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[–]chinchinshu 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Is the Caspian Sea a lake or sea ?
I think that the Caspian Sea is a lake.

[–][deleted] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

It's a lake in geographical sense, but you better call it a sea.

This issue is also politicised, because we still didn't come up on how to divide it.

[–]Glowlight38 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Hello Friends! I'm from /r/newsokur

I am interested in culture and life in the former Soviet Union era.

We Japanese often hear how is life in Russia at the era. but rarely hear Azerbaijan's life of those days.

I would like to listen to your story of the Soviet era!

[–]kamrouzAzerbaijan South 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I would like to listen to your story of the Soviet era!

The Soviet era had its ups and downs. The Soviets helped modernize Azerbaijan, there were foreigners from all over the USSR who came to work here and develop the country. Azerbaijan was known very well for its oil exports in the SU.

One of the big downsides was probably all the Azerbaijanis who lost their lives fighting for the Soviet Union during WW2. It's said that about 600,000 Azerbaijanis served in the Soviet Army, and around 290,000 died (that's almost 50%).

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

290,000 died

You forgot to count those who were sent to GULAG for being imprisoned by Germans.

[–]solblood 5 points6 points  (13 children)

In Japan, the country name "Azerbaijan" is used as poor pun.
In Japanese "やればいいじゃんアゼルバイジャン" is the poor pun. It means "I think you should behave what you want to do." The pronunciation "ばいいじゃん" is the same as "baijan".
Many Japanese people know the country name Azerbaijan because of this pun.

[–]asazimovAzerbaijan 4 points5 points  (9 children)

poor pun

That's an interesting fact)), Baku is also a word in Japanese(comics), afaik.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (8 children)

Baku is also a word in Japanese(comics)

Do you mean Bakuman?

[–]asazimovAzerbaijan 1 point2 points  (6 children)

baku no, baku - some sort of supernatural creature)), mostly used in mangas.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (5 children)

Can you name the most popular manga where it's used? I know yokai and tanuki. I also heard about baku, but never came across it.

[–]asazimovAzerbaijan 1 point2 points  (4 children)

baku )

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Oh, so original)

[–]asazimovAzerbaijan 0 points1 point  (2 children)

On any torrent tracker, just type baku, you'll find bunch of them. Actually I'm not a big fan of comics, so i wouldn't know the popular ones.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

comics

It's called manga

[–]asazimovAzerbaijan 0 points1 point  (0 children)

i mean globally, i'm not into that stuff, not just mangas, but all sort of comics.

[–]stm876Japan 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Baku is "貘" in chinese character.
It is Fantastic Beast of China, and also real beast "Tapir".

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

poor pun

I'm not sure what does that mean.

Many Japanese people know the country name Azerbaijan because of this pun.

The name actually means Land of Fire. Azer - fire, baijan - land of. This doesn't work in modern Azerbaijani, though.

The reason for such naming is that in ancient time, oil would spill on land, lakes and the sea and burn. Also, till this day, there's a place where water coming from underground is burning and also Yanar Dagh, which literally translates as burning mountain. Though, it's more of a burning hill. Gas that is coming from beneath it is constantly burning. (Side note: I think, we could learn from Japan to exploit such tourist attractions even more)

All these burning stuff made Azerbaijan a religious center of Zoroastrianism (a fire worshiping religion). Hence the name Azerbaijan.

[–]mommen69 0 points1 point  (0 children)

omg I've never heard it although im japanese

[–]kenmoddit 2 points3 points  (3 children)

Hi friends! Is Yanar dag burning yet?

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I've never been there to check. But given that it burns from ancient times, I think if it stopped burning, it would be all over the news.

[–]Glowlight38 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Is there any plan to build a power plant which use the hole?

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I'm not aware of that. However, there is a plan to build a nuclear power plant. And I'm not comfortable with that.

[–]stm876Japan 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Hello guys!
What do you think of Japan? And are you guys intereted in any news about japan?
Do you know any Japanese words? Who is the most famous Japanese in Azerbaijan?

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

What do you think of Japan?

I really love it. Wanna visit it one day.

And are you guys intereted in any news about japan?

Yes. I read stuff when it's about anime or something important about Shinzo Abe.

Do you know any Japanese words?

I tried to learn some. But I need to have a lot of time and a private teacher to seriously learn one more language.

So,

Hajimemashite, watashi wa Murad des. Azerubaijan kara kimashita.

Who is the most famous Japanese in Azerbaijan?

Miyazaki, I guess. Or maybe, Murakami. I'd say, more people know about Murakami, but there are more people who actually watched Miyazaki's works than those who has read Murakakami's.

[–]proper_lofi 3 points4 points  (6 children)

Hi Azerbaijan!

Honestly speaking, Azerbaijan is not so popular in Japan, except its dictatorship presidents. How much percentage happens democratic revolution?

[–]asazimovAzerbaijan 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Azerbaijan is a small oil rich country, borders with countries like Russia, Iran, Turkey, which have pressure on Azerbaijan. Even if democratic revolution happens, i don't think, Azerbaijan will gain any kind of democracy soon.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

any kind of democracy

Well, Georgia has a similar geography and they got some kind of democracy.

When our founding fathers established a ADR in 1918, they didn't even have clear borders and established oil pipelines. Yet, they've created the first precedent (if we don't count Crimean Tatars) of a Muslim majority democratic republic.

I think, we have much better conditions that them back then, so I'm more optimistic.

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (3 children)

Honestly speaking, Azerbaijan is not so popular in Japan, except its dictatorship presidents.

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Japan on the other hand is quite popular in Azerbaijan. We have a number of otaku communities and yearly festivals dedicated to Japanese culture.

How much percentage happens democratic revolution?

Well, there's a crisis now, so who knows.

[–]originalforeignmindJapan 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I can't be sure, but what the above poster meant might be "not well-known" instead of "not so popular".... Many Japanese people have heard of your country's name, but most of us are not very familiar with your country nor culture. Many of the ex-CCCP countries stay quite mysterious to us, except for Mongolia.

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Many of the ex-CCCP countries stay quite mysterious to us, except for Mongolia.

LOL. Mongolia wasn't actually a part of USSR) They were just very close allies.

[–]originalforeignmindJapan 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yeah, you're right, but you know what I mean. It was their first satellite country.

[–]kurehajime 1 point2 points  (1 child)

What did you eat today?

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I had French toasts on my breakfast.

[–]opanchu 1 point2 points  (4 children)

Salam. Is it true that Azerbaijani people take the bath in oil?

[–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I never did that. Neither did the majority of people whom I know. However, we have a place called Naftalan, where they found this special oil that can't be used to produce petrolium, but can be used in SPA procedures (including bathing in oil).

You can find plenty of info by googling Naftalan SPA

[–][deleted]  (2 children)

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    [–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

    My father wanted try, but after checking with doctor, they said he is not recommended to take the bath, so he didn't.

    Do you need to go all the way to Naftalan to check that?