Sunday, March 29, 2009
Are you coming or going?
I've previously touched a bit upon some aspects of Japan and sex here in the blog and thought I should follow up with some concrete advice.
One thing that I always found a bit difference and a concrete difference between English and Japanese is that while you in English "come" to an orgasm, in Japanese it's expressed as "going". So basically the orgasm is not anything you arrive to here in Japan, it's something you depart for. As far as I know, Swedish and German share the same "arrival" vocabulary as English, but I have no idea in other languages...
I will leave it to my betters to sort out what significance in terms of cultural views on sex that the Japanese choice of vocabulary reveals, but just in case, if you end up in an intimate situation with a Japanese person and he/she is "going" somewhere just when things are heating up, don't worry, it's probably just a cultural misunderstanding.