Sensei, do you think my girlfriend is cute?

A student asked me if I thought his girlfriend was cute. Relationships tend to be kept out of ear-reach or eye-shot of teachers so I felt pretty proud that they were comfortable dropping the silence with me.

But on the other hand, what could I say? He obviously wanted an affirmation on his girlfriend choice but before I even made a judgement I realized there was no good that could come of any answer.

If I said “no”, I would have just told him, his girlfriend (who was standing there, smiling, waiting to hear a “yes”) and all the other students in the vicinity that I essentially find her–the love of his life and one of my students–ugly.

If I said “yes”, then both he she would content, but theres no telling what warped version of my statement would’ve started circulating the Rural Japan Town News Network.

I was at an impasse; do I shatter his fragile ego or risk having rumors start?

I ended up doing neither. I responded using a bunch of S.A.T. words, laughed as if some joke was told and then changed the subject. They didn’t catch what I said and needless to say, he opted not to ask again.

Advertisements

Comments (2) »

Japanese People and their Lies

Here’s another translated survey from What Japan Thinks (I’m a big fan of this site). This time, it’s about the little white lies than Japanese men and women tell:

The Women:

Q: What white lies can’t you avoid telling guys you fancy? (Sample size=527, women)

Rank Score
1 My weight 100
2 How many guys I’ve been out with before 92.6
3 Whether I have a current boyfriend 45.7
4 How long I haven’t had a boyfriend for 44.4
5 How good (or bad) I am at cooking 35.8
6 How good I am at doing housework 30.9
7= Talking about a common hobby 28.4
7= How I spend my days off 28.4
9 Pretending that I bought myself stuff I actually received as a gift 27.2
10= How bad I am at getting up in the morning 23.5
10= How much savings I have 23.5
10= My age 23.5
13 What hobbies I’m really into 22.2
14 When I have to be home by at night 13.6
15 The kind of guy I fancy 12.3
16= How much I spend on my hobbies 8.6
16= My salary 8.6
18= How much I spend on clothes 7.4
18= What kind of work I do 7.4
18= My height 7.4

I love how women primarily lie to keep their current or future marriages in check. Regardless of age (teens to 60+ year olds),  Japanese Women seem the most concerned about maintaining a “good wife” image.

Men are also concerned with their image, but it doesn’t appear to be as big of a deal:

Rank Score
1 How many girls I’ve been out with before 100
2 How long I haven’t had a girlfriend for 76.6
3 Whether I have a current girlfriend 51.9
4 How I spend my days off 42.9
5 The kind of girl I fancy 40.3
6 Talking about a common hobby 39.0
7 What hobbies I’m really into 37.7
8= What fetishes I have about women 28.6
8= How much savings I have 28.6
8= My salary 28.6
11 My age 26.0
12 My weight 22.1
13 What kind of work I do 16.9
14= How bad I am at getting up in the morning 15.6
14= How much I spend on my hobbies 15.6
14= My height 15.6
17 How good I am at doing housework 11.7
18 Pretending that I bought myself stuff I actually received as a gift 9.1
19 How good (or bad) I am at cooking 7.8
20 How good I am at driving 6.5

Leave a comment »

“Grope Groups” in Japan

I just read about Chikan (groping) Groups at JapanProbe.com. I knew there were some perverts but damn, I didn’t realize it was this serious. There are websites dedicated to chikan and ball-less motherfuckers give tips on how to grope females, the best places to grope them and even arrange meetups for group groping.

It has gotten so out of hand that the police now have special task forces to combat it.

On one hand, I’m happy it’s not “worse” than groping. Luckily, the scum who opt to molest women on trains limit it to fondling and nothing more sever. In the west, I feel if I heard a story like this on the news that it’d be of rape.

But on the other hand, I can’t help but think that because it’s only fondling, and because the attackers don’t use weapons (as far as I can tell, they just get close to the women), why the fuck aren’t these women kneeing them in the balls, poking their eyes out, stabbing them with pens or just screaming “PERVERT!”? The silence gives these cowards the confidence to continue their perverse activity.

But that also comes from it being a different culture. Women here don’t always feel empowered to defend themselves physically or audibly. It’s a shame but their second class citizen status gives their attackers more free reign to let their hands roam.

Anyway, here’s a clip (with English Captions) of the news piece:

Comments (2) »

Are most Japanese Men ass guys?

The latest survey from What Japan Thinks is on secret fetishes of Japanese men:

Q: What’s your secret favourite fetish? (Sample Size = 495, male)

1 Skin between knee socks and skirt 100
2 Athletic thighs 89.5
3 Voice 75.4
4= Smell 70.2
4= Small breasts 70.2
6 Big bums 56.1
7 Lower lips 31.6
8 Small hands 28.1
9 Indent around collar bone 26.3
10 Upper lips 24.6
11 Firm upper arms 21.1
12= Blood vessels visible through white skin 19.3
12= White bits left after tanning 19.3
14 Droopy eyes 17.5
15 Earlobes 14.0
16= Broad shoulders 12.3
16= Wide forehead 12.3
18= Belly buttons 8.8
18= Excess hair 8.8
18= Single-folded eyelids 8.8

^

Check out the bolded 2nd, 4th (tie) and 6th fetishes.  All signs point to ass. Japanese men are ass guys.

Comments (3) »

Anime Fan Boys

Just came across this awesome cartoon. So funny. So fucking funny.

Leave a comment »

Just because I am dressed this way does not make me a whore

I am constantly surprised by the skanktity of women’s style here. Every time I think I’ve seen the worst of it, I come across an even younger girl wearing even sluttier clothing. Mom’s even try to live whorishly and vicariously through their scantily clad daughters.

Women and the ho-sential pieces of their wardrobe contributed to my initial culture shock in Japan. Some of what they wear here might even attract stares from regular strip club goers back in the states. But it’s cultural. They don’t necessarily view things the same way here. Scandalous dressing screams “attention whore” in both countries but in America it also just screams “whore”. In Japan, it’s just a style of dress.

Of course, if no one tells you this before you arrive, you may find yourself confused as hell. You treat them the way they dress but for some unknown reason they expect respect. What kind of non sequitur bullshit is this?

World renown sociologist Dave Chappelle referred to this phenomenon in an earlier thesis circa 1999. Here’s the excerpt from his speech:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8K1KHqi9bXc

*all pictures were borrowed from the blog of Singapore Girl in Berlin

Comments (12) »

Oh Brother

Or maybe it’s more appropriate to say “Oh Sister”. There is a new fashion trend going on in Japan where guys wear skirts.

Tokyoite who forgot he has balls

Tokyoite who forgot he has balls

What kind of transvestite shit is this? Why are guys in Japan increasingly trying to become women?  They pluck their eyebrows, wear bobby pins in their hair and seem more interested in grabbing each other’s dicks than touching a woman’s breasts.

How did the effemination of Japan begin? Is this the real reason for Japan’s declining birth rate?

Comments (1) »