Originally Posted by Crystalline
it appears to me that you had a bad experience there. It is still no reason to state that EVERYONE there is racist, or that all those things that you went through are what japan is made of.
I have alot of friends in japan, some of them who are also foreigners like me, and they have never had any "racist" based experiences. Neighbours, co-workers, friends, they all treat them kindly.
Just like someone said in this thread: Japan has its ups and downs, But when compared to other countries out there, it has ALOT of good thing that most western countries couldn´t even dream of having.
It´s all up to one´s personal opinion.
I myself just love it. I even prefer it over my native country.
I brought an Italian friend with me back in 2007 for a 2 weeks trip, and the "racism" he described never happen. People were comfortable sitting beside him, the only time that any one show "extended interest" in him was when we ran into a bunch of school kids at a museum, a couple of them ran up to him taking pictures, almost as if he is part of the exhibit. One kid out of a small group ran up to me and start asking me question of where I "found" this guy, and how come I was able to undersand and speak with him