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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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  1. #101
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    For me...definately anime and manga! Everything I like are mostly from Japan. The food, the music, the everything.
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    Hmm, I'm changing my previous opinion:

    Not instand ramen, but instant Udon--that is Japan's greatest contribution to the world.

    Like ramen, it's cheap, poor, lazy people (like me) can live off of it indefinitly with almost no money or effort, and it's 10,000x better than instant ramen so it wins.
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    Reiku, how common is udon outside Japan ?

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    Not terribly...

    ...actually, I only learned about it at an Obon festival last year. You can get it in Japanese resteraunts, and even some of the sushi bars serve it, but I've never seen it in stores until recently. There's a place that has these instant udon noodles in the refrigerated section--basicly pre-cooked noodles with a flavor packet like ramen has. Not nearly as good as the kind from resteraunts of course, but it's still alot better than instant ramen.

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    Hey, I wonder, why nunchaku and tonfa aren't included in the poll? I understand nunchaku's geographical origin is subject to debate as that it is said to originated either in Okinawa or in China from where the merchants introduced nunchaku to Okinawans but I think tonfa is an Okinawan tool.

    tonfa is used as a police baton in many countries including U.S., France, etc. I saw French riot police carrying tonfas on a photo of the TIME magazine.

    Also, many martial arts enthusiasts in most countries, including Netherlands use nunchakus as well. There was a Netherlands based organization called World Nunchaku-do Association

    http://www.nunchaku.org/

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    I was going to comment on what a shame it would be if the nunchaku was Japan's greatest contribution to the world... but I looked through the options in the poll and thought better of it.

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    9/1 is the day for everyone to do evacuation drill and was large-scale one. I think this sort (very large scale) of training is not around in the world other than japan. Know-how would contribute to any place around the world.

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    i believe it is sudoku. i can find sudoku books and hand held games everywhere. they even sell sudoku hand held game pink for breast cancer. books are sold in the dollar store and it is a gulity pleasure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bartbeanie View Post
    i believe it is sudoku. i can find sudoku books and hand held games everywhere.
    I didn't know sudoku when I was living in Japan. From the first day I went back to Europe, I found sudoku magazines everywhere (airport, newsagents, supermarkets...). I wonder why that is that sudoku is so much more popular in Western countries (apparently in the States too, as that is where you live) than in Japan. It's become so popular in the last few years that many regular magazines (TV programmes, news, women's magazines) have their sudoku page, in addition that the numerous sudoku books and mags that have sprung up like mushrooms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yamada View Post
    9/1 is the day for everyone to do evacuation drill and was large-scale one. I think this sort (very large scale) of training is not around in the world other than japan. Know-how would contribute to any place around the world.
    I don't see the point to have earthquake prevention training in countries or regions where there are no earthquakes (e.g. all Europe but Greece, the South of Italy and the South of Spain). If you are talking about fire evacuation training, I do not know any school that doesn't have it (although not on the same day for all schools nationwide as there wouldn't be enough firefighters to supervise and explain).

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    Quote Originally Posted by caster51 View Post
    Really ? Depends on your sources.

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    AH i didn't know what to vote for Japanese Men,anime and manga,jpop,video games,Robots,Martial arts, Japanese men (did i say that already) Seriously couldn't there have been an all of the above

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    Really ? Depends on your sources
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    you misunderstand the origin of options dealings ?
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    however it was only call option( there was no Put)

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    Greatest contribution?
    Japanese poetry, Japanese classical literature, Kinkakuji, Kiyomizu Temple
    Japanese theater , Japanese mythology and festivals
    Japanese gardens and the concept of nature (traditional one)
    Ikebana (it is not just flower arrangement, it is a philosophy!), Japanese style interior, Japanese pottery
    Writers like Yasunari Kawabata and Kenzaburo Oe (Nobel prize winners), Yukio Mishima, Dazai Osamu, Mori Ogai,Natsume Soseki
    Kurosawa's movies (oskar winner!)
    Wanna walk like a normal human being again

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    most important:
    robots

    personal favorite:
    purikura

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    Quote Originally Posted by kooo View Post
    most important:
    robots
    personal favorite:
    purikura
    purikura is popular in your country??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Color red View Post
    purikura is popular in your country??
    When I visit San Francisco and I go to "Nihon Machi" I love getting puri kura.

    In my city we have photo booths that aren't as fancy as the Japanese puri kura but it's still fun to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Color red View Post
    purikura is popular in your country??
    You can find them everywhere in the world ( there are a lottttttttttttttt in Sydney btw), and even in Amsterdam.

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    To bad clothes are not part of survey I like the zorie and think it is superior to European and Eurasian sandle. Also the rubber work boots with a section for the big toe it is like having a third or forth hand when doing certain type of work like working with ropes.

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    I voted Hentai & AV,Hentai is definitely Japanese one of a kind contribution to the world haha

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    If I follow my heart, I would say Japanese women hehe. But if I follow my mind, electronics it is !

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    I find that Japan's total quality management systems and control made significant impact in the business world.

    On a more personal touch. Anime rocks! Nothing can replace it. So are the various video games created.

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    I voted for Japanese women.

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    Takoyaki!!



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