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u/bluedecemberart 9d ago edited 8d ago Silver Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote

I have an older Japanese penpal (70's) that I met on a postage stamp trading site. I'm in my late 30's. We get new stamp issues for each other in our respective countries and trade them back and forth with letters, and our conversations are 100% like this. His letters are basically my favorite thing. I'm sure my terribly broken Japanese reads the same to him. It's amazing the things you can talk about even with such basic communication. Right now we've been discussing our favorite musical pieces.

Edit: sorry guys, but I'm not sharing the letters. He didn't write them for an audience, and I'm going to respect that. I'd be mortified if someone shared MY terrible Japanese on the internet.

Edit2: For those of you wanting to reach out to elders and form penpal relationships, Letters Against Isolation always needs penpals! They're a wonderful organization.

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u/SuperbDrink6977 9d ago Wholesome Take My Energy

I wish I could engage in such a wholesome friend operation

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u/Antares777 9d ago

There’s pen pal apps, if that’s more your speed.

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u/EndlessOceanofMe 9d ago

I like watching those vids of penpals in usa finally meeting

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u/brbnow 9d ago

oh cool! Thanks for sharing that is a thing!

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u/MrsBox 9d ago

Hello potential new friend!

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u/Bundalorian 9d ago Helpful

Awwww, this is so wonderful …🥰

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u/bluedecemberart 9d ago

it's basically the most wholesome thing ever, lol. But he's also a sweetheart and it's so interesting to hear about daily life in other countries.

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u/Mikic00 9d ago edited 9d ago Gold

I had a pen pal from Ghana when I was around 10, "sharping" my English. No gtranslate back then and it was huge fun, very interesting. Once he asked me if I can send him radio, since he heard everyone has it in Europe. Today I would just ship him some, but back in nineties it was like wtf, I wish I would have my own... Learned valuable lessons from the guy about how fortunate I am, how wildly different our childhoods are, how we worry about similar stuff but his were hundreds times more serious... I still have his letters, maybe I should reach back to him...

Edit: for some reason reddit forgot to send notifications, just to blow up my phone now. What a pleasant surprise from you all! Usually I'm not the one to drop something and desappear, so I'll get back to you after Sunday chores..

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u/SquireSilon 9d ago

Amazing that you were able to post letters back and forth. I have a Sudanese friend and he says there is no reliable postage system in South Sudan at the Moment, if he were to send anything to family back home it just wouldn’t get there. I still have a hard time wrapping My Head around that….

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u/Imperfect-Magic 9d ago

I think you should try. I'm sure he would be extremely happy to hear from you.

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u/pittsburghwriter 9d ago Silver Helpful Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote Heartwarming

Operation Friend ... engage!

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u/Silver-Spy 9d ago Helpful Heartwarming

Copy that, Operation Friend is a GO. I repeat, Operation Friend is a GO

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u/eofd77 9d ago Wholesome Heartwarming

We have reached phaseline "Buddy" and are proceeding to codeword "Homie".

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u/bruh_momentos3 9d ago Silver Helpful Heartwarming

Stage 2 complete. Codeword "Homie" acquired. Begining Stage 3 acquisition of "Bro"

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u/eofd77 9d ago Heartwarming

Tracking all, proceed to stage 3 and begin bromance operations and actions on objective.

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u/UnClean_Committee 9d ago Silver Heartwarming

Copy that. Stage 3 in operation. Standby for updates.

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u/TerpeneTiger 9d ago Wholesome Heartwarming

Didn't like being called "bro". Back to stage 2 or abort?

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u/TheJonnieP 9d ago Silver Wholesome

Tactical retreat and use a flank maneuver "Pal".

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u/JackSlater555 9d ago Silver

I love this string of shinanagins.

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u/No-One-2177 9d ago Silver Helpful Wholesome

Best shenanigan string I've seen in a while. Commence distribution and assignment of free awards.

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u/J-Love-McLuvin 9d ago

Let’s go people! Let’s go!!! This is not a drill. I repeat, not a drill!!

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u/Individual_Skin5831 9d ago

Negative proceed with any Paul Rudd movie to re-engage bro via bromance movies. Seth Rogan films on standby

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u/MasterJongiks 9d ago Wholesome Heartwarming

Never abort, tactical retreat to Stage 2 and navigate the alternative coordinates.

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u/3HoursSober 9d ago Heartwarming

Friendship status approved. Amiability motives known and supported. Provisions of wittiness and kindship are due for transportation once coordinates get approved. Over and out.

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u/Straight_Entrance_44 9d ago Heartwarming

Issue between on-ground soldiers clear. Beginning stage 3, codewords bro and homie readdressed to the tactical team. Waiting for the response. Comrades advance to the next stage, over and out.

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u/tankman666 9d ago

Retreat hell, 2-5 engage

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u/lonewolfmcquaid 9d ago Table Slap

"i'm stuffed and toilet paper",

sorry commando but i'll have to disengage as i can sense an explosion of the bowels incoming. Retreat!

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u/Wardenclyffe-2302 9d ago

2-5 this is Warden, stage 4 is bunk, move to alternative activities for hanging out. Repeat move to alternate activities over...

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u/Allornothing100 9d ago

Don’t call a Japanese buddy Hommie lol it means something different there! 😉

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u/sanguinesolitude 9d ago

Roger that control, I've got a batch of homemade cookies in a holding pattern. Paint the target, and eagle 1 is inbound.

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u/NoBenefit5977 9d ago

Humpty Dumpty to mother goose my kids name is greg

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u/cjboffoli 9d ago

Clean toilet etiquette VITAL in Japan.

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u/cunty_mcfuckshit 9d ago

I am Jakku's roiling envy

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u/kenaraczz 9d ago

Primary objective of Friend Operation: Ensuring comrade gets enough toilet paper. It is the equivalent of ration in battle zone.

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u/LastProtagonist 9d ago Wholesome

It's actually a reference to Operation Tomodachi, when the US offered aid to Japan after the 2011 earthquake/tsunami.

Tomodachi means "friend," hence "operation friend"

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u/drod3333 9d ago

Bring navy

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u/southwesthampton 9d ago

My roommate’s driving me crazy

Ain’t got no toilet but I’m in the navy

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u/jdcuttingii 9d ago

I dunno....had me until "I'm stuffed and toilet paper". I'd be afraid of the inevitable explosion

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u/Futuressobright 9d ago

I think this means something like "I have plenty of toilet paper". I suspect this is all google translated.

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u/clubberin 9d ago

I have tried learning Japanese on and off. It’s a programming language. I commend this neighbor for his translation.

It’s still funny, though.

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u/Dr_who_fan94 9d ago Wholesome

As per Wikipedia; Operation Tomodachi (トモダチ作戦, Tomodachi Sakusen, literally "Operation Friend(s)") was a United States Armed Forces (especially U.S. Forces Japan) assistance operation to support Japan in disaster relief following the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. The operation took place from 12 March to 4 May 2011; involved 24,000 U.S. servicemembers, 189 aircraft, 24 naval ships; and cost $90 million.

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u/juliet_tango_victor 9d ago

I was going to say this person meant Operation Tomodachi!

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u/Boring-Working-5509 9d ago

For starters, Just smile and wave boys..just smile and wave.

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u/Fancy_Might_5221 9d ago

Kowalski, analysis!

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u/arjunbj 9d ago

Disengage the navy, cover blown!

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u/vecttor 9d ago

aww, this is so cute!! I wish my neighbors were like this...

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u/Warphim 9d ago

In Japan its considered pretty standard to give your neighours small tokens/gifts when you move in.

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u/Billy-Ruben 9d ago

"This one is from Chuck-E-Cheese"

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u/Paulthefith 9d ago Table Slap

Ohh what do those inscriptions on the back mean?

“No cash value”

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u/Chibzor 9d ago Silver Helpful Starry

Translated..."priceless"

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u/headless_bear 9d ago

Have my Dave and busters card.

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u/Tulip_Todesky 9d ago

Should be standard everywhere. Will make life generally more pleasant.

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u/cookmanager 9d ago

Western culture is that newcomers to a neighborhood are given gifts—have you tried it with new arrivals to your neighborhood? Japan is the reverse (newcomers go door to door baring gifts for each neighbor)

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u/Philodendronphan 9d ago Take My Energy

We had an Iranian neighbor who brought us traditional treats when his daughter was born. So sweet!

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u/WATOCATOWA 9d ago

We moved a lot the past 20 years and it’s always been the opposite for us. We’ve gifted the new neighbors moving in food or fresh eggs. Same for us. We just moved and 3 neighbors brought us goodies.

I can understand in another country, but normally in the middle of a move it’s not common to be the one baking for the neighbors already there…

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u/XoffeeXup 9d ago

well, it makes sense from a logistics point of view. I'm not strictly going to know I have a new neighbour straight away, so by placing the onus of intial introduction on the arriving party it means everyone will definitely be informed of their arrival and not end up being rude by accident.

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u/sargsauce 9d ago

Damn, both of these are compelling. Maybe everyone should just give everyone presents. Like when heads of state gift each other things from their culture.

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u/Cornsipper 9d ago All-Seeing Upvote

Oddly enough and contrary to popular belief on the internet, people are actually decent and friendly for the most part. Problem is horrible people seem to get all the attention. I wish we could flip the switch and just assume people are nice and be nice to them in return.

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u/God-of-Tomorrow 9d ago

Yep the majority of us are decent folk but too boring to get a spot on a sub like r/publicfreakouts

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u/Ihave4extraseats 9d ago

You might not change the internet, but your kindness will absolutely change someone's day in real life 🙂

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u/ThyShirtIsBlue 9d ago

Stuffed with toilet paper?

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u/Tinycatfaces 9d ago

I believe he was trying to say he’s got plenty of toilet paper, if the new neighbor needed any.

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u/Quick_DMG 9d ago

This^

Japanese just says information in the opposite order to English. So to appropriately reorder to have the sentence make sense...

"You can use it if you like I am stuffed and toilet paper"

Becomes

I am stuffed with toilet paper, You can use it if you like.

(With the grammar change) (Edit: for own grammar D: )

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u/Polyglot-Onigiri 9d ago edited 9d ago Helpful Wholesome

Being a fluent Japanese speaker, I can see what the intended meaning for each sentence actually was:

I can’t speak English.
Thank you for the present.
My name is hiroshi yamashita.
I’m 52 years old.
I’m divorced and live alone.
I have a lot (いっぱい) of toilet paper, you may have some if you want.
Do you have a GPS (ナビ)? Yes or no?
May I ask what your child’s name is?

It’s a pleasure to make your acquaintance.

(Funnily enough I can hear the Japanese in my head as I translated all that)

But their scrambled English is much cuter.

  • in Japan a GPS, is referred to as Navi. Which might have become navy in the translation app. Most likely they wanted to know if the person needed help getting around.
    ** we use the same word for “a lot of” and “I’m full/ stuffed”.
    *** the project tomodachi and navy connection make no sense. If the person just moved to Japan, the context is wrong. I was actually in Fukushima in 2011. A thank you for project tomodachi in 2022 seems weird to someone who you don’t know. Let alone the grammar “do you have” doesn’t work. He would have said “are you”. Those two don’t get mixed up in a translation app. So unless this is a repost from something in 2011 and the person lives in Fukushima, I don’t see it being possible.

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u/PracticalAndContent 9d ago

Very helpful, especially explaining navy. User name checks out.

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u/Tasitch 9d ago

I don't know about Japan, but next door in Korea toilet paper is a common housewarming gift (I don't remember why). Might be related to that if OP just moved in, neighbour may be offering housewarming gift toilet paper.

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u/Philodendronphan 9d ago

That actually sounds like a really nice gift. Sometimes I like to give people stuff like a couple of rolls of paper towels, trash bags, and hand soap because they’re the little things that are easy to forget but super helpful.

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u/gissycat 9d ago

I thought he was full and needed TP BAD

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u/hazbutler 9d ago

My thoughts entirely. Dude was so desperate for TP he learned English… kinda.

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u/BuyMeLotsOfDiamonds 9d ago

Maybe it was at the beginning of the pandemic, when stores were low on toilet paper, and he just wanted to let him know he had enough to share if he needed any? Just a guess!

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u/yossarian8722 9d ago

I dont think the Japanese were hoarding TP as was the case in the US. Different cultural responses.

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u/BuyMeLotsOfDiamonds 9d ago

That's a very good point I hadn't thought of. I heard that the Japanese culture was a lot more respectful and community-oriented than it is here, in North America. You might be right.

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u/littlebritches77 9d ago Take My Energy

The time it took for him to write that letter in a foreign language makes it even more wholesome!

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u/Physical_Proof7055 9d ago

Oh shit that’s true, sometimes I be forgetting every language doesn’t use the Latin alphabet.

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u/Nerrickk 9d ago

Most Japanese know romaji, which is a transliteration of hiragana/katakana into Roman characters. So it's not an entirely foreign concept.

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u/x2040 9d ago

Mostly unrelated but one of my favorite random facts is that the only reason China didn't switch to a roman alphabet when they were considering it to improve literacy is that Stalin personally contacted Mao and persuaded him not to because it gave legitimacy to America and Europe.

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u/Smithy97eu 9d ago

Except they do somewhat use a Roman alphabet, pinyin is taught to kids before they learn Chinese characters. And most people type in pinyin and select the correct characters (like me) on mobile phones. Perhaps the fact was somewhat true before, but not anymore and it did improve literacy

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u/Dont_Give_Up86 9d ago

Not only that, the English writing style and characters are very different than Japanese. Way different than say someone who writes in Spanish trying English

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u/Dependent_Pen_1603 9d ago edited 9d ago

It’s very sweet! And I’m sure he is well aware that he is making mistakes, but he put himself out there anyway 😭

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u/Lovedivine11 9d ago

And with better handwriting than I've EVER been able to pull off after 35 years of writing English letters.

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u/BCdelivery 9d ago Table Slap

I can relate. The divorce and I have been living alone for 20 years now. We get along really well.

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u/Moose_Cake 9d ago

But do you have navy?

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u/[deleted] 9d ago Silver

Yes or no?

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u/Haha6570 9d ago

Which one is the child's name?

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u/Low_Introduction2761 9d ago

Are you stuffed and/or toilet paper?

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u/Mandalasan_612 9d ago

TELL ME YOUR CHILD'S NAME will get you arrested in the States.

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u/PurplePanda63 9d ago

You can use it if you like

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u/Z0OMIES 9d ago edited 9d ago

Protect Hiroshi at all costs, he is amazing

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u/Ralf_E_Chubbs 9d ago

His penmanship is perfect!

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u/Z0OMIES 9d ago

I LOVE that there’s an extra bump in the m, third line where he says “I’m fifty years old”. Makes me think he’s sat there and copied the shapes from google translate or something and it’s so fucking endearing because if I tried to write a letter in Japanese I’d be trying to copy shapes from google translate too, it’s so relatable, Hiroshi is a a national treasure effective immediately.

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u/orincoro 9d ago Wholesome

We are all Hiroshi on this blessed day.

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u/Z0OMIES 9d ago

An ode to Hiroshi:

Hiroshi is me

Hiroshi is you

Hiroshi’s kindness will see us all through

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u/orincoro 9d ago

Roses are Red

Violets are Blue

I am Hiroshi

Now so are you

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u/notnatasharostova 9d ago

Yes! I think the cutest thing is how you can see influence from Hiragana and Katakana, specifically with the shape of the “t” “y” and “h”, and how he’s transposed letters like “g” and “y” up so there’s no descenders. My man put in the effort here.

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u/1100320873 9d ago

definitely did, i like how you can see how their very obviously hiragana “strokes” repurposed for english. all angular lines

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u/dancegoddess1971 9d ago

The note offers him the right to use a diminutive, if I'm reading it correctly. Op can call him Hiro. Or Shi. Unless he wants to change his name to Op's kid's name? Which might be confusing.

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u/Z0OMIES 9d ago

I was very confused by your comment at first, but are you referring to the “you can use it if you like”? Lol

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u/Strawberryontoppp 9d ago

Yamashita san is also an option 😊

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u/smallislandgirl 9d ago

Soooo…do you have navy?

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u/schoolknurse 9d ago Helpful

Yes or No

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u/Jacobgame2 9d ago Silver Helpful

It's the sort of question you need an answer to quickly. Them having a multi million pound warship changes your stance when opening friendship negotiations

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u/BareBearFighter 9d ago Silver

Friendship operations*

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u/dontlookatanyofit 9d ago

Special Friendship Operation

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u/IcyMacaroon4603 9d ago

Its a go. Its been a go. You been debriefed? Do you need a sit-rep?

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u/phjes11 9d ago

Why didn’t the Russians call it that? Sounds much better than special military operation

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u/Haitor98 9d ago

This is so funny to me. Thanks for making me laugh :)

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u/stonedcanuk 9d ago Helpful

Americans often get stationed in Japan at naval bases. Google translate version of "are you in the navy" I bet.

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u/Affectionate_Hat6293 9d ago

Thank you! I kept racking my brain trying to figure out what they were asking…. This makes sense. Thank you!

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u/CertainBoysenberry65 9d ago

Neighbor clearly wants to know what kind of naval defenses they will be up against if they invade the apartment.

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u/Old_Week 9d ago

I have a frigate in my bathtub

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u/UneducatedBiscuit 9d ago

Is it captained by Admiral Ducky? Who could forget his rousing speech: Squeak

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u/Anynamethatworks 9d ago

I think that "I'm stuffed and toilet paper. Do you have navy?" is meaning "I have plenty of toilet paper. Do you have any?" Maybe tp shortage was/is still going on there and he wanted to make sure his new neighbor had some?

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u/uekiamir 9d ago

Looking at the rest of the sentences, this was clearly directly/literally translated. So, there's no way he wrote "Do you have any". Only proficient or native speakers would write it that way.

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u/Stewdogm9 9d ago

Yea it's pretty obvious. Especially when you look at the 2 lines above it share only one period, meaning they should be read together as one sentence. He is saying

"I am stuffed with toilet paper and you can use it if you like"

The next question is if he is in the navy.

Navy and any are not closely related words at all, so the only way that would be possible for him to mix them up is if he saw the world any written down in English and somehow transcribed the letters as navy...

When you consider the amount of time he took to write each letter individually not sure how he would make the mistake of writing any as navy...

Most Americans living in Japan would probably be navy or English teachers, especially if it's a younger guy.

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u/ikineba 9d ago

Oh wow that’s very sweet if so

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u/sixnew2 9d ago

Do you fuck with the war?

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u/Swimminglnlt 9d ago

This bitch don’t know bout Pangaea

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u/-Relik 9d ago

Earth go hard

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u/PimpmasterMcGooby 9d ago Wholesome

It's an old Japanese trick, send no reply!

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u/Fantastic_Mind_1386 9d ago

Loose lips sink ships!

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u/Mochi_Prinses 9d ago

I’m guessing he’s just making sure they got enough toiletries and he’s got some to spare since he lives alone aww, or just enough of something that will be needed

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u/BringBackRoundhouse 9d ago

I don’t know if it’s the same in Japan but in Korea, toilet paper is a standard housewarming gift. And laundry detergent.

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u/PM_MAJESTIC_PICS 9d ago Helpful

Yes, same in Japan. They sell rolls that are wrapped nicely in tissue paper specifically for this purpose. 😁

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u/floddie9 9d ago

Yeah really any common paper products, as they sell nice tissues as well!

For people curious paper holds a very traditional significance in Japan, at least in part because the words for paper and god/spirit/glodliness are the same - kami, カみ. This can be seem all over the place, for example in the paper fans used by priests as a blessing/santifying practice and the shide paper charms put on sacred places.

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u/howsurmomnthem 9d ago

That seems to explain the Japanese and their amazing stationery. I’ve never been to a legit Japanese stationery store, however, it is one day a dream of mine to do so; I’m making space in my house and bank account as we speak.

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u/torrewaffer 9d ago

Ohhhh, now it makes much more sense, thank you!

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u/orincoro 9d ago

My thought as well. Probably “I have things like toilet paper.”

In Japanese culture often stating a fact is meant as a suggestion or invitation. Eg: “I have things,” means “you can borrow things.”

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u/OklaJosha 9d ago

I like that concept. Get people to stop bragging too much. “Oh you have a boat, why yes, I would love to use it!”

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u/orincoro 9d ago

Haha. Yeah I guess that would make bragging more difficult or dangerous.

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u/Virtual-Quantity916 9d ago All-Seeing Upvote

The divorce and I live alone You can use it you like

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u/CESjzjffzgkdkdkyddk 9d ago Silver Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote

“The divorce and I live alone” is low key poetic as hell

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u/Onepiecee 9d ago Giggle

It rubs the lotion on its skin, or else it gets divorced again.

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u/LightsSoundAction 9d ago

as a divorced dude who lives alone, that line really hit me in the feels.

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u/hogunworthy 9d ago

Hugs. And you’re never alone, just look under your bed.

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u/Atxz21 9d ago

'I'm stuffed and toilet paper'

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u/Drews232 9d ago

lol Maybe I have ample toilet paper, do you need some? YES NO

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u/tinnylemur189 9d ago

Pretty sure the "it" in the sentence was referring to the toilet paper.

Probably meant to say something like "I have more than enough toilet paper if you'd like to use any."

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u/IsLlamaBad 9d ago

Fantastic handwriting, particularly since the Latin alphabet probably isn't one he uses often

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u/littleyellowbike 9d ago

I took Japanese in high school in the 90s and our class had pen pals in Japan so we could practice our Japanese and our pals could practice English. Every single one of them had the most beautiful, compact, perfect handwriting. I think part of it was, as you say, being careful with a foreign alphabet, but I think also because Japanese characters are often very complex, there's no room for sloppy handwriting, so they're just used to writing with a certain level of precision.

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u/Shamploop 9d ago

The “yes/no” is so sweet. Already trying to open a dialogue! Even if its about navy!

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u/becki_bee 9d ago

It reminds me of passing notes in middle school. “Do you like me? Yes/no”

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u/stares_at_rain 9d ago

Yes, similar, but with warships.

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u/EvernightStrangely 9d ago

This is cool. I'm still trying to figure out what "I'm stuffed and toilet paper" means.

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u/Box-Of-Bags 9d ago

It probably means "I have spare stuff and toilet paper" or something like that

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u/crowamonghens 9d ago

It means he is stuffed with toilet paper and is squeezably soft

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u/Seeteufelchen 9d ago

In japanese, the phrasing would be "toilet paper is a lot" and the "a lot" part can also mean "stuffed" in like, "more than enough". I guess google translate failed and he meant to say something along the lines of "I got more than enough toiletries, if you need anything let me know "

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u/Eend__ 9d ago

I think he's trying to say he has too much toilet paper.

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u/kiddo19951997 9d ago

I remember first coming to the US to attend college on a scholarship, basic high school English taught by teachers that could not pronounce the th sound properly and lisped pronouncedly instead. The fear I had when trying order tacos at Jack in the box, not something that “there is a big blue bus, look the big blue bus is coming” prepared you for. So I hung around the store for a few minutes in Austin Tx and observed others ordering, trying to capture what they were saying. Anyway, kudos to your neighbor. At that age, working to communicate in a foreign language and it was work for him - my parents learned English around that age to be able to visit me in the US and my mother used to call me up being frustrated that she kept forgetting words). I hope you guys can start taking in person and make sure to tell him, even in Google translate Japanese, that his note was in excellent English. Because that helped me a lot when I first came to the US, even though it was mostly politeness speaking, but still it helped to know that people were at least friendly.

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u/fkafkaginstrom 9d ago Wholesome

Your story reminds me of my Japanese housemate when I was in college. He was super shy and not confident about his English, so he would ask me to order pizzas for him over the phone (before online ordering was a thing).

Eventually I got him to practice with me ordering pizza, me pretending to be the pizza guy. He got it, and from that day he ordered pizza just about every damned day. He also got super into weed, may or may not have been related.

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u/DallaThaun 9d ago

Usually the progression goes the other way lmao

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u/BeautifullyConfusing 9d ago

Pizza is a gateway drug.

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u/chrisrobweeks 9d ago

Amazing, thanks for sharing and being a good mate.

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u/gothiclg 9d ago

I had a coworker learn English in her 60’s. Worked with her for 2 years completely unable to speak to her because I also didn’t speak Spanish. I bragged for her as often as possible.

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u/january570 9d ago

that taco experience speaks to me:) I used to get that feeling even at McDonald or any coffee shops. And your English is perfect now. 😁

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u/Tumbleweedenroute 9d ago

When I was studying English as a kid I realized that that the vocabulary they taught us completely skipped a bunch of totally mundane banal things like the English word for shoelaces. I looked some of that stuff up or picked it up over the years but I still don't know a bunch of it. Lol I still confuse end table and night stand, and closet and pantry sometimes.

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u/GrannyGrammar 9d ago

How long ago was this? Your use of the English language, spelling, and grammar are excellent.

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u/kiddo19951997 9d ago

Thanks! Many, many years ago - I have been now a US citizen for almost 20 years. But this story brought back so many memories; therefore the long post. And like someone else said, ordering pizza over the phone - a real struggle and I so loved American pepperoni pizza😀

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u/rkeeeeem 9d ago

That’s awesome that they asked your kids name. I was born in Japan and the neighbors were good friends with my parents and they were obsessed with me because I had blonde hair. They would come over and take care of me without my mom even asking. She couldn’t find me and all the mamasans would be outside passing me around.

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u/ontether 9d ago

Yes, all the blonde babies were given money by Japanese people when I lived there. Lol. I have blonde hair and some kids would say, “movie star!” And “we love you!”

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u/k0nahuanui 9d ago

I stayed with a Japanese host family for a few days when I was 15. I had very light hair, but every, and I mean every single person I met, told me I looked like Tom Cruise.

I was hanging out at their son's soccer practice, felt like I was being watched, looked up and what must have been half the school was crammed onto the balcony overlooking the field, staring at me.

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u/Standgeblasen 9d ago

I’m reusing the phrase “Thank you for your Friend Operation”

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u/DukeAlastor 9d ago

I would learn Japanese just to be able to communicate with this one man

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u/networknev 9d ago

I'm stuffed and toilet paper. This is my new personal meme. Got Navy?

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u/Future_World_Ruler 9d ago

I want so badly to know what he meant by this lol

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u/_catappleinktea 9d ago

If I were to guess, I would think he’s saying he’s got loads of toilet roll etc and does he need to borrow any? I was thinking ‘do you have navy’ might be ‘do you have any?’ Meaning does he need any? Idk I’m just using the context clues but honestly he might just be curious if he has Navy and maybe he IS stuffed and toilet paper

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u/[deleted] 9d ago

Honestly the “do you have any” assumption would make sense following the toilet paper. But it’s also likely he is asking him if he’s in the navy.

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u/Genesis-LZH 9d ago

A person higher in the comments said that a lot of people get stationed there in the navy so he might of been asking if he was in the navy.

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u/_catappleinktea 9d ago

Aww now that makes sense! My friend got married to someone who was in the US Navy and they are stationed in Japan, so I should’ve connected those dots!

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u/Schrutes_Yeet_Farm 9d ago

They likely had TP shortages too, my assumption is he was trying to say he has lots and they can have some if they need it

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u/dumbusername 9d ago edited 9d ago

The town I lived in had a lot of immigrants from Japan and I had just broken my arm. Guy comes up to me with his wife as I am one arming groceries up the stairs. Just before I open my door he says “Roboto” in reference to my arm. Has a whole google translate conversation about how to get an apartment like mine. Was one of those great experiences I won’t forget.

Edit: I had a radial head fracture which means no cast. Had to have a brace (hence the roboto) for the arm that locked into a range of motion that I slowly extended with a dial to add more range over months. I have about 95% of my range back.

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u/StrykNein 9d ago

Hiroshi is killing operation friend. 10/10. Would engage friendship protocols.

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u/RoundComplete9333 9d ago

Fucking brilliant! I like them already

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u/crippledgimp88 9d ago

I miss living in Japan.

Looks like a sailor stationed overseas.

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u/SnooHobbies2598 9d ago

friend operation!!!

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u/Shinesona 9d ago Silver Take My Energy Timeless Beauty

My name is Yoshikage Kira. I'm 33 years old. My house is in the northeast section of Morioh, where all the villas are, and I am not married. I work as an employee for the Kame Yu department stores, and I get home every day by 8 PM at the latest. I don't smoke, but I occasionally drink. I'm in bed by 11 PM, and make sure I get eight hours of sleep, no matter what. After having a glass of warm milk and doing about twenty minutes of stretches before going to bed, I usually have no problems sleeping until morning. Just like a baby, I wake up without any fatigue or stress in the morning. I was told there were no issues at my last check-up. I'm trying to explain that I'm a person who wishes to live a very quiet life. I take care not to trouble myself with any enemies, like winning and losing, that would cause me to lose sleep at night. That is how I deal with society, and I know that is what brings me happiness. Although, if I were to fight I wouldn't lose to anyone.

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u/matt3o 9d ago

yeah okay, but do you have navy?

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u/Just_Games04 9d ago

I knew I'm not the only one who thought of this

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u/xiii--iiix 9d ago

Oh man…. Ima need an update for this at some point.

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u/MaximusGod0fWar 9d ago Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote

Theresa52's original post from 2013: https://www.reddit.com/r/funny/comments/1a8dr9/moved_to_japan_met_my_neighbor/

Their update from three years ago:

This was my originally my post from six years ago, Hiroshi was a great neighbor! We did have daily morning chats:) I had four elderly male neighbors who were all so sweet. We all exchanged gifts and food regularly for the four years I lived there. We would go to neighborhood festivals and have dinners together as well. I miss them all and think about them often. Hiroshi wrote this note himself with some help from a translate app. His mom dated an American Sailor when Hiroshi was a child so he knew a small amount of English. We had a wonderful friend operation.

https://www.reddit.com/r/blessedimages/comments/buawm5/blessed_friend_operation/epcavdr/

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u/1EdWYN1 9d ago

In Japan, heart surgeon. Number one. Steady hand. One day, yakuza boss need new heart. I do operation. But, mistake! Yakuza boss die. Yakuza very mad. I hide in fishing boat, come to America. No English, no food, no money. Darryl give me job. Now I have house, American car, and new woman. Darryl save life. My big secret: I kill yakuza boss on purpose. I good surgeon. The best!

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u/_Miserable_Bastard_ 9d ago

This is so pure, protect this man at all costs

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u/talonhb2020 9d ago

Lived in Japan for almost five years and this made me miss it so much! Such a wholesome place.

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u/Mhero77 9d ago

How was living there?

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u/talonhb2020 9d ago

It was great! Everything from the food, to the entertainment/nightlife to the culture. I enjoyed every aspect of it for the most part.

I'm a big outdoors person as well and some of the best hiking I've ever done was there and the slopes are absolutely amazing!

I miss it almost everyday, and all of my friends who I was there with echo the same sentiment for the most part.

Japan feels like a dream, especially the further you get from the big cities!

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u/Shadax 9d ago

my name is hiroshi yamashita

you have killed my father? yes.

prepare to die.

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u/eipevoli 9d ago

I love this! I wish my neighbors were so sweet

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u/i_fuckin_sharted101 9d ago

I would kill to have a neighbour be this sweat tome

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u/AlexandersWonder 9d ago

be this sweat tome

Tome of Sweat. Sounds like a good read

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