Angry Gaijin

Cameron Ohara

Welcome to Japan – What will you do first?

\(^▽^*)いらっしゃ~いっ(*^▽^)/

My name is Cameron Ohara.  I make negative positive.

I am a gaikokujin (a “foreigner” or “outer person“) living in Japan.  Here, I as an ‘outsider’ it’s hard not to feel like an underdog.  No matter how far I sail around these red islands, I will still have orange hair and a “high nose” – and there will still be people who assume that I do not know Japan and its language, culture and norms.  (Well I can’t claim to be an expert anyway!)

But I suppose we all have something that puts us outside the box; outside the norm.  We are all gaijin at one point or another.

However, I believe in understanding.  I believe in connecting with people on a mutual level, and understanding the world through their eyes.  I believe that the looks I get from passengers on the Kagoshima Rail Line are not telling me to get out; they are asking me for an in.

Thinking in this way has allowed me to tear down the cultural barriers.  In fact, I have often been told by coworkers and friends that I am “More Japanese than the Japanese!” (「日本人より日本人!」) and people sometimes ask me if I have Japanese heritage.  I have come to understand Japan so well, that I even wonder if I was in fact Japanese in a previous life!  Therefore the Angry Gaijin Blog’s goal is to understand Japan from Japan’s POV, and to get over the anger that comes with misunderstanding.

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I believe in the outsider, and I believe in the underdog… because I believe in myself.  I believe that when you put someone down or call something stupid, you are openly admitting that you have been unable to understand.  I believe that we are all gaijin at one time or another – but what does it matter?  What matters is taking the negative and turning it into the positive.

And with that I bid you welcome!  Please enjoy your stay at Angry Gaijin.  Use your out to get in!

「外国人、外国に行ったら一般人!」~デニス

42 responses to “Welcome to Japan – What will you do first?

  1. Mr Jonesu July 15, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Love the blog Cameron. It’s been pretty hard to find info on celebrities in Japan but your blog has been a pretty handy resource! If you have time, could you check out my blog? I do pretty much anything in an attempt to get famous in Japan. I’d love to know what you think!

    Mr Jonesu

  2. Amy April 27, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Hi, I found your blog a couple of days ago. I like what I’ve read so far! My husband just recently accepted a job in Japan. We will probably moving there sometime in August. We have 3 kids and the only one that speaks Japanese is my husband. Any advice on moving to Japan? I’ve never even visited. We will be living in Tokyo, my husbands job will be in Shinjuku.

    I’m excited and nervous. I need to start learning Japanese!

  3. minoko March 25, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Is it possible sharing Blog roll?? I am sharing with “The Japans” already and found this site.
    My site is talking about JP culture , history or artists.

  4. connorbros June 11, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Hi! We just nominated you for a Sunshine Blogger Award. So if you have the time, check it out and share the support. If not, just bask in the the small token of appreciation! http://turnbasedliving.com/2013/06/11/sunshine-blogger/

    ~Dust & Dyl

  5. WordsFallFromMyEyes April 14, 2013 at 7:25 am

    Heaps interesting. Can’t believe I didn’t see this page before. So that’s you, Gaijin. What DO you and DON’T you do indeed…

    What awesome times you must be having, living there. How great! :)

  6. skv012a February 9, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    Angry, I’m personally always curious just how most of you other humans view this world we live in and its rules that transcend any culture or society that ants like us managed to establish. So any time I read something like “learning how X differs from Y” peaks my curiosity as to how you viewed the world in Y, what is it about X that was so new to you, and what do you plan to do once you know enough about both.

    • angrygaijin February 10, 2013 at 7:09 pm

      What does one do with that new insight and knowledge. I’m still trying to figure that one out myself. :) This blog is a tool to help me figure it all out.

      • skv012a February 10, 2013 at 11:23 pm

        Interesting. I feel like this particular area would be either at a backwards slope or just a flat horizontal line for me if you don’t factor in physically learning certain behavior bits (like how to carry yourself at work exactly, etc), but I specifically do lots of thinking on topic of culture and mannerisms and personally stick to no single style myself. Much easier to adapt and stay afloat that way.

        • angrygaijin February 12, 2013 at 10:56 am

          Totally – I’m something of a mime when it comes to mannerisms and gestures, in that I tent to mimick people around me kind of automatically. In that regard, dealing with Japanese culture has been a breeze. :)

          • skv012a February 12, 2013 at 6:25 pm

            But I’m talking more about the culture shock rather than just mannerism.

            • angrygaijin February 13, 2013 at 7:44 pm

              Culture shock – now there’s a tricky thing! I can’t believe I’m not totally over it year after all the time I’ve been here, but it still comes to bite sometimes. What do you think?

              • skv012a February 13, 2013 at 9:29 pm

                All depends on what makes your so called nature/cultural bias. I’m doing my best to stay open and neutral and see things for their face value rather than cross-examining them to what I’m used to.

                • angrygaijin February 14, 2013 at 3:25 pm

                  That’s good advice~ I sometimes lose track of my logical and objective self sometimes. I’ll try to to keep my cool a little better. :) Thanks~

                  • skv012a February 14, 2013 at 11:18 pm

                    Nothing to do with writing or anything. I’m mostly alluding to reactions like “oh man, thats effed up!” based on well, your ideas about the world around us. Sometimes, its not the action, but the victim’s reaction to it that action that defines its alignment and magnitude.

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  8. Haruko-chan December 29, 2012 at 12:56 am

    From blogroll to blogroll, you may check yourself out at: http://thejapans.wordpress.com/

    Finally I am becoming a well-behaved, polite little blogger, with my very own blogroll :-) Hope it brings you lots of yummy, goody traffic. Hmmm, traffic (*insert mental image of Homer Simpson drooling*)

  9. gegallas December 8, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Just wanted to let you know I nominated you for The Liebster Award! Check out the rules on my post (http://gegallas.wordpress.com/2012/12/07/the-liebster-award/). Congratulations! :D Best, G. E.

  10. rgonaut November 23, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Hi gaijin-san, I nominated you for a Liebster award.

  11. folliculostella October 24, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    You have a lively and interesting blog :) Please check my version on Japan also ^^ Thanks..

  12. jonway October 6, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Dear Sir,

    Hi! My name is jonway. I am running a Japanese blog (Blog name: Learn Japanese Through Pictures)

    http://www.picturelearning.org.

    Learn Japanese language, Japanese culture, and Japanese food for free from our picture gallery as we travel Japan and around Asia.

    It is a Pagerank 3 blog. Alexa rank: 717,557

    I would like to exchange link in the homepage.

    I have already added a link to your site.

    You can check it out at my left sidebar of my homepage.

    http://www.picturelearning.org.

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Thank you.
    Regards,
    jonway

    Btw, your comics are funny!

  13. ♡ The Tale Of My Heart ♡ January 10, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Thanks for popin into my site, you have nice blog mate :)

    Zahir :)

  14. Jacqueline November 11, 2011 at 4:27 am

    Interesting blog! I was a 外国人 in China, but it’s pronounced “wai guo ren” there. 3 amazing years and lots of stories! ;)

    • angrygaijin November 11, 2011 at 7:45 pm

      Wai guo ren! That’s cool~ I know that “zhong guo ren” means Chinese (person). Now that’s about 7 Chinese characters that I can read, lol.

      Thanks for the comment. I’ll keep an eye out for posts about China in your blog. I love the language and the history.

  15. HealingMutti August 29, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Yes, everything I have been reading has said the same about Okinawa. I was hoping to learn a little Japanese, but if they speak a different dialect, then I might not.

    • angrygaijin August 29, 2011 at 10:48 am

      Ahh yes yes. The dialects, eh? Japan is full of dialects. Fortunately there is the standardized language that is used in Tokyo and between people from different areas/dialects as a medium (that’s the Japanese that we learn in the West). In short, learning a little Japanese would be totally useful in Okinawa. Still a good idea. Sorry to give you the wrong impression at first!

  16. HealingMutti August 29, 2011 at 2:29 am

    We might be moving to Okinawa sometime soon, maybe. I am nervous about the new experience, as I have never lived outside the US, but I am excited too! I have always wanted to visit Japan. The people seem so wonderful.

    • angrygaijin August 29, 2011 at 9:15 am

      Okinawa, wow! I’ll keep one more eye on your blog when/if you head over. I’ve never been myself, but it’s apparently very beautiful (although hot). There’s also a strong American presence there what with the military bases and all, so culture-wise you outta have a good network.

      Let me know if you have any questions about Japan! (Although to be fair Okinawa is historically, culturally and linguistically different from the rest of Japan.)

      Thanks for the comment. :)

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