Japanese Post Attempt No. 1

(English below)

困っています。

このブログは今一年以上書いていますが、日本とオーストラリアの生活や習慣のことはもう、何を伝えようとすればいい?毎日の小さいこと。挨拶の大切さか、大切じゃなささ。。。?

この間、面白いけどイライラする記事を読んだ。面白いところは、「オーストラリアのびっくりしたこと」というのがたくさんあった。イライラするところは、「留学のメリットは何かと聞かれたら、色々な経験して、日本の良さ改めてしる」と書かれた部分。

これ、なぜイライラする?

多分、記者の「やっぱり日本がどこよりもいい」と暗示する文体が自分の考え方と合わないね。あまり強い愛国心はオーストラリア人としてちょっと気持ち悪い。自分の国が育ったところだから、自分の家という気持ちがあるから、「やっぱり自分の国が自分にいいね」と、ほとんどのオーストラリア人は思うと思う。けど、「オーストラリアはオーストラリアだから最高」と思えない。それは、日本の誇りの謙遜と反対じゃない?

もちろん、そう記者の考え方とそう思わない日本人がたくさんいることが気付いている。ただ、この記事が面白いながら、イライラした。
読者さん、おられるなら、オーストラリアのことや、日本にあるものに対するオーストラリア人の見方知りたいことがあるでしょうか。

あれば、是非教えてくださいね!日本語はこう、まだまだ下手ですが、上達の為にこのブログを書いて頑張ります。:)

This post is, as you see, my first attempt at writing a post in Japanese. The contents go something like this:

I’m in a fix.

I’ve been writing this blog for over a year now, but what should I be trying to convey here? Small, everyday things? The culture of greetings…?

The other day, I read an article that was interesting but annoyed me. The interesting part was reading some things that a Japanese girl who did a one-year study abroad in Australia thought about Australia. The annoying part was that what she seemed to get out of it was a renewal of her ability to appreciate the goodness of Japan. (From here on it’s my opinion which will be nothing new to any long-time readers, but I haven’t written in Japanese before.)

Why did I find this annoying?

Perhaps the way the writing implies a belief that Japan is better than anywhere else just doesn’t fit with my own way of thinking. To me as an Australian, such strong patriotic or even nationalistic thinking seems a tad gross. I think most Australians would feel something like, ‘Australia is where I brought up and it’s home, so it’s good to me.’ But I can’t think, and I don’t think most Australians would think, ‘Australia is Australia, therefore it’s the best.’ Wouldn’t that be the opposite of the humility Japan is so proud of?

Of course, I know many Japanese people don’t think the same way as the writer of that piece. Just, reading that was interesting and at the same time, irritating.

Reader, are there things you would like to know about Australia or about an Australian’s perspective of something in Japan? If there are, please let me know. And sorry for my poor Japanese; I’m writing this in order to try to improve 🙂

*end translation*

Here is a list of the things that surprised that writer, by the way. I won’t translate the whole article, but just to give you an idea.

  1. Australians don’t really use umbrellas
  2. The products at the supermarket are all big
  3. Different people seem to feel hot and cold more (some people are in T-shirts and shorts while others might be wearing winter clothes)
  4. It’s hard to find a bus timetable
  5. Australia is really anti-smoking
  6. Some people don’t wear shoes outside
  7. The shops close early
  8. You can drink and drive (The legal limit is BAC 0.05)
  9. They sell some wine that is cheaper than soft drinks
  10. You have to wear a helmet when you ride a bike
  11. Some people eat things before paying for them (in the supermarket. Bijinjapan input here: I have never seen or heard of this happening. Have you?)
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2 thoughts on “Japanese Post Attempt No. 1

  1. Well done, Japanese girl! That seems like a real achievement.
    While it is rare for food sampling at the supermarket, when I was a lot younger, I became aware of someone having a taste of the ice cream before buying it, to see if it was any good, and possibly other food occasionally. However, that is in the distant past; so long ago that I am not really sure that it actually happened. 😉

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