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28 April 2006 @ 02:11 pm
新宿に In Shinjuku.....  
All I have to say is... wtf?

Shinjuku makes the strangest choice in stores, I swear. Yes, they were selling drug paraphanelia inside. Ooooh dear. XD;;;;

Did you know that they sell something called a "legal drug" on the streets of Kabuki-cho Shinjuku? I've heard that it's really potent, and yes, it's completely legal. They sell it out of these shady-looking stalls. I'd never try drugs of any kind, but it does make me turn my head.


Crazy crazy Tokyo. =D
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on April 28th, 2006 05:25 am (UTC)
Well, of course normal drugs aren't legal (marijuana, cocaine, etc). It's this 'special' kind of drug that was made in a labratory, that's new enough where it hasn't been outlawed yet. I hope it does soon!!

One interesting thing that I heard is that it's only jail or a fine if you're caught with drugs. But if you're a foreigner caught with drugs, you're deported and NEVER allowed back into the country. How unfair is that? X.x (Not that I would ever use drugs, but people deserve the same treatment if they want to make Japan their home)
jean_kun on April 28th, 2006 06:07 am (UTC)
Oh okay then, lol. "Special"...huh. I hope it gets outlawed soon too!

Wow, that's harsh. I think people shouldn't do drugs in the first place though. It would save people a lot of trouble if they didn't.

Also, I wanted to ask if you think Kato Kazuki's Rough Diamond CD will still be out for sale in July, because a couple of my friends (lucky people!) are going to Japan sometime in July, and I was thinking they could buy it for me when they go. Either that, or I should just buy it through YesAsia or something. What do you think? ^^
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on April 28th, 2006 06:18 am (UTC)
I would definitely recommend buying it thorough your import store of choice now. Seeing as how it's already sold out now, I don't know whether they'd be able to find it easily in July. It's better to just get it now while it's new, or who knows. If they're small indies artists like Kazuki, then it'll be only luck if you find it later at all.

Yeah, drugs should be outlawed!! But really I just want fair treatment. Yes, we're foreigners, but there should be some sort of deal where I can trade living-rights with a japanese person who wants to live in America. Then I can have all of the rights of a japanese person and stay here without a visa. I still think that it's HORRIBLY unfair that some guy living on the street here in Tokyo can stay, no problem, but I have to keep a job and renew my visa every year just to live here. I should have the right to live here as much as anyone else does, japanese or not. GRR. /rant (Sorry for the rant... but I feel so strongly about it I have to rant to keep up my sanity every once in a while..x.x)
jean_kun on April 28th, 2006 06:24 am (UTC)
Okay, I'm definitely going to buy it now, thanks! But I want the free shipping so I have to buy $16 worth of something else now XD, any suggestions? Hmm, I hope Katou Kazuki continues his singing career in the future ~♥~

I totally agree with you! It stinks that you have to renew your Visa often, even though you're probably going to live in Japan for the rest of your life. Can't you get Japanese citizenship, like you can get US citizenship by taking a test? They should let you take that if it exists. I don't mind the rant, in fact, rant all you want, I'll be here to listen! ♥♥♥
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on April 28th, 2006 06:32 am (UTC)
Haha, you might be sorry that you said that, since I'll take any excuse to rant about my rights in Japan! XD;;

There is a citizenship test that I can take. Unfortunately, first I have to live here for at least 10 years, and then on top of that if it's granted, I have to give up my US citizenship. That is unacceptable for me, so I can't go that route, which makes me upset. It's not fair that children who have parents who are nationals of both countries can hold citizenship in both, but I'm not allowed to. I don't think that it's unfair that they have it, but I think that it's unfair that I can't have dual-citizenship too. VERY UNFAIR. Just because I wasn't born here, I automatically don't have the rights that this person would have, even though they did nothing to obtain said rights. Sooooooo GRRRRR!!!

There is another option-- when I have lived here 10 years, I can apply for a permanent residency visa and I won't have to renew it ever. This is what I'm planning to do. But I don't think that it's fair that even then, I'll still have to get permission to leave the country every time that I want to go, unlike a japanese person. X.x (This is what I have to do now, too, or else my visa is void automatically and I won't be allowed back into the country)

I hate the privelege of birth. NOT FAIR. Money, everything, it's totally unfair. Would that children were raised collectively and given advantages based only on their personal worth, not their family's. It would be such a better world.
jean_kun on April 28th, 2006 06:46 am (UTC)
Wow, I didn't realize how difficult the requirements were for the test. I can see your point very well. I also feel like wanting to live in Japan, either because I'm in love with it and don't know any better so I'm just saying that or whatever, but I couldn't give up my US citizenship. That really is unfair. I'm jealous of my friend who has dual citizenship just because her parents were born there, but she wasn't. From what I understand, she's only been in Japan 3 times in her life to visit relatives. Grrr, indeed!

The permanent residency visa would be the route I'd choose too, if I were in your position. But still, 10 years...you've lived in Japan for at least 2 years already, right? Anyway, I think that my mom had a permanent visa a while ago to stay in the US. She already got her US citizenship, so that visa doesn't matter anymore, I guess. But I remember that before she got it, it seemed like we'd always be stopped at the Canada-US border patrol. It was either because of the visa or because we "had too many people in the vehicle." It's ridiculous.

I totally agree with you again, on the privilege of birth. There are a lot of deserving people out there that should be given more respect and whatnot depending on the type of person they are...like unfortunate people who are looked down upon because of social status, for example. And then there's a lot of snobs who live the rich life just because they were born into it. I'm disappointed that we live in a society that operates and focuses on social status rather than personal worth.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on April 28th, 2006 06:51 am (UTC)
I really wish that I had Paris Hilton's wealth. Imagine not having to work a day in your life, and being able to live wherever you wanted to. Then you could pursue your dream and really contribute to culture (unlike what she does... or rather, doesn't do... with her money).

There is, of course, always another way out. If I got married to a japanese person, I could stay here. But I don't want to do that just for the sake of a visa. NO WAY. I only want to get married for love, and even then it's not likely that the type of marriage I want will be allowed. >.>;
jean_kun on April 28th, 2006 06:56 am (UTC)
Pfft. Whenever I think of Paris Hilton, I think to myself, "Why her?" She is famous for literally doing nothing. She makes me angry.

Un, that would also do the trick, but I guess you're not going for that one, huh. Dang, life sucks sometimes XDDD, demo ganbare yo.

Hmm, thanks for talking with me like this. I haven't had an intelligent, rantful talk with anyone for a while now, thanks! ^^
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on April 28th, 2006 07:00 am (UTC)
I think that Paris Hilton is rather funny. In the "oh, I feel sorry for you....." sort of way. XD;; I really liked the Simple Life. ^^

I suppose it's not 100% impossible that I would marry a japanese person, even a guy. If I was in love with them, then I suppose I would do it (10 years from now XD). I'd never do it for a visa, though. ^^
taishitaishi on April 28th, 2006 03:57 pm (UTC)
I would love to live in a society like that. That has been a sort of dream of mine, where all children have the same start, and then only their will to achieve will separate them. Sadly, I doubt neither of us will leave to see such a society.

On the drug thing, remember, the foreigners are not part of the Japanese in-groups, so they are treated worse. This is a country that can deny an apartment to foreigners. I can’t say I blame them, because most Americans are ignorant self-centered jerks.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on April 28th, 2006 04:35 pm (UTC)
It's too bad that that can't be the case. I will work toward a future like that!! =^___^= Where our will determines our way!! ^o^

because most Americans are ignorant self-centered jerks
Yeah, sadly true ne....

Yeah, it was CRAZY searching for my apartment. I'm still mad that I was denied over and over again just because I'm a foreigner. It's worse that they said the reason straight out, where in America that would have been enough grounds to sue them. x.x;
taishitaishi on April 28th, 2006 06:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, I meant "will live to see such a society". I'm guessing you figured that out.

I can’t really blame them though. If you owned an apartment complex, and the last three foreigners you rented to bailed on their rent and left in the middle of a lease would you really be willing to rent to the next foreigner? It would be nice if they checked the rental history of the foreigner before denying them outright. If the person had no rental history, then I can understand the need for a much higher security deposit.

That is what pisses me off about America. Everyone is so afraid of being sued for discrimination. At a apartment complex we lived in Phoenix the apartment manager came in and talked to us because he though someone visiting was living there. Yet, the Mexican’s next door had four adults and six children in a two bedroom and no one said shit to them.

If I was an apartment manager, and lets say the last four black people I rented to had to be evicted for illegal activities, or non payment of rent, it would be nice if when the next black guy with no rental history what so ever I had the legal right to say “I’m sorry, you have not proved yourself to be reliable, and I’ve have bad luck with people of your race, please pay three times the standard security deposit, if everything is fine after six months 2/3 of it will be returned to you."

I’m not raciest, but I feel business owners should be able to protect themselves without fear of lawsuits. I don’t think someone should be flat out denied due to race, but they should understand when a business asks for some extra security due to past events.

If I had seen an American causing a disturbance (more then just a culture misunderstanding that is) while I was in Japan I would have spoken up, and got directly in his face about it because his actions would reflect badly on myself, and other Americans in Japan.

If minorities in America would get on the case of others members of their race causing a problem rather then defending or even encouraging such actions then perhaps they could change the perception others have.

Today they don’t have to and can just rally behind the flag of racism whenever someone stands up and tries to get them to recognize where feelings of distrust come from.

Hmm… I did not intend this reply to become a rant… oh well.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on April 29th, 2006 02:38 am (UTC)
I can understand a little bit where the attitude is coming from with Japanese. But I should not be held responsible for the actions of other foreigners in the city.

I've never actually seen any foreigners make a disturbance. There are tons of stories that you hear about it, and people bailing on their rent too, but I've never known anyone that did something like that, so there's nothing for me to stop. :/ Now... I have seen many a japanese person wandering around so drunk that they end up stopping and puking all over themselves on the train station floor and laying down in it. If I was japanese, would it be my responsibility to stop this embarrassment?