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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

Tokyo: What's your favorite thing about Japanese people?


By JULIAN PETERS

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Allison McGinniss, 22
Graphic design (American)
I've found Japanese people to be friendly and welcoming towards me. They seem to be able to effortlessly blend old traditions with new, emerging ultramodernism in a way that works.

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Michael Palagi, 23
Teacher (American)
I enjoy their love of all things cute. The fashion scene here in Japan is incredible . . . for dogs! You see dogs wearing a huge variety of clothes, from raincoats to maids' outfits!

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Ina Borsh, 37
Graphic design (Norwegian)
They are very polite and show great respect for the elderly. They are also a very helpful people and will really go out of their way to look after someone in need, especially in the service industry.

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Mukul Talwar, 49
Lawyer (Indian)
They are a "thinking" people. They are incredibly cautious and don't take chances. Everything is meticulously considered from start to finish. They don't like to leave any room for error.

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Stephanie Hime, 28
Database assistant (French)
I like the extravagance in the styles we see in Japan. In France people tend to wear similar styles. In Japan people are criticized less for fashion and therefore feel free to wear anything.

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Buddy Love, 50
Singer (Disco Inferno) (American)
Japanese music audiences have a boundless, innocent enthusiasm for live music. They are true fans and learn a band's choreography and are so responsive in the way they get involved in a show.

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