ice cream and okonomiyaki~

Where to find: Nagoya City Science Museum Gift Shop

EXAGGERATED ENGLISH ADVERTISEMENTS AIMED TO HOOK TOURISTS

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That’s really the main reason why I tend to disregard the English and go straight for the Japanese menus at restaurants. I also tend to avoid places where there are too many tourists because I feel the businesses there have really commercialized their services to cater to foreigners. Yes, it is a service industry, but I still prefer the humility and genuineness practiced in businesses that preserve this tradition.

Tip: The sight of poor English is a flagrant indicator of such tactics

VERY XXXUALIZED SUB-CULTURES

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This is just a “soft” example. Female characters in popular anime would often turn into scantily-clad silicone or plastic figurines. Many of them would pose seductively or be positioned in compromising angles aimed to provide “fan service” to otakus and (male) fanatics. Um, well, I am well aware that the XXX culture is very prominent in Japan, but I know first-timers still find it quite shocking how you could buy XXX-related products practically everywhere.

IDOLS WHO ALL LOOK THE SAME. CAN YOU TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YUKI AND TOMOMI?

20141219_202721Friend: “They all have bangs and look identical!”

Me: I know…

Even as an East Asian I have to agree. If need be, I know we can tell them apart, but it still cannot be denied that the pop industry practically mass package their idols to cater to the otaku fans~ The 萌え(moe) level is really out of this world too~

MORE LECH WARNINGS

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If you wear dresses and skirts, beware that they may take pictures from below!

Afterthought: Although this post is meant to be humourous, I am aware that I have taken a more of a critical tone as I still cannot find myself embracing wholly some things in my own cultures >.< However, I also know that if a non-Japanese were to take such a tone I’d find it a bit offensive~ Oh, the double-edged sword that is the effects of acculturation from having multiple cultural heritages~

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