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Date: 08/15/13 05:43 PM

24 Responses to 10 Crazy Facts About Japan

  1. Profile photo of kitteh9lives
    kitteh9lives Female 70 & Over
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    August 15, 2013 at 5:44 pm
    Link: 10 Crazy Facts About Japan - Konnichiwa, what fact about Japan isn`t crazy anymore?
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    Xprez Male 30-39
    676 posts
    August 15, 2013 at 6:07 pm
    See, this is the true effects of the Atomic bombs...jk
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    drawman61 Male 50-59
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    August 15, 2013 at 6:15 pm
    I take back what I said about weird Americans.
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    collegebound Male 18-29
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    August 15, 2013 at 6:19 pm
    this was nifty
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    Jake_Justus Male 50-59
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    August 15, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Good post. But only 10 facts? That was just an appetizer.
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    Wibble4321 Male 40-49
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    August 15, 2013 at 6:30 pm
    7 - Traffic Lights - to clarify, the lights are actually green but they are referred to as blue. It is a source of much confusion to westerners but good luck trying to get a Japanese person to explain why it is, it just is - dakara.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    August 15, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    3 or 4 Japanese films remade in English is not "profound". Not over 100 years of film.

    Godzilla was a profound influence though. :)
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    i-am-evil Male 18-29
    510 posts
    August 15, 2013 at 6:44 pm
    I want a wasabi flavored Kit-Kat.
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    turdburglar Male 30-39
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    August 15, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Kancho!

    The same thing is praticed in fraternity`s. Instead of yelling Kancho!...they yell Macaroni!
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    5Cats Male 50-59
    32825 posts
    August 15, 2013 at 8:26 pm
    Japan perfected the "catgirl" and that`s good enough to win my admiration!

    (The ancient Greeks invented it, they invented EVERYTHING!)
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    Nageki Male 30-39
    110 posts
    August 16, 2013 at 2:20 am
    Green and blue also do have different names for the colors in Japanese. That particular "fact" is incorrect. They are Midori for green and Ao for blue.
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    drawman61 Male 50-59
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    August 16, 2013 at 6:29 am
    Kancho and no comment from Gerry. I need a sit down.
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    badfish951 Male 70 & Over
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    August 16, 2013 at 6:37 am
    Japan is... CRAAAAZY! B-|
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    LemonCurry Male 40-49
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    August 16, 2013 at 7:01 am
    @wibble4321 & Nageki:

    the confusion comes from the fact that historically ao referred to spectrum that included both green and blue. there are a lot of phrases where ao refers to green, not blue (the color of the traffic light and "green" vegetables, "ao-yasai"), and there is no confusion because the proper translation in these cases is "green", not "blue". there are of course also terms where ao refers to "blue" (the blue sky, "ao-zora"). i would recommend using your eyes to differentiate.

    that being said, and weirdly enough, the japanese traffic-light green IS really slightly more bluish than the those used in, for example, european countries, compare below a japanese with a german traffic light:


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    LemonCurry Male 40-49
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    August 16, 2013 at 7:01 am
    sorry german traffic light is here:


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    LemonCurry Male 40-49
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    August 16, 2013 at 7:03 am
    "kanchoo" means "enema", and is a game equally enjoyed by 6-10 year olds and hospital staff.
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    LemonCurry Male 40-49
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    August 16, 2013 at 7:09 am
    a lot of the numbers sounds inaccurate, are incorrectly connected. 1/3 smokers was probably accurate 10-15 years ago but not today. 83 years life expectancy is the average, and men (who constitute the majority of smokers) only live to 79. still not bad though.
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    LemonCurry Male 40-49
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    August 16, 2013 at 7:11 am
    it`s strange program. what`s with the letters? they are japanese, but don`t make any sense. and why are the people in the "strange food tastes" section eating at a chinese restaurant?
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    LemonCurry Male 40-49
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    August 16, 2013 at 7:15 am
    well, if you`re looking for something REALLY weird about japan, what about this men`s bra? (and it`s NOT for men with moobs!)


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    TheOrigin Male 18-29
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    August 16, 2013 at 1:41 pm
    Maccha kitkat, how I miss you. In fact, anything maccha...oh sweet Kyoto >.<
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    carmium Female 50-59
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    August 16, 2013 at 10:27 pm
    I find the lack of distinction between blue and green odd. Is there any chance that there is a biological reason for this; that Japanese eyes see the colors differently from the rest of the world?
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    LemonCurry Male 40-49
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    August 18, 2013 at 7:17 am
    @ carmium

    there are no biological differences between japanese eyes and other people`s eyes, they perceive the same wavelengths of light as everyone else. "colors" have nothing to do with biology but are a conceptional issue, that is how do you separate, distinguish, and categorize the whole range of visible light. different cultures have seen different needs to draw distinctions, and it would be interesting to know why historically the japanese, or rather actually the chinese (because japanese simply imported the chinese characters / words, and with it the concepts.), and i`m afraid i don`t know the answer to that.

    there`s a bit of interesting background on wikipedia about the distinction between green and blue
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    LemonCurry Male 40-49
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    August 18, 2013 at 7:19 am
    perhaps another example to illustrate the arbitrariness of color names: i have recurrent discussions with my wife about whether or not "mustard" is yellow or green. the correct answer is probably "in between what we can agree on is yellow and green", and each of us has a separate answer which side of the spectrum mustard-color is closer.
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    greenbasterd Male 18-29
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    August 19, 2013 at 11:38 am
    i was expecting more sexiness then this

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