Top 5 | Things I don't miss about living in Japan

  • Опубликовано: 20 окт 2015
  • Another Japan video! I looove talking about Japan and I miss a lot of things about my Japanese life. However there are, of course, many things I certainly do not miss about living in Japan. Find out the top things I don't miss about life in Japan!
    I was watching some RUclip videos about what people don't miss about a particular country and at first I thought they were kind of hate videos. But after watching them I realized that's not true. I found out so many interesting things about that country, more than I would've learned if I watched a "what I miss about ____ ".
    I believe the experience of living in Japan depends on so many things: what kind of job you have, what you look like, where in Japan you live, that many people may disagree with me, which is fine! Please let me know what you miss/don't miss about Japan or any other countries you may have lived in.
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Комментарии • 261

  • Hiro Willam Wayne
    Hiro Willam Wayne Месяц назад

    Treat like God LOL

  • あ あ
    あ あ Месяц назад

    I am Japanese, but I think that Japan is a really strange country.

  • Enchanteralle
    Enchanteralle 2 месяца назад +2

    Man you nailed a point in regards to customer service. For a lot of people outside of Japan, they are given this impression that Japan has excellent customer service. I traveled to Japan for a week this past month - first time there. Yes, in most places I do get good customer service, but I also felt that it depends on what I look like. I am of Chinese descent and grew up in the U.S. So of course they'll speak to me in Japanese first thinking I'm Japanese....but I don't know Japanese. Most of the time they are very helpful, but I did recall an incident at a Takashiyama department store in Osaka where I was asked if I know Japanese or Mandarin (sales assistants seem to target mainland Chinese tourists who spend $$) and when I responded that I speak English, I was immediately ignored. Another sales assistant came up to wipe liquid makeup that I accidentally dripped on the counter right in front of me, stared, then stood few feet away and continued to stare like I'll chop the counter in half. I walked away. I received excellent customer service from another cosmetic counter that day...but still, it left a bitter taste in my mouth. I can't base it all on one experience, but there were other encounters where I feel that their greeting or bows were just a part of what they need to do as a norm, but not too genuine. Oh well....I still love Japan because there are a lot of great things. Every city has different cultures so I do plan to visit other cities. Thanks for sharing!

    • Enchanteralle
      Enchanteralle Месяц назад +2

      Yes, I do take that into consideration as English is not their first language. I also learned that they are not too aware that there are Asian people from other parts of the world, but to be immediately assumed I am Chinese from China and then they try to speak to me in Mandarin was an awkward experience. I hope they get more exposed to other cultures and not apply the stereotypes they learn from the media to people. I try to accommodate. I remember using google translate on my phone at an ice cream shop. That works! :)

    • Erika Smith
      Erika Smith  Месяц назад +1

      Exactly how I feel. I like to think maybe they feel nervous about talking to people who speak English when they don't. Of course nothing wrong with that, it's their country after all, but from my experience being an English teacher a lot of Japanese feel quite nervous being "forced" to speak English in their own country. I like to believe they're not trying to be rude on purpose. Thank you so much for leaving a comment!

  • Stephupurlyf
    Stephupurlyf 2 месяца назад +1

    You are right. Watching the "things you don't miss" videos are way more informative! Thanks for you're input.
    Sidenote: I thought you were from Brazil based on your accent. One of my good friend's is also from Brazil and has a similar accent to yours. Sorry, I pride myself on identifying accents, so I got excited that I wasn't wrong.

    • Erika Smith
      Erika Smith  Месяц назад

      Thanks for leaving a comment! You're good with accents then. A lot of people I meet think I sound American, but on RUclip people can tell I'm Brazilian. Go figure!

  • Gisley Alves
    Gisley Alves 2 месяца назад +2

    Dear Miss Erika, I can tell that when you turn around 40 or 50 years old, it is very probable you are going to change your mind about living in Japan and find out your nation is a wonderful place. I was born in Brazil and I live in this country. Here, we have the biggest japanese colony outside Japan. I just love the japanese way of life. 99% of all brazilians have a high concept about japaneses. There is NO such thing as the perfect country in the entire world, but Japan is close to it. There, crime´s rate is low (extremely low); there is social peace; people respect each other; great natural food and landscape; high life expectance and much more. Believe me I would LOVE to be a japanese citizen and I just LOVE your country and culture . I know, japanese social rules can be kind rough, but in the end, it is something good for the entire country and all people who live there. Actually, I thing people all over the world love Japan. There are a lot of things that I hate about Brazil such as: corruption, crime, etc. But, brazilians are awesome people too ( I thing if someone don´t to get along with brazilians, this person will be not "OK" with anybody ). On the other hand, Brazil also has beautiful natural landscapes, awesome fauna and flora, and more more. As you can realize, again, there is no such thing as the perfect place. Finally, I thing Brazil and the entire world has a lot to learn with japanese people and its culture. (Sorry, you are not Japanese right? You are brazilian.)

    • Erika Smith
      Erika Smith  2 месяца назад

      Thanks for your comment! Yes, I totally agree with you. Japan is an amazing country and I feel so grateful for having a Japanese background and having had the opportunity to live there. I have nothing but fond memories of my time there and, yes, there is absolutely no perfect country. I get a little sad when people watch the video and just assume that I'm bashing Japan and that I hated living there. It's just a video talking about the things I didn't like about living there. Something funny is that people not only misread the title of it (5 things I didn't like about living in Japan - what do people expect? the most amazing things?!) but that I also have a video about the 5 things I did like about living in Japan, but that video doesn't get as many views as this one. So it seems to me that some people are just looking for opportunities to hate on other people. Anyway, I appreciate your comment and it makes me happy that you have this positive feeling towards Japan.

  • 高木正弘
    高木正弘 2 месяца назад


  • XiongFeng Huang
    XiongFeng Huang 4 месяца назад +1

    I totally agree the 4 of 5 things you told , except the customer service, I didn’t have that kind of bad service, maybe they see the way I dress like western ? Or i m a Chinese so they think I’m a rich tourist 😂?? and from my 5 times visiting japan experience , if you walk in Tokyo like shinjuku , people bump you when they walk pass you , they won’t apologize for sure , just don’t be mad , they are in hurry , and you are in the culture 😊.. try to void living in Shinjuko area .

    • Erika Smith
      Erika Smith  4 месяца назад

      XiongFeng Huang Thanks for the comment! Yeah, Shinjuku was a pretty busy area to live and to work!

  • trust master
    trust master 4 месяца назад +1
    The Japanese are an interesting bunch. I love how ready they are with their fake smiles while they reek of an incomparable superiority complex. That said, I do know a 'few' great Japanese people who are down to earth.

  • d#rKDragon3s 32
    d#rKDragon3s 32 6 месяцев назад +1

    Actually, I think you also have a lot of people who are like, so much fan of the country while not even being Japanese, that they will like, instantly dislike a video that dislikes a few things about the country. Makes me laugh though.

  • reyna guzman
    reyna guzman 6 месяцев назад +1

    I currently live here and I feel the same about the points you’ve made

  • Goddy Beast
    Goddy Beast 6 месяцев назад

    I don't smoke but i always was against smoking restrictions. Smokers are also ppl. And i like when my friends can smoke at the table while talking insted of go outside and divide the party. There should be public places for those who doesn't care about the smoke.

  • luisLr4
    luisLr4 7 месяцев назад

    Why do youtubers always have to explain why they are making a video, just make the video

  • Chyloe NYC
    Chyloe NYC 8 месяцев назад +1

    I love your accent

  • Anddres Torres
    Anddres Torres 8 месяцев назад +1

    Japanese people just work so hard. No thank you thats a waste of life thats why i left japan. I moved to america so much more better

  • T Ryan
    T Ryan 9 месяцев назад +5

    the coins. Yen everywhere. Every day end up with bags of shrapnel in my pockets.

    • T Ryan
      T Ryan 9 месяцев назад +2

      They need to ditch the 'one' yen coin for a start. Worthless in a carry sense. 500 yen coin handy only for the vending machine culture but should be a note. THe card culture needs improving. Got absolutely 'thieved' by banks over there. Prefer my c/c's to cash only in JP which is again, odd. Japan is odd though. Love Japan.

    • Erika Smith
      Erika Smith  9 месяцев назад +1

      Yes! Whenever I came to visit the US and used cash I'd be counting down to the penny. Would almost always get funny looks. Now I don't even know how to count money because nobody uses cash here!

  • Ertur Temirbaev
    Ertur Temirbaev 9 месяцев назад

    come to Kyrgyzstan. You will get a lot of food

  • Ertur Temirbaev
    Ertur Temirbaev 9 месяцев назад

    where are you from?

  • Dario Wirtha
    Dario Wirtha 9 месяцев назад +11

    Food portion size is the least annoying thing. I grew up in U.S. then lived in Japan for a while. When I came back I was shocked by the size of drinks and such. Honestly we eat too much and bad quality food. Now I cook by myself and eat healthier food.

    • Erika Smith
      Erika Smith  9 месяцев назад

      True. Portions are huge here. I guess we just have to be more attentive to what and how much we eat.

  • Omniscient
    Omniscient 9 месяцев назад

    Love the colour of the walls. x

  • ღ I Hate Snakeu ღ
    ღ I Hate Snakeu ღ 9 месяцев назад

    *Not even listening just writing down what her complaints are so I know what I might expect*

    • Erika Smith
      Erika Smith  9 месяцев назад

      ღ I Hate Snakeu ღ Hey! If you're going to Japan and would like any tips just let me know! 🙂

  • katie kawaii
    katie kawaii 10 месяцев назад +1

    I know this is an old video, but I had to tell you, that high context/low context thing was fascinating and incredibly useful.

    • Erika Smith
      Erika Smith  10 месяцев назад

      katie kawaii Thank you so much! ✌🏻

  • KitKoe _
    KitKoe _ 10 месяцев назад +2

    thank you for the insight and your honest opinion

    • Erika Smith
      Erika Smith  10 месяцев назад +1

      Notekekesh Oculatiouse Thanks for leaving a comment!

  • William Kern
    William Kern 10 месяцев назад

    The five things come at:

  • gaygamerboi
    gaygamerboi 10 месяцев назад

    I stopped at "they dont hold the door for you"

  • GlassLegend#
    GlassLegend# 10 месяцев назад

    they have to control food portions for every citizen so, that Japanese doesn't looked like, from North America the unitedly obese

  • grumblekin
    grumblekin 10 месяцев назад +3

    The fact that so many people have an unrealistic fantasy about Japan is the key cause of butthurt when they actually live here for 6 months. You'll see long-term expats, on the other hand, living and thriving just fine. I, for one, don't miss my home country and like living in Japan much better.

    • Erika Smith
      Erika Smith  10 месяцев назад

      grumblekin Agreed. Most people go through a big shock when they first start living in Japan if they don't know what to expect. I'm really glad I had the opportunity to live there and I have great memories.

  • Princeton Boston
    Princeton Boston 10 месяцев назад +1

    loved your video. did a really good job on such a touchy subject in a polite manner.

    • Erika Smith
      Erika Smith  10 месяцев назад

      Princeton Boston Thank you so much!

  • Theant19
    Theant19 10 месяцев назад +1

    So allowing someone to smoke in someone establishment is something you find unacceptable?
    Oh well, I disagree. Anyone should be able to do what he want within his own property.
    Of course in the scope of NORMAL, just, thin law codex.

    • Erika Smith
      Erika Smith  4 месяца назад

      Theant19 Being allergic to it, allowing people to smoke in a public, closed environment was something I didn't particularly like about living in Japan.

  • chad haire
    chad haire 10 месяцев назад

    this womans babbling is so fucking annoying--PLEASE SHUT THE HELL UP

  • dodo dadi
    dodo dadi 10 месяцев назад

    jump to 1:14 to avoid chit chat

  • David Douglas
    David Douglas 11 месяцев назад

    Japan is horrible they are racist they are strict they blah blah blah ACTUALLY no i live in Japan with my wife and work here, weve been here for 3 years now and i couldnt be happier, its a beautiful country. If you dont like it you can always go home!

  • esail57
    esail57 11 месяцев назад +3

    Thank you, Erika, good job. I lived in Osaka for 8 years. What really use to irritate me was all the fast food and restaurants were always crowded but you still had Kids there, not eating, but doing their homework when there was no place to sit down. Believe it or not, Japan is where I learned to quit smoking in 1994. I also hated the summertime humidity, that was impossible for me.

    • Erika Smith
      Erika Smith  11 месяцев назад

      esail57 Thanks for the comment! I agree. Coffee shops were almost impossible to get a seat, everyone is just doing work and having one cup of coffee for like 7 hours. Very annoying. But I'd probably do the same, apartments are sooo small there!

  • CNVideos
    CNVideos 11 месяцев назад

    Video starts at 1:11

  • VC
    VC 11 месяцев назад +1

    Japanese style customer service: They smile and being polite. But not helpful and flexible. Done.

  • 1000ハマりイカサマピエロ

    you are chinese?

  • WiggaMachiavelli
    WiggaMachiavelli Год назад +1

    I think videos with complaints are not so informative with respect to the country itself. Rather, they teach us about the person making the video.
    1. What's stopping you from ordering more food if you don't think you've had enough? I've often found portion sizes in Japan too big.
    2. If people are bumping in to you, it's because you're in the way. You're the one with bad manners, because you're the one who's too inconsiderate to make room for everyone else.
    3. "Customer service is too good," and, "People don't like me because I look poor and can't speak Japanese properly" - well, whose fault are these things?
    4. Agree completely with this one.
    5. What you say is true, but I think it's good to provide both for customers who want to smoke and for those who want to avoid it. The only problem is that the areas aren't divided properly.

    • Erika Smith
      Erika Smith  4 месяца назад

      WiggaMachiavelli Totally agree, this type of video surely tells more about the person who made it rather than the country itself. Most videos like this one will probably be very different

  • toledo marcos
    toledo marcos Год назад

    One thing I hate in Japan is the DISCRIMINATION.
    They discrimante you just by seeing your face.
    and yes they are rude

  • Ham Cheese
    Ham Cheese Год назад

    It's about accepting the capture of lifestyle different. The meal portion in Japan is smaller than US meal portion in general because of their eating size habit, hence low ration of obesity. If you need more food maybe you can just order more... how would this annoyed you? Imagine if the food served in large portion and most of the people can't finish eating, it leads to wastage of food.

  • juandenz2008
    juandenz2008 Год назад

    She looks Japanese, I know she is from Brazil but she must have Japanese ancestry ! I thought this was a good video. I liked living in Japan and Japanese life has many good aspects. The things she mentioned didn't even bother me, my top 5 dislikes are
    1. Racism. It doesn't happen that often but when it does happen it is quite annoying. Some person might abuse you and a couple of times I was refused service. Might be hard to rent an apartment.
    2. Weather. Summers can be really hot, too hot (maybe not a big deal for Brazilians)
    3. Stereotypes. Once I was at work and was drinking some iced tea from a vacuum flask and the boss asked me "are you drinking alcohol ?" After I replied No he then thought for a while and asked me "are you drinking beer ?"
    4. Poor pay for jobs such as English teachers and probably a lack of respect to
    5. Bad driving. The driving isn't aggressive, but there is so much inattention (talking on phones etc), also lots of children are not restrained in cars. You see cars zipping along with kids standing in the front seat etc.
    (I didn't really have a problem with customer service. I lived in an area with lots of Brazilians most people thought I was Brazilian too, but actually I'm not Brazilian. Still the customer service was pretty good - of course there were some exceptions).

  • Super Akagi
    Super Akagi Год назад

    people in North America take too many vacation and less work. that is why a construction project aimed to finish in 5 years in actuality it is taking 10 years to build due to many delays. what a huge waste of money.

  • MTLTIGER.USACanada2Japan Samurai モントリオール

    you are beautiful.

  • Tieia Middleton
    Tieia Middleton Год назад +1

    I lived in Korea for 2 years. I remember being shoved into on a train or walking in a crazy area. I was many inches taller, so I adapted. I learned to kind of puff myself up and just plow through!

  • Just Me
    Just Me Год назад +1

    sorry of my poor english and mistakes in writing.i am still new here to this and shy to write.ok thank you very much.Bye bye for now

  • Just Me
    Just Me Год назад +1

    Thank you for nice video.Yes i agree from Japan.Respect you and your presentation.Also your dress and appearance.Your style and taste-very classy,beautiful,elegant.Perfect style sense.Perfect coordination.Is that right English? Sorry if not. Thank you sharing. It helps me now as im live now in states-America.Oh yes haha even im a Japanese i agree so much with you those things.Yes i do so agree and like America foods serving style brst because think it is a more fair and size is always same every time

    • Erika Smith
      Erika Smith  9 месяцев назад

      Thanks for leaving your comment! Don't apologize for your English. Where are you living?

  • cartergirl3of3
    cartergirl3of3 Год назад +1

    This is the first video I've ever seen of hers and I'm so confused, can someone please explain?: Shes FROM Brazil, LIVES IN the States and LIVED IN Japan???

    • Erika Smith
      Erika Smith  Год назад

      cartergirl3of3 No, my whole family is originally from Japan. I was just born and raised in Brazil

    • cartergirl3of3
      cartergirl3of3 Год назад

      Oh cool! May I ask: are either of your parents ethnically Brazilian?

    • Erika Smith
      Erika Smith  Год назад +1

      cartergirl3of3 You got it! I'm Brazilian, lived in Japan for almost 7 years and moved to the US in 2015! 😁

  • CityBoyGoneWild
    CityBoyGoneWild Год назад +1

    Was the cost of living (compared to USA big cities) also a challenge?

    • CityBoyGoneWild
      CityBoyGoneWild Год назад +1

      Wow, that sounds expensive. Well maybe not too expensive compared to where I'm originally from (San Francisco Bay Area). Cost was one reason I moved away, bought 6 acres in the woods and built a homestead. But, my wife and daughters like traveling and I've consider Tokyo at some point in the future. Thanks for the info.

    • Erika Smith
      Erika Smith  Год назад +1

      CityBoyGoneWild Yes. Especially because I wanted to live within walking distance to my work and before I moved to Tokyo I was told that was impossible because I worked in Shinjuku, but I was still able to find a place. I had to compromise of course, super small place (less than 30 sq m), but really new and close to my work. My rent was about $1,500/mo, which was pretty high for what the average people make. Food is a pretty controversial topic, there's people that say it's cheap and others say it's not. I think it was pretty expensive but it's really high quality stuff.

  • 3 moopuuti
    3 moopuuti Год назад

    日本のことをあまり良く思っていない人が多いことを初めて知りました!日本のTV番組では、外国と比較して日本人がpoliteであるとか、いわゆるweabooに関してのみ取り上げていました。日本人は自国のことを良い国だと思ってる人は多いです。何にでも色んな側面があって、悪い部分をpick upすれば悪く思われるし、反対にたくさんの良い部分を知ってもらえれば誤解もとけると思います。

  • Shirito Integrator
    Shirito Integrator Год назад


  • Vashti Daily
    Vashti Daily Год назад +1

    I am a huge fan of how well you articulated your experiences in Japan. :)

  • Frisru Tolok
    Frisru Tolok Год назад

    よく私は迷惑をかける あなたは嫌いなビデオのように思える

    • Frisru Tolok
      Frisru Tolok Год назад

      translation: well I'm annoyed, you seem like a hate video
      I think that's right

  • Tethloach1
    Tethloach1 Год назад

    You look hot.

  • SockBomb
    SockBomb Год назад

    Some things I didn't understand.
    1) Japanese restaurants don't have a tip system so looking like you have money doesn't associate with service.
    2) Japan is a small country.Thus public transportation is very relevant. Most office workers use it to get to work every day. Riding a train in rush hour is ridiculous. 80% of the people are standing. Apologizing for every person you come in contact with is obviously meaningless. Honestly just be happy your not getting groped.
    3) People don't hold doors for you.
    That's not something you can judge a country on...
    4)Holidays are special for Japanese people. It's culture. For Japanese people, weekends are time to regain energy to work the next week. Americans work FOR the weekends.
    Theres a massive difference there. Meaning long breaks are the only time for Japanese people to actually enjoy break.
    I admit Japanese people are more narcissistic than others. But it seems like you don't know how they are raised.

    • Erika Smith
      Erika Smith  9 месяцев назад

      I wasn't judging Japan, I was simply sharing my experience having lived there. Different people will have different experiences living in the same countries, not necessarily bad. And I loved living in Japan!

  • syndicate0101
    syndicate0101 Год назад

    +Erika Smith😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍
    *WHAT A HOTTIE!!!!*.......*JAPAN'S LOSE, IS OUR GAIN*!!!!!!!!!........

  • Gキャット
    Gキャット Год назад +1

    I like having smaller portions, not needing to be a pig in most places, but if I want more, I'll go to a tabehoudai or a place where they give free refills for rice!
     Korea is worse for the train manners, people skip the line all the time, even when I was waiting to get on the elevator, three or four older people ran in so I couldn't get on (it was a small elevator and I had a bag and was in the front), and it pissed me off from the good manners in Japan.
     Customer Service is terrible in the west, and sometimes in Tokyo. Here, I get horrible service! Not every store in Japan will you get perfect customer service, but the amount of good service you get there is far beyond the west. Here I hate small talk, and it happens ALL the time.

  • Just a Turd
    Just a Turd Год назад

    Jij bent echt lekker.

  • Ogilthorpe
    Ogilthorpe Год назад

    I'm a guy; All food portions are small to me.
    I'm a guy; Customer service is always shit for me.
    I'm a guy; Getting bumped into in public and not being apologized to is normal for me.
    I'm a guy; I don't vacation either, because it's a stupid waste of money.
    I'm a guy; I don't give a shit about other people's smoking habits.

  • aoi kun
    aoi kun Год назад +1

    i went to japan few years ago. my friends and i walk from train station to our home which took us 10 minutes, the neighbourhood were silent as its getting dark. then a person on bicycle, he was riding on the road and suddenly get on the pedestrian and try to hit us. we were so shock about that. luckily there no car on the road. that person don't even care as he pretended that we don't even there. i believe everywhere you go, such person exists.

  • hungr4anime
    hungr4anime Год назад +1

    you have really nice eyebrows. i wish i had eyebrows like that too. #admiration

  • Ammo Man
    Ammo Man Год назад +1

    You don't look look Chinese.
    Which would explain the poor treatment because the Japanese do not like Chinese.

  • Bleed Purple & Gold
    Bleed Purple & Gold Год назад +1

    I've heard hospitals are closed on weekends in Japan. Can anyone elaborate?

    • Erika Smith
      Erika Smith  9 месяцев назад

      As far as I know that's true. It seems like hospitals take turns operating during weekends and holidays.

    • Gabe Hartman
      Gabe Hartman Год назад

      I can only comment on my experiences but where I lived, only the emergency room was open on weekends and after 21:00 any day of the week. My son had a very high fever and we had to call to find out what emergency room was open at 03:00. We ended up driving 45 minutes to the next larger town to get medical care.

  • Jnana Kirti
    Jnana Kirti Год назад

    I am a weeb, and I liked this video. No, I have never think Japan is a fantasy land. But I love anime, and Japanese language

  • David Ziegenbusch
    David Ziegenbusch Год назад

    If you are not rich you may not like how very expensive everything is in Japan. I guess if people can afford to vacation or live there it doesn't matter.

  • David Lloyd
    David Lloyd Год назад

    Your video was interesting, even enlightening, but I found your editing to be distracting. I guess you videoed it in one hit, and cut out the bits where you started to ramble. You had five points to make, so it would have been better if you videoed it in five segments, with a concise script for each segment.

  • astroboy3507
    astroboy3507 Год назад +1

    I love the customer service in Japan!!

  • fritzchic
    fritzchic Год назад

    just so strange to watch someone who looks so Japanese 'bashing' Japan. Just sayin'...and don't bash me for having my opinion like you have your own opinion.

    • Erika Smith
      Erika Smith  9 месяцев назад

      I don't think I was bashing Japan. I really liked living in Japan and I think I said that in the video. I was just sharing my experience living there.

    *THE GIBBONS* Год назад +1

    You are beautiful

    • Lyndon Lucier
      Lyndon Lucier Год назад +11

      shes not going to sleep with you

  • lullemans72
    lullemans72 Год назад

    i didn't quite get your point about good/bad customer service. you mentioned having experienced "the worst" customer service as well but didn't elaborate on that. would you mind doing that now, please?

    • Erika Smith
      Erika Smith  9 месяцев назад

      It was at a store where nobody could speak English, which is totally fine because we were in Japan. My Japanese is not very good but I was trying my best to communicate in Japanese but still the sales associate didn't seem to want to help me and proceeded to pretty much ignore me the whole time I was there. It felt horrible being bluntly ignored.

  • farabovetheclouds
    farabovetheclouds Год назад +7

    Japan is a society built on rank and hierarchy and I think that's where a lot of the problems in the culture stem from, some people who are high in society (Doctors, Teachers, Business Owners etc) are mostly pretty good people, but then there are some people who think they are higher than everyone else, and these people walk around thinking the world owes them something, and they demand respect wherever they go, yet they have done nothing to earn it. Since we can't judge on first impressions if someone is high or low in society most Japanese revert to the most polite form of addressing someone before knowing who they really are. As a result, people abuse that, they could be quite low in rank or they could be high but just not a nice person. You move up in Japan not because of talent or experience, just how long you've been doing it...

    • Thrasher
      Thrasher 29 дней назад

      "...people with high status have it for a reason."
      Yeah, they've had opportunity to achieve high status in society mostly because they came from prestigious and/or middle-class families. They didn't came from lower-class families who can't offer the same opportunity of rising through social ranks to their offsprings.

      "Frankly the West could do with a lot more hierarchy."
      And have some entitled assholes who mistreat those under them and make an outcast out of those people, thus creating a social system that categorize people instead of treating everybody as part of the same society?
      Thanks, but no thanks.

    • 巨美尻女王 (Queen BumBum)
      巨美尻女王 (Queen BumBum) 10 месяцев назад +1

      farabovetheclouds All traditional societies are built on rank and hierarchy.

    • WiggaMachiavelli
      WiggaMachiavelli Год назад +1

      "yet they have done nothing to earn it"
      I feel like you're ignoring that social status doesn't just *poof* out of thin air. Sure, some people are arse-holes, but people with high status have it for a reason.
      Frankly the West could do with a lot more hierarchy. It was a dreadful mistake to abandon that component of our civilisation.

  • sweet okole
    sweet okole Год назад

    your english is too good for you to be brazilian. your title does not match what your video is about. are you of korean descent?

    • Erika Smith
      Erika Smith  Год назад +1

      sweet okole Thanks but I'm still Brazilian. And I don't have a Korean background, just Japanese.

    • blobbyplop87
      blobbyplop87 Год назад +3

      There's a large expat population of Japanese people in Brazil.

  • serenityq26
    serenityq26 Год назад

    i miss everything about japan

  • KoiFlow
    KoiFlow Год назад +2

    Awesome video. I've seen a lot of videos about japan but never mentioned these. Insightful, thanks.

  • yamakita p
    yamakita p Год назад

    Is she Korean?

  • Sylvia Lehman
    Sylvia Lehman Год назад +1

    Oi em moro em Tokyo e estava vendo seu video, sem saber que vc é brasileira , e eu estava achando sua voz tão bonita com uma dicçao ampla diferente , e estranho eu achei que vc tinha voz de brasileira . Aí quando escutei que vc era brasileira , não acreditei . Me inscrevi no canal .

    • Erika Smith
      Erika Smith  9 месяцев назад

      Oi, Sylvia! Obrigada! Onde vc mora ai? Mtas saudades de Toquio!

  • Johan Öberg
    Johan Öberg Год назад +53

    Hmm Japan must be a proud country since videos with criticism of it, even polite, will get a fair amount of downvotes and bad comments.

    • Strawberry Kiys
      Strawberry Kiys 9 месяцев назад

      they're just upset weeaboos, I found japan a boring homogeneous society with little to no diversity or individualism

    • sergel02
      sergel02 Год назад +1

      Johan Öberg I always thought it was more international fans of Japanese culture that get upset.

    • Erika Smith
      Erika Smith  Год назад

      xxDark_kamuixx x Thanks!

    • Serenity Love
      Serenity Love Год назад +3

      This video was honestly so insightful and well spoken. The fact that someone downvoted just because "her face looks like plastic surgery..." is just stupid. I think it's important that these experiences are shared because it can really help those who maybe plan on visiting Japan some day.

    • MTLTIGER.USACanada2Japan Samurai モントリオール
      MTLTIGER.USACanada2Japan Samurai モントリオール Год назад +1

      it is natural.she is born like that.

  • ファビオコートーン
    ファビオコートーン Год назад +2

    you're cute. wheres your accent from

    • Sheng Long is back!!!
      Sheng Long is back!!! Год назад +2

      mess i brasil she said that we she from.. there is big population of japanese ..been living over 100yrs..i dont know if she is brasilian of japanese ancestry

  • Lucas Gabriel
    Lucas Gabriel Год назад +9

    Brazilian 💜💜💜

  • Julia L
    Julia L Год назад +25

    Video stats @1:12

  • Kaycie F
    Kaycie F Год назад +7

    I totally understand customer service can be sucks if you look Japanese because I'm Japanese but I've spent a quite long time in Australia. I was refused to get tax free(duty free) at so many shops when I was on holiday in Tokyo because they couldn't understand someone looks quite Japanese and speaks fluent Japanese like myself but not Japanese in the document but my girls friends from Aus who looks obviously non Japanese didn't get in trouble at all lol

  • Love Rule
    Love Rule Год назад +5

    she's Japanese from Brazil interesting

    • Lucas Gabriel
      Lucas Gabriel Год назад +7

      Love Rule actually Brazil is the country with most japanese people outside of japan. (descendants)

  • Lorelai
    Lorelai Год назад +24

    Your make up and hair is on point. Can you do makeup tutorials please?

  • Kenzie Jackson
    Kenzie Jackson Год назад +1

    I love the way you say Japan

    • Payhole Everdouche
      Payhole Everdouche Год назад

      Kenzie Jackson
      She has a Brazilian accent. It's bloody adorable, versus a New York City accent, which is like Garbage coming out of the mouth.

  • Tsnore
    Tsnore Год назад +29

    Five things I dislike about livin' in Nippon? OK, here I go:
    1. Gerobachi (loose or chunky vomit) all over the place nightly, especially in bonenkai season
    2. Sputum on roads and pavement and train platforms; so many smokers, so much clammy sputum about
    3. Bad breath, rotten food decaying galore and gum disease stench just about everywhere; brushing? dentists? What're those?
    4. Racist cops profiling me and anyone who doesn't look wajin: shake-downs, searches, ID checks etc., all illegal under Japanese law without probable cause or warrant and un-Constitutional (Article 34 and 35)
    5. Mumbling drunken ojisan who do not like me within 15 meters of their purview and let me know it daily, verbally.
    See you next time for many more important points!

    • WiggaMachiavelli
      WiggaMachiavelli Год назад +4

      Only ever observed 1 once, but that sort of thing happens everywhere.
      Never noticed 2 or 3. The standard of dental care in Japan is pretty good, anyway.
      With 4, as an alien in Japan, you are legally obliged to carry your pass-port or other ID like a residency card. It's as simple as that.
      5 is funny. Lighten up.

    • Gキャット
      Gキャット Год назад +2

      Try living in S Korea, you see vomit every day!

  • Red Jackal
    Red Jackal Год назад

    Jopeng is good place

  • Brittany Titcombe
    Brittany Titcombe Год назад +4

    in my stay in Nagoya I had quite the opposite experience with people bumping into me. in fact nobody did everyone was super polite and I noticed this so much more in China. I perceived it as rude at first but had to remember how populated the county was and because of the large amount of public transit it's just going to happen.

  • Cal Kim
    Cal Kim Год назад

    is this video deleted? why can't i view this????O.o .. I meam I cam only watch the first 30 sec

  • Fuyu Winter
    Fuyu Winter Год назад +12

    My fiance is Japanese and we've never had a problem whenever we're in Japan with customer service. I guess maybe because he's from quite a small town? I even get spoken to the same way as other Japanese customers. They speak very quickly to me and are surprised when my Japanese isn't as good as theirs, but they're all lovely and understanding from my experience. :)

  • Mori Soba
    Mori Soba Год назад +4

    Haha.. Komeda Coffee. Honestly, for a native Japanese like me those five things are not the worst at all. Actually some government employees or policemen are very rude. And there are many old fashioned rules which don't meet the needs of today's society anymore.

    • WiggaMachiavelli
      WiggaMachiavelli Год назад

      Don't get rid of "old-fashioned rules" - once you do, you'll realise what they were for, but you won't be able to reinstate them. Learn from the errors of the West.

    • Johnny Utah
      Johnny Utah Год назад

      Komeda fucking sucks. Everything on the menu tastes fucking terrible.

    • Mori Soba
      Mori Soba Год назад +2

      We hear complains from some foreigners who have been living in Japan for years. Most of those complains are identical to what I don't like about Japan. Here, I can't explain the details about them. But I guess you will agree with them if it takes enough time to explain them.

    • Erika Smith
      Erika Smith  Год назад +2

      I love Komeda Coffee, I wish there were more in the Kanto area.
      I guess the experiences people have living in a country can be very different from what natives have. I'm sure whatever bothered me natives may not even care about. I had an amazing time in Japan and I'd love to go back.

  • Alessandro Takeshi Morita Gagliardi

    Eu sempre passo fome no Japão também haha. As porções são pequenas demais.
    Uma coisa que eu nao aguento é a ALTURA das casas/trens etc. Tendo 1,90m, não passa uma semana sem que eu bata a cabeça na parede na casa de alguém, ou nas argolas nos trens.

  • amanda cbx
    amanda cbx Год назад +10


  • Korean Peninsula
    Korean Peninsula Год назад

    Japan is Island. Control no Choice is all part of Island culture.

    • Rayvn7
      Rayvn7 Год назад

      You are wrong, Korea is way worse then Japan for "controlling", America and France are literally tyrannical (tyranny, oppression, and brainwashing and distracting), most of the "control" things I hear about Japan are not laws at all and Japanese are HAPPY with their government, China is not an island, and Hawai'i "relax and no rules about the time even for your job"" is islands.

  • R Ww
    R Ww Год назад +1

    Never had a problem, in normal situations, of people not apologizing after bumping into me.

  • Ichigo Kurashaki
    Ichigo Kurashaki Год назад

    you look cute

  • KeiDude18
    KeiDude18 Год назад +3

    Yeah I understand that costumer service problem >_> it sucks....

  • The Khan
    The Khan Год назад

    love the japs

    • The Khan
      The Khan Год назад +2

      +João Pedro aite i won't 😀👍🏻

    • Elger
      Elger Год назад +4

      I think it s kind of offense for them, I am not sure about it, but as I saw at a movie called "Little Boy", they do not like it.

    • The Khan
      The Khan Год назад

      why not ?

  • simoninsingapore
    simoninsingapore Год назад +1

    I find something really interesting about bad customer service in Japan. They are quite common if you are foreign and especially if the person serving is wearing a hygiene mask!. I see so many people in Japan wearing masks and I was told that it's because these people night have a flu. I reckon these people wear masks so they can be rude without consequences.

  • Aleksi Himself - Videos about Finland

    I am living in Kobe and I gotta say I disagree with a few things you said here. As for the restaurant portions, I was also worried at fjrst because I am very tall guy and I consume a lot of food. Bu since coming t I haven't had problem of getting enough food. In my university we can get our tummies full for around 500 yen and some good small places also offer pretty decent meals for 500-600 yen. As for more fancier places I have never left with a hunger.
    For the bumping problem, I've never had problems with bumps, neither in Tokyo or elsewhere. Those bumps happen occasionally but I do get apologies and I do not consider them as rude.
    For the smoking part I absolutely agree with you. I hate smoking and it's annoying in bars and clubs when you're clothes smell like crap when you get home.
    I tried to assess my points constructively. Thanks for making this video. It's interesting to see what kind of experiences people have. :)

  • david Lewis
    david Lewis 2 года назад +4

    I like hearing the good and band vary informative, have a sub (not one from subway)

  • Estheris Bach
    Estheris Bach 2 года назад +1

    Great tips thank u! :) new subscriber

  • op3l
    op3l 2 года назад +50

    I got shooshed out of a restaurant in Japan. first time in my life I've been just shooshed out complete with the back of the hand pushing out motion. Honestly it ruined my Japan fantasy completely.

    • Thomas Morris
      Thomas Morris 10 месяцев назад

      Blah Blah don't go to japan if you don't like their laws they won't change for you

    • Thomas Morris
      Thomas Morris 10 месяцев назад

      White CIS Cum must think they are better than anybody when they are worst

    • Thomas Morris
      Thomas Morris 10 месяцев назад

      David Pearl people that have problems in Japan bring it on themselves

    • Thomas Morris
      Thomas Morris 10 месяцев назад

      op3l act normal I live in Okinawa never had a problem

    • 巨美尻女王 (Queen BumBum)
      巨美尻女王 (Queen BumBum) 10 месяцев назад

      op3l Bwa ha ha