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Ken1171

Wise
Contributing Artist
Cool! That guitarist is very talented! I hear hints of Jeff Beck in his playing, among others. But the whole thing was excellent!

My uncle married a Japanese girl after WWII. Took a while to get her brought here to the states. His son with her was about 6 years old when they finally made it over here, I think. One of the most polite persons I've ever met.

Dana

My father has a large family in Japan, but he was the only one to leave the country after WWII. It is very difficult for them to adapt to other cultures, even nowadays. He came to the US as an English translator for the USAF, and later a commercial cargo pilot, which was rather rare in the 50s. But he decided to go back in the late 60s, and while in transit in Brazil, he accidentally met my mother in a farewell party, and never left. We have only moved back to Japan much later in the mid 80s, and ever since I have lived all over the planet.
 

KageRyu

Lost Mad Soul
Contributing Artist
I wish my attempts to learn Japanese had been more successful. Sadly I know a mere handful of words, a phrase or too, and my pronounciation is terrible. That's what happens I guess with self teaching just from books and watching anime with no one to actually speak to or try to converse with. When I was younger I had so wanted to visit Japan, but with my anxiety issues now the thought of being near a city as crowded as Tokyo seems unbearable - especially since I would likely stick out like a sore thumb.
 

Ken1171

Wise
Contributing Artist
I wish my attempts to learn Japanese had been more successful. Sadly I know a mere handful of words, a phrase or too, and my pronounciation is terrible. That's what happens I guess with self teaching just from books and watching anime with no one to actually speak to or try to converse with. When I was younger I had so wanted to visit Japan, but with my anxiety issues now the thought of being near a city as crowded as Tokyo seems unbearable - especially since I would likely stick out like a sore thumb.

Japanese was my 3rd language, and I have added 2 more later on, while living abroad. It's not as hard as people assume, certainly much easier to learn than Chinese. Like in English, there are no verb conjugations, and nouns have no gender, which on its own make Japanese easier than any Latin language. The problem is not the grammar, but instead, the many levels of language and dialects. For instance, you won't use the same words and language structures when speaking to someone older than you as you would with someone younger, or the same age as you. Seniority dictates how you speak and what words you pick. And then the many dialects. Every region has their own, and some foreigners became famous on Japanese TV for specializing on them. Like that guy from India who speaks perfect Osaka-ben dialect from the Kansai region. In Okinawa, it's almost like a different language, and Japanese TV often has shows about how people from the main island make mistakes while making assumptions on how to read people's names from over there. Even they find it difficult to understand each other. LOL
 
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