Have you been following #gaijinconfessionfriday? This newly trending hashtag is the place to go to make yourself feel better anytime you make an embarrassing gaijin gaffe in Japan.
Started by Twitter user @lefteyedgirl, the hashtag exploded in popularity at the end of April and is still going strong as of last Friday — with even some Japanese users getting in on the action and confessing their own tricky encounters with a foreign culture.
Many are hilarious, others are enlightening and some are just downright #awk. One thing’s for sure, we can all relate to the tweets about the challenges of being a foreigner no matter where we’re from.
Here are some of the best that the Twittersphere has blessed us with so far.
Saying soudesune when you don’t understand anything they said to you#gaijinconfessionfriday
— Ridzwan Normahazan (@RidzwanMahazan) April 21, 2017
2. Lifehack goals
— Sophie Knight (@Kishakishi) April 21, 2017
3. It’s only polite
During my first week in Japan, each time a store clerk said “irasshaimase” I replied with another “irasshaimase”#gaijinconfessionfriday
— Pちゃん (@pptvsqz) April 21, 2017
4. But how do you talk to people?
I hate using LINE. #gaijinconfessionfriday
— jsoh (@waterhoarder) April 28, 2017
5. Gah! Us too!
— Lisa Twaronite (@Lisa_Twaronite) April 28, 2017
6. That must have been disappointing for them
I (unknowingly) gave my goodbye letter to my Japanese friends in those envelopes meant for money. #gaijinconfessionfriday
— アッネケ😼✌ (@Komoko_Chan) April 28, 2017
7. Give yourself a pat on the back
I say ‘Otsukaresamadesu’ to myself after a job well done 🙈 #gaijinconfessionfriday
— Michael Bain (@Mello_) April 28, 2017
8. Self-awareness is important
#gaijinconfessionfriday When students call you イケメン and you know it’s because they haven’t seen enough attractive people to know better.
— 15「イチゴ」 (@15_bit) April 27, 2017
9. Yes, can someone please explain
Over ten years later, still trying to understand why so many elderly Japanese ladies dye their hair purple or blue. #gaijinconfessionfriday
— Ryan Weatherston (@tenkiishi) April 28, 2017
I thought Atsugiri Jason’s “Why Japanese people!?” act was quite funny. #gaijinconfessionfriday
— Braden Byrne (@bb_eki) April 28, 2017
How long the confessions will keep coming is anyone’s guess. But for now, we’re looking forward to seeing them continue on our Twitter feed and adding some more of our own!