1:26, it's starting to make sense
I hate weeaboos, and Japan hates weeaboos even more than me, so I love Japan, which makes me a weeaboo. I call it the Weeaboo Paradox.
You're totally right. Japan hates all of its own art and animation that have been a national heritage since the 1950s.
The Japanese don't hate anime. They don't love anime either. Nations, as a rule, do not go to the trouble of establishing a national position regarding cartoons.
Americans seem to be under the impression that anime is far more important to the Japanese than it actually is.
Anime is a Japanese national heritage the same way Walt Disney is an American national heritage. Adult men shouldn't collect pictures of them unless they're nose art on a bomber.
I always found the fact, that the immediate result of a nuke in the head was turning an entire nation from bloodthirsty, kickass ninja warriors into mushy little cutesy-poo pussies quite too good to be true.
These gaijins dont understand our plight, oh Glorious Nippon.
|Big Beef Burritos Supreme |
I get annoyed with Anglophiles, and there's only like three of those. The Japanese must hate the majority of plump geeks watching cartoons designed for little kids.
There's foreigners, and then there's Filipinos.
You do realize the doors shown are almost universally of "Snacks", love hotels and massage parlors? Most of which are owned by redneck Yazuka nationalists? And most signs being intended to keep the subhuman Koreans out?
And while I fucking hate Japan's built in xenophobia, this is a lame example of it.
(And as an LJ aside, if you live in an area for a while, are a community member rather than a traveling Otaku fuckwit, and speak Japanese (and are NOT Korean), even the Yakuza will invite you in pretty quick - though goddamn it's expensive in these places. Go with your Jap friends and make them pay.)
Hey, a reasonable comment. This video is typical out of context YouTube trash and falls into the argument of extremes. "Everything from Japan is awesome" is just as retarded as "everything from Japan sucks".
Many parts of Japan do have problems with discrimination and culturally present a poor understanding of the concept of xenophobia, but for christsakes, a lot of these signs are used at restaurants which have no staff or support for non-Japanese speaking customers, basically saying "Japanese only".
Making an unintentionally xenophobic video about those weird, racist foreigners is worth three stars.
I live in Vancouver, and I'm willing to bet that 90% of all sushi places here are staffed by Koreans (which most round-eye can't distinguish from Japanese). I've always wondered about the OUTRAGEOUS HATRED Japanese and Koreans have for one another given this sort of thing.
Koreans eat a lot of Japanese food because they were occupied by Japan at one time. They're still not thrilled about it.
|Aubrey McFate |
Huh. I did want to go to Japan, and now I'm not so sure.
But then again, youtubes' racism makes japan look cute and adorable in comparison.
Suddenly Koichi Toyama's plans are starting to make a lot more sense.
|Caminante Nocturno |
With everything that's been said about this video so far, it baffles me why you're all giving it high ratings.
for the irony.
all the youtubers become so racist at the idea of someone not liking americans that it just makes japan look good in comparison
You would be baffled, because you are Queen of the Weeaboos. We just think it's funny that you're precious Nippon-jin don't return your love.
P.S. Anime sucks.
Don't listen to them, Cam. Sakura still loves you.
Same reason I had to give that National Guard music video a high rating. It's such a bad thing that people need to see it as a warning.
dueserpenti and phalsebob are wrong. Anime definitely does not suck.
PS- Nor does it rule. It is simply a medium that has its high points, low points and points in-between. Just like live action films, [American and European] animation, music and books. Why is it so hard for people to get this concept?
Because people are idiots. 85% of anime sucks. There is some good stuff out there, though.
And the Japanese are racist? If you get a name stamp in Japan, you have to use katakana to distinguish yourself as non-Japanese. The Japanese will generally tolerate you. They might not like you, though.
We'll stop ripping into anime once you stop being butthurt about it, Caminante.
I wonder what would happen if you did go in? The signs are technically illegal after all.
It already happened: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debito_Arudou
A good deal of these signs, including the pre-load image, are from Japanese bath houses, which are typically hotspots (no pun intended) of xenophobia in the guise of tradition. That being said, a lot of the problems Japan has with race are shared by Americans, they just appear more egregious because we're not a part of that culture.
Also I get the feeling that at least a few of these signs are warnings that the staff only speaks Japanese.
|El Zapatista |
If you want to go to a strip club or massage parlor in Japan, go to one staffed by non-Japanese women. They'll be happy to take your money there.
Stupid Japs. Americans don't read signs. Even still, I'm never going to go to Japan, or for that matter, any other city in China, like Shanghai, Kung Pao, and wherever they make the egg rolls.
Shoot our signs? Hell, if anything... where I come from, we steal our signs. They really should take those down so they don't end up spending the next four years displayed on some kid's wall.
I thought signs are intended for plastering with stickers of bands no one has or ever will hear about.
Gentlemen, gentlemen, you're all correct.
Did you just say Japan was a city in China?
As a 5/8 Mick this really offended me
no, it's my job to kick drunken douchebags out onto the street
Somebody got upset because they found out people in Japan like Baseball more than Nauruto!
Why don't they just own up to the fact that they're more or less the 52nd state by now?
Prease for no foliegners to be come in, onry honobolo Japaneeee ping pong.
I ronder why dey hate loundeye, whung chung woo?
a lot of these are put up because some jackass gets way too upset that he has to pay for snacks as well as beer when he gets into a bar. as a honkey in japan, i can verify that if you speak japanese well enough and aren't an obnoxious prick, you can get into a lot of the places with signs like that. most of the places that won't let you in aren't worth going to. who wants to take a bath with lots of old men?
|Rodents of Unusual Size |
Prohibit to goin to with Foreign Lady who are Waiting on the Lord
No, I don't think any of these signs could POSSIBLY be indicating a lack of English speaking skills.
Just to add to the comments already: yes, most of these places have foreigner bans because of the language barrier: they don't want to deal with it. If you don't have the language, then you certainly don't have the etiquette.
They've also probably had their share of bad experiences with weeaboo fucktards and dickhead servicemen.
Also, there are plenty of whore houses that accept foreigners. You just have to hang out in the red light districts long enough and either some whitey pimp with the international language skillz (usually eastern european) will approach and offer, or an elderly Japanese gentleman will use nonverbal means of advertising his establishment (this came in the form of placing the thumb between the first and second finger in a fist and making a "pop" noise with his lips).
B-but the manga shops! Will they let me into the manga shops!? If I ever move to Japan, I'm going to open up my own manga shop that lets everybody in ^_^
Really though, what everyone else said about the video. Basing an entire nation's alleged xenophobia on pictures of signs is a lot like judging a religion or music because of quotes taken out of context.
The only stated discrimination on signs I ever see are against teenagers and shirtless, shoeless yokels. Pushing basic civil rights over "tradition" wasn't easy but we managed to do it here back when 1/3 of the Senate hated "Nigrahs", which is why you can't find any "Whites Only" and "Coloreds Only" signs here like you could in the 50s and 60s. I certainly hope they're working on it.
What I find more entertaining than the video itself is the commenters tripping over themselves to demonstrate their knowledge of Japan.
Each other! I meant tripping over each other!!
is it just me or were alot of these, adult venues..like the "theaters" ..I've actually been to Sapporo, Hokkaido but I went everywhere with the my family members ..I guess I just didn't notice..
dammit to finish my comment i didn't really notice because I wasn't barred from anywhere and most people were generally nice to me..i did get a lot of dirty looks on the subway and so on but..whatever, you get that anywhere you travel..
I can't look at tits because I'm white? That's the worst discrimination of all.
Umm, look at Japan's pop culture. They're fucking crazy about foreigners. They also have a huge fetish for white Americans.
Loves it! Ha!
As others already said, these signs are just in some massage/night clubs and the likes. So yeah, some context is needed here.
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