My friends/coworkers even get mad at me at work too when I change the TV to a Japanese channel, and not stupid AFN (Armed Forces Network or something, basically USA channels wherever there is a base).
I get this a lot, too and I’ve never understood it. The active hostility one often sees among gaijin to the sound of Japanese coming from rectangular boxes. They don’t just get annoyed: they get physically agitated; their voices and faces are filled with disgust.
In so violently rejecting and discounting Japanese TV, movies and videos (even stuff dubbed from English) a lot of gaijin seem to me to be going out of their way to prevent “free Japanese” from entering their lives. And then, in their drunken touchy-feely moments, they’ll sit there telling you about how hard Japanese supposedly is, how hard not knowing Japanese (while living in Japan) is, and how they would “give anything” to know it. If only they had “the time” and “the talent” and “the motivation”.
Really, Todd? How much motivation does it take to leave the TV on?
It’s like that guy who wants a clean sheets but absolutely insists on defecating on them 1 because it’s his “right”. It’s just…weird. And comically self-defeating. Why travel to the other side of the world only to do and see and say what you can you do and see and say “back home”?
And, no, drinking Asahi beer daily and eating sushi occasionally does not count any more 😛 .
Gaijin? Living in Japan? Feeling repentant? Wanna learn Japanese? Here you go, the 2-step magic formula:
- Turn on the TV at 9am next Monday morning.
- Turn it off 2 years later.
- (what’s that? you never had this friend? You’re missing out 😛 ) ↩