Thursday, 6 January 2011


Photo by Greg Beck
Gaijin (外人) basically means "foreigner" or "alien", although it's not nearly as negative as its Western equivalents. It's a contraction of gaikokujin which means literally "foreign-place person", but it's by no means a derogatory colloquialism or slang term. It's actually a term that's worn quite proudly by foreigners in Japan, with a number of T-shirts, badges and blogs adopting it. 


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