Osaka ★ Ran
Obuse, Japan | 2012
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Oh god he’s here.
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Sex and flirting in Japan (originally from lj user supacat)
"homasse asked about the differences in flirting styles in the different countries I’ve been in, and Meg asked the same question only about sex (-_-);;; um, I don’t travel the world treating it like a smorgasbord of guys, sampling various ones from each country (tragically). But I can talk about…
I’m laughing because well…yes, Japanese culture is very different.
Vintage original Japanese irezumi (tattoo).
This is Japan in a nutshell. Forget all the crazy stuff with the weird tv programs and the cosplaying—that’s just the outer shell that gets attention because it’s unusual. This, this is the beauty of the country. I’ve had little grandmothers chase me down because I dropped my shinkansen tickets. In amusement parks, the attendants do their upmost to get lost items (usually cardigans or kids’ shoes) back to the owners—before the owners even realize they’d lost said item(s). I’ve had complete strangers not only give my thorough directions but have offered to drive me to the place I needed to go.
It is so, so, so hard to go back to the States after you get the J-treatment. I mean, Japan has its downside (“What is this madness you call pizza???”), but the general attitudes of everyone—even the so-called hardcore yankees (two of whom who, on a blazing summer day, helped me find one of my schools when I was heinously lost in the labyrinth that is the neighborhood in which said school is located)—is the epitome of the mindset that I wish everyone would adopt. Because yelling at people gets you nowhere. And being able to empathize with people kinda helps make this country a really nice place to live in.
This. So hard. Random bunch of business men walked us three streets to our target just ‘cause. Random guy hands me a plaster on a train when I had a little cut. Japan has it’s oddities and faults, but most of the people are just so good.
Japanese Women and Weight
When I was there I realized that Japanese girls and women were obsessed with their weight. What we consider to be slim was considered chubby there. The society there messed around with how I viewed body image and beauty, however, whatever you do don’t chase after it.
Here is an interesting article…
When I was in Japan 3 years it snowed in Osaka which is not very common. I didn’t take this photo but I found it on google :) A photo of the majestic Osaka Jou blanketed by snow.
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this video is so freaking awkward I cant stop laughing
the cat is literally saying “no”
HE’S SCREAMING NO
"that sound means he likes the bath" "NOOOOOO"
"that is a sound of pleasure" "NOOOO"
"it builds trust between you and your animal" "NOOOOOOOOOOOOO"
My lovely followers who are learning Japanese…let me teach you a thing.
Something REALLY embarrassing almost happened to me today.
So, the Japanese language is set up where a change of a syllable can mean something completely different. It’s very easy to unintentionally say another word when you mean to say something else. In English it is very difficult for this to happen. I can’t type “wgat” instead of “what” and get an actual word.
Today I was trying to translate something. The sentence that needed to be translated was something very simple
"The amount of students that are sent on exchange depend on the program."
There was a word I needed to use which was Koukan. Koukan means to exchange; thus Koukan Program means exchange program.
I keep forgetting how to read the kanji for Koukan so I read it as Kouman which means arrogance. It wasn’t until I second guessed myself AGAIN and questioned myself if it was actually Kouman or Mankou. Now class? Do any of you guys know what Mankou translates to? No? Well, good. But now you will.
Mankou is Japanese slang for pussy or c*nt. (Sorry, I don’t like typing/saying/using that word.)
I went from Koukan to Kouman to Mankou.
You see, I cringed when I though of Mankou because something about it didn’t feel right, in fact, I was positive it was something really dirty. Because of this instinct, I decided not to use it.
After the test I looked it up and slapped myself because I remembered what it meant.
There you go kids. The moral of the story, is Japanese is hella weird language so don’t mess it up. k
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