Maybe South Korean Students’ll Change the Sign


Revisting a post from one year ago.

4 Responses to “Maybe South Korean Students’ll Change the Sign”

  1. John says:

    In Japan’s “defense” it’s just pure xenophobia, because in Hokkiado where the majority of honkies hail from Sakhalin, the Keep Out signs are in Russian.
    Drunken Russian and American sailors don;t help the issue much either. (The Marines are angels, aren’t they?)

  2. Ooooh, that’s a GOOD one! (Angels ~ I wish. No, we’re Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children. ::sigh:: Always have been.)
    And I know Japan’s excuse and sort of ‘get it’, having lived the adventure. But the only thing standing between those South Korean students and a sharpened cable wrapped around the collarbone for a leash is us.

  3. John says:

    I personally never encountered a sign or a refusal in an establishment I entered in Japan, even in the hinterland, but two things probably went in my favor: Asian wife and Japanese ability.
    I also avoided US military bases (because of some pretty rude behavior I witnessed at Yan Min San in Taiwan from a bunch of squids), so that probably cut down on the probability of seeing those signs. I did see the signs, however, on certain establishments, which for me to enter would have been worth some pretty valuable pieces of my anatomy if my wife had found out (and they always, do, don’t they?).
    Heh – as an aside, when I first visited Taiwan, one of my wife’s cousins wanted to take me to one of those Hosutesu Tea Houses in Taipei. Even though it looked like it was a hostess bar and nothing else, and my wife said “go ahead”, I wisely took that “go ahead” to mean “I’ve got to say ‘go ahead’ to save face and not look like a dominating shrew according to the rather backward customs of my former country, but if you go, I’ll hurt you.” No Tea House for me.

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