Thursday, January 17, 2008

Japanese Jakun

"Where is the tool which I was so touched by it..."
my Japanese classmate,
when looking for his pliers
For all the advanced technology they have today, I still notice that some of the Japanese can be more jakun than us at times. One example happened when we were on the process of finishing up our robots in the lab. One of my Japanese friend was looking for a pliers to cut off the plastic layer of the wires, until he made his discovery of the millennium. He found an automatic wire stripping pliers, which is specially made for cutting off those plastic layers from the wires. He kept on going from one person to another, telling each of them about how convenient it is to use that pliers to cut off the plastic layer.
"Wei, wei, see this thing! Damn cool la. Come, I cut and show you"
Amazed by what that pliers could do, he seemed like he would never stop using that tool, as he was cutting unused wires for countless times for fun. He even went around and asking us if we need his help to cut any wires from the components of our robots.
"This fella who create this pliers must be a real genius la. Damn cool can..."
Not enough with with that, whenever there is someone who enter the room, he would immediately approach that person and tell him about that pliers. He kept on telling everyone that he was so touched with that tool. It common for someone to be touched with someone's deed or an incident, but touched by a pliers? That must be something unusual. Perhaps by the way I describe what really happened in the room above didn't really reflect the real situation. But I can safely say here that their reaction was really over exaggerating with those "yabai" and "sugeehhh" words all around. I guess it was worse when I compare it with my reaction when I got to know that the taxis here in Japan open its door automatically when I first came here.
All these astonished and amazed reactions with just a simple pliers came from the Japanese, who some of them still have a perception that Malaysians stay on tree today.

15 comments:

ns29 said...

I like the final sentence.

lonehunter88 said...

I think I used those pliers once when I was in secondary school.
Well, anyways, there are two things I would like to point out here. First is that nowadays the Japanese younger generation are becoming bolder and some of them just love to be the centre of attention (like ur jakun), unlike the more modest Japanese of the past.

Another thing is that you have to remember that our classmates are still considered kids in Japan. There are still a lot of things they have not seen or experienced compared to an adult Japanese. I am sure no Japanese teacher asked you if Malaysians live on trees.

calvin said...

@ ns29:
thanks. i think i heard that from someone =D

calvin said...

@ lonehunter88:
for once, i agree with you =)

anyway, refering to your second point, i guess the japanese teenagers between 17-18 years-old nowadays are far more immatured that malaysian teenagers of the same age group. they can hit each other, chase with each other, throw stuff among themselves even when the class is going on. this happen maybe because like you said, they are bolder and want to be the centre of attraction among their friends. however, when they get into 19 plus and above, the way they bring themselves is totally opposite and sometimes, they looked more matured than us.

i am implying this on the majority of the japanese that i have seen so far, but i have to admit that there are still some who differs from this main group.

kh said...

its ok la.. i'm actually teaching some of them how to use the computer now...from scratch..as in... press the mouse and move ...

calvin said...

@ kok hong:
that is because miyazaki is still a village =P

kh said...

what if i tell you that one of them came from nearby nagoya...
aiya.. not everyone in the uni is from kyushu la..

michelleg said...

kh, i tot u saw that on a tv? didnt know u were really teaching them..

calvin said...

@ kok hong:
i am not surprised by that. what i mean is the majority of the students at the uni should come from kyushu, especially miyazaki, right?

calvin said...

@ michelleg:
people got advertised in tv that day because people is very hardworking in his studies, unlike some other people =P

cl3m` said...

while most japanese adults might know that malaysians don't live in trees, i'm quite sure half of them don't know where malaysia is. but yea, they know thai or singapore :P

calvin said...

@ cl3m:
to these people, there is nothing but a sea seperating our two neighbours in between them. sad, but that's the reality.

Reena said...

who doesnt know singapore is a no0b
=D

calvin said...

@ reena:
who doesn't know malaysia is a dungu =D

kh said...

sooomething like that la