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Postby Ashiouji » Sun 08.20.2006 6:25 pm

once i master japanese, and i turn 20 [which is a long way from now, because i'm 14] but i might as well ask certain questions now, ne?

so i've heard that many japanese people frown upon americans that move to japan, is this true?

also, is kanji a necessity? i would assume it is, but its hard to me... =\

thirdly, how big is japan? like compared to america? i know its smaller, but how much?

lastly, when i move there, there are places i can go to give my american dollars in exchange for japanese yen right? i'm almost positive there are, but where?
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RE: Might move to japan

Postby Sumi » Sun 08.20.2006 6:29 pm

1. Forget all of the b.s about how the Japanese frown upon Americans. Yes, there are some who do, but there are Americans who frown upon the Japanese. My father is native Japanese & he married my mother, who is African American.

2. Yes, if you take the Japanese language seriously you will need kanji. It isn't so hard once you get into the swing of it. My father told me that it's best for me to learn a certain amount of kanji before really getting to the grammar. For better understanding, I think.

3. Japan is slightly smaller than California and looks like a banana (in my opinion).

4. I'm not sure, but I wonder as well.
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RE: Might move to japan

Postby battousai » Sun 08.20.2006 6:41 pm

Is the same person making these posts under different names to test our patience? This can't be a coincidence..
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RE: Might move to japan

Postby Schattenjedi » Sun 08.20.2006 7:55 pm

I think they are probably just copycats who want a thread of their own.
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Postby Mike Cash » Mon 08.21.2006 3:15 am

Ashiouji wrote:
once i master japanese, and i turn 20 [which is a long way from now, because i'm 14] but i might as well ask certain questions now, ne?


What is your plan for "mastering" Japanese in Washington State in the next six years? If you truly intend to "master" Japanese, you will need a plan (in addition to fierce devotion and herculean effort). Picking up things hit-n-miss on the internet isn't going to do the trick.

so i've heard that many japanese people frown upon americans that move to japan, is this true?


No, but so what if it were? Would the smallness of a few total strangers be sufficient to divert you from your goal?

also, is kanji a necessity?


One would assume that developing a strong familiarity with kanji would be part and parcel of "mastering" Japanese.

i would assume it is, but its hard to me... =\


It's infinitely harder than holding down the shift key while typing another letter at the same time. Start small.

thirdly, how big is japan? like compared to america? i know its smaller, but how much?


As already pointed out; it is roughly the size of California. I don't wish to sound overly harsh, but information like that can easily be had by looking at a globe or a world map.

lastly, when i move there, there are places i can go to give my american dollars in exchange for japanese yen right? i'm almost positive there are, but where?


Let's worry about that when you actually get here.
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RE: Might move to japan

Postby chikara » Mon 08.21.2006 3:48 am

Ashiouji wrote:.....when i move there, there are places i can go to give my american dollars in exchange for japanese yen right? i'm almost positive there are, but where?

In Japan they have these big buildings which they call 銀行 (ぎんこう). If you take your American dollars into one of these buildings they will be able to exchange them for Japanese yen.

Here's a picture to help you recognise a 銀行. This is actually a シティバンク銀行.

You can also see that it will be a good idea to know some kanji ;)

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RE: Might move to japan

Postby AJBryant » Mon 08.21.2006 10:30 am

Hey, I've been there!! I know that branch. :)


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RE: Might move to japan

Postby Nibble » Mon 08.21.2006 11:30 am

I think you should try to learn a little bit more about Japan before deciding that you will dedicate your life to moving there.
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RE: Might move to japan

Postby serekuro » Mon 08.21.2006 12:07 pm

Hmm..for the people that are being too realistic about what this particular person it saying.
It's normal for a 13,14 year old who is addicted to Japan to want to move there and not really think about how. I was like that too.
So ashioujo: I hear some the last generation of japanese don't really accept foreigners. The semi-recent generation seems to accept us.

You need a plan before you move to Japan at 20. You're not planning to go to university or anything like that?
I think you should visit before you decide anything. That's what I'm planning on doing. Sure, I think I'd like to visit it but what you see in dramas, mangas and anime is completely different from the reality of it. (I know a japanese guy..so I'm basing my opinion on what he told me)
I know for many of you it's annoying to see 14 year old wanting to move there just because they can..but just please try to be a bit more supportive, I suppose. They're most likely to change their mind in a few years.
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RE: Might move to japan

Postby keatonatron » Mon 08.21.2006 12:29 pm

AJBryant wrote:
Hey, I've been there!! I know that branch. :)

Tony


I even know the girl with the pink umbrella! She stands there every day, all day! :D
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RE: Might move to japan

Postby AJBryant » Mon 08.21.2006 2:14 pm

Hm. When I was there, it was a guy with a translucent black one.

He must have retired.


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RE: Might move to japan

Postby two_heads_talking » Mon 08.21.2006 2:36 pm

naw it's the same person.. he just adapted..
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RE: Might move to japan

Postby clay » Mon 08.21.2006 2:38 pm

Someone throws up a picture of a bank and a woman and its all downhill from there... :D
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RE: Might move to japan

Postby Harisenbon » Mon 08.21.2006 8:05 pm

Hey, I've been there!! I know that branch.


And, hey! There's Tony in the back! Stalking the umbrella girl!

(Dammit Keatonatron, beat me to it!)
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RE: Might move to japan

Postby AJBryant » Mon 08.21.2006 9:20 pm

And, hey! There's Tony in the back! Stalking the umbrella girl!


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