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The Vapors: Turning Japanese Meaning

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I've got your picture of me and you
You wrote "I love you" I wrote "me too"
I sit there staring and there's nothing else to do
Oh it's in color Your hair is brown
Your eyes are hazel And soft as clouds
I often kiss you when there's no one...


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    Apr 9th, 4:39pm report

    Does anyone esle recognize the racist aspects of this?


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    Feb 18th, 2017 2:39pm report

    I wouldn't say that this is a porno song, but it's VERY weird & sexual, but still it's an AWESOME song! I think it's about a porn-addict who ends up getting a girlfriend. He ends up getting arrested for pornagraphy and realizes how hellish and boring prison is without porn or his girlfriend! He also realizes that the only thing he can do in jail is masturbate to a picture of him & his girlfriend and wishes that she could be there with him to occupy him!


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    Sep 22nd, 2014 9:11pm report

    They just smoked a fatty. When you do, it makes your eyes look Japanese.

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    Oct 17th, 2011 10:39am report

    The Vapors say it is a love song about someone who lost their girlfriend and was going slowly crazy. Lead singer Dave Fenton said: "Turning Japanese is all the clichés about angst and youth and turning into something you didn't expect to." It was inspired by Fenton's relationship problems.


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    Apr 21st, 2011 4:44pm report

    I heard the song was about porno in japan in the eighties. Before then, it was a lot of soft-core stuff but it got really hardcore and freaky in the '80s. So much so that many Japanese men would masturbate to porn rather than have sex because the porn was more kinky than the sex. So "turning Japanese" meant you'd rather masturbate than have sex. But the song's all about porno and jerking off. I don't think Japanese has anything to do with facial expressions or anything.


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    Apr 1st, 2010 4:32pm report

    The band was asked about the meaning of the song and they said it was about a man who just lost his girlfriend and is slowly going crazy.


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    Aug 23rd, 2009 8:41pm report

    This person is really turning japanese. I'm a foreigner living in Japan, I understand everything about kissing with no one around, because kissing in public is ver unpolite and not seen often, although I do it often.
    No sex, no drugs, no wine, no women, no fun, no sin, no you... no wonder...
    It is really dark, people is not offering a sincere smile and sex is something for men to enjoy only, not for women, oftenly, over 40s men go to have sex outside of home, because the wife is tired and of course, it is an excuse if sex is no enjoyable. And of course, no drugs, Japan, has 0 tolerance to drugs, no for consumption, not for selling, not for even carrying.
    It's a sad and dark country. Don't become a japanese. I live in Japan, with a japanese, but he is not into japanese culture, he is a latin by heart.


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    Jun 12th, 2009 6:48pm report

    The dude is stuck in jail, or some other penitentiary (i want a million of you all around my cell, everyone around me is a total stranger, no sex no drugs no wine no women, no fun no sin no you no wonder it's dark). The only thing that he has with him is the picture of this girl, so he masturbates to her. turning japanese, meaning you squeeze your eyes and tighten your face. anyways, fun song to play and sing when there is nobody that has a clue what the song is about.


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    Dec 10th, 2007 12:01pm report

    I don't think it's about masturbation, though that would be funny.

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    Jul 17th, 2007 7:11pm report

    This is indeed a song about masturbation, and yeah the face you make while doing it...it makes you look Japanese. When I first heard this song, I didn't get it.
    The next time I heard it, I realized what it was about, and I nearly ran my car into a tree.


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    Apr 23rd, 2007 4:13pm report

    This song is about the face you pull when you masturbate. The reference to having her picture only furthers the point of the character in the song indulging in self love. I bet you just pulled a Japanese face. Unless of course your Japanese, then you can't help it.

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