On this episode, Ben and Burke explore the friendships they have formed with Japanese people over their combined 33 years in the country. They compare their experiences with the opinions in a JapanToday article that laments about five reasons foreigners find it hard to become friends with Japanese people. Some of those reasons include always being treated as a "gaijin" (or foreigner), backhanded compliments for using basic Japanese or chopsticks, indirect communication in Japanese culture, and much more. Do Ben and Burke agree with the opinions of the article?? Listen to find out now!
Past episodes mentioned:
- Japanese Dating Culture
- Difficulty Finding a Life Partner
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