The 3 Reasons Why Japanese Are Not Shy!!

”Japanese are shy” Foreign people often say this.But when I hear it, I feel something’s not quite right.We Japanese love going drinking with friends, being crazy at festivals,and smiling and making the peace sign when we take photos.

Even we don’t know why we do it – we do it automatically.If we were shy, we’d never give the peace sign in public.So today, I’ll talk about 3 reasons why Japanese are not shy!!

1. The Word ‘Shy’

I looked up the word ‘shy’ in English, and the Cambridge Dictionary said“Nervous and uncomfortable with other people”Now I finally understand why foreigners all think Japanese are shy.

Because we are not nervous and shy with other Japanese.But we are nervous and uncomfortable with foreigners. Seriously, foreigners regard us as “shy”, but I’m not convinced.I understand our Japanese behavior looks like we are not good around people, but the reason is not only our shyness.

We Japanese usually think of others first and don’t push ourselves forward. Then foreigners misunderstand and think that behavior comes from shyness. So they labeled us as shy folk. For the same reason, we Japanese see Americans as noisy,  Even though they are just assertive.

We always just try to act mature and adult-like. But to foreigners, all our actions seem to stem from shyness. For example, we think the spirit of giving way to each other is very important.

So we think it’s rude to express our opinion too directly in public. And if someone praises our work, we’re never proud, we just reply,“No, I can’t take the credit. Everyone else helped me a lot, so it was a group effort.”

We think acting humbly is the most beautiful thing. And we always try to avoid arguing or expressing conflicting opinions. In our society, sympathizing with others is the most important skill. Some call it peer pressure.

From my Japanese point of view, we just try to act like grown ups, But foreigners think it’s all because we’re shy. I think foreigners, especially white people, seem to think they are the center of the world and 

the standard to compare against, and if they find people who act differently, they think it’s weird.But to us, we are not shy – foreigners are just forward.

In Japan, ‘foreigners’ means ‘Americans’.

2.  Ethnic Consciousness

Japan is an island and immigrants make up just 2%, so 98% of the residents in Japan are Japanese. So Japan is basically a monoracial country. Therefore, Japanese people have a strong ethnic consciousness.

We call foreigners ‘gaijin’. In Japanese, ‘gaijin’ literally means ‘people who come from outside’, and we consider gaijin to be a different species. I know, foreigners seem to perceive Japanese as weird folk. But to be honest, we think of foreigners as life from another planet. They can’t speak our language and don’t know about etiquette.

We can’t understand their behavior. It’s super weird. They hug people upon first meeting them, and they talk loudly in public places, They suddenly talk to strangers, and greet waiters with a “Hi” and a smile. What is so surprising is they never wash their ass after shitting. We can’t understand their behavior at all.

And European have a very strange custom. It’s called holidays. Apparently it’s when you take time off work. In Japan, we only take time off work when we have been fired.

Imagine if you were living in a monoracial village. Suddenly a white alien appeared and complained about your traditions, customs and lifestyle. Then they try to force you to accept an alien’s lifestyle. It’s difficult for us to open our minds to white aliens. Even if we try to explain our thoughts, they would just say it’s weird. As a result, we Japanese make a wall of tatemae for foreigners.

Foreigners who come from abroad think Japanese are shy.But to be honest, we are not shy. We are just introverted, modest, and xenophobic.

3. Language Barrier

The third reason is the language barrier. We can’t speak English and we can’t communicate with foreigners.

As you already know, in Japan, 98% of the residents are Japanese and we have a big domestic market. So we don’t need to speak English to live. As a result, we don’t study English seriously. For us, English is not a language – it’s a subject.

We just study it before we have a test. Then after the test, we forget everything. The same as history.

Some Japanese people try to learn English after graduating. They spend a lot of money and go to language school. But they are so busy and don’t have enough time to go to class. 

Eventually they just go to a language school once a week and attend a 1 hour conversation class. Every lesson is mostly spent reviewing their last class. So they never improve and quit. As a result, they can speak one sentence in perfect English. That is “Sorry, I can’t speak English”.

I want to ask foreigners who stereotype Japanese as shy, If you joined a group of Japanese people in the pub and you couldn’t speak Japanese, What would you do? You definitely wouldn’t say anything, and would just smile weirdly while others are speaking. Like we Japanese normally do.

We are not shy – we just can’t speak English.

The problems in the Japanese porn industry

Japanese porn is very popular all over the world. But there is a big problem. That is the forced participation of women in adult videos. So today I’ll talk about the problems in the Japanese porn industry.

I read a book written by former porn actress Kaho Shibuya and I learned a lot that I’d like to share with you. If you want to know about the truth about porn actresses, I made a video about it based on her book. Please check it out. 

Also, Kaho Shibuya can speak English very well. Needless to say, her English is way better than mine and she is smart and funny.

In 2019, the NGO ”Human Rights Now” reported on the human rights violation of the forced participation of women in adult films. Once revealed, the problem was reported on by many media organisations.

In 1946, after World War Two, our emperor, originally seen as a god, declared his humanity. 70 years later, in 2016, our secret goddesses have finally been acknowledged as human.

One reason it became a big problem is that a popular porn video series showed something illegal and there was a crackdown by the police.
It was Bakobako Nakadashi Camp or Crazy Creampie Camp.

It’s a video series where professional porn actresses and normal men who applied to participate go to camp together in the mountains to enjoy a creampie gang bang.

This series was very popular and won many prizes in the porn academy awards in Japan. That’s why the news was a great shock in the porn industry.  For the porn world, it’s like if they were forced to stop releasing the Harry Potter series. They can’t use their magical sticks anymore

One of the actresses who took part in the video confessed that she was forced to have sex at that camp. Then, the CEO of the production company was caught breaking the Temporary Staffing Services Law and arrested. 

Also, having sex in the mountains is regarded as public indecency, so 9 porn actresses and 24 men were asked to make an official report. The men were amateurs, and they thought maybe some of them wouldn’t get erect due to nervousness, So they employed many men.

The interesting thing is the reason why the production’s CEO was arrested. It’s very difficult to arrest them over forcing actresses to participate, because the company can make the excuse that it was just a miscommunication. So it’s easier to arrest the company staff for the gang bang in a public place. It’s public indecency. So you could say that
They recognize pon actresses as human, but not fit for public. 

In fact, it was revealed that all the actresses and men agreed to have sex in the video. But one of the actresses was found out by her boyfriend and so she made the excuse that she was forced to join the bakobako camp. But I think it’s not fair that only the woman is in trouble with her boyfriend.

She should get angry with him too and say
“Why did you watch the Crazy Creampie Camp video?
“You are such a pervert! You are fucking Hentai!!”

After this incident, one problem came out in the porn industry. The law is ill-defined. If one company CEO can be arrested, then all companies that hire porn stars are just as at risk. They won’t know until after they’ve been arrested if they are safe or not.

Japanese porn makers are the same as foreign stand-up comedians.
They are fighting the line that they can’t see. At one time, porn video makers really worried about filming sex outside.

In a video trailer for “Japanese Porn Actress Climbs Rocky Mountain and Tries to Find a Treasure Dick”, even though they shot the video in a mountain, they blurred all the backgrounds behind the actress.

Japan is the only country where the mountains are not only foggy but actually blurry too.

And that camp video changed the Japanese porn industry. The forced participation of women is a big problem in our society. But no one is surprised to learn this fact. We already know the porn industry is related to forced labour, like Nike and sweatshops. We knew it but we never admitted it.

Since then, a third party oversees the porn industry and makes sure they follow the rules. Under these rules, finally porn actresses can get money from secondary use of their videos and if they want, they can stop their videos from being sold. But unfortunately they can’t stop selling the videos that are uploaded on illegal sites or copied.

As soon as possible, we should stop selling porn videos to China.

Our government should protect our country’s most important intellectual property rights.

And also, for videos that were already bought by someone, the video’s ownership moved to them. So they don’t have the right to stop them from selling them. To be honest, their new rule doesn’t cover many cases.
We may say, this is the Japanese porn industry’s Obamacare

Former porn actress, Mariko Kawana created a new organization to try and support porn actresses. So she made a statement against the forced participation of women in videos. But many video production companies filed complaints against her.

Because she tried to contact the actresses directly. There is a strict rule in the industry that you can only contact actresses through the company.
But porn actresses saying “We are not forced to work.” Through the production company seems to be the same as Chinese people saying

 “China has freedom of speech!” Through Weibo.

On the other hand, in 2017 another video production company also created a new organization and they declared, “We never force the participation of women in porn films”. Only production companies that are a member of their group are approved as “appropriate” videos.
But in 2018, a CEO of one of the member company’s was arrested for forced participation.

It seems that removing forced labor in the porn industry is mission impossible. Kaho Shibuya said there is a silent rule in the industry that “Even if you were forced to be a porn actress, you can’t confess it.”

If It were America, the Japanese porn industry would be like New York or San Francisco. There is strong peer pressure and you never confess if you are a Trump supporter.

Active porn actresses think they want to protect their industry because they currently earn money in it and they worry about their relationships with the companies if they admit to being forced, as the company would be in a lot of trouble. Only retired porn actresses say “actresses are still forced to participate!!” Same as the US, only after moving to a suburban area can they confess.

She said the porn industry is changing. It’s obviously getting better compared to before. Now before actresses contract with a company, they have to read the contract out loud. It includes a part saying there is a risk of being found out, and at any point in time you can refuse to do it. And they record it…

But now adult productions are really worried about it. Because some people working for companies were arrested. To avoid being arrested, when they sign a contract with an actress, they are really careful. 

It’s called protecting women’s rights.

I know some people who are working in porn industry as directors and producers. They have a passion and they are working so hard to make porn videos to entertain people. When not sleeping, they are making porn videos.

I have a video in which I interviewed my friend who has experience working in the porn industry. You can learn a lot from him! I hope our Japanese porn industry protects women’s rights and makes great jobs.

Because now porn is our culture.


Report: Guest House Comedy Night! English Stand-up Open Mic & Meet-up [Vol. 82]

We organize this stand-up open mic event every two weeks at Little Japan, located in Asakusabashi. Cheerful people from all around the world (this time South Korea, UK, America, Canda, New Zealand, Australia, India and Japan! gather together each time in the cozy atmosphere of the hostel.

Participants each take turns talking in front of everyone. Some of them are used to doing stand-up comedy, and others not so much, but everyone enjoys their time sharing and making people laugh.

Laughing and making people laugh is good for your health!

Let’s create a culture of stand-up comedy in Japan together! Come and join us! Every 1st and 3rd Sunday we organize Open Mic event in Litle Japan!

Book here “Guest House Comedy Night! “

Report: Book Store Comedy Show [Vol. 8]

The 7th Book Store Comedy Show took place on 13th March 2020!
People from the US, Finland, South Korea, India, and Japan did stand-up comedy at Infinity Books bookstore! 

photo by Kohei Yamauchi

It was an awesome night! There were many jokes about Japan. We made fun of each other, and those jokes were hilarious too!

photo by Kohei Yamauchi

This event is held on the second Friday of every month! Come and join us next time.
Locals, tourists… Everyone is welcome. Let’s enjoy Friday night together!

Book here”Joke Night! English Standup Open Mic in Infinity Books”

Report: English Stand-up Comedy Show in Asakusa, Tokyo “My Japanese Perspective” [Vol. 285]

Have you ever seen a Japanese guy telling jokes in English in Tokyo? 

If the answer’s no, then you might want to check out my show called My Japanese Perspective.  I have been organizing a standup comedy show for two years now, and on 9th March I did my 285th show so far. 

Tonight there were 8 audience members. They were from the UK, Canada and Australia! We had a really good time!

If you are looking for night entertainment in Tokyo, please come to my comedy show! Let’s make fun of Japan together!

Book here “Standup Comedy Show “My Japanese Perspective

Report: English Stand-up Comedy Show in Asakusa, Tokyo “My Japanese Perspective” [Vol. 284]

Have you ever seen a Japanese guy telling jokes in English in Tokyo? 

If the answer’s no, then you might want to check out my show called My Japanese Perspective.  I have been organizing a standup comedy show for two years now, and on 2nd March I did my 284th show so far. 

Tonight there were 2 audience members. They were from Rumania and Malayasia! We had a really good time!

If you are looking for night entertainment in Tokyo, please come to my comedy show! Let’s make fun of Japan together!

Book here “Standup Comedy Show “My Japanese Perspective

Report: Guest House Comedy Night! English Stand-up Open Mic & Meet-up [Vol. 81]

We organize this stand-up open mic event every two weeks at Little Japan, located in Asakusabashi. Cheerful people from all around the world (this time South Korea, UK, America, Canda, New Zealand, and Japan! gather together each time in the cozy atmosphere of the hostel.

Participants each take turns talking in front of everyone. Some of them are used to doing stand-up comedy, and others not so much, but everyone enjoys their time sharing and making people laugh.

Laughing and making people laugh is good for your health!

Let’s create a culture of stand-up comedy in Japan together! Come and join us! Every 1st and 3rd Sunday we organize Open Mic event in Litle Japan!

Book here “Guest House Comedy Night! “

Report: English Stand-up Comedy Show in Asakusa, Tokyo “My Japanese Perspective” [Vol. 283]

Have you ever seen a Japanese guy telling jokes in English in Tokyo? 

If the answer’s no, then you might want to check out my show called My Japanese Perspective.  I have been organizing a standup comedy show for two years now, and on 28th Feb I did my 283rd show so far. 

Tonight there were 8 audience members. They were from New Zealand, the US, Australia and the UK! We had a really good time!

If you are looking for night entertainment in Tokyo, please come to my comedy show! Let’s make fun of Japan together!

Book here “Standup Comedy Show “My Japanese Perspective

Report: English Stand-up Comedy Show in Asakusa, Tokyo “My Japanese Perspective” [Vol. 282]

Have you ever seen a Japanese guy telling jokes in English in Tokyo? 

If the answer’s no, then you might want to check out my show called My Japanese Perspective.  I have been organizing a standup comedy show for two years now, and on 24th Feb I did my 282nd show so far. 

Tonight there were 5 audience members. They were from Australia, and the UK! We had a really good time!

If you are looking for night entertainment in Tokyo, please come to my comedy show! Let’s make fun of Japan together!

You can smoke Shisha in the bar!

Book here “Standup Comedy Show “My Japanese Perspective

Report: English Stand-up Comedy Show in Asakusa, Tokyo “My Japanese Perspective” [Vol. 281]

Have you ever seen a Japanese guy telling jokes in English in Tokyo? 

If the answer’s no, then you might want to check out my show called My Japanese Perspective.  I have been organizing a standup comedy show for two years now, and on 18th Feb I did my 281st show so far. 

Tonight there were 8 audience members. They were from Australia, Hongkong, France, Ital, Rusia, and Canada! We had a really good time!

If you are looking for night entertainment in Tokyo, please come to my comedy show! Let’s make fun of Japan together!

Book here “Standup Comedy Show “My Japanese Perspective