The Desert Sun Podcast #008

My guest this week is Andy, who recently finished two years in Japan teaching English. We discuss this, and various other Asian countries as well.

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5 thoughts on “The Desert Sun Podcast #008

  1. OMG, the Chinese spitting thing. So gross and so prevalent here in most of the majority Chinese suburbs of Vancouver BC. Plus on public transit, the screaming Cantonese/Mandarin between people sitting many seats away from each other. The “cultural” differences between east and west in this instance are YUGE. Don’t even get me started on their noodle eating habits. I haven’t been to “China Town” for many a decade.

  2. Fay, it’s not just an east/west thing. Spitting is a no-no in Japan, and even Hong Kongers complain about some mainland habits. Coming west, ride the tram in Zürich and people talk. To you. Compare to the tube where doing so used to be consdiered the height of impolitness, and is now likely to get you stabbed.

    At least the Swiss don’t spit much. Don’t know if it is now habitual in London.

  3. BiG, Andy mentions in the podcast that the spitting is not acceptable in Japan and many other asian countries. I guess I was thinking more in the Kipling sense of East/West.

    Yes, I see the land of my birth is starting out 2019 with stabbings being daily occurrences for what appear to be absolutely no good reason at all. How long are the law abiding going to tolerate the lack of will on behalf of their politicians and police.

  4. Your commentator mentions that foreigners are barred from some bars in Japan. While that may be true in isolated cases (which is illegal, by the way), I think it’s more common to see what’s known as “ichigen-sama”, meaning visitors are allowed in only by introduction from a regular customer. Many bars are so tiny, as you saw in Shinjuku’s Golden Gai, that they can’t afford to alienate their best customers by giving their seats to people that wander in randomly, may not fit in and may never come again. That applies equally to Japanese visitors. It’s something you appreciate when you actually become a regular.

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