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What annoys you about living in Japan? (Part 2: Chinese Names, Short Sleeves, Bears, & More) | Ichimon Japan 34

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On this episode of Ichimon Japan we once again ask: What annoys you about living in Japan?

Topics Discussed

  • The frustratingly useless nature of many English-language versions of Japanese websites
  • Booking hotels in Japan
  • The frustrating but hilarious nature of bad English translations of Japanese (a.k.a. Engrish)
  • Engrish t-shirts
  • The practice of using Japanese readings for kanji when reading a Chinese name and the confusion it can cause for both Japanese and English learners
  • Clothing sizes in Japan
  • How Japanese shirts tend to have shorter sleeves and be shorter vertically than American made shirts of the corresponding letter size
  • How getting your internet set up in Japan can sometimes be a slow and frustrating process
  • Annoying noise in Japan
  • Loud political speeches during election season in Japan
  • Shop employees using megaphones to attract customers
  • Bear attacks and sightings in Ishikawa Prefecture during the fall of 2020
  • Teikyūbi
  • Gender stereotypes regarding sweets and cakes
  • And much more!

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Sources, Links, Videos, Etc.

Here’s some of the English-language sources used in this episode.

Here are the Japanese language sources used.

The video below shows the kind of noise you’re likely to hear during election season in Japan.

If you missed part 1 of this episode, check it out via the link below.

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Japanese Vocabulary List

Most episodes feature at least one or two interesting Japanese words or phrases. Here’s some of the ones that came up on this episode. All information is from Jim Breen’s WWWJDIC.

  • Teikyūbi
    • 定休日 【ていきゅうび】 (n) regular holiday; fixed day off; regular closing day

We Want Your Questions

Is there something about Japan that confuses you? Is there something about Japanese culture that you would like to learn more about? Is there something in Japanese history that you would like us to explain? We’re always looking for new questions about Japan to answer, so if you have one, please send it to ichimon@japankyo.com.

Special Thanks

Opening/Closing Theme: Produced by Apol (YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Fiverr)

Ichimon Japan cover art: Produced by Erik R.

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