What comes to your mind when you hear "Japan"?

Philippines
November 26, 2007 10:33am CST
Whenever I hear "Japan" the first few things that come to my mind are: 1.)Sushi 2.)Samurai 3.)Aikido 4.)Tokyo Drift 5.)The Grudge 6.)Anime 7.)J-pop Culture I have never been to Japan myself~! But it's interesting to know what we associate a place/country with. So tell me what about you~!! Feel free to write what pops in your mind and tell me why!
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• Philippines
25 Jun 08
1.) ANIME! Anime, anime, anime. It never leaves my mind, 2.) sushi Ah, sushi, I dread the food. 3.) onigiri An onigiri is a rice ball. It's called that way in Japan. 4.) bento Ah, packed lunches. Home-made, too! 5.) judo It's a type of fighting which reminds me of Japan. 6.) geisha The dances of the geisha...
• Philippines
27 Jun 08
Anime!! Haven't anyone noticed that anime never goes out of style? I heard that dragon ball is getting popular in Europe and my gosh!! I watched those stuff more than 10 years ago. As for the food, those things I always see in ANIME!! Lol. Hey I like Judo!! As you can see in my post, I did Aikido- it's similar only that Aikido concentrates more on Philosophical writings and using your opponent's strength against himself.
• Philippines
28 Jun 08
Yes, ANIME RULES!!!
• Philippines
29 Jun 08
Yup it sure does!! Hey snowfox, do u think it's ok if i add u up as a friend? It seems to me that we share some things in common and we also have the same interests. Feel free to add me up and let's talk about some stuff. Peace mate!
@orange_ (40)
• Philippines
5 Dec 07
1- arashi 2- Nino 3- Letters from Iwo Jima 4- Gokusen 5- Oguri Shun 6- Cherry Blossom 7- Sapuri 8- Doraemon 9- Crayon Shinchan 10- Kimono 11- Sushi 12- Tokyo 13- The Ring
• Philippines
6 Dec 07
Ohmigosh~!! Arashi matsu jun?!! And you also like Gokusen! Way to go. I love Matsu Jun and Akanishi Jin in it! lol It seems we have the same taste in music and some other things lol. Way to Go orange_
• Philippines
6 Dec 07
I love Arashi! I like Matsujun also- he's good in Gokusen, Hana Yori Dango and Bambino! but i super loove Nino (arashi, letters from iwo jima) haha. I'm happy we have the same interests. I will add you up ha! thanks!!
• Philippines
1 Apr 08
HEy there! How are you? Have u heard of the new T.V shows that are popular? It's called Hana Kimi, a girl pretending to be a boy in an all boys school. And have u also watched hana yori dango 2? I'm watching some parts of it and it's really hilarious! Although I still think the part 1 is still the best.
@lipscare (23)
• Indonesia
27 Nov 07
That first thing came to my mind is..... Hello Kitty, My melody and all Sanrio's friend...... Andthen Sakura flowers, Harajuku style, OSHIN .....^__^ I still dreaming, when will i able go to Japan. I must save a lot of money so i can go to Japan.
• Philippines
27 Nov 07
Hellloooooo Kitttyyyyy!!! I used to collect tons of those stuff from papers, to stuffed toys, to spoon and forks or anything with HK on it. Sakura flowers are pretty in the spring. my friends gave me pictures of it. Harajuku style is popularized by gwen steffani right?
• Indonesia
28 Nov 07
Hei.... we have in common, i colect a hello kitty doll, and shirt. Harajuku style...mmmmm (thinking) yup gwen stefani and madonna ( sometimes )... Hallo, it's nice to meet you..
• Philippines
28 Nov 07
Hi lipscare!! Please add me up. lol I do love Sanrio stuff. It's kinda weird but if i tell you that my spoon and fork that I use for travelling is Hello Kitty lol! i'm not the only one into Hello Kitty. I even saw a Hello Kitty baseball bat haw. lol! So what else are u into in JPN?
@jayjose (102)
• Philippines
4 Dec 07
the first thing that cross my mind every time i hear Japan is my girlfriend ^_^ she's a half-Japanese & half-Filipina ^_^ then here's the unordered list of the things that i think of every time Japan cross my mind... +Anime - my favorite show on earth ^_^ hehehe +Samurai +Shushi - how i love to eat shushi ^_^ +Bamboo ^_^ +Horror films +Sakura +Maki +martial arts +Dragon
@jayjose (102)
• Philippines
4 Dec 07
add Mt. Fuji and technology in the list ^_^
• Philippines
4 Dec 07
FUJI-Yama~!! A lot of my Japanese friends invited me to go climbing there. Wow lucky you!! Your girlfriend must be so beautiful. Yes, Samurai does kinda come to my mind at times like "the last Samurai" , Horror films etc... Ever wonder why these things are so linked to Japan? Sounds kinda stereotypical right?!!
@jayjose (102)
• Philippines
5 Dec 07
Thanks ^_^ Yup! she is, she's very popular anywhere she go ^_^ a natural born artist for dancing, singing, acting and modeling added to her beauty ^_^
• United States
30 Nov 07
I think about the beautiful country that I was able to visit as a serviceman. I think about all the people I met, the outdoor markets ect. The only language I remember is Alle Gatto (I'm sure it's misspelled), meaning Thank-you.
• Philippines
1 Dec 07
Wow!! I'm amazed you have been to Japan. I somehoe envy you. "arigato" is thank you in Japanese lol. So what's Japan like? If u don't mind sharing some more?
@shakeroo (3991)
• Malaysia
26 Nov 07
If I think of japan, I will see: 1. Ultraman 2. Doraemon 3. Sin Chan 4. Banzai 5. Kamikaze 6. Sushi 7. Dark Water
• Philippines
27 Nov 07
Hey shakeroo! Are you also anime fan? Interesting to know that the first few things that come to your mind is anime lololol. Yah, the sushi does come to my mind as well lol. I used to watch Ultraman, Doraemon when i was in grade school. Is Banzai that crazy tb show?
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@shakeroo (3991)
• Malaysia
27 Nov 07
well, I am not really a hard core fan of anime but I simply laugh a lot when watching Doraemon and Sin Chan. As for Banzai, I put it as a word that is frequently used when a Japanese is in an attack mode. LOL... and I have never heard of the banzai TV show before...
• Philippines
1 Apr 08
Hi Shakeroo I'm just curious, have u evr heard of the anime called Naruto and Bleach? These two are famous since the times it were released into the big screen. I think Naruto is now a sensational video game. I am kinda addicted to it if you ask me. Well if you haven't seen them, maybe you can consider it next time. PEace~!!
• Philippines
1 Apr 08
lets see! 1. Hokaido and all the crabs there! 2. Feudal Castle 3. Gackt: he's so interesting to me 4. Geisha: i just love the Kimono and Yukata though 5. Akihabara: its a paradise there! lol 6. Shin Chan: hoi Carmen! 7. Sakura 8. shinto 9. Anime 10. Katana!!!
• Philippines
2 Apr 08
Hey there! I was invited to go to hokkaido but I think it's too cold to go there anyways. As for Gackt, what song of his do u like? I find his hairstyle strange at times. Akihabara is what I think of when I see lots of electronics. Sakuraaaaa!!! I love those cherry blossoms. I think it's getting hot now so it's starting to bloom. As for Anime, what kinds do u like? I love Naruto, Rurouni Kenshin, Dragon Ball and anything with fighting action!
• Philippines
3 Apr 08
yeah! its so cold there unlike tokyo. Really? hehehe! ahm, Redemption because i play Final Fantasy and The Returner because i looove him in Furin Kazan. lol. but i also like his song on Gundam and the one with the vampire in his MV. Akihabara, yeah boku moo!
@errielle (442)
• Philippines
6 Dec 07
Japan... 1) Cherry Blossoms! 2) Kimura Takuya 3) Jodorama 4) Gokusen 5) Matsumoto Jun 6) Hana Yori Dango 7) Tokyo Tower 8) Tokyo DisneyLand 9) Japanese Kimono 10) Sushi/Sashimi!
@errielle (442)
• Philippines
6 Dec 07
Oh... I forgot.. when you say Japan, you'll also mean technology.. camera, gadgets, computers... for short AKIHABARA ELECTRONIC CITY! =)
• Philippines
11 Dec 07
Wow Sakura!! I almost forgot that yeah There's Tokyo Disneyland lol. I'm quite amazed that a lot of people like Hana Yori Dango as well as Gokusen. I remember Matsu Jun and Akanishi Jin in these series. Way to go girl!! We share the same interests.
@violeta_va (4842)
• Australia
26 Nov 07
The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Japan is how they kill so many whales and how sad and angry that makes me. They say it is for reserch but the restourants serve whale meat. Next I think about geishas.
• Philippines
27 Nov 07
Hey violeta_va I'm impressed that you were able to mention about environmental issues. I had no idea that Japan was into that. Hahahaha Yes which reminds me I kinda tried dressing up like a geisha many halloweens ago. lol!
• Australia
27 Nov 07
well they are into it big time
@aureliaz (1179)
• Singapore
25 Jun 08
Whoo hoo I went to Hokkaido last December and it was awesome! Okay first thigns that come to mind are: 1) The FOOD (mainly sashimi, sushi, seaweed...even wasabi) 2) The Anime and Manga (Love Bleach/Ouran High/Prince of Tennis etc) 3)The Onsen (or hot springs) It is fabulous. 4) Ninja/Shinobi (I blame this on Naruto) 5) Geisha and their dancing style
• Philippines
27 Jun 08
Hokkaidooo!!!! Wow Snow, snow, more snow, gasp more snow!!! and SNOW!! It's really cold there men! I can't believe you've been there lol. Ooooh Onsen. Yes, i've heard of the famous hot springs over there but i'm not sure if it's a good idea coz doesn't everyone like share a hot spring? And it's so hot, but then the air is cold, strange combination! lol. Yes, Geisha's dancing style is totally unique. It makes me think of memoirs of a geisha.
• Italy
20 Jun 08
anime j-pop dark lolita sushi sake geisha
• Philippines
25 Jun 08
Dark lolita? Is that like the anime? And yes we do have a lot of things in common. Most especially like the one where we think of anime, jpop and all those sushi!! Gosh i'm getting hungry just thinking about it and of course lol all other things that screams -Japan!!
• United States
3 Jun 08
crowded streets. japanese lights and street racing cars
• Philippines
25 Jun 08
Hummmm.....judging on what you have said, it seems like the very same scene that I see in Tokyo Drift! Is it so? I wonder why lots of people say the samw about japan this way. And i thought sakura blossoms on the street were the ones that you could see everywhere!!
• Philippines
6 May 08
hmm, when I think of Japan, these are the things that came to my mind: 1. anime - it's the first that came to my mind. hehe, I think it's one of the reasons why I became so fascinated with their culture. :D 2. technology- hehe, their very high tech machines/equipment. 3. cherry blossoms - whenever I see it, though only in pictures and tv, I really love it. 4. peacefulness - I don't know but whenever I think of Japan, I always see it as very peaceful. Maybe because of their serene environment and their love on nature. 5. sushi, tempura and ramen - I don't like that much sushi and ramen, but tempura is one of my favorite dish. I am really fascinated with Japan, I am really intersted to know more esp. their language. I really wish I could go to Japan someday :D
• Philippines
6 May 08
Hey there! When I was young, anime was one of the reasons why I got so addicted with that culture! But then, i hear that anime is also a heyper-exaggeration of their culture! Peacefulness? Well I hear that Tokyo is safe but i'm just scared of the notorious Yakuza gangs! I know they're mean lol. And yes, the food! Which reminds me I just had japanese food for lunch! lol. Well if you get to go there! Then hope we could meet up
• Philippines
30 Apr 08
hehehe - L death note character
1. anime-definitely anime-i really really love japanese animation, they have pretty interesting characteristics when it comes to anime... 2. jpop artist... with so much addiction to anime i get use to love their songs, particularly yui (who sang the rolling days Opening theme of bleach). 3. samurai also, when i heared the word japan in my mind i say 'ask the japanese, they know the way of the samurai...' 4. cherry blossom, i usually associate japan with cherry blossom... 5. in architecture there (ooopss i forgot the term) but they tend to design a tiny space into sometime that will still be habitable. (well that is something technical only archi stude or archi related field could somehow relate) 6. their technology, for sure. it's very impressive.
• Philippines
6 May 08
ANIME Anime Anime, do u know your Anime...(sing to the tune of the continents) Hey there! I guess almost everyone in here agrees that anime is totally strongly linked to Japan! It's good to know that you also like bleach and naruto. Well yes, I learned japanese through animation and singing! But save for the bad words i also unfortunately learned from them lol. As for cherry blossoms, I heard on the news that lots of it were seen over the parks!! Aaaw it's not fair! I wanted to see them! Well believe me or not, I know one family who is also a direct descendant of Samurai. It's kinda creepy how they were able to trace their lineage for so long!! Their technology is also Subarashii ne~!! Hey i want to share some of my pics in here but i want to show you what i have from Japan/Japanese. lol~!
• Philippines
28 Apr 08
me and my japanese classmates - that's taken way back 2006, when i was an exchange student in Japan. ^_^
I have a lot of things running through my mind when I hear "Japan." First I think of my host family (i miss them so much!) they were my family when i stayed there as an exchange student. Then i think of japanese uniforms, hello kitty, cute japanese singers and actors, the very foreign kanji characters, train, bus, tatami mats, samurai, sumo wrestlers, sushi, sashimi, snow!, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Doraemon, friendly japanese, nice scenery, Sakura trees...
• Philippines
29 Apr 08
Hey there!You have obviously been to japan! I envy you. As for me, I think I can add to the existing list that I placed here on mylot.com coz now I also can add Sakura, Hana Kimi, and all other things. I also have a picture of me and my japanese friends who came here in davao city. I also miss them so much! I sometimes think of the Wacky one-liners of the kansai boys and baseball!
• United States
10 Feb 08
1. Roppongi 2. Ginza 3.Tokyo Tower..(eiffel tower) 4. Disney land 5. Narita Airport
• Philippines
10 Feb 08
Hey yo! Roppingo is like soooo expensive!! I think I could only survive roppongi in like 2 hours. But I know the hottest stars hang out in there lol. Ginza is the coolest shopping ditrict right? haven't heard of Tokyo tower and Disneyland huuuu I think the one in HK is better. And Narita Airport! is somewhere in Chiba?
• Indonesia
7 Feb 08
Well from foreigners perspective I think you've stated most stuff people thought about Japan. Anyway recently I've been reading articles from www.gaijinsmash.net, a site built by an american living in Japan. There are some shocking foundings as well as some heartfelt ones. You might want to check it out, just to widen your perspective about Japan. Oh yeah, back to topic whenever I hear "Japan" I think of anime, Jpop, (the amazing) kancho, and Moeko (whenever can I meet a girl so purehearted like her -- read "Moeko's owl" on the site I mentioned above)
• Philippines
8 Feb 08
Hi, thanks for giving the comment. And yea, I will be checking out the site later and probably learn a lot about it. Just a few days ago, I met in the hospital a woman whose husband is Japanese. She told me also all about the Japanese culture and some misconceptions about the culture and place. So I guess, this site will also widen my horizon. Haha, Chalk it up for J-pop!
• United States
3 Feb 08
When I hear Japan I think of: 1) My Japanese class/the langauge 2) Anime and manga 3) Japanese food (sushi mostly!
• Philippines
6 Feb 08
Hey hitsuzen!! We surely do have the same notion of what japan is. I used to study also nihongo with my neighbor who was really nice. I also think about the food food food! All the sushi and the yakisoba that i wanna eat. What kind of Japanese music do you usually like? I like anything hiphop like m-flo. Geishhhhaaaaa!!! lol
• Italy
3 Feb 08
Japan! Ok: 1)Fujisan 2)Sakura and Hanami 3)Anime and Manga and Dorama 4)Jpop anda Jrock 5)Gothic Lolita style 6)Samurai and Geisha 7)My Japanese teacher, Kobayashi sensei 8)My homework for tomorrow that I didn't do! O____O"""" Sayounara minasan~
• Philippines
6 Feb 08
Hey there!! Yes I do also think of Fujiyama. I think it has been a long standing symbol of Japan. What kind of Jpop do you usually like? It seems to me that you are also learning nihongo. Way cool! Ganbatte momoiroyume!~
@KisaMommy (133)
• United States
4 Jan 08
I would have to say that my list would be: 1. Ayumi Hamasaki 2. Sushi 3. Samurai 4. Geisha 5. Melty Kiss 6. Pocky 7. Kimono's 8. Anime 9. the language (Japanese is a beautiful and rather simple to learn language) 10. Me wanting to move there.. Okay okay, 10 is not actually ABOUT Japan, but it is what comes to mind. I would really like to move there some day. Probably not until much later when my kids are all older. But still a girl can dream! ^_^
• Philippines
23 Jan 08
Hi Kisamommy. Haha! I do agree that sushi and samurai are a few things that pop into my mind. I also do love Geisha which was inspired by the movie. As for Pocky it's really funny to see that commercial something like singing pocky!! Hey if we do get our dream of going to JP then let's meet up there and talk things over sushi!