Cultural Differences

The woman who works in the office at work is Japanese (as in actually born and raised in Japan). I’ve posted a couple of stories, years ago, about a few times when she had a little trouble with our language or ways of doing things, such as this example. After things are explained to her, she usually questions why things are done, or said, that way.

I rarely have the answer.

Yesterday, however, the tables were turned and I was the one left wondering why she said something that she did.

I have been congested and coughing for almost a week now. Well, yesterday I was in the tech room and I felt a sneeze coming. There were no tissues in the tech room, so I tried to hold it in. I was only partially successful. A little bit of snot came out. I looked around, found a paper towel, and wiped my nose.

It was bleeding.

I held the paper towel in place and walked to the office to get a tissue because the paper towel was rough and hurting my nose. She asked what happened. I told her. Then she said, “It’s probably from all that porn you watch.”

Ummm…. what?

First of all, I don’t watch porn. Not anymore, anyway. Although, even when I was younger I only watched a couple. It’s not that I have anything against porn, it’s just that I don’t care about any sex that doesn’t involve me.

Second, even if I did watch porn, I sure wouldn’t do it at work. Having my coworkers around would be a pretty big mood killer.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, why would watching porn give me a nose bleed? How would watching porn give me a nose bleed? What connected the two things? Did I even want to know the answer to these questions?

Probably not.

So, I just let it drop and walked away. When I got back to the tech room, one of the techs, who saw me walk out holding the paper towel to my nose, asked me what happened. I told him. Then I mentioned the comment made by the woman in the office.

“Yeah, that’s a thing in Japan apparently,” he told me. “In just about every anime that I’ve watched, any time a man sees a woman naked, their nose starts gushing blood.”

Again… why? I would think that if watching porn was going to make a man start gushing fluids, it wouldn’t be blood and it wouldn’t be coming from his nose. Unless, of course, the bloody nose is supposed to be a metaphor for that.

I suppose the easiest way to get the answers to these questions is to ask the woman in the office about it. I won’t be doing that, however. I realize that she’s the one who brought it up, but, depending on the answer, it might make for an uncomfortable conversation for me to be having with someone who is technically my boss.

I think I’ll leave well enough alone for now and hope someone reading this will tell me in the comments.

16 comments on “Cultural Differences

  1. 1jaded1 says:

    My jaw dropped as I read this. I can’t give you guidance. I hope you are okay and that the blood was from lack of humidity.

  2. djmatticus says:

    Definitely the porn. Seriously dude, you need to cut back.

    • But… but… cutting back from zero would mean going negative. I’m not sure the world can handle negative porn.

      • djmatticus says:

        Only one way to find out

      • It’s not often I jump into a thread but I drifted into this post while linking to your other ones. My mind is trying to fathom the concept of negative porn. Would that be where someone is aroused by the amount of sex or lovemaking a couple is not having? Like watching a couple drink coffee together or argue with each other for example. Just watching videos of people doing ordinary, everyday mundane things or tasks. Somehow this concept seems hilarious and ripe for parody.

        • “What are you doing, baby?”
          “The dishes.”
          “That’s so hot!”

          • There are probably people who genuinely do get turned on by that. Because people are strange creatures after all.

            As for this lady’s comment, I think you’re doing the right thing by staying well away from finding out about it, because while some cultural differences are straight forward, some I reckon we’re better off not sharing the reasons behind them, whatever the culture we’re from!

          • People are definitely strange creatures.

            From what someone offline explained to me, the nose bleeds are supposed to represent the increased blood flow that occurs during arousal. I’ve decided to take their word for it.

          • “Yeah baby, those dishes are so warm, wet and dirty, let me get in there get deep inside those crevices!” Now I have a dirty dish fetish. Oh no, I think I turned my interpretation of anti-porn into simply porn without the sex, which is something James Gunn used to make (PG Porn), which was hilarious.

          • I was not aware that PG Porn was a thing. The world just became that much stranger to me.

  3. kyleoyier says:

    Great post

  4. Matt Roberts says:

    That’s hysterical lol. Stop watching porn!

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