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08 October 2010 @ 07:39 pm
Day 12 - Describe a fail!gaijin moment...  
Continuing the meme.. ^^ I have to admit, I really like using the meme as an excuse to post every day! Sometimes I just don't do anything interesting, so I can't think of anything useful enough to say. I'll try to be better about that once the meme is over, though..

It was so awesome reading everyone's comments from the last post. I'd like to go back through and answer some of them when I have a chance, but I'm not sure when I'll get to it. There sure are a lot of varying opinions about trains!! And I have no doubt that I'd die riding the New York subway.

Day 12 - Describe a fail!gaijin moment. (Where you did something wrong or completely misunderstood because you couldn't ~read the air~ or just plain had no idea what you were supposed to do because you weren't born and raised here) Describe a gaijin!smash moment .(Where your foreignness was to your benefit)

A fail!gaijin moment..

I want to say that I've had a lot of these, but to be honest, if I didn't get that it was out of place at the time, I probably never realized it. So I wouldn't even know now!

There are things like putting my chopsticks into rice, and every time I make that mistake people tell me not to do it because it's bad luck. But I wouldn't say that it's really a faux paus. It's more like just an, "oh, right, okay" (And in my head I add a "what's the big deal?")

Other instances are probably more to do with my personality. Like, I like to hug people, though these days I tend to hold back a little bit more. But in the past, I would hug all sorts of people all of the time. It didn't really seem to be uncomfortable to me, but it might have just been me.. And of course, there were times that I spoke my mind, which isn't always accepted here, but it's not as much as cultural thing as a personality thing, again.

And a gaijin!smash moment..?

Well, this one seems to actually come into play a lot! Like, for example, because I'm not Japanese people don't expect me to act japanese (a reasonable expectation). So, I can go up to nearly anyone that I want to meet and ask them a question or introduce myself. I suppose my favorite story is something that is a little bit of a secret (but if I don't mention names it's probably okay).

In summer 2009 I went to Tenipuri Festa with the work group, and when it was all over, we stayed for a short celebration with all of the seiyuu cast. It was a quick speech by Ryoma's seiyuu and a few others, and then a bit of socializing, for maybe half an hour. But one of the other assistants who worked with us was a HUGE fan of one of the seiyuu. HUGE. But being a shy, Japanese girl, she wouldn't go over and talk to him. I don't have those qualms though, so I talked to him and the two of us decided to tease her. When he went over and introduced himself, she was so happy that she started shaking and bawling! It was the cutest thing ever, and they talked for quite a while. Call me evil, but I love doing things like that =^-^= I will never, ever forget the look on her face. ^^ What can I say, I did it out of love! ♥

That's certainly the one that sticks in my mind the most.. :)

The Japan 30-day Meme ♡〜(ゝ。∂)

Day 01 - A picture of you "in Japan". (doing or wearing something "Japanese")
Day 02 - Describe your neighborhood in Japan.
Day 03 - Most interesting person you've met.
Day 04 - What's your favorite place that's not in any of the guidebooks/lists of places to visit?
Day 05 - Which, if any, Japanese mannerisms or expressions have you adopted?
Day 06 - Food that you swore you would never eat but now love (or tolerate).
Day 07 - Which Japanese words do you use in English? (hanami, shinkansen, etc.)
Day 08 - Are you a Herbivore or Carnivore? S or M?
Day 09 - Favorite stores/shopping centers.
Day 10 - Something about Japan that sets it apart from anywhere else.
Day 11 - What did you find most overrated and underrated about Japan?
Day 12 - Describe a fail!gaijin moment. (Where you did something wrong or completely misunderstood because you couldn't ~read the air~ or just plain had no idea what you were supposed to do because you weren't born and raised here) Describe a gaijin!smash moment .(Where your foreignness was to your benefit)

Day 13 - Favorite live event that you attended
Day 14 - What is the hardest thing about living in Japan versus your home country?
Day 15 - Weirdest food item you've seen, and weirdest food item you've actually eaten.
Day 16 - How you realised you'd acclimated to Japan. (if you have)
Day 17 - Your karaoke top 5, your sushi top 5, your conbini top 5.
Day 18 - Post some amusing/cute/faily purikura.
Day 19 - Your favorite Japanese character(s) and Gachapon/UFO Catcher toys
Day 20 - Favorite Japanese festival or folklore.
Day 21 - Favorite and least favorite Japanese fashion trends.
Day 22 - Your favorite Japanese saying or kotowaza (proverb).
Day 23 - What is something you have/do in Japan that you wish you had/could do in your home country?
Day 24 - Your favorite Japanese slang or borrow-word (外来語), e.g. セフレ "sex friend"
Day 25 - Most interesting vending machine find.
Day 26 - What's your favorite/least favorite train line.
Day 27 - Place you avoid going to if at all possible.
Day 28 - A picture of you looking like a weaboo/A picture of you trying to blend in and failing.
Day 29 - What's the thing you [will] miss most about Japan when you leave (either on vacation, or move away)?
Day 30 - Did Japan meet your expectations, both good and bad? What has been the most surprising thing about Japan for you, or the thing you least expected?

By the way, Konomi-sensei asked my help for a few days, so I'm going to go into the studio and help him out from tomorrow until Monday. I'm travelling light, so I won't have my laptop, but I'll update my twitter and japanese blog from my iphone if I get a chance! But I only update lj from my laptop since I post so many pictures. At least I knew ahead of time about the lack of nets? (though he only called me this afternoon) Honestly, it's been more than 8 months since I've been to the studio, so it's going to be really nostalgic, I think.. (But I won't lie, I really was flattered that he thought to call me when he was in a bind. *tears*)
ore-samathesundaywriter on October 8th, 2010 10:55 am (UTC)
aw, cute story =3
Indiindikarr on October 8th, 2010 11:02 am (UTC)
So if you can't use chopsticks, how are you supposed to eat rice?? Fork?
Destiny ♪yuidirnt on October 8th, 2010 11:09 am (UTC)
I think she means that while you are not eating/stopping to drink/something, it's bad luck to leave the chopsticks in the plate.
Indiindikarr on October 8th, 2010 11:11 am (UTC)
That makes more sense! :-)
Destiny ♪yuidirnt on October 8th, 2010 11:13 am (UTC)
I had to think about it for a moment, too, haha.
Sherrysherryillk on October 8th, 2010 11:18 am (UTC)
Actually, it's more like stabbing your chopsticks and leaving them standing up in rice...That's something no self-respecting Asian would do. It's really only done when someone is dead, so it's a pretty big deal and a very big no-no.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 8th, 2010 12:13 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that is what I mean. I know the reason why people don't like it, so I try not to do it when I'm around people, but sometimes I forget. I don't think it's really that big of a deal though, nobody ever says anything other than a tiny comment. Good thing I'm not asian, because I do it every time I eat rice alone. It's way better than getting the table dirty!
Sherrysherryillk on October 8th, 2010 12:21 pm (UTC)
I think we just think it's a big deal because we've all been taught to never do something like that. If you have parents and very superstitious grandparents telling you not to do it over and over again, eventually it sinks in and it becomes something that you just don't do. Their neurosis about it becomes your neurosis and it just spreads to everybody else...
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 8th, 2010 12:58 pm (UTC)
I guess it's sort of like eating raw eggs. I was taught over and over again that eating raw eggs or meat will kill you, but they eat them all the time in Japan.
Aifebruaryfour on October 18th, 2010 03:42 pm (UTC)
FYI: you stick incense into ashes as offerings for dead people. Do not treat your food as if you are dead too.
Neffiline: AAA Sweetneffiline on October 8th, 2010 12:36 pm (UTC)
I didn't know you had a japanese blog! (Maybe I just wasn't paying attention enough... it's my fault u__u )

I can't read japanese very well, so this will get me to practice more :D I love looking at all the pictures too~

Good luck on your work with Konomi-sensei! Gambatte!!
Linstarrbeam on October 8th, 2010 02:18 pm (UTC)
Good luck at work! awwww
i won't be able to see you sunday!!
ok lets plan a girl date!
ext_261845 on October 8th, 2010 02:55 pm (UTC)
When talent is recognized
I enjoyed the part were you get the seiyuu to talk to her, I bet she is also very grateful for that.

And Im really happy you have been called by Konomi-sensei, means that you are a proficient artist, and He recognizes your talent, and that just talks even better about you.

Good luck, and hoping to see your own manga soon,when that day comes I will make sure to get you some true tasty regional mexican salsa! ^^

Anyways, have a safe trip.
(Anonymous) on October 9th, 2010 12:35 am (UTC)
Just curious. Is ur boyfriend white or asian?
loki_leeloki_lee on October 9th, 2010 01:32 pm (UTC)
Wahahaha.... When I go to azn countries (e.g. Malaysia and soon to be China) they expect me to speak chinese. This results in me looking completely blankly at them. (TT____TT) But also in Japan people thought I was Japanese at first - luckily my Japanese is far better than my Chinese!

Something I didn't get used to - trains are so quiet in Japan! there were times I'd speak to loudly because I was used to making noise...

Story of Tenipuri Festa is Adorable btw, ah, THAT IS LOVE, it is truly an act done out of kindness.
genkanai on October 11th, 2010 11:06 pm (UTC)
Did anyone explain to you that sticking your hashi in rice is not done because it represents the Buddhist death ceremony (cremation.) It is also why you should never hand food to someone hashi to hashi (that's only done at a Buddhist cremation ceremony.) It is also why no one ever makes a perfect half-sphere mound of rice like you might see in other rice-eating cultures. That again is like 'feeding someone death.'
(Anonymous) on October 12th, 2010 02:10 pm (UTC)
u r really cute. i found u searchin something about japan and...wow
never grow olddiscodv8 on October 14th, 2010 10:57 am (UTC)
i just think you're way frickin awesome.
(Anonymous) on October 14th, 2010 09:08 pm (UTC)
Ewa from Poland
Hi! I want to improve my English :). I'm going to read your blog ;D, it looks interesting. My e-mail is stopxpauza@o2.pl