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Where can I find reactions to the original Godzilla?

How did audiences in Japan 9 years out of WW2 react to the extensive use of war-imagery in the original 1954 Godzilla? [more inside]
posted by Ndwright on Jul 21, 2013 - 2 answers

What interesting unique items should I buy in Japan?

I'm travelling to Japan for the first time. I'll be there for about a week, and want to buy some interesting, unique, useful items. What can I buy in Japan that I can't get anywhere else, or that is better than what I can get elsewhere? I'm a utilitarian minimalist who doesn't like owning stuff for the sake of stuff. I like things that are useful, well-designed, beautiful and high-quality. I also like small things. What should I buy in Japan, and what kind of stores should I be looking for? [more inside]
posted by Susan PG on Jul 5, 2013 - 32 answers

How did the Japanese public come to admire U.S. culture, post WWII?

Japan and the Japanese public are often portrayed as being admirers of the culture of the United States. But within living memory the two countries were involved in a brutal war, which culminated in conventional and nuclear bombings targeting Japan's citizenry and devastating their country. In Japan's case, how did a societal contempt sufficient to wage and sustain total war turn, in such a short time, into a societal affinity sufficient for some to embrace many parts of the culture of the nation that had dealt them destruction on such a massive scale? [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Jul 1, 2013 - 14 answers

scary gaijin?

In watching Azumanga Daioh (anime) and in comments here and around the web, there seems to be a trope or expectation or whatever you would call it that Japanese people are actually afraid of foreigners. Is that accurate? If so, why is that?
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies on Jan 14, 2012 - 13 answers

Info about Tattoo Culture?

I'm going to be getting a tattoo or two within the next few months. However, I'm also going to Japan at some point next year to live there for 2+ years. What all should I know? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Nov 12, 2011 - 13 answers

Lost in Translation

What do the Japanese find "wacky" or bizarre about American/Western culture? Not looking for negative stereotypes, more "WTF??" moments of hilarious cultural untranslatablility. [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes on Oct 11, 2011 - 39 answers

I need to understand more about cultural differences in doing business with Japan

I need to understand the Japanese cultural importance of "saving face" with respect to business, and how I can make myself less frustrated with an ongoing business negotiation I'm involved in. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 20, 2011 - 10 answers

Japan Immersion

Non-touristy must do's in Japan? Interesting ideas for 'projects'/missions to make this trip fun? Cultural tips/faux-pas to avoid? Quirky facts/tips? [more inside]
posted by MD06 on Nov 3, 2010 - 19 answers

Japanese Birthday

Japanese Birthday customs [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos on Nov 1, 2010 - 9 answers

What's the name for the art of not talking about what you're talking about?

In Japan, there was—and maybe still is?—a practice of communicating via allusion. I figure there must be a name for that, so tell me what it is. [more inside]
posted by Su on Apr 29, 2010 - 3 answers

residential Tokyo?

How to see "the real Tokyo" (in three days)? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Feb 22, 2010 - 12 answers

Instruction for proper Japanese bowing technique

A humorous visual guide to proper Japanese bowing technique. Does anyone have a link? [more inside]
posted by TheyCallItPeace on Feb 10, 2010 - 6 answers

Gifts for Japanese Families?

What are some good gifts for Japanese families? Also, are there any cultural taboos that I should be particularly sure to avoid breaking while staying in Japan? [more inside]
posted by bassooner on May 3, 2009 - 23 answers

Funky origami advice?

Hi all, I have recently become obsessed with origami, and I love the funkier side of the craft. Bright colors, geometric patterns, modular pieces. I have the basic folds down, but now I want to make and learn about really cool stuff. Do any of you have suggestions about the most interesting origami papers, websites, discussion groups, patterns, etc.? Or any other origami advice?
posted by tnygard on Feb 21, 2009 - 11 answers

Help me create a Japanese performance for a school festival.

I want to do a performance at my school's Japanese Spring festival, but I have no idea what to do! [more inside]
posted by Syntoad on Mar 5, 2008 - 6 answers

Why do some Japanese TV shows use difficult English phrases instead of Japanese ones?

How is the English language regarded in Japanese culture? [more inside]
posted by ibmcginty on Aug 25, 2007 - 16 answers

SUPER HAPPY EXTREME GRINNING DOLL!

I took a photo of this doll when I was on holiday in Japan (because it's the spitting image of someone I know). What is it? Where can I find more information/photos/videos anything?
posted by lemonfridge on May 3, 2007 - 7 answers

A slice of Japan in London

What Japanese style amenities can be found in London? Most especially I am on the hunt for group Karaoke booths (preferably with an 'all you can drink' policy) and supermarkets stocking exclusively Japanese produce.... What's out there?
posted by 0bvious on Oct 1, 2006 - 8 answers

Tragic Notepad

Please help me understand the tragical story of the lovestruck toilet paper roll. [more inside]
posted by alms on Oct 9, 2005 - 10 answers

Why don't the Japanese get stoned?

Why is the marijuana usage rate in Japan (0.05%) so much lower than anywhere else?
posted by Tlogmer on Sep 9, 2005 - 36 answers

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