I had a former co-worker who ran the Banker's Trust trading operation during the Japanese Economic crisis. When I found out that he had lived there for years I asked him:
"Did you learn any Japanese while you were there?"
"Not a word." he said
"Why not?" I asked
"Because they don't have anything interesting to say." was his response.
The Japanese are a very foreign people to western sensibilities. I might not go in for all that Bizarre Thai sexual perversity, but I think I mostly understand where it comes from. But the Japanese are often a mystery to me. And the weirdest of the Japanese might as well be from another planet.