What SHOCKS Japanese about Foreigners in Japan

And how do foreigners greet you? – Like aaaaah I freeze like “Wow English!” It’s embarrassing but I am happy. Hey guys and girls on Ask Japanese it’s Cathy Cat. In Tokyo there are now many foreigners but it’s different on the Japanese countryside. This time we are gonna go head out to Iwakuni to ask the Japanese people there what culture shocks they have experienced. Let’s go and Ask Japanese. During class our teacher would play a tape and the foreign assistant teacher would dance to the tape. She looked like she had so much fun. In Japan do you suddenly dance? We really don’t. – What music was that? What was it? One Direction’s “What makes you beauty” – And your foreign teacher was into it. Different to Japanese people, foreign teachers are so friendly. They come and talk to me a lot. – How? When we meet in the school hallway we just say hello. But the foreign teachers ask us what we are doing, and lots of other things. – Having a longer conversation. – Yes When they talk to you, how do you feel? – It makes me happy The greeting of our foreign teachers is different to our Japanese teachers. So cheery. What is the normal Japanese school greeting like? Good Morning. Like this “Good Morning.” And then the foreign greeting? Good morning!!! – How does it feel differently? The Japanese greeting is very formal. If we don’t greet properly we get told of. But foreign teachers they are so fun and friendly to us. Yeah right. In Iwakuni we have a US military base which gives us the chance to meet many foreigners. Many Japanese just take standing pictures. Foreigners pick up leaves of the ginko tree and do pictures from the side and similar. They take different photos here. They see things that Japanese people don’t see. They set it up and take a lot of pictures. We sometimes meet the kids from the US school A Japanese primary school is strict on starting times by the minute. But the US kids have more freedom there. – The rules and strictness is different. – Very much so. We have to understand that. First we were surprised but we realized that is just the way other countries are. I hope by understanding this our children will learn life skills for the future. So Iwakuni gives kids a chance to meet other cultures. – They can learn things because we are close to the foreign cultures here. The food that I ate at my exchange was very shocking compared to what we were used to. Taste wise. – Where did you stay? – Australia. – What did you eat? Vegimite. – That’s the yucky one!!! Haha. – I was the only family member that couldn’t eat Vegiemite… They made me a tuna sandwich instead. – That is… ok. Don’t worry. Vegimite and Marmite are foods that are loved or hated by people. – My host family said this is a normal food for everyone. But the tuna was tasty everywhere I ate it. No matter the culture. It was good. – I lived in Hawaii for 3 years. When I went shopping I was surprised to see in Japan we have to pay exactly but there, next to the register was a little donation box of 1 cents. If it wasn’t exact and you missed a cent the cashier would take one from there. – didn’t have to be by the cent. Yeah uneven numbers would always work out. That wouldn’t work in Japan In Japan you would have to take one item out of the shop or similar in order to match. But there if it wasn’t enough there was a way One or two cents were ok – That’s so kind of them though. Kind. – Also since they are island dwellers… They were really relaxed about things. Busses would disappear – Disappear? What? – There is a GPS app for busses but sometimes the busses would disappear from the GPS “Oh the bus disappeared. Let’s wait a little longer” we’d say. – What?? Instead of waiting 10 more minutes the bus would vanish? – It would say “not in transit” and be gone. No wayyy!! That happened a lot I am not sure if it was the driver’s mood or what. – Time for his lunch or what something. – Maybe that was it. Foreigners are… really trying to speak in Japanese to us. Japanese… are generally like “oh sorry”. Foreigners are good at talking Japanese. – We try talking? – Yes you try speaking our language. That’s great Japanese are too shy? – We’d say “Don’t speak Japanese….” wait “Not speak English…” like that I think it’s good foreigners try it more when asking for the way they will say “sumimasen” and speak Japanese quickly. But I will… freeze and say things like “go straight” I can’t speak. – If foreigners try to speak Japanese… you will react in English? – True. I will freeze “Wow English!” Like that. – I once went to a resort and there were many different people drinking at the bar. The DJ there was playing a Rhapsody song… Queen’s – I know! Bohemian Rhapsody! – YES! Suddenly everyone stopped talking and sang along! I sang a little too. – Wow. Japanese people feel free to join too? Not sure… Generally not. – I wasn’t a good singer either I might just do a little. – Yeah somewhat – but not everyone together I was surprised to see women who wouldn’t shave all their hairs So here everyone shaves their arms? Well a little now maybe. – It’s winter so you get away with it? Does everyone shave? – In Summer everywhere. – The arms? – Arms too. Foreigners don’t shave their arms. So arms and legs and all, you are busy. – We are. Bath takes a while haha. – How often do you shave? – Every second day or third. about that. – Since you have school uniforms, you start shaving at school? – Yeah. Foreigners, more so than Japanese seem to be able to frankly talk with people. I like it, Things like “Let’s take pictures?” – Yeah foreigners Foreigners don’t seem to care so much about being like others I think. – Do foreigners often ask you for pics? – They do. How do you feel? – It’s embarrassing but it makes me happy. But how about sneaky pics. – No yeah that happened the other day. We wish they would ask first. – Yeah. Foreigners seem to know more about Japanese culture than some Japanese people. – How so? What do foreigners know? – Well They know about horseback archery and things that Japanese don’t know much about anymore. Some Japanese don’t show much interest in this anymore Foreigners seem to know what they want to know Foreigners seem to enjoy Japanese culture. – And show so much interest in Japanese culture and take part in it They try to put themselves into it more. Foreigners try to go to further places when they can Japanese go to short trips or simple return trips But foreigners go further away if they can Their traveling span is longer compared to Japanese too They travel bigger and further away I think I think. – How did that make you feel? – I want to travel more now too. Haha. – Germans will go through Italy and then to Spain or Portugal. – What was your culture shock? – Foreign women are pretty I respect that. – Germans are pretty Russian women are so pretty. The older I get the prettier they all look Haha. – I will go to India next year. There are rich people but also people who are poor In Japan we have balanced society and normal live-style but when I went to India I saw things like… killing animals and such… – really? – Yeah… Thank you for your opinion. That was all. Today we filmed in Iwakuni which is in the west of Japan in Yamaguchi prefecture It’s famous for the historical wooden arch bride called Kintaikyo and at any time of the day and in any season, people come here to visit Iwakuni also has beautiful scenery, a Japanese castle, several museums and some local delicacies I also made a Vlog about it so be sure to check it out. I hope you enjoyed this video. Don’t forget to click the like button and if this is new to you don’t forget to hit the subscribe button. We bring you lots of content here from Japan out to the world wherever in the world you are so I hope you enjoy our future videos. And also don’t forget to tick on the notification bell so you don’t miss them. Have a great day catch you soon here from Tokyo with Ask Japanese. Bye.

59 comments on “What SHOCKS Japanese about Foreigners in Japan”

  1. MageThief says:

    4:20 in Japan you can actually find this at Don Quijote store (best store in the universe), where they have a box with small changes to even the sum out.

  2. BROperatorTIME says:

    Haven't you guys made this same exact video like seven times already?

  3. Kaminari Gold says:

    That place looks nice

  4. Marco Grillo says:

    Love this Channel! Keep up with the Amazing work 😁💪

  5. CryStoneMelon Sisters says:

    Okay, the girls talking about shaving and they do that every 2 to 3 days :0 I think I wouldn't be bothered to do that since it's winter rn and I only wear long pants. 😀

  6. Yetistic says:

    Great video! Keep it up Would you like to be YouTube friends? 🙂

  7. Yetistic says:

    Nice content! Keep it up! Would you like to be YouTube friends? 🙂

  8. Josh Hines says:

    What jobs besides teaching can a foriener like me get in Japan ?

  9. Miku_3993 says:

    If I were to ever visit Japan, looks like Iwakuni would definitely be a place I want to go to, the pictures you showed looked really pretty (especially the one with the Kintaikyo at night), I've also wanted to go to a Japanese castle too thanks to a video game making me interested in the Sengoku period where I think most of the castles were built.

  10. いぬんinun says:

    Thank you for introducing places that foreign tourists do not go to much like Yamaguchi Prefecture!

    There are many attractive places that are not famous.

    It may not be as convenient as a city, but I'm glad if you come to play as an adventure to enjoy inconvenience😊

  11. Eric Ng says:

    Iwakuni has been home to a US Marine base for some time though, so they probably have had more interactions with foreigners compared to other inaka places.

  12. lee mae says:

    Love your content!! Keep it up Cathy. It's so cool to see that you interview japanese people outside of Tokyo. Hope you can go to other places in Japan and interview more people.😊

  13. Xenia Fuhrmann says:

    Mal wieder ein tolles Video 😃🤗

  14. Stib says:

    Cathy-san is so Kawaii.. As usual 😃

  15. JCarby23 says:

    I LOVE Iwakuni and was stationed on base there for 2 years. It was my first time spending a long time in a foreign country and allowed me to truly grow in love with the Japanese culture and people.

  16. mjenk20236 says:

    Nice to see an expanded demographic of interviewees.

  17. Soos says:

    Muten Roshi? Is that you?

  18. kon takt says:

    Should interview old people more. They seem to talk a lot and are less reserved than the young ones who are being taught to respect everything and everyone 😂

  19. NetAndyCz says:

    IS the Bridge in the background really so up and down???

  20. Davy 1894 says:

    8:40 I liked the thought of the woman, I like to see how surprised they are when they see foreigners who are interested in their culture and traditions.

  21. Tomáš Bouzek says:

    I would greet Honda Hitomi with hug 😀

  22. nuca nuca says:

    pls make video about which eye colour they prefer? hazel ,green , blue or brown? it will be super interesting

  23. John R says:

    I like that you guys started to interview older people again. Their views are always interesting since they have so much experience.

  24. NetAndyCz says:

    9:40 I think that is just tourists, especially tourists that travel to distant Japan, I know quite a few of people who do not travel much.

  25. Gabriel Campos says:

    I'm thinking about this city a while. I really want to visit there.

  26. Soy Boi says:

    Thank you for making this content. It’s actually helpful for us learning Japanese. 😘

  27. gary Aa says:

    I love Japanese culture.

  28. Handi_Chun says:

    some footage already saw on Japan in motion 😅

  29. Jogador One says:

    This was one of the best videos on this channel.

  30. Mecks089 says:

    Maybe add Country-side or "In Iwakuni" to the title?

  31. Mack Griffin says:

    having lived in hawaii i know what app she was talking about imho the app is buggy and that usually what happens

  32. MrDboydeluxe says:

    hmmm? where do i find the vlog Cathy mentioned near the end of this video? As a couple others have mentioned in the comments section it was nice seeing a more variety of ages being interviewed for a change. loved that older guys comment "The older I get, the prettier the girls are" classic.

  33. MrSayonara88 says:

    you made a V-log about it?! 😋

  34. BlazinNSoul says:

    After watching this video I have concluded I want to be born again lol. Just being able to experience the world in this way would have been a great asset. Oh well maybe in my next life lol. Great content as always & nice to get opinions outside of Tokyo. ✌

  35. Patrick Hein says:

    5:44 These two Girls are so cute that I want to give them a hugg. ♥

  36. ZippyClips says:


  37. Andrew Peckham says:

    I'm was really glad that you guys filmed outside of Tokyo. The people seem a bit different and they had more interesting answers than usual I think.

  38. 堀孝之 says:

    10:38"killing animals"is not correct. must be "beating rice " He said " ine."rice. Just in case, "inu "is dog.

  39. Orsi L says:

    why they say foreginers dont shave i shave my arms too.japanese gurls dont shave their private parts!…haha

  40. Manon LM says:

    Is it me or people in this video were more friendly more open than people from Tokyo ?

  41. Ghl Scitel says:

    This bridge is very interesting. Habt Ihr schön gemacht. Grüße an Shachosan.

  42. Genzolico says:

    I always wondered why western girls/women don't shave their arms, not that I really care for other peoples shaving habits, just noticed and wondered. Japanese girls/women tend to shave every little bodyhair off, but not the complete pubic area, but I noticed a trend that more are shaved there as well. I think it's interesting how different cultures handle such things.

  43. dennys poma says:

    i like when she says "INGIRISHU"0:05

  44. whushaw says:

    Wow, I love seeing the countryside!

  45. StrikitRich says:

    Did Cathy get older gentleman's phone number? The one who said that Germans were hot?

  46. NicknameGeneratorFailed says:

    Today's segment was really enjoyable, I loved how the people reacted and it's so nice to see different sceneries (and sunset?) during the interviews too that was so great :-)!

  47. Rikard Nilsson says:

    9:07 you just know that woman has been talking to a lot of hardcore weaboos.

  48. Boston Tracy says:

    As a man from the States across the pond, I can confirm that schools won’t rip you a new one if you’re late; if you’re more than a minute or 2 late, just go to the office for a late pass and you have to give the reason you’re late (you have to have a decent reason, so you don’t get in trouble). But when you do get in trouble, the teachers/school don’t ridicule you or humiliate you.
    I must say, you look really pretty here with your braided pigtails straight out from your head, like at the beginning and the end! And you look really good in white; very beautiful!

  49. miguel santos says:

    waaaaaaaaaaaaaasssssssssuuuuuuupppp CAAAAAATHYYYY CAAAAAATTT!!!!!!! you have a soft voice and good to hear your voice sounds good. your voice fits perfectly in an anime character your japanese is pawfect lol

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  51. too_ruu says:


  52. Ry Dog says:

    I went to a shabu shabu place across from Ueno Station & the waitress made an effort to say some things in English about the menu for me & when I complimented her on how good her English was she almost fainted with happiness, lol. Then she practically babysat me for the rest of my meal,lol.

    And if you make an effort to just say a few basic things in Japanese like "please, thank you" & so on you will see people drop their guard & be quite friendly.

  53. skyblue says:

    10:57 Nioh

  54. Amuro Ray says:

    Bunch of horny marines live there that’s why…

  55. Hecatrice says:

    10:07 OG Japanese pick-up lines

  56. Shirou luffy says:

    lmao India! XD

  57. Tiago Mont'Alverne says:

    Iwakuni's bridge is amazing. It was also interesting to hear what older japanese people think

  58. TheTishbite says:

    The older I get the prettier Japanese women get. So I guess that balances out LOL. I try to learn a bit of Japanese phrases and culture to try to make the Japanese that work here feel at home. But I wind up botching it. I met a young man in the grocery parking lot and got in his way. "Sumimasen" I said. "You speak Japanese?" He asked. "Just starting to learn" says I. We introduced ourselves and like a n idiot, I stuck out my hand. I hope these people appreciate my efforts. Those in your video seem to appreciate the efforts. hope so.

  59. Dimestore Philosopher says:

    Queen and Bohemian Rhapsody unites us all.

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