你见过的最吓人的日本人是谁? Steve Kerwin 这样说...

2020-10-14 18:01

Who was the most intimidating Japanese person you've ever seen? X9T世界播

你见过的最吓人的日本人是谁?X9T世界播


Answered by: Steve Kerwin,lived in Japan (1992-1997) X9T世界播

回答者:史蒂夫·科温(Steve Kerwin),居住在日本(1992-1997)X9T世界播


The Yakuza. X9T世界播

黑帮。X9T世界播


Being a foreigner in Kyoto Japan in the 1990s meant living in what the Japanese would consider “dodgy areas.” I remember walking home from the train station past the headquarters the local yakuza, a local police car parked outside to deter gang attacks. X9T世界播

20世纪90年代在日本京都当外国人意味着生活在日本人认为的“危险地区”。我记得从火车站步行回家,经过当地的黑帮总部,当地的一辆警车停在外面,以阻止帮派袭击。X9T世界播


Since my apartment didn’t have a bath, I had to go to the local sento, where I was greeted by the elderly proprietress with a hearty “konbanwa” upon my arrival. After getting undressed I would enter the bathing area with men, some having the most elaborate tattoos. These irezumi were works of art, and it was difficult not to stare because they were so stunning and beautiful. X9T世界播

因为我的公寓没有浴室,我不得不去当地的Sento,在那里,年迈的老板娘在我到达时用热情的“konbanwa”迎接我。脱下衣服后,我会和一些男人一起进入浴区,其中一些人有最精致的纹身。这些Irezumi是艺术品,很难不盯着看,因为它们是如此令人惊叹和美丽。X9T世界播


If they were in a bath, I waited until they left before I entered it. Ditto the sauna. I knew my place and kept my head down, being careful to keep to myself and to avoid any interaction with the tattooed men. X9T世界播

如果他们在洗澡,我会等到他们离开后才进去。桑拿也一样。我知道自己的位置,低着头,小心翼翼地不与自己接触,避免与纹身的人有任何接触。X9T世界播


Everybody knew who they were. They knew who they were, and they knew I knew. I stayed away from them, and consequently I never had any trouble with them during my 5 years there. X9T世界播

每个人都知道他们是谁。他们知道他们是谁,他们也知道我知道。我远离他们,因此在我在那里的5年里,我从来没有和他们有过任何麻烦。X9T世界播


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Meant to be Intimidating (source) X9T世界播

意在吓人(来源)。X9T世界播


Oct 12, 2020 Update: X9T世界播

2020年10月12日更新:X9T世界播


This answer is attracting a good number of comments that I would like to collectively address. X9T世界播

这个答案吸引了大量的评论,我想集体谈谈这些评论。X9T世界播


As a rule when I travel I try to avoid trouble because as a traveler it’s all-too-easy to accidentally stumble into it. So I don’t walk alone along the Tiber river in Rome at night, and I avoid getting too close to the surf in Iceland. X9T世界播

旅行时,我通常尽量避免麻烦,因为作为一个旅行者,很容易不小心碰上麻烦。因此,我不会在晚上独自沿着罗马的台伯河散步,我也避免太靠近冰岛的海浪。X9T世界播


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Idiot Tourists Ignore Warning Signs and Get Surprised at Reynisfjara, Iceland (source) X9T世界播

愚蠢的游客无视警告标志,在冰岛雷尼斯菲亚拉大吃一惊(来源)。X9T世界播


The question asked about intimidating Japanese. As a big white guy living in Japan, two things consistently intimidated me: X9T世界播

这个问题问的是威胁性的日本人。作为一个生活在日本的大块头白人,有两件事一直让我感到害怕:X9T世界播


The language. It kicked my butt (and still does). X9T世界播

语言。它踢了我的屁股(现在仍然是)。X9T世界播


The culture. It’s unique, different, prone to misinterpretation and opaque to most outsiders. X9T世界播

文化。它是独一无二的,不同的,容易被误解,对大多数局外人来说是不透明的。X9T世界播


I could easily have written about the justice system (see Krysta Storer’s excellent post on that) or the local cop at the koban - but I played by Japanese rules, didn’t do illegal drugs and didn’t do stupid stuff while drunk. X9T世界播

我本可以很容易地写到司法系统(参见克里斯塔·斯托勒(Krysta Storer)关于这一点的精彩帖子)或科班的当地警察-但我遵循日本规则,没有非法吸毒,也没有在醉酒时做蠢事。X9T世界播


I think there’s a naive assumption that the Japanese can’t be intimidating, especially to those coming from countries that have more problems with violence and corruption. And like most assumptions it is completely baseless. X9T世界播

我认为有一种天真的假设,认为日本人不会令人望而生畏,特别是对那些来自暴力和腐败问题更多的国家的人来说。就像大多数假设一样,这是完全没有根据的。X9T世界播


I’m pleased to see people having good experiences with Yakuza members. They’ve got some great stories that I’ll never have. I’m sure the same thing is possible with the Italian mafia in New York City. But I wouldn’t walk into a mob hangout, sit at a table and start quoting “Goodfellas” and expect a good result. X9T世界播

我很高兴看到人们和黑帮成员有很好的体验。他们有一些我永远不会有的好故事。我相信纽约市的意大利黑手党也有同样的可能。但我不会走进一个暴徒聚集地,坐在桌子旁,开始引用“好家伙”的话,然后期待一个好结果。X9T世界播


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Excuse me? X9T世界播

对不起,你说什么?X9T世界播


Yes, Yakuza members are human. So are serial killers. And while tigers can look adorable and like you could just walk up and pet one, doing so is a good way to lose your arm. Best thing to do is watch them from a distance. X9T世界播

是的,黑帮成员都是人类。连环杀手也是。虽然老虎看起来很可爱,就像你可以走上前去抚摸一只老虎,但这样做是失去手臂的好方法。最好的办法就是远远地看着他们。X9T世界播

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