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  • Japanese food

    83 36.89%
  • Instant noddles

    54 24.00%
  • Japanese cars

    81 36.00%
  • Anime & Manga

    99 44.00%
  • Digital watches & calculators

    40 17.78%
  • Electronics in general

    100 44.44%
  • Robots

    55 24.44%
  • Toto toilets (with seat warmer, bidet, etc.)

    31 13.78%
  • VHS video tapes

    34 15.11%
  • Video Games

    93 41.33%
  • Martial arts (judo, karate, kendo, aikido...)

    60 26.67%
  • Karaoke

    41 18.22%
  • J-pop

    34 15.11%
  • Japanese women

    81 36.00%
  • Hentai & AV

    30 13.33%
  • Purikura (photo stickers)

    20 8.89%
  • Japanese men

    24 10.67%
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Thread: Greatest Japanese contribution to the world ?

  1. #76
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    What about ukiyo-e, sword/knife making techniques, or omoiyari?

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    Quote Originally Posted by monrepo
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    In what way is it Japanese ? The tree exist in all temperate countries. In fact, the Japanese imported the tree from China.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Index
    What about ukiyo-e, sword/knife making techniques, or omoiyari?
    Omoiyari ("thinking about others") ? Do you think that is something the Japanese came up with ? As far as I know, some people have it and other don't in every country. Isn't it one of the main values Jesus taught to the Christians ?

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    You are correct. I don't want to change my answer, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maciamo
    Omoiyari ("thinking about others") ? Do you think that is something the Japanese came up with ? As far as I know, some people have it and other don't in every country. Isn't it one of the main values Jesus taught to the Christians ?
    As you say, omoiyari exists to some extent everywhere, but I think the Japanese have elevated it to a higher level-it seems much more ingrained in the Japanese way of being. I would not interpret it as just "thinking about others", but also "taking into consideration of how others think". As an aside, the idea comes up in Japanese strategic thinking too, as well as ethics.

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    I have to agree with Dutch Baka - Love Hotels

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    Noise Rock, hands down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Akakubisan
    I have to agree with Dutch Baka - Love Hotels
    Those Love Hotels rocked!
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    Talking

    Me of course!

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    The band Dreams come true!!! the music they make can always make me cry

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    Well, I'm kinda partial to cars, electronics, anime and, most of all....

    JAPANESE WOMEN!!!

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    well, lets see... hmm...
    Japanese cars (started in late 60s)
    Anime & Manga (of course!)
    Electronics in general (definitely!)
    Robots (its happening right now, and in future there will be even cooler robots )
    VHS video tapes (who haven't used them? i still got JVC recorder with tapes right here)
    Video Games (SEGA, Nintendo and Sony changed console and arcade gaming forever)
    and don't forget the CDs (it was Sony together with Philips but i think it counts)
    and 3.5 inch floppy drives (by Sony, in practically every computer until now)

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    an adherence even if formalistic and imperfect to nonviolent Buddhism is Japan's best contribution

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    Anime & Manga

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    - The Self Defense Forces (is that a joke ? hardly a contribution to the world; at best a way to satisfy the Bush Administration in their conquest of the Middle East)
    The SDF as a contribution? Maybe if they did a lot of peacekeeping after the end of WWII, then it could be possible that Japan is contributing something to international security.
    As for me, video games and electronics are in. Same goes for vehicles.
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    professional autism

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    Japnese Women and K-1... Sugoi!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ainotower
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    good one.

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    Anime and manga was my first choice...

    But instant noodles really has changed the world..

    I'm not too sure for better or for worse?

    Technology for sure on that one

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    Quote Originally Posted by happyblinker
    But instant noodles really has changed the world..
    YUM!!! Instant noodles! Eat 'em all the time! Especially shrimp and chicken! The perfect food for a culinary-challenged bachelor like me!


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    Japanese Women
    The Japanese Schoolgirl oufit
    Nintendo
    Some electronic ****
    Miso Soup

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    The works of Nobuo Matsu, Final Fantasy, Playstation, anime, design, etc.

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    Green Tea and Yamato Battleship.

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    i think japanese guys are hot... noodles come next though..
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    yeah Gaijinpunch is right. It's all about Toto

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