The Vapors: Turning Japanese Meaning
Turning Japanese Lyrics
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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2TOP RATED#2 top rated interpretation:anonymous Apr 23rd 2007 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.
3TOP RATED#3 top rated interpretation:anonymous Oct 17th 2011 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.
anonymous Feb 18th 2020 report
This song is about losing your passport in Hiroshima and not being allowed out the country and growing tired of drinking Saki and attributing your tiredness to radiation from 1945s atomic bombing (hench I wanna doctor to take a picture so I can look at you from inside as well) and by the time a new travel document arrives from your embassy you're turning Japanese ya see?
The songs lyrics represent a man who is in anguish over his breakup with his lover. She is obviously beautiful to him and he longs for her love but he was rejected by her. The phrase “ I think I am turning Japanese” is a reference to the Japanese and their love for the camera. Especially in the late 70s and early 80s the Japanese at times had several cameras around their necks and Japanese media, tourists etc. often snapped away behind the camera’s lens. Therefore the stereotypical Japanese were image takers. The man who has suffered heartbreak of a divorce or broken relationship is feeling his loss and may have hired a detective to snap photos of his lover’s infidelity. In viewing the many provided photos, he realizes he has gone too far with spying on her and he never really knew her as she really is.( The reference of ‘knowing her on the inside’) which confirms to him his effort to hang on to her is not realistic. He is like the Japanese photographer attempting to hold on to an image.
anonymous Sep 25th 2019 report
My interpretation is a man who falls in love with a photo of a beautiful Asian woman. He stares at her beauty, longing to have her by his side. That is why he covers himself with her photographs. He realizes he is in love with an image of a woman that he does not know. He does not know her interests, her preferences, her person, her soul, nor her mind, so he wishes that he could know her from “the inside”. In other words, who she is inside her heart. The doctor reference is preferably a psychiatrist. One who would have an inkling as to the woman’s psyche. ~
anonymous Feb 18th 2017 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!
anonymous Apr 21st 2011 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.
anonymous Aug 23rd 2009 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.
anonymous Jun 12th 2009 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.
anonymous Jul 17th 2007 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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