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I am Japanese and have a question for foreigners.
What was it that made you interested in Japan?
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>>12483433

Godzilla.
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Anime and Hentai
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Ninja. Old cool ninja that were portrayed in 80s stuff and earlier.
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>>12483440

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCy6AgSHnPk
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>>12483433

Your foreigner loving women.
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Hentai.
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Holiday scrapbook.
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Flipped a coin
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Pre-war modern Japan.
I love nationalism and imperialism.
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>>12483433
Along with Korea, it's the only real first-world country that isn't in the West.
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>>12483488

They're classified as western countries I think.
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>>12483488
What about Australia?
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>>12483433
One night I stayed up late and watched anime on TV.
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>>12483497
Just like the US. Colonised by Europeans.
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>>12483508
What's that have to do with anything? Are you saying USA, Canada, and Australia don't count as first world countries? They were certainly taken over before this modern era we'd call anything first world in.
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>>12483470
What was the other option?
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Unlike all the smelly brown people of the world Japanese culture seems to extend to more things than a few types of weird food and silly dances.
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>>12483433
Probably music, also sakura tree. I probably would spent my evening and money just to see a sakura garden, if I could
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>>12483563
Despise Japan and all Japanese.
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>>12483433
otaku culture
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>>12483563
Mexico
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The discipline, the colors, the food, the art, of your country

And of course Gojira
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>>12483601
frgot to mention the music, sorry
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>>12483433
Welfare system and a good place to sell drugs for a very high profit.
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>>12483433
video games
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I am Japanese and have another question for foreigners.
Is it easy in your country to get NEETbux as a foreigner?
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Reina
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primarily games and anime.
then ppl discover culture, philosophy, music, humor, etc. Japan is interesting because the ppl have open and free mind and promote fun and interesting to exist.
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>>12483634
>my country
>ASEAN tier
You'd be lucky if government care about giving a buck to homeless people
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>>12483433
porn
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>>12483433
No bullshit copyright laws. Japanese on the internet produce high quality content. As someone who works with VFX, someone who makes MADs definitely has much more technical expertise and puts way more effort into it than some american shitter who pirated Vegas to make an AMV.
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I thought Japan was a fictional country for animes
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>>12483673
>No bullshit copyright laws.
What?
Isn't piracy actually illegal in Japan, as in you can get jail time for it? They have much worse laws. Doujin works are also illegal, it's more like Japan has a fandom that doesn't give a shit and companies that look the other way.
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>>12483730
Well then I'll change what I said to companies don't give a fuck. Also, don't singles come with an instrumental version? I thought this was to let people mess around with it.
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>>12483732
>I thought this was to let people mess around with it.
what is karaoke?
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I was bored with life and there before my lay an entire ocean of cute girls and escapism
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>>12483737
People don't do karaoke at home, right?
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>>12483737
>what is karaoke?
Carry ohkey in English.

>>12483753
You don't sing along to openings or endings? Fans with friends would have parties and probably karaoke.
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I'm here because /jp/ is where the cool kids hang out
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>>12483433
Anime art. Zero was a cool plane to fly in sims.
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>>12483433

Everyone on this site is interested in it so you get all the exposure you need to see what the fuss is all about.
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Ninja Turtles made me want to become a real life Japanese ninja.
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>>12483433
Old Playstation games.
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Video games.
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Video games, of course. I have a job as a translator, but the real reason why I'm learning japanese is to play japan-exclusive stuff that will never get localized.

I think it was this game here that made me go like 'Fuck, I need to start taking japanese classes.'
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Anime and video games, I am a huge sci-fi fan but most western media doesn't have as many things about giant robots or robots as Japan. I am crazy about huge robots, they are so cool!
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>>12483673
I think you mean censorship laws. Not in the mosaic shit they put everywhere, but how many developed countries would let you get away with rape doujins of 4th grader (even if it's just legal grey zone that no one bothers to enforce)? That's some creative freedom right there.
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anyone not saying "video games" is a fucking tryhard.
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video ganes & porn
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Anime and video games
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Eroge/Galge/Visual Novel,Anime and Denpa song.
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>>12483433
Cute anime girls and cute anime girl art. And music. For some reason Japan seems to have the best art and music.
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>>12483488

Pretty much this. Only countries that are not descendant from West European culture that are not total shit holes.
Japan of course had Western influence on their culture, but it's still very different.

It's nice to go to a country that feels really foreign, but is still very developed and in a few ways even better than what I'm used to. Don't get me wrong, I prefer my own culture as a whole, but I have to admit, your ways have their merit too.

TL; DR: it's different but not worse than where I'm from.
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>>12483888

The whole tentacle thing started because they weren't allowed to show dicks.
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First kanji, then the japanese language, then manga, then anime, then figures, then music, then food,...
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manga, video games, pron, anime
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>>12483889
I didn't really know Japan made video games or cartoons for a long time. It was only when they were pushing that JAPANIMATION thing that I realized this. I thought they just made electronics and ninjas and samurai before then.
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My uncle lived there for three or four years before I was born. He has a kotatsu and some traditional wallscrolls and stuff he brought back that was always in their house which I always thought was neat even at a young age.
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Lolies.
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Different cultures are always interesting.
Japan has a lot of culture and has many cultural sights to see and experience. Also the people are very friendly from experience
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>>12483433
The language, then then the culture, then the people. (anime somwhere in there aswell)

The fact that Japan is one of the last bastions in the world where people aren't nosy fucks, makes it all the better. You can't say "I have an appointment, so I have to go now" without getting interrogated anywhere else in the world.
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>>12483433
AUTOMOBILE
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>>12483433
Pornography
2D character I liked
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>>12483673
I know what you mean. If the US had something like Comiket here it would get shut down by the FBI.
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>>12483433
Any culture that would create this is worth looking into.
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>>12483433
I wanted to read the Dirty Pair light novels.
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I got into Japanese culture from a very early age. Around 6 or 7

I enjoy the japanese work ethic, I love the their sense of unity and responsibility especially in community affairs. The japanese level of responsibility and honor based morality is not found in America.

Japan has superb professionalism and costumer service making it one of the best capitalist societies ive visited.

The japanese mentality of valuing your work and the group over your individual pride and personality is truly inspiring and a stark contrast from America's addiction to selfishness.

Also I love the athletics, Fuck tokyo or akiba, fuck shibuya and fashion and foodie culture. Nature is most important to me. There is no place on earth more beautiful that the japanese countryside.
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Seven Samurai started it all for me about 15 years ago
n-next thing I know, i'm playing project diva f and trimming my bonsai tree at the same time!
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cute boy cocks
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The young people who want to live in Japan in the future absolutely must not have tattoos.
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Japanese trains.

Oh, and lolies.
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>>12483433

Doraemon.
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>>12483433
The SNES Bomberman games, I think
I don't recall caring much about Japan before I first played them when I was a kid at least
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Little girls and little girl related media.
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first the anime, then the eroge, then ultimately the knowledge that i would never truly fit in my home country and culture no matter how hard i tried, so I might as well look to somewhere thats actually fun to experience from afar
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>>12483433
I like enjo kosai with Japanese school girls
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>>12483433
How about you OP? What brings you to the English side of the net, specifically 4chan?
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cars, landscape, anime
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I will be totally honest, I am from the UK, when I was about 12 years old I caught some late night anime on the Sci-Fi channel.

The shows were Guyver and Tenchi Muyo, it was like nothing I had ever seen before. It was cartoons but it was for adults, one was ultra violent with exploding people all over the place. The other was boobs and light sabers. It was awesome!

I didn't really know what it was at the time and when Sci-Fi stopped showing it I didn't really think about it for a few years.

The thing was I was still playing lots of computer games, I just didn't really realize they were from Japan. I was being pulled into Japanese culture without really even knowing it.

When I hit 15, I started playing Pokemon on Game Boy and saw it on TV and I realized it was all part of that cool anime stuff I had seen years before.

Also I re-discovered anime on the Sci-Fi channel, which was showing things like "Bubblegum Crisis" and "Dominion Tank Police".

With the internet being more prominent around that time I started looking into it, and found out about show like "Ah! My Goddess" and "Evangelion".

And that was it I was hooked on anime and have loved it ever since. Although I didn't really look into Japanese culture, I just liked the anime and watched it dubbed.

I am now actually in Japan. It is my first visit to your country and I am loving it!

Everything feels so clean, neat, tidy and organized. People seem to actually respect not only their own property but other peoples.

If you walk into a 2nd hand games shop all the pre-owned stuff looks brand spanking new. Not a dent or anything. In the UK stuff like that would be dented, ripped and have stickers and sticker rips all over it.

Shop openly have stock outside that you can take a good look at, and no one steals it. In the UK you could not do that, it would all be gone in seconds.

All I see in the UK now are a bunch of violent chavy football fans, who have no respect. And Muslim scum that want to destroy the UK.
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>>12483433
I was wondering why these cartoons I was watching had this different vibe to it. I was young so I didn't know it was Japanese (what I was watching was dubbed). Eventually I realised how different the Japanese were and how much more welcoming to me it was in comparison to the what America had to offer. I was always a softie and feminine, and appreciated/liked cute things, so once I learned what Japan and Japanese people were like, it just clicked.

Then once I stepped away from dubbed anime, I heard the language and really liked it. For whatever reason, I have a hard time listening and understanding English, especially in music. It's too slurry for me, it sounds sloppy. Japanese is much more "crisp"? I'm not sure what to call it, but it's much easier for me to hear. Vocals in music, even though I couldn't understand them, were enjoyable. Now the main appeal to me is how calm it seems like it would be there. Socialising with Americans is so dramatic. The Japanese seem like they would lack a lot of the things that I absolutely despise about about people in America. I think if I lived in Japan, I would try and make friends (I don't, now), even though I would have to deal with being seen as a "foreigner" no matter what.
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Sailor Moon.
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I wanted to do something with my free time other than piss it away on video games so i started watching anime on a lark.

Later i discovered Touhou and became a fan, but i sucked ass at the games and eventually lost interest.

Now I just play horrendously shitty mobage all day, so I guess I'm back where I started, except that I know Japanese and the games I play are much shittier..
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>>12483433
Xenogears. The concept of the cycle of rebirth.

Don't worry, I won't ever visit Japan. Japan is for the Japanese. I feel bad about all of those left-wing liberal foreigners who think it is okay to move to Japan.

Multiculturalism is a curse, don't let it get as bad as it is here in the West.
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>>12483433
The language and general culture- Japanese classes in primary school (they started teaching Japanese in the 4th grade at the school that I went to and it was mandatory).
Anime/2hu- my middle school girlfriend was a weeaboo and she got me to watch anime with her, it ended up catching on.
History- my highschool history teacher had a doctoral thesis on the Yamashita trial and had us study Meiji and Imperial Japan.
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Erotic games.
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>>12483433
judo, one of the only non gay sports next to football that i could do in my town.
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JAV
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>>12483889
What got me in into Japan was a Taiwanese movie about Momotaro. Specifically, it was the katana. As a kid, I thought the sword was a beautiful thing. It wasn't until later I learned where it came from.
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>>12483433
Games, animes, mangas
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Kaiju films and JRPGs, mostly.
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>>12483433

Video Games and electronics
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????????
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>>12488709
???????????
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>>12483433
my wife TBH, didn't have much interest until I had to visit her family and saw the country for the first time.
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>>12483534

Not him, but I get what he's trying to say. America, Canada and Australia are part of the anglosphere, of the english cultural heritage which also fits into Europe, the West, the colonizing powers and so forth.
"the West" is more than just Europe, but those that bear the legacy of the Greeks, Romans and the Judeo-Christian.

Japan, Korea and China are different, at least to me.
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they taught us Japanese when I was in elementary school

back then Japan was a richer country and people wanted to teach their kids to learn Japanese so they could do business

but things fell apart
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>>12483433
Probably because it was the first foreign country i went to. I did Japanese in school since I was 10 (I continued on with it in highschool because i was pretty good and found it relatively easy compared to other languages)

When I landed in KIX I caught the train to Kyoto at about 10PM and all the city lights for the train ride amazed me, nothing like that in Australia.

So I think its pretty cool, but if I went to Singapore or Hongkong or Seoul or any big modernized city would have probably done the same thing.

You always remember your first I guess.
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>>12483488
I remember my old history teacher saying that japan belonged right off the coast of europe, because they're really similar in many ways
historically, of course. modern europe is pretty garbage
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Well this is my first time going to this specific board, but my dad works for a Japanese company and I've always grown up with a little element of Japanese culture in my life.

I feel like that's a legitimate reason
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>>12483433
for me, the culture seems like such a 180 from ours so its fascinating. I like Japan cause its different, and the sheer weirdness of it, In North america there are no vending machines that sell used girls panties, there are no celebrations held for penises, our imagination of giant robots suck, the food at our convenience stores all suck, most of our tales of monsters and myth are few and kinda boring, not enough Nissan GTR's from 1998 here, and if anyone set up something like this >>12485252
oh boy, the police would be there so fast.
>MAC tools, this guy knows whats good
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Well, I lived on Okinawa for 3 years (my dad is in the military), and while it's not mainland, I did visit mainland enough to know I like the climate. In actuality, when I found out we were moving to Okinawa, I hated the idea and was angry with my dad for quite a while. Then, when we moved back to the US, I realized how ignorant I actually was. I've been living in the US for 5 years now and can't wait to leave this place. I'm planning on trying to get into the JET Program or Interac. I get called a weaboo faggot by a few friends of mine, but it's not really that. I don't watch very much anime, nor do I really care about manga. It's really a "well I lived in Okinawa and quite liked Japan when I visited, I guess if I'm going to leave the US, I'll go to Japan" sort of thing. That's not to say the Japanese culture doesn't interest me though.
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Started with video games and anime when I was a little kid but more recently it's been music, architecture and language. Still games to a degree though.
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East Asian history and culture aren't taught in the American school system. My interest in Japan, and East Asia at large, was mostly due to academic rebellion. I didn't want to learn about Rome anymore--I wanted to learn about something different. I read Three Kingdoms when I was 12, and it just went from there.
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>>12483753
They do, but it's usually from a special karaoke machine that has songs pre-programmed in.
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>>12488761
>Judeo-Christian
Stop using that nonsensical word.
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>>12489587
>East Asian history and culture aren't taught in the American school system.

Seriously?
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>>12489600

Why would they be?
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>>12489600
We hardly learn European history that doesn't involve the US in some way.
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When I was really young I was overly fascinated in cartoons. Any show that was a cartoon I enjoyed, and anything western simply could not compete with Japanese cartoons. The sense of wonder and amazement from Beyblades, Digimon, Dragonball, Medabots, Knights of the Zodiac, even fucking Yu-gi-oh and other crap that founds its way on TV where I was was completely unparalleled. When I discovered Cowboy Bebop, FLCL and other toonami crap that actually had some depth it effected me so deeply. That and Nintendo among other Japanese game producers were also a big part of my childhood.

Because of that i'm a weeblord so Japanese history, literature, cars, urban planning, countryside scenery. It's all interesting.
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>>12489605
American history classes are garbage. They gloss over the horrible things that we did in building this nation, and it's all "YEAH, WE WON THE WORLD WAR II! WE DID IT! NOBODY ELSE!" I love history as a whole, and the American educational system just shits all over it.
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>>12489587
Bro, I'm from SEA and I'm fucking fascinated in Rome and shit. Weird, right?
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>>12489630

South East Asia =/= East Asia
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Amazed by Japan Technology. I wish to work there
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>>12489665
I live in Japan. My workplace just updated their operating systems this year

to Vista.
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>>12489671
>Vista
>2014

Holy fuck why? I can't wrap my head around the logic behind this idea.

At least it's not Windows 8
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>>12489959
Well, Microsoft ceased technical support for Windows XP, so they had no choice.

Now no one in my workplace knows how to do anything on the computers (again).
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Doraemon and pokemon special.
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>>12489959
Fuck you man, Win8.1 is not as bad as some claimed to be.

>>12489995
They should've seen it coming.
Still a bad decision, though. Mainstream support for Vista already ended 2 years ago.
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>>12490002
First interested in Japan because of your fabulous bondage and sm magazines.
Obviously got real interest in your cute girls like Rika Nishimura and Nozomi Kurahashi etc
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>>12490015
Yeah, just saying that while Japan is known for its highly advanced technology, it's only really seen in specialized companies and not in the majority of society. There's maybe one other person at my workplace (out of 30) that knows how to use a computer on a functional level.
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THE AWESOME FOOD!!
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reading naruto for the first time and wanted to go train with real ninjas and learn magic and rape japanese girls on trains while everyone looks the other way pretending it's not happening and pretend to be doing something super important on their flip phones all still while i eat pocky and make squee sounds with my ninja magic dick stealth raping that japanese hoe crying when she moans
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Their penises.
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>>12490042

Translate it weeb
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>>12490036
>>12489995

What kind of people do you work with?

I find it hard to believe that computer literary is as low as you said it is.

On another note is fax also the most common form of communication?
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>>12490135
Junior high school teachers ranging in age from 22 to 59.

Yes, fax is still very much the major means of communication in the business world.
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>>12490139
>Yes, fax is still very much the major means of communication in the business world.

In the west its emails
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>>12490142
Most of the folks I work with don't know how their e-mail accounts work, so they usually just never use them and rely on information from the vice principal.
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>>12490036
>>12490181

You serious? I teach English in China in a "small" chinese city and everyone at the school uses computers and emails. Crazy japs.
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>>12490194
Yeah. I've spent a lot of time helping people who didn't know how to print out pictures from Google or couldn't find a file after they made a shortcut and deleted the original...
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>>12483433
I was destined to be interested in Japan.
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>>12483433
>implying you're still here

Anime and japanese games. Now it's mostly hentai manga
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>>12483433
AKB, Momusu, and C-ute
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I only like some Anime, 2hu, and some of the music that comes from Japan. I'm very xenophobic and hate Japan and the Japanese and I'm glad they're going extinct.
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SMAP, Tohoshinki, and the jukujo.

I also like the alleyways but other than that I really have no interest in anything else around Japan.
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>>12489630
>>12489641

rofl fucking REKT
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The food
The health products (Korea is better at skin care though)
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>>12490813
>I'm glad they're going extinct.

If you're white, you're going that way aswell.
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>>12483433
The 2000 computer game Shogun: Total War.
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>>12489587
I went to an international school and we had maybe 5 classes covering japan because of te overarching imperialism unit. Coming from a country that was an end product of imperialism/ and CIA modern imperialism, its amazing that japan was able to hold its own and pull that shot against first world powers.
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>>12483433

The vast cultural differences.

No other nation-state on earth has a culture more alien to my own than Japan. While Greece and Rome expanded their influence over all of Western Europe, and even the Slavic peoples had significant trade and communication with China, none of them had any substantive contact with Japan until relatively recently.

Japan, and its cultural mores, are as close to an alien civilization as I'm ever going to come, and because of that its endlessly fascinating to me - especially how the stark differences emphasize the uncanny similarities even more.

Aside from that, Japan is the land where animation survived and evolved into an accepted medium for mature stories, unlike the West - and because of that, anime is much more likely to tackle speculative or science-fiction settings and premises than Western media of any sort is, short of novels.
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>>12491031
I want everyone to go extinct eventually.
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>>12483433
I'm not interested in Japan. Just it's games and anime/manga.
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>>12491395
Japanese culture is pretty much european in comparison to every other asian culture, who live like dogs.
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Strangely enough, Koreans. When I was younger, I became fascinated with Korea due to my affiliation with the local Taekwondo association. That led to a love for East Asia, and then, through a YouTube channel, I learned of my first anime, Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu. Now I am planning on living in Japan.
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>>12483433
Idols.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4erhSoOpHg
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>>12483433

Anime and manga got me interested in my early teens, thinking innocently that said media depicted real japanese life. Later I learnt about how real Japanese are and how fucked up your society is, full of hypocrisy and repression.

After that I can safely say I'm interested only on Anime, manga and videogames. Japan, specially the big cities, is one of the last places I'd like to live.

I'd still try living on the countryside though. Maybe there I'd find the true Japan that hasn't been polluted by America.
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>>12492037
this person speaks of wisdom
all East Asian cultures are glorious!
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>>12483433
anime and games, and while I have a vague idea of how the society is there (from real sources) the only thing I am really interested is on the mythology and folklore, and I can say that about any culture that have a well perserved mythology or folklore, I like fantasy a lot
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>>12489671
I understand that while Japan make really good technology, the office and workplace use old equiment, and the reason for that is "while Japan produce last generation technology, they work with old machines because many corporations or workplaces are run by the elder and they are soo conservative that have problems to update their equipment" some places still use fax
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>>12489671
>>12489959
That's nothing.
I was doing some freelance computer repair today and this business still had PCs that were running Windows XP.
I mean, they're a small business, but the owner has a fucking penthouse. I think they could afford to upgrade.
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>>12492352
conservative as hell

when you take this things, I am amazed that the videogame industry is so strong on japan
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>>12491395
the reason of why japan is so diferent is thanks to the edo era, they seclude themself from the rest of the world like 3 centuries, and because of their culture they have manage to perserve that on tradition, but since contact with europe and america, Japan have take so much from it, specially after WWII that the main cities are like america, but the countryside is very differtent
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>>12492346
Most places still use fax. In fact, I'd say you'd be hard-pressed to find an office that doesn't.
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>>12492352
Win XP is still a good choice for office pc. Its still one of the most stable OS. Is enough for your average office, unless they use programs like AutoCAD or something and in need of high spec pcs.
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>>12492649
That's certainly a valid point.
From what I can recall, XP doesn't automatically install stuff like network drivers, graphics drivers, so hunting down drivers that weren't even on the manufacturer's site for a USB WiFi stick wasn't fun.
But that's mainly because they were so fucking slow due to AIDS(ware). I really felt like spinning my chair around and leaping out the window to my death.
But because of that I made $220 in 4 hours so I really shouldn't complain.
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Initially, Shibuya-kei; later, the bizarre porn, ukiyo-e, and Japanese artistic aesthetics in general.
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>>12483591
Boy, someone lucked out.
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>>12483655
ha shit do you even know japan? open minds cmon
>>12483608
see above

In resp. to OP: Touhou and ninjas.
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>>12486934
>And muslim scum that want to destroy the UK.
Never change, 4chan.
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>>12491529
You should just extinct yourself, if you know what I mean.
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You're all a bunch of fucking weeaboos
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Vidya, anime and Miyamoto Musashi.
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>>12492934
Well, manga moreso than anime.
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>>12492905
Oh look, a tripfag.
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>>12492796
Sorry, I meant that they want to drag the whole world into the vile cesspool of hate that they live in. Impose sharia law in countries that it has no place being in, oppress women, stone rape victims, kill homosexuals and behead everyone that refuses to bow to them and finally destroy anything that is green and good in the world, leaving nothing but barren stone and sandy winds eroding the land.
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>>12483433
naruto

I was a dumb kid back then
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>>12490142
Hopefully you don't count France as a western country, because here we still use fax as well. We have a similar problem with social laddering as Japan (not as rigid though?) and our "elite" is mostly old dudes whose only computer-related interest is browsing porn websites. That may explain that odd bit.
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>>12483433
I was never interested in Japan itself. Only the media that came out of it. If that's what you're talking about, though. Yeah, sure. That.
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I remember my father being kind of an argetinian Japphile, he seemingly really liked the idea of Japan becoming a superpower (that apparently died near 2000).
He would sometimes tell me stories about how they dominated the auto industry with small cars in comparison to big american ones when I was 13, despite it being 2007. That added to how I digged robots, Mario, (very) late 90's and early 2000's anime,the internet (Newgrounds and Inciclopedia) and weirdness (not the lulsorandom kind) made me intereted in the country.
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It started when my mother got me hooked on video games by getting me all sorts of handhelds & consoles. My father did the same after my mother left him.
Anime sometimes aired on TV during my childhood. I knew nothing of the stuff, but I was entertained and wanted moar. I learned that some of the stuff I enjoyed came from Japan around 2000-2003.
Hentai definitely played a role. I think it was 10 years ago when I found a Chinese or Japanese imageboard (don't recall which). I lost the URL but it was a board for tentacle hentai. This pleased me greatly since I was 13, but I couldn't fap in peace because I had very little privacy. Tentacle rape is still my top fetish btw.
In 2004/2005 I went to a Cherry Blossom festival which was my first real exposure to Japanese culture.
The anime network exposed me to the medium again but I didn't have it for long.
I had dialup until 2006 when I got access to my neighbor's WiFi network. I think that's when I started to play around with downloading anime, but the connection wasn't very consistent.
A friend introduced me to 4chan around that time, so I mainly lurked /b/ and didn't leave until 2008. I fled to /m/ because of AIDS and an unhealthy Gundam obsession.
I rediscovered anime that year and finally had good internet so it wasn't long before I was watching shows consistently.
Now I started learning the language and immerse myself in movies, visual novels, light novels & manga.
Sure, I may have grown up into an introverted and narcissistic 23 year old virgin, but I'm quite satisfied with how things turned out.

tl;dr

Video Games, Anime, Hentai, The Internet and 4chan.
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>>12492898
I will, after everyone else
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>>12483433
Anime. Growing up I remember watching Gundam 0079 and it blew my mind. After that, there was Dragonball Z and other shows. I was still a kid then, but it planted the seed.

More recently I've gotten back into anime in a more serious way, and no longer being a kid I've been watching shows with subs. This started an interest in actually learning Japanese because I noticed I was picking up on words and phrases from hearing and reading the subtitles, so I started actually learning Japanese seriously. From there, I started looking into Japan itself, looking at things like tourism or even jobs (mostly teaching English in part because it gives me a chance to use my fluency, and also because I know that I will always be a foreigner and teaching English gives me a way of using that fact to my benefit).

Despite the years between first watching 0079 and watching Aldnoah Zero now, I've always had a love for mecha and also discovered a love for SoL in particular anything by Key, so while my interest recently has become more serious than it was as a kid, I think the seed was planted a long time ago that is now beginning to bloom. Assuming I continue studying Japanese, my hope is that I'll know enough of the language to survive a trip there next year. I think that's the next step in my interest, and I'll just have to see what happens after that experience.
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>>12483433
It's a different culture than where I come from, which is western in origin. The reason why Japan over other places is mainly because the amount of media they churn out regularly.
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Ninjas, sushi, Godzilla.
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>>12483433
Japan seems to have better culture and technology than the u.s..

Everytime I see a street in japan, it seems to be very clean. Almost everything there is clean.

I live in Los Angeles and its a shithole unless you live in the richest areas. Even then there isn't anything special about the nicer areas. People here on average are not very intelligent. We either have too many mexicans or dumb whites or asians.
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The anime my parents showed me. They knew exactly what they were doing.

Also ninja, like >>12483440 said. Surf Ninjas is the zeitgeist within which my soul will always dwell.
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>>12483433

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