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  1. Polite but Direct Refusal in Japanesehttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/studying-japanese/10408-polite-but-direct-refusal-in-japanese

    of indirect communication via subtle queues that you just have to discern and somehow figure out. Japanese culture values politeness in speech, so indirect is always considered far more polite than direct, especially when it comes to something like...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Japanatron
    • Category: Studying Japanese
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  2. Rude Japanhttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/general/10010-rude-japan

    Most all tourists that visit Japan say the same thing: "Wow! Everyone here is so polite!" Well, that's true if you're a tourist--especially one with a phatty wallet. Having lived here for over 5 years, I have come to realize that although Japanese...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: General
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  3. What Japan Needs - More Anti-Smoking Lawshttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/general/10123-what-japan-needs-more-anti-smoking-laws

    on everyone walking behind them. Occasionally I see the "Aruki Tobacco Patrol" made up of retiree city office volunteers politely enforcing the signs. God bless them. Too bad they're not as ubiquitous as the smoke blown in my face. Japan really needs to...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: General
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  4. How to Deal with Unwanted Attention from Japanese Menhttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/general/10338-how-to-deal-with-unwanted-attention-from-japanese-men

    that unwanted attention without offending anyone? Here are some frequently occurring situations and tips on handling them politely. Staring Whether you’re coming to Japan for the first time as a tourist or you’re on your fifth year of living there,...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Japanatron
    • Category: General
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  5. The Shrine Drummerhttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/countryside/10015-the-shrine-drummer

    coming from a shrine? This was going to be an interesting social experiment. Step 1 I composed a note written in the most polite Japanese I could muster that said: “Would it be possible to please not play taiko drums so loudly and so early in the...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: Countryside
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  6. June 2004 - First Time on TV, Live Show, Koreahttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/countryside/10025-june-2004-first-time-on-tv-live-show-korea

    pachinko parlor parking lot in Japanese, "Excuse me. My bike was over there last night, but now it's gone." He was really polite and told me to wait a sec. He came back and said that they put it in a storage area. He even showed me where the storage...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: Countryside
    • Language: *
  7. Sept 2005 - Motorcycle Gangs, 3-Hour Lunchbreaks, Time to Move Onhttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/countryside/10032-sept-2005-motorcycle-gangs-3-hour-lunchbreaks-time-to-move-on

    the phone number the following day and I got some woman. I was at my wits end with this dude, so I didn't even try to use polite Japanese. Here's how the conversation went (translated for your convenience): Woman: Hello. This is blah-blah cultural...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: Countryside
    • Language: *
  8. How to Get a Credit Card in Japanhttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/general/10096-how-to-get-a-credit-card-in-japan

    both foreign and Japanese friends, I applied numerous times over a period of a few years. Each time I promptly received a polite, yet curt letter of rejection. I was surprised since my other foreigner friends had previously found success--flashing their...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: General
    • Language: *
  9. What Japan Needs - More Anti-Noise Lawshttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/general/10125-what-japan-needs-more-anti-noise-laws

    My image of Japan before moving here was that of a polite and reserved culture that treasures quiet and subtlety. Boy was I wrong. Japan can be louder than a rock concert held at a jet engine testing facility, and I'm shocked with what people can get...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Mondaiji
    • Category: General
    • Language: *
  10. How to Date Japanese Guyshttps://japanatron.com/blog/japan/general/10336-how-to-date-japanese-guys

    wouldn’t want to bother a working colleague when he’s obviously busy or the guy who’s at a café with a group of friends. Be polite, graceful, modest, and confident--because you’re sure to succeed. Go online! It goes without saying--Japanese people are...

    • Type: Article
    • Author: Japanatron
    • Category: General
    • Language: *
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