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11-04-10, 8:04 PM

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Whenever someone gets a cold in an anime or a manga, they always wear one of those face masks and take off from school. In the US, it's like, "Doesn't matter go to school anyway." Is the common cold more serious in Japan, or does it have something to do with not spreading it as much?
 
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11-04-10, 8:12 PM

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Colds = death in Japan.
 
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11-04-10, 8:37 PM

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Psychotik said:
Colds = death in Japan.
Aha, that explains Clannad AS. I guess it wasn't space aids after all.

But yea, I've seen this a couple of times too. Seems a bit exaggerated.

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11-04-10, 8:53 PM

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Pretty much the same thing since it sounds like you're referring to anime/manga super serious colds.

 
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11-04-10, 8:56 PM

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Baman said:
Psychotik said:
Colds = death in Japan.
Aha, that explains Clannad AS. I guess it wasn't space aids after all.

But yea, I've seen this a couple of times too. Seems a bit exaggerated.


It's too bad it didn't spread, I would love to see everyone in Clannad crying more
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11-04-10, 9:05 PM

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It's so funny the way people think random stuff like this is so uniquely Japanese just because they see it a lot in anime.

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11-04-10, 9:18 PM

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11-04-10, 9:59 PM

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This question has been asked before.

I guess colds are taken seriously in Japan.
 
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11-05-10, 12:28 AM

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It's because they've got some bad, bad zombie-AIDS over there.

 
11-05-10, 1:08 AM

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There's a special JAPANESE ONLY strand of the cold virus.
風邪【かぜ】(kaze)

"Kaze" is the Japanese word for the "common cold"; and it's completely different from the American common cold. Just like how "anime" is the Japanese word for "cartoon", but it's completely different from the American cartoon.

Also, you can only find "kaze" in Japan.
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11-05-10, 10:41 AM

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well, they do it as common courtesy over there, to prevent infecting others... also from what I can tell they are too pampered and general pansies about illness and injury. I honestly think it is embarrassing, my japanese room mate is always freaking out about the smallest things, but most of it seems not that big a deal.

for me, who have had numerous severe injuries and almost never went to the doctor for them... cracked ribs, dislocated limbs, stab wounds, ect, I always am in awe when, if I have a slight sniffle and he suggests I go to the doctor to get it examined. I better have pneumonia, bronchitis, and influenza at once if I am actually going to the doctor.... >_>
 
11-17-10, 6:47 PM

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Yeah I've always wondered why at least anime makes it seem like if you just go outside at night in Japan, you get a cold too.
But I assume they wear the masks because they have so many people cramped into a small area that contagiousness is a much bigger issue. Because if you're sick in the train there, you're bound to get someone else sick because of the crowds
 
11-17-10, 9:29 PM

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mahollo said:
But I assume they wear the masks because they have so many people cramped into a small area that contagiousness is a much bigger issue. Because if you're sick in the train there, you're bound to get someone else sick because of the crowds


This is probably the answer because I've seen the same done in Hong Kong, and most of the time it's just not to get any others sick due to the tight and cramped streets XD
 
11-18-10, 9:24 AM

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I think it's just kind of a staple part in anime. You know, like how they always show the character with a red face when they are sick also. Who knows though, it may just be something they take very seriously in Japan.
 
11-18-10, 10:51 AM

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Awesome topic :D

But yea,I guess in Japan they take colds more seriously.
Or perhaps it an anime-only thing?
 
11-18-10, 2:04 PM

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The Japanese are generally more health conscious than the average society. I once saw a toilet in Japan that tested your urine for diabetes of all things.
 
11-18-10, 3:50 PM

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Uh, in response to the idea that Japanese people take time off for being sick... I'm pretty sure in Japan you're required to go to work/school no matter what. The only exceptions are when you have a limb cut off or are on the verge of death. How'd you think they got so successful even though they had two nukes fall on them? The reason we're even fascinated by them wearing masks is because they wear them everywhere! Work, home, school, public transport, etc.

When I got a cold in Japan I was given this really old fashioned medication which basically consisted of white powder in a small triangle paper packet. So weird. No it wasn't cocaine, I'm sure. I can't remember if it was any good, but I do remember going to a mall and buying proper western-looking meds later, lol.
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11-18-10, 4:04 PM

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Beatnik said:
Uh, in response to the idea that Japanese people take time off for being sick... I'm pretty sure in Japan you're required to go to work/school no matter what. The only exceptions are when you have a limb cut off or are on the verge of death. How'd you think they got so successful even though they had two nukes fall on them? The reason we're even fascinated by them wearing masks is because they wear them everywhere! Work, home, school, public transport, etc.

When I got a cold in Japan I was given this really old fashioned medication which basically consisted of white powder in a small triangle paper packet. So weird. No it wasn't cocaine, I'm sure. I can't remember if it was any good, but I do remember going to a mall and buying proper western-looking meds later, lol.



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11-18-10, 4:15 PM

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KyuuAL said:
There's a special JAPANESE ONLY strand of the cold virus.
風邪【かぜ】(kaze)

"Kaze" is the Japanese word for the "common cold"; and it's completely different from the American common cold. Just like how "anime" is the Japanese word for "cartoon", but it's completely different from the American cartoon.

Also, you can only find "kaze" in Japan.
Ah, kaze means "wind".
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11-18-10, 5:35 PM

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Tracer_Senpai said:
KyuuAL said:
There's a special JAPANESE ONLY strand of the cold virus.
風邪【かぜ】(kaze)

"Kaze" is the Japanese word for the "common cold"; and it's completely different from the American common cold. Just like how "anime" is the Japanese word for "cartoon", but it's completely different from the American cartoon.

Also, you can only find "kaze" in Japan.
Ah, kaze means "wind".


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