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  • I thought he wanted money and so I looked away.

  • And then ran away.

  • I thought kangaroos are violent creatures...

  • I did hear that they are slack about timekeeping.

  • But I was surprised how bad it was.

  • Hey guys and girls on Ask Japanese, it's Cathy Cat.

  • We went to the streets of Tokyo and asked Japanese people,

  • what surprised them about foreigners, live abroad, and foreign cultures.

  • So let's go and Ask Japanese.

  • Have you ever been abroad?

  • I have. - Share where you went!

  • I have been to the USA, the UK, France and a lot of places.

  • I have also been to Germany...

  • You went to Germany you said guuurl? - Yes I said that.

  • And Germany was totally your favorite country ever right?

  • The best country was Germany. It was so beautiful.

  • I swear I didn't pay her to say that!!!

  • I really like the beautiful brick streets...

  • Just walking on those streets made me happy.

  • You haven't been abroad? - Not yet.

  • Have you sometimes spoken with foreigners?

  • In our English classes in school, we would sometimes get teachers...

  • who come from a different country.

  • I am no good with English though...

  • When you went abroad what was your "Wow that's shocking" moment?

  • When I went on the train, a person suddenly started to sing.

  • I was like "WHAT?"

  • Which country did that happen in?

  • That was in France. I went on the French metro...

  • and was shocked that someone started singing on the train.

  • I was surprised that was legal.

  • I was surprised to hear that.

  • Did he sing or did he ask for money afterwards?

  • I thought he wanted money so, I looked down...

  • and then I ran away.

  • You thought he wanted money from you?

  • I thought that yes...

  • I mean I had to listen to it, but I tried to look to the floor.

  • Have you had surprising moments, when speaking with foreigners?

  • Foreigners are surprisingly good at Japanese.

  • Maybe it was because they were teachers but when I didn't understand anything...

  • they would explain it well in Japanese to me.

  • Even though it was an English class, they would teach me in Japanese.

  • I was surprised that they were so good at speaking my language.

  • Another shock was, that I won't get free bags when shopping...

  • That was probably in Germany...............

  • I think it was Germany or Austria....

  • I saw people put items into their own bags and realized I needed to bring my own.

  • That's why we have so many popularly printed eco bags!

  • I was surprised that those eco bags were actually needed. I started bringing my own from then.

  • Well done girl! 5 Stars! - Thank you.

  • What surprised you the most in Germany?

  • Since I am German, I wanna hear about that the most.

  • What surprised me? The potatoes were bouncy.

  • I thought they were tasty but the bouncyness was surprising.

  • Have you been abroad?

  • I have.

  • Where did you go?

  • I went to Australia for one year.

  • You went there for a long time. - I did.

  • And have you been abroad?

  • I want to but I haven't been yet.

  • Where would you like to go to?

  • The UK or Chile.

  • And totally Germany.

  • What? Uh...

  • Totally Germany....

  • Totally ...... Germany.

  • What has surprised you in Australia?

  • There is nothing on the train platforms in Australia.

  • You mean you can just get on the trains without barriers? - Yeah.

  • What about the tickets? - You buy them on the train. That was shocking.

  • Is there a machine on the train? Or staff?

  • There is a machine inside the train where you buy tickets.

  • Did Australia live up to your expectations?

  • I used to think that kangaroos are violent.

  • I thought they would punch out people.

  • But in real life, they were all sleeping. They looked so relaxed.

  • Did you try and eat kangaroo meat?

  • I didn't eat kangaroos.

  • But they were selling Kangaroo Jerky in stores.

  • Unfortunately.

  • That shocked you?

  • It shocked me. - You didn't feel curious to try it?

  • Ok I was a little curious.

  • But I couldn't eat it after seeing real kangaroos, cause they were so cute.

  • You're cute, I won't eat you.

  • Talking with foreigners here or seeing them portrayed on TV,

  • what surprised you or what's different?

  • They know more about my favorite anime than me! - Yeah they totally do!

  • In Australia, the teachers who teach Japanese language knew so much about our shrines.

  • I was so surprised to hear that they knew even things I didn't know.

  • They all knew more details? - Yes!

  • Anime like One Piece and Naruto... foreigners know more about those than me...

  • I met one who knew more about One Piece than me...

  • He knew so much about Japanese anime, that was pretty impressive.

  • You thought you knew a lot about One Piece, but actually there are more facts?

  • It was like that. He taught me about background settings and such...

  • I thought "wow he knows a lot." - Who was that?

  • A friend from university who was a foreigner.

  • I could tell he loves One Piece but I felt like a rival, and that I can't loose to him!

  • You wanted to find out more details too? - Yeah.

  • Have you ever been abroad?

  • We have. - Both of you?

  • We have. - Where did you go?

  • I went to Taiwan, Bali and Oregon.

  • I went to Guam and China.

  • Did you see anything like "oh no way" or "oh wth" there?

  • In Taiwan, you can't flush toilet paper in the toilet.

  • WHAT?

  • That was a real culture shock. - Was it everywhere like that?

  • In beautiful hotels it was ok to flush but in school....

  • and public toilets, you have to throw it in a bin.

  • That was a big shock.

  • Did you have to carry toilet paper around or was there some there?

  • I always carried tissues with me.

  • Without them, would you have been in trouble? - Big trouble.

  • When I was in China, the taxi driver was ill tempered and kept pushing the car horn.

  • Like "beepbeepbeep" - All the way.

  • Especially at crossing he would keep pushing it the whole time.

  • Sounds like the inside of the car was rather noisy then too.

  • It was so noisy in there.

  • Generally Japanese people drive with both hands on the steering wheel.

  • Chinese however, all have one thumb on the car horn.

  • Do they just leave their thumb on it non stop for ten minutes? - Nonono.

  • That would be too much, but they still do it a lot.

  • Beep beep beep?

  • Was there a lot of traffic?

  • Yes a lot.

  • Also there are so many people crossing the streets.

  • I first went to Oregon.

  • What surprised you there?

  • I have heard that people are slacking with time. But I was surprised just how tardy people are.

  • How tardy were they? Any situation?

  • When going to school, I have to go on the highway.

  • But when leaving the house, we would already be 10 minutes late.

  • And the watch in the house was wrong too!

  • That watch was late too. I ended up being 20 minutes late for school.

  • And what did the teacher say?

  • In Japan they are stricter right.

  • If you are that late in Japan... people loose trust in you.

  • I think so.

  • I admired how free they could be with time.

  • Those were our questions. Thank you.

  • The trains have no barriers, there are random people who just start singing on the train

  • these are a couple of things that surprised Japanese people. Also...

  • eco-bags. It seems to be a thing that you have to carry a bag around abroad...

  • I actually think that's good. I have... often had the situation, when at the convenience store...

  • I was like "no I don't need the bag" so if they already pulled out the bag...

  • They will then throw the bag in the trash and I am like....

  • NOOO that's not what.... not what it's supposed to... I am trying to save on plastic bags.....

  • This is one of the things that happens sometimes when you're here in Japan.

  • The ECO-BAG isn't quite there yet but some stores have actually started applying that.

  • Some Japanese are also surprised that some foreigners know more about their culture

  • than they thought they would. They might know more about your favourite anime/manga

  • They might know more about other cultural aspects. I think that's a part that Japanese people are very surprised about.

  • I think it's the same if people went up to me and knew more about....

  • German culture than I actually knew...

  • I would be surprised but also feel kind of flattered and happy about that.

  • So guys is there anything that surprises you about foreigners when they come to Japan

  • or the other way around.

  • Has anything surprised you when you went abroad, let us know...

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