Harisenbon wrote:Anyhow, sorry to get a little worked up about it. I've put up with year after year of JETs coming here and complaining about the powerlines. Then they get shipped to someplace without powerlines and complain how they don't have electricity.
What's worse is the common JET panic that "there's no fluoride in Japanese toothpaste!!!" and the next week the Japanese postal service is delivering hundreds of tubes of Colgate to petrified JETs all over the prefecture.
Or how about JETs' reaction in the face of the commonly held Japanese belief that washing clothes in cold water helps them last longer and gets them just as clean as hot-water washing? I have never seen sane people so easily raised to a fever pitch of national pride than JETs when defending asinine things like hot-water clotheswashers. You'd think they were fighting for human rights.
So don't tell me about JETs, alright? I spent three years as one avoiding every single other one in my prefecture.
About the power lines, I neither said there are none in the US, nor that there are no places without them in Japan. However, there are definitely more in Japan, and if you ask Japanese people, it is a common complaint. The only place they seem to bury them is in the centers of big cities, and they are particularly prevalent in residential areas (although since there's no zoning, there's really no such thing as a "residential area" like there is in the US). Now, this may be changing. I've been out of the country for almost seven years. If so, I'm glad, because nobody likes power lines.
Either way, I'd like to think that my other posts have given at least an indication that I'm not totally ignorant about Japan or prejudiced against the place, so if I complain about it, you don't need to jump to its defense. It's a big country. It can take care of itself.