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Laughter brings good luck!

I'm currently studying English.
I still have no confidence about my English skills.
So,you might find odd sentences in my writing.
But please let it pass with a smile!
You know,laughter brings good luck!
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Japanese people are cold?
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    When I was having a lunch at my favorite cafe,I saw a car had stopped in front of the cafe. And soon after,I realised that a young policeman comes up to the car. He parked his car on the road,so I guessed that the police man tells him not to park there. However,the policeman directed him to park his car there and get off. I didn't know what happened with him,but I was keeping looking at that situation.

    The driver who was asked to get off the car seemed to take forever to get off his car. The policeman seemed to be angry at his slow-moving. Then,I thought that the driver doesn't want to get off the car. Actually,if I was stopped by the policeman,I would feel blue. And also,I don't want to get off the car. The driver seemed to be resisting demands for the policeman.
    However,I noticed something when the driver got off his car. He seemed not to be able to walk without someone's help. He seemed to be a physically-handicapped person. ( Is it right? I'm sorry but I don't know an appropriate word.) The driver struggled to walk to the rear door of his car,and opened the rear door to put out a wheelchair. It seemed to be a heavy task for him,but the young policeman didn't help him. He was just standing beside him. He was doing nothing. I couldn't understand why he doesn't help the driver. In front of his eyes,a physically-handicapped person is having trouble to put out his wheelchair. In spite of that,he did nothing.

    He is a well-built man. I think it's easy for him to put out a wheelchair. It's a matter of common sense,isn't it? I don't mean the problem is his job. Even if you are not a policeman,you should help a person in need,right?

    The driver finally sat on the wheelchair and tried to move it. But there was a bump between the road and the sidewalk,so he seemed have trouble to move his wheelchair. If the policeman gives his hands,it must be easy to move the wheelchair. However,the young policeman was just watching him. He was doing nothing!

    I was really depressed to see this situation. Policeman's duty is to protect the safety of citizens,isn't it? I don't think that such the policeman can protect our safety. Actually,a lot of car passed by him,and he almost got hit by a car.

    But the policeman pretended not to see it. I felt indignation with his bad behavior. Of course, there would be a lot of good policemen in Japan. I hope there are few bad policemen like him.

    As I said before,the problem isn't his job. It's a matter of common sense of Japanese people. Japanese young people are not used to helping someone. I think they don't know how should do. Maybe that young policeman didn't know what he should do. I think that's why he pretended not to see.

    Nowadays in Japan,people are becoming taking no interest in other people. I have read an article in the newspaper.
    " A woman fell down when she get in a train. And then,back of her skirt was ripped. She didn't notice it and got in a train. There were a lots of people in the train,but nobody tells her that. After getting off the train,she noticed that and felt shame. "

    Do you think Japanese people are cold? I think so. I think that Japanese people should change the way of thinking.
    | my life | 17:17 | comments(7) | - | - | - |
    I can't really speak for Japanese people. I haven't met any who I could say are cold. I could guess that the policeman might have felt paralyzed himself to find that the man he was berating for parking on the road was handicapped.

    On the other hand, what do you think about your own lack of action? And would you have told the woman on the train "Psst! Your skirt is ripped." I would have, but that's perhaps a character defect of mine. My niece uses me to introduce her to people she wants to meet. "Aunt Jill, those girls sound like they're from some Spanish-speaking country! I wonder where they're from?" Me: "Oh, go ask them!" Her: "Would you, please?" (The girls were from Spain itself.) My niece spent the rest of the tour happily chatting with them. The last time I was at a matsuri with a friend, we adopted a passing foreigner. He was a tall young man who'd been living in the town for a full year and was about to head back to the states. He had a pleasant time with us, we watched the fireworks from my friend's roof. The next day he got a break from packing and we took him to the Sumo Temple and a local ancient house where they regularly hold exhibitions. That was the last day for a famous sculptor's exhibition. He was there. The young man, who is from New York, speaks Japanese very well and has made a point of knowing the kanji for several places around Japan.

    He told me that in regular life he is very shy and seldom introduces himself to strangers.
    | Jill | 2007/08/03 7:26 PM |

    Hi, i'm from Romania and I have friends that lived for 3 years in Japan and the first thing they told me was: "the Japanese are so cold!" and whem they came home they were a bit cold too, indifferent.. it was sad, they weren't the friendly persons I knew.
    | Laura | 2007/08/05 5:21 PM |

    I've been in Japan for 12 years now and I have seen things change...Maybe it's just because I've lived in so many places around Japan but I honestly feel that the people in the smaller rural areas are much more friendly and considerate than those in big cities (probably true in any culture). I currently work in Tokyo and it is by far the 'coldest' place I have ever been.
    I recently took a little road trip to see some old friends. I went up to Aomori and Hirosaki. The people there still seemed as open and kind as I remember them. However, I average age seems to have increased dramatically. It seems all the young people can't wait to leave the smaller towns and head to the 'Big City' as soon as they possibly can. It's kind of sad to see...young people running off to a cold heartless city before they have developed a true sense of self and the older people left to fend for themselves in the harsh rural, aging communities.
    | Bob | 2007/08/10 11:49 AM |

    Speaking only for myself, my experiences with people from Japan have been all good. I don't know what things are like *in* Japan though, so I can't speak for that experience. But I can say that the difference in cultures here is pretty apparent. In the US, we tend to go out of our way to help others. From what I have heard about foreigner's experiences in Japan, it's almost the opposite. A friend of mine who is from Canada was hurt in a bicycling accident that wasn't her fault, but no one lifted a finger to help her, when she obviously needed it. It was almost as if people didn't want to see it, or felt inconvenienced by it. It's rather disturbing.
    | DakRoland | 2007/08/16 12:59 AM |

    Hello,folks! Thank you for your comments.
    I wrote some bad things about Japanese people,but of course there are lots of hospitable people. However,it's true that most of Japanese are not good at associating with others. You are not a Japanese,but it doesn't matter. Most of Japanese don't have courage to do good to others. I know it's really sad thing,and also it's a bad habit.

    I hear the word "hospitality" all the time,lately. I saw a TV news that people in Japan today lack a mind of hospitality. I think "hospitality mind" used to be the most important factor for Japanese people. I'm sad that I feel as if Japanese people forget Japanese conscience.
    | mama | 2007/08/28 1:58 PM |

    Yes that's true! Japanese people are cold but not all of them. As what I experienced in my work, I was having a bag of garbage with me when suddenly a Japanese man came and bring the garbage bag for me. hmm.
    | Yuri | 2011/04/16 8:02 PM |

    I read the message, because I'm sad to have meet so many selfish Japanese. In 15 years I can only remember cold and mean people. Like they have no soul and cant feel love or kindness. Please correct me if you truly think I'm wrong. Also why cant Japanese people be honest and say yes or know when they are asked something.I was going to visit Japan This year and now wont go because of all the mean clod blooded Japanese I encounterd here in Vancouver Canada.
    | Terry | 2011/07/28 10:30 AM |