I was chatting with my Japanese firends in a Roppongi bar
Wow! a Roppongi bar eh?.... that's creditable source.
What's wrong with "foreigner"?
Renewing my visa last week required me to present my alien registration proof. After unbuttoning my shirt and showing the clerk my 16 nipples, it didn't seem enough, so I handed her my 外人登録証 instead.
Is it true that Japanese don't really like foreigners?
I tend to put it this way; If I was Japanese, would I dislike foreigners who spend years in Japan, speak next to no Japanese, marry Japanese women for visa's and use them to wipe their little touchies and treat Japan like a playground?
My answer would be yes....
On the other hand..
If by making a solid attempt to connect(speak Japanese), show Japanese people you have a genuine interest in Japan(without trying to outdo them, as Mike puts it)they should
communicate with you. This doesn't go for every
situation, only by my unprofessional opinion.
I have been going the local 銭湯 every week for the last 10 months. For the first three months, I just couldn't understand why no-one spoke to me. I used to take it very personally.
One day, I decided to say something to a crowd of the regular old boys. Low and behold "Houston, we have contact"
Since then, it's been one of the most enriching experiences on multiple levels.
Of course I have had my fair share of questionable moments, hardly to be compared to the amount of good times spent here.
Is it true that the Japanese don't really like foreigners?
By me, the answer is "NO"