15 SURPRISING CULTURAL DIFFERENCES to a Japanese in America


– [Jun] Hey guys!
– [Rachel] Happy new year! – [Both] We’re in America! – It’s snowing! Look at the birdies! – This is, like, the fourth or fifth time for me to come here and I’ve noticed many things that are different from my country, Japan. so this is what I´’m gonna talk about today. – Finally, it’s the “Jun’s Culture Shock” video! So since you’ve come here, what’s the most shocking thing that you’ve seen in America? – That would be turning right on a red light. – Really? That’s the most shocking? – I mean, ’cause without knowing, and I was actually in the car with you. That was my first time for me to see my wife drive, and then, like, it was clearly red and you just turned right. I was like, “What?” – Yeah. – So that was pretty shocking to me. So here in America, I guess you’re supposed to turn right on red if there’s no car coming from left. – You don’t have to. We had an oil crisis in the ’70s and then they made this law so that they could preserve oil. Instead of just idling at the traffic lights, it lets people keep going longer. So you can just go if there’s no traffic coming. – Yeah, yeah. But that was quite shocking to me, and as soon as I got to your parents’ house, another thing I noticed is that, when you lock the door, it goes sideways when you lock in Japan, but here, like, the door lock was this way when it’s locked, isn’t it? – [Papa] Yeah, it’s different. – Yeah. – [Jun] So now it’s open, right? – [Papa] Yeah. – [Rachel] Are they all like this, Papa? – [Papa] Yeah. – [Rachel] In America this way means open? – [Papa] Yeah. – [Rachel] Yup. Yup, locked. I never noticed. – And what else? Right, the yard. The size of the yard is just amazing. – Yeah, yards! – It’s huge. Last time, when your family came, and you went to see your uncle, your uncle came with the golf club, and he was… …putting… he was, like, just swinging the ball. – Yeah. – Putting in the backyard. I don’t know if it’s called– I don’t know golf terms. – Yeah. But some people have really, really big yards and you can just play golf, like, practicing. – Yeah. So my mom has that yard and then the entire forest and hill behind her. She owns that, too. Which my brothers go up– well, when they lived there, they used to go up it and hunt. – Yeah. And squirrels. Squirrels are everywhere here, and that’s something I’m not used to. I don’t think many Japanese people actually see squirrels in, like, real life, really, unless you live in the countryside. – If you guys have been around our channel for a long time, you might have seen one of our really old videos where we went to a park, and I talked about a story where Jun mentioned that in Japan, the squirrels live in the “deep forest”. It sounds so ominous! You could only see squirrels in the “deep forest”. They’re everywhere here. – I grew up in a somewhat countryside area, where there are so many just rice paddies and just trees and river, it’s pretty countryside, and I can see mountains from my window in my room, but you don’t have squirrels. – Yeah, I guess not. – I guess that’s why I said, “deep forest”. – Yeah. – Oh, and another quite shocking thing was that I knew it, I expected it, but still, it was pretty shocking. People carry around guns. – [Rachel] Some people.
– [Jun] Yeah. – [Jun] Like your dad.
– [Rachel] Yeah, my dad. My dad carries a gun. – And you told me that when I first went to America, and I was pretty nervous. – To meet my dad? – Yeah, like what if I say something offensive or rude, like, accidentally? Will he just pull the gun out? – Oh, people don’t do that! – I’m just kidding! Your dad is amazing. He’s really nice and now he’s like my drone teacher. – My dad really likes drones. – He taught me a lot of things. I learned so much from your dad. – Ever since we’ve been here, my dad’s done nothing except when I talk to Jun. – Like, I go visit my dad and then he takes Jun outside right away and they’re just playing with drones. – Yeah. Well, not just that, but Your dad always teaches me a lot of things, and new things, and I really appreciate it. – Yeah. – Your dad even built his own house, right? – Yeah. – He knows what to make and he can fix a lot of things and that’s something that I’ve always wanted to be able to. – That’s kind of, like, expected in my family, for guys to know how to do some like home renovations and stuff. So my brother just bought a house, and he was making plans for renovations, and he’s planning on doing most of it himself. We’re gonna go there this weekend and paint. – Right, and that’s another thing again. You guys, like, especially when it comes to houses, you guys do a lot of things by yourself, like go to your home center, get paint, and just paint your wall yourself or even peel off the wallpaper. Or some people even fix their toilets themselves. – Yeah. – What else do you do? Like, anything? – It depends on the person and what they know how to do. Like, my family, several people in my family know every part of building a house, so they can do anything. I mean, it depends on the person. there are people who don’t know anything about that kind of stuff, but especially if your family is somewhat more blue collar, then I imagine you know at least basic stuff about fixing your own car and fixing stuff in your house. – That too, that too. Fixing your car yourself. In Japan, you have to get car inspection, like every other year, but here, I think it depends on the area, but have you had… – I’ve never heard of a car inspection. – Just do it yourself? – I mean not here. – That depends on the area. – I don’t know. I’ve never heard of that. Maybe some places have that. – On car inspections, I appreciate it, but I don’t like that, because it’s expensive. I’m sure fixing yourself would be a lot cheaper if you can do it. There are so many great shows here, and I just couldn’t stop watching. – America has mastered entertainment. This is one thing we have. Once you start watching, you just can’t stop it until you finish the season, and then you realize that there will be like six more seasons, and you can’t stop watching again, so you need to stay up all night. Oh, and also it’s really not common to have
ceiling lights here, is it? Or is it just my… – I don’t know about like super new houses, or like other parts of the country, but where we live, no; it’s really dark. I hate it. I wish we had ceiling lights. – It looks really nice and very neat to me, but sometimes I need a ceiling light to light up entire floors so I can see things well. – Yeah. I mean, it’s mostly just the living rooms that often don’t have ceiling lights, although, some really nice houses have, like, recessed lighting, or they have those kind of spot light things. Our living room in Japan has really bright LED lights, which I like. It helps me see easier, but… – I also notice a lot of things when I go outside, too. There are many, many libraries here. – Yeah! More than McDonald’s! I’m so proud! – You see McDonald’s like every corner every and block, but you have more than that, right? – Yeah. – That’s just amazing, isn’t it? – Libraries are great. I love libraries. – Another thing I noticed when I went to a clothing store was that in some places, you can take hangers with you when you buy clothes. – Yeah. Like Kohl’s. They gave me the hanger. – You have to return this normally in Japan. Inside the grocery stores are just insanely big, compared to the ones I go to. – We need that selection. – I think it was the cereal aisle you took me first. – Oh, yeah! – You guys have a really, really long and tall aisle that has like 20 shelves of cereals. – [Rachel] Yeah, it’s just cereal. – [Jun] Just cereals.
– [Rachel] Yeah. – And of course the portion you get for the price you pay is a lot, lot more than you get in Japan. Like, this giant bag of potatoes, just bagged potatoes – Oh, yeah; the big bags of potatoes. – Like, it’s so big that you can’t even fit in the camera. I also noticed that some food are really colorful and very, very vivid and they’re not really appetizing to me, but I guess the are to you? – It’s usually the kids’ foods that are brightly colored, unless it’s, like, cake. Cake can be any color. Cupcakes! Cupcakes can be any color. – They look so artificial to me, that…I don’t know. – They look happy to me. I want a cupcake now. – Oh, and about sizes. When I went to a fast food restaurant, I ordered this large size of Coke, for the first time in my life, and they gave me this
extra, extra, extra large Coke. It was just gigantic! – Fast food restaurants in Japan have some of the same menu items, but they’re smaller there than they are here in America. Like, Subway sandwiches. No joke. A six inch sub there was like this. It was tiny. It was like three bites of a sandwich. – [Jun] I don’t remember exactly how small it was, so–
– [Rachel] Very small! – I can’t remember well, so next time I think we should measure it. – Oh, my God! Yeah, okay! We’ll go to Subway one more time while we’re here and take a video, and then we’ll go to Subway in Japan and take a video. – And at McDonald’s, the size of Coke. Let’s measure those! – [Jun] Okay!
– [Rachel] Okay! – Anyway, America’s big. That’s what I noticed. So for maybe American viewers: What kind of interesting American things should I experience next time? Maybe you can let me know in the comments section. (Rachel potting evil things) Anyway, thank you for watching. Bye! – Bye!




Comments
  1. Jun really likes squirrels you guys

    No really back when he visited me while I was still in university, when I had to go in for a class he would just wander campus and follow the squirrels. And then later he'd tell me all about he he got super close to this one squirrel and how their tails are so much bushier than he thought they'd be and how he counted 15 squirrels all at once. He really likes squirrels.

  2. Depends on where you live in US – u can’t always turn on red.

    Not all dead bolts are vertical when locked. We have one that’s sideways at work that means it’s locked.

    Lol city squirrels are so cute.

    Lol welcome to the 2nd Amendment. 🙂 I do wish America was more like Japan with a respectful & honorable society. This day n age it’s a self centered society in America – how can one screw one over for ones benefit. I see it daily n it’s embarrassing as a culture.

    Lol we love our cereal! Lol Bakery department is always fun.

    Haha we supersize everything but I do think our selfish culture needs to change. Americans shouldn’t just help ppl when others are sick n injured or lost their homes due to natural disasters. It should be automatic to want to help others. Used to be many years ago n I do mean many many years, of u even tapped a bumper or put a scratch on a persons car – that person who inflicted the damage would leave s not. Now – hell I seen ppl wreck cars in the parking lot n drive off – no note or anything. Sad. Ppl don’t have the common decency to take responsibility for what they do/did.

  3. As a UK person the turn on red is a surprise for me, in the UK it is likely that pedestrians will have right of way when there is a red turn light. There are arrow lights that specific if the priority is different for different directions.
    When I am in the US as a pedestrian is scary when car drivers intimidate you when you have a green light for crossing – but cars can turn into you.

  4. You've never heard of car inspections?? Where are you? In texas, we get our cars registered and inspected every single year.

  5. i had to think of an exchange student from america here in austria. she didn't understand that we have no airconditioning in our homes in austria, so she will always let the sun in. that's the worst you can do in summer 😂

  6. Sideways is locked for my doors – I live in Florida so I'm not sure if it depends on the part of the country or just where the locks are from 🙂

  7. Ceiling lights are extremely common and have been for since at LEAST the 70s/80s if not on older homes too. They are usually on fans or dome lights from the Home Depot. Some are of course can lights however and are recessed into the ceiling. Many dining rooms have chandlers and many kitchens have hanging ceiling lights over the islands

  8. I think Jun should visit a dude ranch. Get on a horse. Do some rounding up. Maybe even break a horse. Yee haa!!!

  9. That is ironic. Most people who watch anime watch it because they can't stand american shows anymore. Although I think the anime has dropped in quality of the decades.

    You should take him to cosco or some farmers market where they sell bulk for like farmers. 8)

    Or take him to see the old super large digging equipment. I think one is in germany the other is in the US in like illinois or something.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcmGKsHZXZ8

    It's almost like if america had a robot obsession before the modern japanese obsession! ><

  10. You’ve never heard of a car inspection?? Are car inspection laws different in every state? Do some states not require them or something cuz where I’m located you have to get a car inspection every year.

  11. I visited America (coming from the UK)

    PEOPLE DRIVE ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE ROAD!!
    They don't have roundabouts.
    People randomly start talking to you. In London (and some other places) you tend to keep to yourself and go from point A to B with tunnel vision. Like, whenever I go to ASDA (British version of Walmart) I go in. Get what I need and go out. In America, I entered a Wal-Mart and was getting what I needed then someone came up to me and commented on my accent. They started telling me a story and asking me about myself. I thought they were a perv. But they were just being nice.
    Price tags in America (where I have been) don't include VAT. I got something and the price said $10 and I was like: ooh cool. I went to the till and the person said "that'll be $12". I was lowkey shook.

  12. Door lock thing: The front door of my house used to have a lock that locked like the Japanese locks, but our new one (1 or 2 years of having it) locks like American ones.

  13. In the UK we have to get our car inspected once the car is three years old. After that the car is inspected every year (it’s called an MOT). Saying that we can repair our car and as long as the car passes it’s MOT then it’s fine. This means you can save so much money making the running repairs to your car.

  14. I didn't hear where in the US that you are visiting but I did hear the request for suggested activities. I would think that a Rodeo (traditional or Motorcycle rodeo) , and a Car Show maybe unique to the USA. I also think that just attending local events, potlucks, such as jet boat races, or whatever fairs may take place in Rachel's hometown may be of interest.

  15. Having lived in Japan for half a year now, I think the biggest obvious change is yards with cut grass. I come from Iowa, and pretty much every house back home is accompanied by a sizable lawn. In Nagoya Japan, the best you'll see is a sort of small "rock garden" or just straight-up shrubs in front of every home. It doesn't really surprise me, but I really do miss the scent of a freshly cut lawn in the morning. I've always loved Japan for how well it utilizes its space and infrastructure, but I've really come to appreciate the Midwest U.S. for its spaciousness.

  16. Has anyone noticed whenever he speaks in any of they're vids she's always staring directly into his teeth😂😂

  17. 3:36 Yes, this is exactly how it works in America. Everyone carries around guns and whenever someone offends someone else they both pull out their guns and shoot until one of the people is dead. (I'm joking, of course.)

  18. United states culture is work with investment,coordination and money for improving their lives.While japanese culture is give the food to the workers if workers do not have money after tired in working at factory machine.

  19. I know this is super old, and I am not sure what area of the US you are in (because that matters) but I heard that Japan does not have really authentic Mexican food and certain parts of the US (mainly southwest area) have really bomb Mexican food (unless you actually plan to go to Mexico). US county fairs are also pretty unique as you can see all the highly calorific food and sketchy carnival rides!

  20. Also different parts of the states are different too. Florida is completely different from Washington. I really love your videos it opens up culture and experience for people who can't experience it for themselves.

  21. I think Japan is more beautiful than America and also I India is beautiful than USA. Asia is the most beautiful continent in the world

  22. Squirrels are really tame in America, England gets the same amount but they don’t come near people because they’re so shy

  23. This kind of reminded me of that one time I went to New York around New Year to go to the Line Friends shop in Time Square and the place was really full to the point the line was continuing to outside of the shop XD. Idk why I wanted to share this, but this was my first experience in New York and it was quite overwhelming. XD

  24. Lol now I'm curious as to where you live. We have ceiling lights here and car "inspections" (emission tests) every few years and our door locks vary, some are vertical, some are horizontal. We have both at our house which is always confusing xD I have also not encountered anyone who carries a gun (just police) which I'm glad for, I'd be scared if I did

  25. In Australia we have to get our car inspected by an authorised mechanic every year to new our rego once our car gets past a certain age. Takes about half an hour and cost me $42 today so not a big deal.

  26. Where in the U.S. are they, cause I actually haven't heard of a lot of these things, maybe its 'cause I'm asian, or from Southern California, but, yard sides here aren't HUGE, I mean they're pretty big, but, I don't think anyone around owns a forrest or anything. I'm also not used to houses not having ceiling lights, gun ownership (thought that's because I live in California), people having a wide amount of knowledge on building or renovating houses or fixing cars.

  27. From my experience and what I've heard, Asia usually has small sizes in fast food etc. America has big sizes and most of Europe is pretty medium size.

  28. Owning a part of the forest/mountain is nothing new. In Bosnia where my great grandma lived she owned an entire forest on the hill, bcs you know not many ppl would live in those parts and when you own a forest at that time you had mostly everything you needed. You could hunt, you could gather there, chop one tree and it will be enough for winter because it's MASSIVE

  29. That's so true about the large drinks though…when I went to the movies last week I got a medium drink and it was HUGE.

    About turning right on red…I think you're allowed to do it as long as there isn't a sign posted saying you can't. Sometimes there is.

  30. For a truly American experience, go shopping for a rocking chair. It's furniture that moves in a gentle rhythm. Another thing would be to read the realistic fiction book "Across Five Aprils" which talks about a farm family living through the American Civil War from 1861 to 1865. For insight into colonial America, read something by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

  31. Oh my gosh – I moved out to the countryside and am renting a house from the 60's – and the hardest things for me to get used to were gas heating and not having ceiling lights. I just assumed it was like an old-timey thing because every other place I've lived has had them in every room.

  32. Ceiling lights!!!!
    I'm from Brazil and moved to Canada little more and a year ago. And that freaked me out! I installed one now

  33. Well about the turning right on a red light, in other countries that drive on the left side of the road you can turn left on red lights. I guess it’s not unique to America.

  34. Here in southern California libraries aren't even nearly as common as McDonald's. As far as car inspections go, only smog checks every other year.

  35. I carry around a butcher knife. It was my deceased sisters knife that I hold dear. Also, I will use it on anyone that tries to inflict harm upon me.

  36. I'm an American myself, and I wish McDonald's had smaller sizes sometimes. I occasionally get a kids' size drink just because even the small is pretty big! I'm not always in the mood for that much soda!

  37. Im Australian and there is this Park called the Japanese Gardens that is in a city not far from where i live. And it is so pretty! There is so much wildlife and the grass is so green. There are Japanese structures (Bridges etc) And it is so gorgeous. Oh and there is a big lake kind of thing with ducks in it.

  38. It's always weird hearing people talking about carrying guns around in America because I live in America and where I live you never see people with guns

  39. I am an Indian and I can identify myself with Jun as Japan is also an Eastern/Oriental country like India. Here also we call the repair man or mechanic for all little issues we face. Also subway subs are small. Large coke is not American large here, etc. One exception is, like US we too have lots of squirrels, but they are the size of rats or rodents, little bigger than rats I guess.

  40. He Jun here in Belgium we also have yearly car inspection. Without their approvalvyou're not allowed to ride. They search for every little thingcthat does not seem okay and you pay soooo much on it. But it does keep the cars on the road safe

  41. Funny, I’m as shocked as Jun for most of the things he mentionned (in the beginning where I’m at right now), the red light, the squirrels, the lock (instinctively this – means locked and this | means open since it looks like either a closed or an open way), the guns…

  42. False on the lock thing, it's not country dependant, but it depends on the type of lock and who installs it. I have two deadbolts and on one of them I installed the handle differently without knowing it. Now one lock handle locks horizontally, and the other handle locks vertically.

  43. I just fed a squirrel in the parking lot at our office in an industrial area. I live in Southern California and I see bunnies and squirrels on my suburban walks. I also know how to fix many things in my house including toilets. Never thought about that. So interesting.

  44. Not certain how old this video is but I’m commenting in 2019 on my state requirements- In Texas, cars must be inspected once a year. You have to pass inspection to be able to renew the registration and get your plate tag.

  45. Look, I know you'll never see this but for a non American who may visit read further.

    Don't plan a trip to one place to do one thing. Living here i didn't really grasp how large this country was until i traveled. If you visit do a god honest road trip. There are novelty stops along almost every major route across the country and you can experience everything from a blazing hot arid death valley to swamp land, redwood forests, and even endless miles of corn.

    When we had a guy come to our plant from Japan he absolutely shit his britches when the actual vastness of the country was under his feet. It's one thing to see it on a map, it's another to drive it and seeing what's around.

    Also, stop by rabbit hash Kentucky. The mayor is a dog.

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