字幕表 動画を再生する 英語字幕をプリント Hey guys! How's it going? My name is Micaela and today I'm here with another talky-video blog on a subject that's kind of hard to talk about. By now I'm sure you're already familiar with the phrase "Gaijin", or "Gaikokujin". This literally translates to "Outside Person," but it's a term we use to describe foreigners in Japan! Foreigners can for the most part be broken down into two different types: the "Kankoukyaku", the tourist, or the "Zaijuugaikokujin", the resident foreigners, the people who generally, either they are working, or they're in school, or, for whatever reason, they're here for an extended period of time. And for me, as a foreigner who has lived in Japan for almost 11 years, it's very very easy to tell the difference between someone who is just visiting, and someone who has lived here. So I often get messages from people who are planning on visiting Japan long-term, they want to be residents, they want to live here, and they're worried about certain habits or things that they might do that will make them stand out as foreigners.. First, right off the bat, I have to say, obviously, um, if you look like me, if you've got the pale white skin, and the fair hair, and you don't have any asian features, um, it's going to be really hard to blend in physically, and that's just something that will never change. But I do have a list of a few "cringeworthy" things that foreigners who come to Japan, who haven't really understood Japan, do, so hopefully this list will kind of help you figure out what behaviors you need to kind of watch out for when you do visit Japan. Now this is just a list based on my personal experience, and if you are just travelling through Japan, if you are here on a vacation, having a nice time, I don't think you need to worry too much about whether or not you stand out as a foreigner, because, if you are a tourist, you're a tourist, there's nothing you can do about that. All I have to say to YOU, is just be polite, be respectful, pay attention to your surroundings, don't... be... a jerk. And I'm sure you'll have a good time. Cringeworthy behavior number one! Talking too loudly on public transit, um, busses, trains, subways, are generally really quiet places, people like to sit, and while it's normal to have a conversation maybe with the person beside you, in a low voice, you definitely do not talk on the phone. Talking on the phone is considered very offensive, and if you're with friends, you definitely have to pay attention to the level of your voice. When I was first came to Japan people would tell me that when I was getting really excited, my volume, I would raise the volume of my voice. If I was telling a story and I was getting excited, I would talk louder, and I remember so many times I'd be on the bus or train and my friends would just be like, "SHHH. Shut up. Shut up." "Keep going, but shut up, you're just, so loud!" Sometimes you might witness bad behavior by a Japanese citizen, that does not mean that it's okay. If a guy is sitting on the train, talking on his phone, chances are everyone around him thinks he's an asshole. At the end of the day, you are a guest in another country, and it is not about YOU, it's not about YOU all the time, but controlling these habits, no matter how essential they seem to be to you in that moment, is actually just a huge sign of respect to the people around you, and that's kind of one of the foundations of Japanese culture, is like, respect, for one another, so, unfortunately that's a thing here. So, please... Obey. Cringeworthy Behavior By Foreigners # 2! Being inappropriately dressed for any sort of occasion, is a tell-tale sign that you just haven't been here long enough. Fashion is just oh it's such a headache in Japan, and I'm sorry about that, but um. Nah, in Japan people do put a lot of time and effort into their appearance, and one of the most embarrassing, and like, humbling experiences, is showing up to an event or showing up to a party, meeting people for dinner, and realizing you're just like, incredibly underdressed. Like, you just threw on t-shirts and jeans, and they've got like, jackets, they've done their hair, the girls have perfect makeup, and perfect hair, and you just feel like a mop. Not only that but everyone you will notice, they'll look at you and you'll stick out like a sore thumb, as if you don't stick out enough, by looking like ya do. When I first started teaching English living in Japan, as a worker, not a student, my boss gave me the advice that whenever you go to an event, or a party, or you're meeting people for dinner, you should always make a secret contest to be the best dressed person in the room. And if you do that, you know, you're kind of keeping up them, cause I bet that some of them have the same goals as well. As long as you put some effort into your appearance and you show up feeling like you're looking great, you won't stand out as much. If you show up with the confidence in what you're wearing, and you're like, "yeah I'm totally killing it!" Then other people will kind of like, accept it. I feel like the more insecure you feel, the more insecure you look, so that's a thing too. But yeah, definitely Japanese people are a little more fashion conscious. If you don't want to stick out like a sore thumb, you kind of have to try to keep yourself groomed, keep yourself clean, and keep up with what the people around you are doing and wearing and stuff like that. Alright, so, Cringeworthy Habit #3, This is something that I've witnessed so many times, that gives me second hand embarrassment, um. When you live overseas it can be kind of hard to get your hands on relevant Japanese music or Japanese dramas, or Japanese movies, or anime, or any sort of pop culture material, and something that you need to keep in mind about Japan, is that the turnover rate, for entertainers in the industry is insanely fast. So you may have found something funny on the internet, like some comedian, or a cetain movie, or you know, some sort of song, but just because it was relevant two or three years ago, doesn't mean it's going to be relevant today. And, Japanese comedians will get popular and then they will just disappear, they just disappear! I don't even know where they go! Maybe you saw a video of Hard Gay on the internet, and you thought he was hilarious, but I guarantee you that a lot of young people now, if you talk to them about it, they're not going to know who he is. So just be careful about that, something that you saw in some obscure form of Japanese media isn't necessarily relevant in Japan, and oddly enough, things that are not relevant in Japan at all become like, really, famous overseas, for some reason, but I dunno, that's like, a whole different story. Alright, and Cringeworthy Behavior #4 This is something that actually is a huge problem and I need to talk to you about it. Anyone who has been in Japan for a long time will know that Japanese are very very protective about their own privacy, this means that they'll avoid television cameras because they don't want to be on TV, they don't want their face on TV, they'll wear masks in public so that people can't see their face, it's even part of why YouTube didn't catch on for so long in Japan, because people were not down with the idea of broadcasting their face and their opinions over the internet. So, when you whip out your cell phone, or your camera, and you take a picture of that guy who fell asleep on the train, if you're taking a photo of someone eating a bento in the park, or, even worse, if you're taking photos of young girls in their school uniforms, it's just an invasion of privacy! It's an invasion of privacy, and it's rude, and, even if they don't say anything, because they're afraid to confront you, they don't feel comfortable about it. If you absolutely must take a photo of someone or something and you're not sure if it's okay, and you don't speak Japanese well enough to ask, you can always do the "cameraman nod". The "Cameraman Nod", is really simple, because you don't have to need to speak the same language to understand what you're asking. Usually maybe you'll show the camera, maybe point to it, and like, ask, ask with your eyes, like this! If they look at you and they nod back, chances are they are aware that the big giant camera in your hand is going to be used to take a photo of them, and they're cool with it. So, if you can get that kind of communication down then that's fine, but what I really don't like to see is people taking pictures of young girls in school outfits, because it's cute, or because it looks just like the anime, because, at the end of the day those girls are just trying to go to school and go about their daily lives, and they're not there to entertain foreigners. So, please, just out of respect to the people, don't take pictures of young, underaged girls, or, even other citizens in Japan without at least getting permission. So those are four of the worst habits that I've seen from foreigners that haven't quite "assimilated" with the Japanese culture yet, so maybe you can keep those in mind when you come to visit. If it does seem kind of like a hassle and it's stressing you out, and you're really worried about not fitting in, ultimately don't worry about it. Don't worry about it, and just try not to be a jerk, just be the best version of yourself that you possibly can be. Be respectful, be polite, be courteous, be kind, and don't forget to smile! And if you can just keep on top of those things, I'm sure your trip will go absolutely fine without a hitch! Thank you so much for watching, don't forget to check out my second channel, if you're interested in more like, daily life style videos, cause I've started updating there now, and that's a thing, and I promise I'm going to try and keep it up, even though I'm really bad at promising, and I'm really bad at keeping things up. Check it out if you're interested, alright, so I'll make another video soon! Talk to you later, bye friends!