A fresh-off-the-plane foreigner has been gaijinsplaining to fellow gaijin about the finer details of Japanese society and culture since arriving in Tokyo last week.
“Slurping your noodles is considered polite,” Xavier Elwood told an unsuspecting stranger gaijin on Monday.
“Making noise while you eat your ramen is a way of indicating how the dish is delicious.”
“I know,” replied stranger gaijin, “I’ve lived here since 1994.”
Foreigners living in Japan for extended periods of time are acutely aware that a gaijinsplainer can strike at any time.
Elwood has reeled off many facts about Japan read from books or discovered on the internet since touching down at Haneda Airport:
“One should never blow one’s nose in public in Japan.”
“The word karaoke actually means ‘empty orchestra’.”
“You should never stab your food with your chopsticks.”
“I found an awesome Italian restaurant.”
More experienced gaijin often come across gaijinsplainers on social media.
“It is usually the case that these people have just arrived in Japan for the JET program,” says long-term gaijin Peter Howard.