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    i'm a very clean person as far as hygiene goes. shower twice a day, brush my teeth twice a day, load up on deodorant in the summer, wash my clothes after wearing them, etc... but some teachers around me briefly hold their first finger right underneath their noses for a second or two when they are around me. it might be to wipe the sweat off between their nose and lip which i have seen people do with hand towels. and it is hot in the teachers room even with the air on. but is their a distinct white person smell i'm unaware of?

    i don't mean to be mean but indians have always smelled a little bad to me in america. so do us whiteys smell bad in japan?

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    yeah, I was actually kinda curious if people were taking offense to the smell of my anti-perspirant or cologne...

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    I think any type of foreign smells can be offensive to people, especially if its strong. So if your using any type of strong perfumey deodorant they probably just smell that and think its weird.

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    I'm always told by Japanese people that I smell really good.

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    Gaijin in summer sweat a lot more than Japanese. Because Japanese people are built like rakes.

    So yes, you probably do smell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dombay
    Because Japanese people are built like rakes.


    I know what you mean.

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    yes but japanese people don't have eyes or mouths like that ...


    sometimes when they tell you that they are a superior race there is a teensy bit of truth in it?
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    haha which japanese explained they were a superior race?!?! seems a bit brash for a japanese person. wait. any person.

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    I think the Japanese definition of "the superior race" is whoever can shovel in the most nattou in their mouth in under 5 minutes.


    Japanese are clearly the superior race.

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    Default Re: do americans smell bad to the japanese?

    Oh, and...

    Quote Originally Posted by frankdux
    i'm a very clean person as far as hygiene goes. shower twice a day, brush my teeth twice a day, load up on deodorant in the summer, wash my clothes after wearing them, etc... but some teachers around me briefly hold their first finger right underneath their noses for a second or two when they are around me. it might be to wipe the sweat off between their nose and lip which i have seen people do with hand towels. and it is hot in the teachers room even with the air on. but is their a distinct white person smell i'm unaware of?

    i don't mean to be mean but indians have always smelled a little bad to me in america. so do us whiteys smell bad in japan?
    If you havne't noticed, you'll never smell someone's else deodorant, cologne, etc. If they're offended by anything, it's you trying to smell too pretty, which yes, probably smells gross to most Japanese.

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    LOL I don't sweat (never to the point where it's been visible...and I've done hard outdoor labor. Though I do get overheated easily...) so I doubt smelling will be an issue for me. BUT what kind of deodorant do the Japanese guys use? I figure when I'm there, I should just use whatever they do.

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    How long have you been here? 5 minutes? And some Japanese person hasn't told you they're better than you?!

    I was at Kaitenzushi the other day, was packed. Some old man was seated by a staff member next to me. He was so offended at being seated next to a gaijin he left in a big scene (for a Japanese person). Wait till the train is packed except for every seat next to you as well.

    See Japanese people are so superior that sitting next to the gaijin may contaminate their superiority, either that or they're scared of gaijin.

    On the whole they're better once you get to know them individually.
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    I don't get that at all in my town. I know there is going to be some interest and some awkward moments with the locals, but on the whole they've been very nice and warm. I know it's only been a matter of days that I've been in the country, but most of the time I find them acting like I'm a superior and nothing like what you're describing Dombay. I'm sure my time will come when the Jjin's say no to me at a bar or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nmuei
    I don't get that at all in my town. I know there is going to be some interest and some awkward moments with the locals, but on the whole they've been very nice and warm. I know it's only been a matter of days that I've been in the country, but most of the time I find them acting like I'm a superior and nothing like what you're describing Dombay. I'm sure my time will come when the Jjin's say no to me at a bar or something.
    I don't find them like that in the inaka either, especially not in my town where everyone knows who I am and what im doing, which is the way inaka people like it.

    Go to a city, even a small city like Okayama or fukuyama and you'll notice it.

    Catch a train. I bet noone sits next to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dombay

    Go to a city, even a small city like Okayama or fukuyama and you'll notice it.

    Catch a train. I bet noone sits next to you.
    people always sit next to me in Nara or Osaka...are these cities not big enough?

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    Quote Originally Posted by josy
    Quote Originally Posted by dombay

    Go to a city, even a small city like Okayama or fukuyama and you'll notice it.

    Catch a train. I bet noone sits next to you.
    people always sit next to me in Nara or Osaka...are these cities not big enough?
    No no no - they're TOO big.

    Wannabe big city folk maybe different?

    And also Josy you're sweet and friendly looking. I'm scary looking.
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    Except for the story of crochety old man, I think for the most part its fear.

    At the udon shop i frequent, most people try to keep at least a 1-seat distance from other parties. The people doing the seating even seat people as far apart as possible. Not just me, I started watching when I thought something fishy was going on.

    Perhaps in some cases, Japanese recognize personal space?

    Then again, I still have old people who have heart attacks upon seeing me when they weren't expecting me. They stop, gasp, back up and walk around with lots of space.
    It is a solidly built word of just four letters, bracketed by rock-hard consonants. It ... explodes into space from a gate formed by the upper incisors and the lower lip. Then it slams to a dramatic glottal cough.

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