Hey, in a blink of an eye, the entire 3-week long Japan trip is now over and I’m sitting back in my once-favourite spot here inside my own room. I pretty much stopped updating after one and a half weeks, because my girlfriend came over from the US to Japan, and the time I used for blogging was spent showing her stuff in Japan. After she returned to SG, it was practically time to leave Tokyo for Shounan, the home of Great Teacher Onizuka. At Shounan, we were housed in a resort and did work from morning to night, so there wasn’t much to blog about.
I’ve learnt a lot on this trip though, and I’ll share my conclusions here.
It was summer in Japan and the distinctive sound was that of Cicadas. Hordes of them making a huge din. They have only a week’s worth of lifespan and they spend it making loud sex noises.
1. Do not be afraid of the Japanese railway and metro system. These combined, are the most convenient and powerful public transport infrastructure on the face of the planet, short of a full teleportation device. Do not take taxis or hire your own bus drivers, as the road conditions are not as stable as train ones, meaning that a single traffic jam or shitty driver can put a huge dent in your travelling plans. My girlfriend missed her flight because some shitty Taiwanese driver got her to the airport late. She could’ve saved 3000 yen (train tickets cost 1000 yen only to Narita) and got there on time by taking the Keisei line. She ended up sleeping at the airport. Anyway, all forms of transport are crazy expensive there. Bus rides can go up to a few hundred yen, and train rides of even short distances are a couple of hundred as well. Taxis start off at about slightly less than a 1000 yen, and then the meter ticks like it’s on steroids.
2. There is not that much to do in Tokyo, unless you’re intent on visiting all the numerous shrines, temples and museums. Not knowing any Japanese will be a problem, but if you’re white, you can get away with breaking many rules. You just need to look clueless and people’ll forgive you. Akihabara is really overrated, mainly because of globalisation. You practically can get anything you want over the net. Maid cafes are retarded and expensive. The only truly good thing to buy in Japan are sex toys, such as Tenga. These, along with those of the more penile-type, and adult DVDs are really huge in variety and low in price. A nice, high quality vibrator can be 1/3 or 1/2 of the price of the same thing here in Singapore. Besides sex toys, I don’t think Japanese shopping is really that awesome at all. The clothes are really expensive, albeit fashionable (for girls). Guy clothes in Japan are uber expensive and look like they are made for gays or narcissists. The cheaper clothes are all low-quality made-in-China knock-offs, which you can get for a lot cheaper in other Asian countries. I didn’t buy much in Japan, and instead spent most of my money on food and transport.
Druggie launches a flare gun pyro-style.
3. Japanese people are really friendly and hospitable. Even more so when you can speak their language. The Japanese have an undeserved bad reputation for avoiding foreigners aka gaijin, but this is mainly because they are really afraid of embarrassment. Most of them can speak and read English to a certian degree, since it’s their 2nd language but they don’t like to speak it because they can’t do it perfectly. It doesn’t help that most Americans never ever slow down when they talk, and insist that non-native English speakers be capable of understanding their accents. My cool Japanese friend Ryo complained to me halfway through the trip that the Americans never slow down when talking to the Asians, while the Japanese do slow down their Japanese when speaking to us. I’ve noticed a huge number of other cultural differences as well, which I’ll elaborate on later. Anyway, thanks to this program, I now have free lodging when I visit certain parts of the US, Japan, Korea and China.
4. I used to be completely disinterested in Korea, mainly because I was put off by their retarded dramas and boybands. The Korean fever, where middle-aged aunties and school girls go crazy over not-so-pretty boys and lame romance TV series, was really annoying for a while and that gave me a negative impression of Korea. There was also the Hetalia issue, and how we’ll always hear the crazy Koreans making nationalistic statements and anti-Japan remarks, which made them seem real petty. It’s like the only good thing I know about Korea is that they have awesome gamers, and I mean awesome in the "so good I watch them for entertainment" sense. However, having made 5 new Korean friends, I’ve pretty much changed my perception completely. I mean, their pop culture is still retarded but I think they are nice people who understand that their pop culture is retarded. In fact, I now want to visit Korea next summer. My Korean friends have really good English and speech-wise, can beat the shit out of 95% of Singaporean English speakers, possibly including myself. Whether or not it represents the actual population I do not know, but they are all International Studies majors so it’s probably a biased sample. More random Korean information: Their guys are really tall, and all 3 of the girls have boyfriends above 1.8 metres tall. One of the girls is a tiny cute girl, whose name is Meryn, and Ryo and I call her "Meryn-tan". She also has a twin sister, which means her cuteness increases by a square factor. It’s like all these moe points added together to make a huge moe bomb, I bet you lolicons out there would have a field day. Thankfully I’m not one of you guys and she’s just sisterly-cute. There’s another Korean girl who’s pretty much a tall Yamato Nadeshiko and most of the guys fancy her to some degree.
This picture has nothing to do with the text above. It is however a great example of why people consider Japanese women beautiful.
By the way, I would like to announce that I’m going to New Zealand’s Massey University from January to May next year to be a research assistant in their food science institute. They aren’t paying me at all, and instead are just giving me some housing and air ticket claims, which means I’ll have to spend money to work for them. It’s ok though, since the alternatives involve staying in Singapore and doing nothing much.
5. Goukon aka group blind dating, as seen in drama and anime, is really polarising. On one hand, the more introverted guys hate it completely, because the guys have to pay for everything and the girls are only interested in the talkative or handsome guys. Those with the charm to pull it off really like such group dating though! Ryo loves goukon while the other Japanese guy, who’s in medical Robotics, hates it completely. The robot guy, despite having good looks, is really decent, innocent and kinda sissy so it would be no surprise. There are a lot of little mind games the Japanese play at goukon, and it’s hilarious to hear about them. For example, if there’s one hot girl and 4 ugly ones, the 5 guys will have to battle it out internally to see who gets the hottie. Yet, they must also be mindful not to pay too much attention to her, lest she gets annoyed and the others get pissed off.
Hayden is one cool chick. She calls it "Jimmy" and uses it as a hairclip.
6. Beaches in Japan are horrible. The sand is ash-black, and even a hot chick would look mud-dirty after coming into contact with the sand. The sand’s black from seaweed nutrients, and this means that the sea is saturated with seaweed! You can thus understand where the constant seaweed jokes in anime beach episodes come from. I hate Japanese seas because you can’t swim 2 metres without getting caught in seaweed, and since the sea is dark green and opaque, you can’t tell if it’s a seaweed monster! However, it’s not all bad as Japanese beaches are full of bikini babes, and none are obese like in America. They also wear heavy makeup. There’s an unspoken rule in Japan, that you can’t wet a girl’s face and hair with seawater. If you do, she’ll kill you niceboat-style. They redo their makeup hourly and have special sunblock lotions that seal their makeup in case the sea gets to it.
7. I was in Shounan, the homeland of Onizuka Eiji and I saw the sea-side winding roads that are great for the bousouzoku (biker gangs). There are significantly more large bikes here than in Tokyo as well. The resort I was staying at for a week covered all 3 meals buffet-style, and it was a conference retreat-type with a swimming pool. In other words, I spent 1 week in Japan, ate lots of food, went to beaches and enjoyed myself. Essentially for free.
I visited Buddha Gundam. Pictured here are its heat sinks/boosters.
8. Not that I am encouraging you guys/girls, but if you’re female, caucasian (or exotic, namely not brown Asian or Chinese Asian), you can earn big bucks working at a cabaret club (kyabukura). I have an Iraqi-American friend who’s a real sexually-liberated person. She earns a base pay of 200 USD daily at her club and 50% of the sales from the drinks her clients buy. Her customers, whose name cards she showed me, include presidents of giant corporations, such as SEGA. I wanted to copy down the email of the Sega guy just for fun, but she lost that card because Sega isn’t as big a Mitsubishi or Mitsui lol. Anyway, it’s sort of illegal to work on a social visit. Good money though, since it just involves drinking and possibly a bit of touching. Anything more than that is completely optional, probably a hell lot more lucrative.
If you’re a girl, you can earn money from the fire in Japanese salarymen’s hearts and boners.
9. And to all university students out there, if you get the chance to go on an overseas programme, be it a full semester exchange, or a short programme like mine, GO FOR IT. It sure as hell beats working as a stupid cashier, or office worker for the 3 months of your break. And if you get a choice, do not choose those summer school type programmes as it will have limited interaction with people. Most of the "summer programmes", at least from NUS, involve just going to a partner school and doing some lame classes. You get to travel on your own free time, but normally, it’s with the people you sign up for the trip with and hence you’ll probably not make any new friends if you’re not totally out-going. In fact you might even end up with a net loss of friends as such trip are easy to lose friends in. I got real lucky and joined a pilot programme, which paid for all my lodging expenses, while my uni paid for my air ticket, and the structure of the programme allowed for lots of interactions between young people from many countries. On top of that, I went out and made some random Japanese friends on the street. Basically, your trip will be awesome if you make the most of it. If you ever go to Japan and just hang out in Akiba, that’s fine as well but make sure you talk to the local otakus because a lot of them really love foreign otaku who aren’t retarded. You might impress them with your awesome knowledge of stuff they thought only Japanese knew. I know I did.
International exchange: Indian uppercut destroys American imperialism
10. Google docs is awesome for group work. Use it, bloody Singaporeans. MS word is great for proper reports only. Singaporeans are so retarded. But we are probably less retarded than Malaysians. I have a hypothesis on a major reason Singaporeans are retarded. It’s because there are so few of us. In the US for instance, there are hundreds of millions of people. Even if a good 95 percent are retarded, that still leaves at possibly 5-10 million non-retarded ones. You can surround yourself with non-retarded people in an entire mega-city! And that is not taking into account the brain drain that occurs when people flock to the universities in the US for education and to flee from retarded people in their own country. In a country with a tiny population like Singapore, we’re talking about at most 250,000 non-retarded people, and that’s most certainly not enough to saturate areas and schools so that we don’t have to have group projects with idiots. And add the above-mentioned brain drain, where most of the smart ones leave Singapore for foreign lands, the problem is worsened. It’s not like we have special idiot zones (inland areas) like in the US, where we can safely store our retards.
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